Burp Cloths - DIY Sewing

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Burp cloths are something I always thought made a great gift for a baby shower, but didn't think I would really use them.... How wrong I was!

I had been using cloth nappies for the first little while with our little Miss H, but as I got to know her better, I realised that a form of burp cloth was exactly what I needed. I wanted something that I could use in public as a feeding cloth, but something that I could put down on the lounge/on a bed to protect a surface in case there was a bit of over flow in the milk department. This meant that I needed to make these to my own specifications and this also gave me the change to customise the cotton layer to suit our taste.

These are the easiest thing to make and don't cost a lot if you are smart with your shopping.

First tip - buy cheap towels for the terry towelling backing pieces. Top quality terry towelling can cost you as much as $40 per metre, so towels make for a much cheaper solution, and the colour selection is greater to suit your chosen cottons.

Second tip - buy material pieces, rather than by the meter, when on sale. I picked up 10 fat quarters for $10 at a Spotlight sale a little while ago, and this gave me a fantastic selection of prints with very little waste.

All you need to make these is:
  • Cotton print or other topping material
  • Terry Towelling
  • Cotton
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins

I cut my cotton top piece to 12 inches by 18 inches.

I laid out the towels and pinned the cut cotton to the top. Cut to match. Remember to put the right sides on the materials together at this point so that once pinned you can start sewing.

Using a 1/4 inch seam, sew the two pieces together with the right sides together, leaving a gap just large enough to turn the piece out the right way.

Press, clip the corners and turn out the right way.

Press once both pieces are in place.

Top stitch around the whole piece approx 1/4 inch from the edge to hold everything in place.

Another quick press and they are finished.

I personally don't wash any of the materials prior to making and have not found any abnormal shrinkage. So they will need a good wash prior to use.

They look fantastic folded in 3 with a ribbon around for the perfect gift, and complete with the handmade satisfaction.


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