Every since I came across this tutorial on how to sew a burp cloth from a cloth diaper, I have been making them for everyone I know who is expecting.
I like this burp cloth for two reasons. One, the flannel keeps the cloth diaper from falling off the shoulder. Two, the cloth diaper is much more absorbent that the thin things I see passed off as burp cloths in the store.
Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat
1/2 yard of flannel (this makes two)
Cloth diapers (I got mine at Target, but you can also get them at Walmart or Amazon. You want to make sure you get the prefold diapers and not the flat fold cloth diapers. The prefolds are thicker in the middle.)
I like to start by laying out two diapers on the 1/2 yard of flannel, just to make sure I have enough material, and then cut the flannel in half.
Two burp clothes laid out on 1/2 yd of flannel.
Iron the diaper and flannel out to get rid of any wrinkles. I have not washed anything at this point. I like to wash everything at the end.
Pin the diaper to the right side of the flannel.
Diaper pinned to right side of flannel
Be sure to leave a space of about 4″ unpinned. After sewing, we will be turning the cloth right side out.
Sew along the edge of the diaper, making sure to leave that 4″ space open. I like to sew with the edge of the diaper on the outside of my presser foot, which is about 1/4″.
Sewing along edge of diaper
Then trim off the excess flannel from around the diaper. Trim close to the diaper, but be careful not to cut your stitches or the diaper.
Leave the excess flannel intact at your 4″ opening. It makes it easier to sew closed later.
Now, turn the cloth right side out. Be careful when pushing your corners out. I use my finger but some people like to use chock sticks or similar instruments.
Turning the diaper so the right side is out.
Flannel turned right side out.
We will now sew that opening closed. Fold the flannel flap into the opening. You will find the diaper will fold in a little as well. Line this fold up as best you can with your seam, iron and pin. Sew closed.
Tab to be turned in.
Tab turned in
Opening sewed closed.
For the final touches, we just need to sew down the cloth in two places to help the cloth keep its shape and not shift. I find it easiest to sew along the existing vertical seams in the diaper. With the diaper facing up, sew along the seams.
Sewing down the seams in the middle of the diaper.
You’re done! Now you can wash and dry your creations and give them to all your expectant friends (or save some for yourself).