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Perhaps the easiest burp-cloth tutorial ever.

This is so easy it’s going to knock your socks off.
Buy cloth diapers. I found these at Target.
I always wash and dry them before I start sewing to pre-shrink.
Then measure the space that you are going to want covered by fabric.
I think I chose to make my cover 4″ x 17″.Now you will need a really high-tech tool called a cereal box.
Cut your rectangular template to your desired size.
Find a cute piece of fabric slightly larger than your template.
Cut it down to about 3/4″ bigger on every side.
Put the template shiny side up on the back side of your fabric.
Spray a little starch all around the edges.
Press all sides down over the edge of the template.
I love this method because I don’t have to use that little slidy-sewing ruler.
Much, much faster and with a nice crisp edge.
Carefully tuck the edges in slightly on the ends, so they won’t stick out when you sew them down.
Remove the template and save it. I’ve used mine over and over.
Pin the fabric right side up to the cloth diaper.
Carefully sew down the outside edges.
If you want to embellish a little, now’s your chance.
(You could also tuck ric-rac or something under before you sew down your fabric.)
I like using grosgrain ribbon because it only requires strait lines and has a nice finished look.
Tuck the raw edges under and pin in place.
Sew all edges down, just like the fabric.
And that’s it! You’re done!
Now you can make dozens of them and impress all your friends
at baby showers with your amazing domestic skills!
And remember, don’t stress too much about perfection.
Their main purpose after all is to clean-up curdled baby barf.
But that baby’s mother will thank you for giving her such a
stylish accessory to protect her formerly spotless clothes.

You could also make a coordinating diaper clutch.
Wouldn’t that be fancy?

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55 Comments

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    Mauri
    January 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thanks Amy, I'm going to be needing a lot of these. Now I know how to make my old burp rags look cute and cover up any unsightly stain. 🙂

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    Nedra
    January 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Amy- Thank you so much for the tutorial. I will be making some of these for my new grand daughter!

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    angela
    January 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Thanks! That thing with the cereal box is fabulous! I HATE the sliding ruler thing. I can see using that idea for all kinds of things that need the edge turned – like pants and elastic pockets…

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    felicity.quilts
    January 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks so much! I'm tucking this one away for future reference – it's a great gift idea for those people who aren't "A-list" and thus won't be getting a quilt, but for whom I'd like to make a little something.

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    Katie B.
    January 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Fantastic idea! I just need to find someone to make them for…

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    Kimberly
    January 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Fab! Now, if I only had another baby underfoot…

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    Patty
    January 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    What a nice gift idea. Love your hi-tech tools! :^)

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    Kate
    January 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Oh, so brilliant!

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    January 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    You are such a fancy girl! I will be making these soon. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    amylouwho
    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I've always seen these and never sat down to figure out how to do it! Thanks – now I don't have hurt myself trying to figure it out! Great meeting you 'fer real' today!

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    Deb
    January 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I think my daughter will really like this tutorial…she's in the middle of making lots of diapers (for her hope chest!). Thank you so much!

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    Melissa
    January 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I know it sounds simple, but I&#39;ve totally been doing it a MUCH harder way…<br />DUH! Why didn&#39;t I think of starch???

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    sharla@mylittlegems
    January 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    You are right it is the easiest. In fact I have tried every. burp. cloth. ever. made. …and this is exactly how I have been making them for a while now. 🙂 I love this kind and my baby does too!

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    Calli
    January 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    So cute Amy. And I love the method. I think I need to make a few as gifts.

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    Vicki
    January 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    adorable! I&#39;ve done the same thing, just without the template. 🙂

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    January 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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    luvinthemommyhood
    January 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Love this Amy! I added this to the link luv roundup today. http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/01/link-luv-roundup.html

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    jaybird
    February 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    that was super easy!

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    natalie. beyond the reef
    March 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for this – great ideas all around. I&#39;m headed out to buy a bag of those diaper thing-ies now!

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    Cindy
    August 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Way too cute! I have a neice, nephew and Friend expecting within the next few months. I think I will make many little burp cloths!!

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    Chrissie
    August 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Love the idea for the template. I am confused when you say &quot;tuck rick-rack under before you sew&quot;. What does that do?

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    Heidi
    September 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Love the tutorial! I&#39;ve made these before without the template and it was very tedious. I also like that you just use the ribbon across it and not on both long sides. So easy.

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    Rachel
    September 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Oh man, what an ah-ha moment! I&#39;ve made a bunch of these much the same way but without the template, using the slidey ruler thing which I HATE! The template is genius to me:-) and now I&#39;m not dreading making more for all the baby gifts coming up this spring–thank you for sharing!

