Perhaps the Easiest Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial Ever.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterThis is so easy it’s going to knock your socks off.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterBuy cloth diapers. I found these at Target.  I always wash and dry them before I start sewing to pre-shrink.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterThen measure the space that you are going to want covered by fabric.

I think I chose to make my cover 4″ x 17″.Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterNow you will need a really high-tech tool called a cereal box.
Cut your rectangular template to your desired size.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterFind a cute piece of fabric slightly larger than your template.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterCut it down to about 3/4″ bigger on every side.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterPut the template shiny side up on the back side of your fabric.
Spray a little starch all around the edges.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterPress 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.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterCarefully tuck the edges in slightly on the ends, so they won’t stick out when you sew them down.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterRemove the template and save it. I’ve used mine over and over.
Pin the fabric right side up to the cloth diaper.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterCarefully sew down the outside edges of your baby burp cloth.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterIf you want to embellish your baby burp cloth 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 straight lines and has a nice finished look.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterTuck the raw edges under and pin in place.

Sew all edges down, just like the fabric.

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a QuilterAnd that’s it! Your baby burp cloth is 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?

Easy Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Diary of a Quilter

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    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. πŸ™‚

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    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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    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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    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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      Rebecca Batts
      January 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Any church nursery or daycare center or hospital nursery would be happy to receive a set of these, I’m sure!

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    January 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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

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    January 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. πŸ™‚ I love this kind and my baby does too!

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    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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    January 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. πŸ™‚

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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

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    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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    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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    November 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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

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    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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    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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    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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    Ellen Merritt
    September 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Amy! I cant wait to make some.

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      Carol R
      March 24, 2018 at 1:02 am

      I’m sorry but I don’t see your pictures

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    Rich H
    March 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the tutorial β€” the sewing is simple enough this great-uncle can probably handle making these for his new grandnephew. πŸ˜€

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      Amy Smart
      March 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Congratulations! Enjoy that grandnephew!

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        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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          Amy Smart
          August 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

          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. πŸ™

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    Jackie Zimmerman
    August 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Ok, so really dumb question here….I’m assuming fabric side up when on your shoulder…because that is cuter; but diaper side would soak up ‘spit’ better. ???

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      October 19, 2017 at 5:57 am

      The flannel absorbs okay once it is washed and is so nice and soft against baby’s cheek.

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    August 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Would you need a special type of needle due to thickness of diaper and material?

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      August 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      That’s a really good question! I didn’t think about it too much when I made mine – just used the needle that was already in my machine, but I’m sure a needle made for sewing through thick layers would probably make a difference.

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        February 18, 2018 at 9:22 am

        What kind of fabric did you use?

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          February 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm

          I used 100% quilting cottons as the accent pieces.

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    October 19, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I tie mine in bundles of three with a wide (1-1/2”?) grosgrain ribbon and have a couple of bundles stashed for quick gifts. Too cute!

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    June 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I understand about the center panel of the diaper, but what do I do with the 2 thinner panels on the sides?

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      June 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      I just cover the center panel. So it’s like a stripe down the center.

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    Nancy Ediger
    August 22, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I just finished making 20 of these for my daughter-in-love to give her best friend who is having twins. I like to use decorative stitches and different colors of thread so it adds a little more color.

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      August 25, 2018 at 1:15 pm


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        T McDonlad
        March 9, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        Wheres some good places to order cute fabric for girls to make burp cloths?

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          March 11, 2019 at 11:15 am

          Hi Teresa!

          If you’re looking online, there’s a bunch of great fabric websites. If you look on the right sidebar of my blog, there are a bunch of buttons under the word Sponsors. Many of them sell adorable fabric to make girls burp cloths.

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    November 20, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Do you only put the cute fabric on one side of the cloth diaper?

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      November 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I do. But you could definitely do both sides if you like!

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    February 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Hello! I came upon your post and thinks it’s adorable, however.. I don’t see. Could I use the same technique with a bond adhesive? I want to make something for my niece who will be having the first great grandchild in our family… my first great niece!! Thank you

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      February 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Congratulations! You could definitely try it. My only hesitation is wondering if it would hold up to a lot of washings.

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    Teresa McDonlad
    March 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Wheres some good places to get or order cute prints for girls for the burp cloths? Thank you!

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    Kathy Holley
    February 5, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for keeping your posts up Amy. Going to make these, might embellish if I feel energetic! Simple and colorful. Lovely!

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