Tutorial: Easy Reversible Burp Cloths

Posted 09-11-2013 at 09:38 AM by Banana Cat

It’s Use Up The Scraps In The Fabric Bin Week! I have a large amount of virgin, uncut flannel and minky half-yards boxed up in a corner of the apartment. You see, months ago I had some grand plan to make the most amazing…um…sewing…project…thing…yeah. I’ve completely forgotten what it was. But since I have a baby on the way—it’s time to make burp cloths! This is a really easy, quick project you can whip up at the last minute for a neat little baby shower gift.


A pile of fabric: A happy sight. The credit card bill: Not so much.


Step 1

Download the pattern here, or trace an existing burp cloth you have.

Step 2

Acquire flannel and minky fabric large enough to fit the pattern (For one burp cloth, this would be about two 12” x 9” pieces). You can pick different types of fabric if you want–this project is great for scraps–but keep at least one side of the burp cloth a fairly absorbent fabric—terry, flannel, birdseye cotton, etc. The cheap fleece for blankets sold in most craft stores isn’t absorbent in the least, something I found out at 2am when a giant ball of spit-up from a tiny newborn rolled right off the fleece burp cloth and onto my back. Stay the heck away from fleece (in my defense, that particular burp cloth was gifted to me).

Step 3

Fold your fabric in half and place the pattern with the “FOLD” side against the fold. Pin and cut out. Do the same for the second piece of fabric.


Clearly this is a draft of the final pattern, as the pattern pictured has 11g of carbs and the final one has only 5g.


Step 4

Place the two fabrics right sides together and pin. Leave a gap of a few inches open at one end. Sew about 3/8th of an inch away from the edge; a little more or less won’t hurt. This project is very forgiving of laziness mistakes.



Step 5

Flip that baby inside out through the gap you left open and smooth it out. Fold under the fabric  that’s sticking out from the gap and pin it down. Topstitch about 1/4” around the edge, making sure that gap gets sewed shut.



Topstitching sounds fancy. It just means you sew stitches along the top of the project.


Step 6

That’s all there is to it! You’re done! You can ACTUALLY finish this project during naptime, it’s amazing!



Ready to be thrown over a shoulder and spat up on.



Since this project is so simple there’s a ton of different ways you can spice it up with ribbon, rick-rack, etc.  Here’s one variation using a flannel-only cloth based off of beautifully fringed “rag quilts.”

Step 1

Cut two pieces of flannel using the above pattern. You can use a third piece of flannel in the middle for extra absorbency if you wish.


Step 2

Place the flannel pieces WRONG side together (with the third piece sandwiched in the middle if you are using one).



Step 3

Stitch around the perimeter 1/2” from the edge. I promise you are doing this correctly.


Step 4

Take scissors and make little snips in the edge about 1/4” apart, careful not to nick into your stitches.


Do not snip through your stitches or they will unravel when it goes through the wash. I may or may not know this by experience.


Step 5, 6, 7, etc.

Chuck it into the washing machine and run it through a wash/dry cycle a couple of times (either with a bunch of other burp cloths you’re making or with your usual laundry). The edge will fray into a neat little fringe you didn’t have to work very hard to make. You’re done!



Give this a couple more cycles through the dryer and those edges will fluff up even more.

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