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.


  • 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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.

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


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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