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Tutorial: Baby Burp Cloths Cotton Patchwork & Flannel

June 21, 2012

Over the weekend, I shared a post for twin set baby blankets & burp cloths. I promised I'd attempt a proper tutorial in that post, so here's the step-by-step tutorial.

 

There are a lot of steps, but I promise, it's actually quite simple. All straight seams.

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  • Materials needed:
    • fabric 1 - 17" long x 2-1/2" wide (x2 pieces) - I used cotton
    • fabric 2 - same lengths as fabric 1 (x2 pieces) - I used cotton
    • fabric 3 - 18" long x 11" (x1 piece) - this is for the backing - basically it's the full size of burp cloth (size = fabric 1 + fabric 2 sew together) - you can always trim excess off if it's bigger than the front piece - I used flannel
    • Batting - 17" long x 10" (x1 piece) - basically it's the full size of burp cloth (size = fabric 1 + fabric 2 sew together) - you can always trim excess off if it's bigger than the front piece
  • Equipment needed:
    • Scissors or rotary cutter, whichever you're used to
    • Ruler
    • Cutting mat
    • Pins

Alrighty... we're ready to begin sewing!

Step 1 - Cut fabrics 1, 2, 3 & batting to sizes listed above.

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Step 2 - You should now have 4 strips of fabric from cutting fabrics 1 & 2. Sew the strips of fabrics 1 and 2 together. For this tutorial, I alternated the fabrics.

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You should now have one piece of fabric. We'll call it Fabric A.

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Step 3 - I serged my seams, but you don't have to. Some people would say this step is not necessary since pressing the seams/fabric should "seal" them from fraying further. If you want to skip this step feel free to do so. I serge almost all my seams on every project because I'm paranoid.

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Step 4 - Press the seams so the fabric lays relatively flat. It's easier for sewing it to the other pieces of fabric.

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Step 5 - If you have a label, sew it onto Fabric A now.

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Now back to the cutting mat.

Step 6 - Layer your fabric piece with the batting and flannel.

  • Flannel on bottom - print side face up.
  • Fabric A on top of flannel - print side face down.
  • Batting on top of Fabric A.

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Step 7 - Pin your 3 layers of fabric together. This way nothing shifts while you're sewing the layers together.

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Back to the sewing machine.

Step 8 - Sew the 3 layers of fabric together. I use a 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure you leave a 1" - 2" hole so you'll be able to flip the fabric later. For this tutorial I left the opening on a short end. I also removed my pins while I'm sewing. You can do this or you can do it after you're done sewing the layers together if that is more comfortable for you.

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This is what your piece should look like with the opening and the seams sewn.

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Now, back to your cutting mat again.

Step 9 - Trim the flannel (and batting if needed) to the same size as Fabric A. Remove your pins if you didn't do so in Step 8.

Step 10 - If you think your layers are a bit bulky, you can trim the corners so it will be less bulky when you flip your fabric. Just be sure not to cut your seams off.

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Step 11 - Flip your fabric inside out (print side out).

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You're almost done!!!

Step 12 - At this point, I like to press my seams down. For me it makes it easier to complete the final step. But, if you're comfortable not doing this, skip to the next step.

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Step 13 - You can trim your batting a little bit inside your "opening". This creates a little less bulk. But, not necessary. I trimmed it a little, then folded fabric A over the batting. Then either pin the opening to place or press it. For this tutorial, I pressed it.

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Step 14 - Top stitch the three layers - all around. I use a 1/4" trim allowance.

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Step 15 - You can press your completed piece if you want. Or you don't have to. Woohoo!!!  You're officially done with your baby burp cloths! Congrats!

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Hope you found this tutorial easy to follow. Have a great day!





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