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Drool. Spit up. Food smears. There’s a lot of stuff that comes out of babies’ mouths. It’s a darn good thing a sweet little coo or heart-melting smile comes out once in awhile too. That makes it all worthwhile. But… a burp cloth is still a must! Ours are so quick and easy to make, you can whip out of slew of them in an afternoon. Absorbent terry cloth on the back makes them functional. Sassy print fabric on the front makes them fabulous.

We originally used a trio of prints by Pretty Bird from Pillow & Maxfield. The eyepoping colors and designs are perfect for these fashionista cloths. However, Pretty Bird is an older, out-of-stock collection, so we picked out a few new favorites from four of our Marketplace vendors. Check out these beauties:

Powerpop by Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit Fabrics, available now at The Ribbon Retreat + Fabric

So Happy Together by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs, available now at Fashionable Fabrics

Happy Tones Basics by Michael Miller Fabrics, available now at Fat Quarter Shop

Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey for FreeSpirit Fabrics, available now at Fabric.com

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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Supplies listed below are for ONE cloth, but you know how much babies drool… you should really make more than one. We made three.

  • ⅓ yard of 44-45″ wide fabric for front of cloth
  • ⅓ yard of 44-45″ wide terry cloth for back of cloth: Fabric.com has a nice selection of Organic Cotton French Terry
  • ½ yard of ½” coordinating grosgrain ribbon
  • All-purpose sewing thread in colors to match fabric and ribbon
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • See-through ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Iron and ironing board

Getting Started

  1. From the front fabric, cut ONE piece 11″ wide x 19″ high.
    NOTE: If using a directional pattern, remember to make sure your pattern is running lengthwise, centered nicely, and straight.
  2. From the back fabric, cut ONE piece 11″ x 19″.
  3. Cut the ribbon to 11″.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Pin the top edge of the ribbon 4½” from the unfinished bottom edge of the front fabric.
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  2. Thread your sewing machine with a color to match the ribbon in the top and a color to match the back fabric in the bobbin.
  3. Topstitch very close to the edge along both sides of the ribbon.
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  4. Pin the back fabric piece and the front fabric piece right sides together, matching all raw edges.
    NOTE: Terry cloth is quite stretchy so use plenty of pins to hold it in place. And, whenever you have dissimilar fabrics being sewn together, it is best to stitch with the more difficult one (in this case the terry) down in order to let the feed dogs (those little grippy teeth in the plate below your presser foot) move it through the machine for you. Keep an even tension on the layers as they go through the machine.
  5. Re-thread your machine with thread to match your fabric in the top and bobbin.
  6. Using a ½” seam allowance, sew the two pieces together on all four sides, leaving an approximate 3″ opening along one long side for turning.
  7. Trim the corners.
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    NOTE: There’s no need to trim the seam allowances as they will give the finished cloth more body after they are topstitched in place.
  8. Turn the cloth right side out and carefully press all the seams nice and flat. You want your seam to be exactly on the edge – not rolled to the front or back.
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  9. Pin the opening closed.
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  10. If necessary, re-thread your machine with contrasting thread in the top and bobbin for topstitching. We left our thread the same as above, opting to use matching thread to the front fabric, which would then be highlighted on the back.
  11. Topstitch approximately ¼” from finished edge around all four sides, pivoting at each corner. This will close the opening left for turning.
    NOTE: We used a simple straight stitch, but you could also use a decorative stitch.
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  12. We added one of our Sew4Home labels as a finishing touch.


Project Design: Alicia Thommas 
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Julia Chapman

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