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Easy Peasy Baby Burp Cloth Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make baby burp cloths with this simple and easy sewing pattern. It’s beginner and precut friendly and a great way to use up some of your fabric scraps!

blue baby burp cloths on white marble countertop

Recently one of my daughter’s friends had a baby. We put together a care package to send to her and included a set of baby burp cloths among a few other things.

I had a stack of leftover 10″ squares from another quilt project that I needed to use, so I decided to figure out a way to turn the squares into simple burp cloths.

Simple Baby Burp Cloth Sewing Pattern

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This pattern includes directions to create two different styles of burp cloths, a skinny cloth, and a wider burp cloth with a cut-out so that it sits comfortably on your shoulder.

blue baby burp cloths on white marble countertop

We used flannel for the back of the burp cloths and quilting cotton for the front. You could also use terry cloth, or chenille (like I used for these burp cloths) as well for the back. For the front, you could also use double gauze fabric. I do not recommend Minke fabric for this project as it is not absorbent.

blue baby burp cloths on white marble countertop

Since these burp cloths are made from leftover fabric squares, they would be great to give as a gift with a baby quilt made from the same fabrics!

blue baby burp cloths on white marble countertop

I have created a simple pattern piece to help you cut the curve in the wider burp cloths.

How to Get the Pattern Piece

Complete the form below and we will send you a copy of the large burp cloth pattern piece.

blue baby burp cloths on white marble countertop

Easy Peasy Baby Burp Cloths

Melissa Mortenson
Learn how to make baby burp cloths in two different styles using our pre-cut friendly pattern.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

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Instructions
 

To Create the Skinny Burp Cloths

  • Cut one of your 10" x 10" pieces in half so that you have 2 pieces each 5" x 10". Note the direction of the fabric before you cut.
  • Sew the two pieces together along the short sides using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press.
    burp cloth pieces cut out on white cutting mat
  • Using the rounded corner ruler, or another curved object (you can use a small plate, a roll of tape or embroidery hoop instead) round the 4 corners of the fabric.
    fabric being rounded at corners with ruler on white cutting mat
  • Using this piece as a guide, cut out a piece of flannel the same size.
  • Place the two pieces on top of each other, right sides facing.
    burp cloth pieces cut out on white cutting mat
  • Sew the fabric pieces together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave an opening on one side so that you can turn the piece right side out.
  • Clip the curves around the corners, and turn the burp cloth right side out.
  • Press well, turn the raw edges of the opening under so they are flush with the rest of the piece. Topstitch around the outside edge of the burp cloth making sure to close the opening as you sew.
    hand showing opening in burp cloths

To Make the Larger Burp Cloth

  • Sew two 10" x 10" squares to each other.
  • Create a curve in the center of the pieces. You can use a plate, circle ruler, or use the template that you can download on our site to create the curve. You will want to cut out a curve from the center of the burp cloth on both sides.
  • Using the corner rounder ruler or another object, curve the 4 outside corners of the burp cloth.
  • Using this piece as a template, cut a piece of flannel the same size.
  • Layer the two pieces together right sides facing. Sitch with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 4" opening on one side. Turn right side out and press.
    burp cloth pieces cut out on white cutting mat
  • Topstitch around the edge making sure to catch the opening in the burp cloth as you sew.

Notes

As with all items meant for a baby, do not leave the baby unattended with these items. 
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3 Comments

  1. Love your tutorials. I often make baby blankets from double napped flannel – 45″ square approximately. Since it often requires 1 1/2 of purchased fabric, I split the leftovers to use for burp cloths, often backed with terrycloth.

    1. The pieces come 10×10 in the package. I cut them in half so that I can sew them together and have a piece that is 5″ x 20″, which is a better shape for a burp cloth than a square.

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