Terry Cloth Burp Cloths - DIY Tutorial

These terry cloth burp cloths were my favorite when my daughter was little. They are super absorbent and really cute! They soak up messes really well and wash great. You can match the fabric to your diaper bag, nursery colors or pick out cute blue or pink designs. Or, make these for a gift to take to a baby shower. Your momma friend will love them! I made my example from Robert Kaufman's Urban Zoologie Birds fabric. Follow along to find out how to make these burp cloths or visit my Etsy shop to buy them already made!

9.5" x 18.5" cotton fabric
9.5" x 18.5" terry cloth (found at most fabric stores...mine is from JoAnn's)

Step 1:
Cut out a 9.5" x 18.5" square from your cotton fabric and another 9.5" x 18.5" square from your terry cloth. If you want rectangular burp cloths, you are done cutting. If you want curved ones like mine, round your four corners. Then, mark the center on both long sides. Cut a curve, in the center of both long sides, rounding it out to your corner curves.

Step 2:
Pin fabric and terry cloth right sides together.

Step 3:
Sew around the fabric and terry cloth, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a 2-3" gap in your sewing. This is where you will turn the fabric right sides out.

Step 4: (not pictured)
Turn fabric right sides out through the gap you left in your stitching. Iron burp cloth so edges are even and flat.

Step 5:
Finish by top stitching (1/8" from edge) around the entire burp cloth.


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I've been making these and everything works fine until I get to the top stitch. once I'm finished, the burp cloth is wrinkly (like cooked bacon) around the edges. I have to iron them like crazy when I'm done and i don't want this to happen every time they are washed. Is it my tension setting?! i don't know how to fix it!

Hi Maggie- Are you ironing it flat before you do the top stitch? Also, do you have a walking foot? That helps a lot in keeping the fabric from stretching different amounts and keeping the layers together. 

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I love the little bird fabric!! Do you mind me asking where you got it?  Great burp cloths too!  Thanks!

Hi Amanda- It's called Birds in Bermuda. Here's a link: http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/ann_kelle/urban_zoologie_part_2/birds_in_bermuda

Thanks! Such a simple pattern but I never thought of doing anything like that.

What a awesome Idea I wish I had had this pattern when my children were groing up. I will make this for my grand children. Alo you could use them around the home they would be durable for all areas within the homeThank you very much for sharing :)LC-M

They would work great for around the home as well! Thanks for checking out my blog. :)

Do you think for the terry cloth you could use a small towel?  Thanks

For sure! It might make your burp cloth a little thicker but it would definitely work.

Thank you this tutorial is amazing ! I'm gonna try for sure ;)