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    Miss Sews-it-all
    November 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    So simple and so wonderful, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! I&#39;ll also share a little tip with you – try checking out http://www.WeAllSew.com for all kinds of sewing projects, tutorials, tips and tricks, and even meet some new crafty friends. 🙂

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    Joanna
    March 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    So I didn&#39;t read carefully enough and bought the thinner Gerber cloth diapers (no padded center strip) to make these. Any suggestions on craft projects I can make with a dozen of them?

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    amy smart
    March 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Joanna, Rats! Sounds like something I would do too. I would just use them for the same purpose – sew on some decorative fabric – I think they will still work. I don&#39;t have an email address for you so I&#39;m hoping you&#39;ll see this reply here. Good luck!

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    Joanna
    March 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks, Amy! I got your response to my question (not sure why my email didn&#39;t show for you, am new to all this)

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    MaryJo
    April 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Hi – I just came across this tutorial – searching for items for my new grandbaby that&#39;s due in September!! These are perfect – and I thought I was the only one who used a cereal box for templates! I love the idea!!

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    seaschell
    June 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    So cute! I made a set of six for my daughter (due in August). Can&#39;t wait to look cute while burping her! I posted here: http://seaschell.blogspot.com/2011/06/more-baby-projects.html<br />Thanks for a great tutorial!

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    Shirley
    July 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I made a set of these ahead of having a baby last year and they&#39;ve been AWESOME. (Blogged about it here: http://karnos.blogspot.com/2011/01/burp-cloths.html). Thanks for the tutorial on this!

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    jacey
    July 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I made them and posted them on my blog 🙂 So easy and such a great idea!! Thanks for this 🙂 <br />beyoutifuldarling.blogspot.com

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    Kristan
    August 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great tutorial! It seriously took me like 5 minutes to whip one of these out. About to make a few more. Thanks!

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    Lauren Lanker
    March 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Gave you a shout out in my post tonight for your tip on creating a template out of a cereal box. Seriously, that genius, and made this project 100x easier than it would have been otherwise. Thanks! <br /><br />http://www.thinkingcloset.com/2013/03/27/burp-cloth-tutorial-for-the-beginner-sewist/<br /><br />Lauren

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    jocelyn
    September 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Amy,<br />I love your ideas especialy this one for the burp pads and the nursing cover which i have made for my DIL. <br />But i have been unable to find &#39;cloth&#39; diapers for these burp pads. <br />The fitted style cloth diapers are so popular i am afraid they don&#39;t sell the original anymore?<br />Any suggestions as to where i can find them.<br />jocelyn<br />

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      amy smart
      October 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Hmm. I haven&#39;t looked for them for a little while. I found them at Target. They were in the aisle with the infant clothing, onesies, etc. They were on a bottom shelf and packaged by Gerber.

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    jocelyn
    November 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    k thanks Amy i will look again.<br />

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    jocelyn
    November 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    k thanks Amy i will look again.<br />

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    Patria Jase
    February 25, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Great idea! Thanks for the nice tutorial. I always use cloth diapers for my little pie. Now after reading your post i will try to make it at home for my sweet baby. Thanks for nice post.<br /><a href="http://bellylaughs.ca/&quot; rel="nofollow">Baby cloth diapers</a>

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    Savvy
    October 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Thanks, Amy!! This one may be &#39;older&#39;, but there&#39;s a NEW baby James next door!! The perfect &#39;little something special&#39;!!

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    Margo Yang
    October 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Great idea for baby gifts, thanks.

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    Rahul Surkund
    November 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for this – great ideas all around.

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    Brenda
    April 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Saw these cute burp clothes in a local childrens store where I live…..16.00 A PIECE! My niece said, Aunt Brenda you could make these! I had already planned on making some burp cloths with chenille and fabric, but no one had chenille in stock where I shopped. I had some cute fabric! After finding your tutorial I headed to Walmart for a package of diapers! Thank you, Thank you! So easy and so cute!

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    September 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Amy! I cant wait to make some.

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    Rich H
    March 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the tutorial — the sewing is simple enough this great-uncle can probably handle making these for his new grandnephew. 😀

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      Congratulations! Enjoy that grandnephew!

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        Debbie
        August 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        Hi, after washing the diapers I came upon a lot of lint. How did you deal with it. Thanks

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          Do you mean a lot of lint on the diapers themselves? I didn’t have that problem with mine, so I’m not much help. I’m sure different brands of diapers wash differently. You could try a different brand of cloth diapers if the lint is bothering you, though I don’t blame you if you don’t want to buy more. I’d just remove it the best I could? Without seeing the lint, I’m not a lot of help. Sorry. 🙁

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