What Are Some Tips for Sewing Baby Burp Cloths?


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When sewing baby burp cloths, use fat quarter cuts of cotton fabric and back the cotton fabric with terry cloth. Eliminate any self-fabric binding, and consider using a contoured pattern.

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At 18 inches by 22 inches, a fat quarter is sized ideally for making two or three baby burp cloths from one cut of fabric. Backing the patterned cotton fabric with terry cloth adds thickness while making the burp rag soft and absorbent. Rolled or folded fabric binding requires extra work that may challenge beginning sewers when a simpler zigzag stitch can suffice. By using colorful cotton fabrics to make the cloths, the extra design element of a binding becomes unnecessary. A contoured shape helps the rag stay on the parent's shoulder when burping the baby.

The 1/4-yard cotton fabric cuts called fat quarters are the key to simplicity in making baby burp cloths. These pre-cut pieces are often used by quilters, so many fabric stores offer them in an enormous variety of prints and patterns.

So-sew-easy.com offers a free download of sewing instructions and a free contoured burp cloth pattern. The site also features a video demonstrating how to make several of the cloths at one time. DIYNetwork.com offers a photo tutorial for making baby burp cloths in a rectangular rather than a contoured shape.

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