Many moons ago I share with you all how to make burp cloths. Well, how I make them. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Or make a burp cloth. And today I’m sharing how to make a contour burp cloth as well as the pattern I use.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- contour bib pattern (print 2!)
- fabric for the front (a piece approximately 19 in X 8 in)
- terrycloth for the back (a piece approximately 19 in X 8 in)
- sewing machine (unless you really love sewing by hand… and have tons of time)
- thread & needle for the sewing machine
- rotary cutting set or scissors
Step 1: Wash, dry, and iron your top fabric. Just wash and dry the terrycloth. No need to iron it.
Step 2: Print out the contour bib pattern (2 copies!), cut out, and tape the 2 pieces together. Get the contour bib pattern here.
Step 3: Lay the pattern on top of your cotton fabric that you’re using for the front of the burp cloth. Then cut around it using your rotary cutter or trace around and then cut with scissors.
Step 4: Pin your top fabric right side down onto the terrycloth. Trim away excess around the edges.
Step 5: Sew around the edges. Sew 1/4 inch from the edge almost all the way around but stop short about 4 inches from where you began. Be sure to backstitch a little both when you begin and end sewing.
Step 6: Trim around the edges, especially around the curves. This will help you to be able to turn the edges nicely once you turn it right side out. Some people like to notch around the curves. I just trim it in a little bit closer because I’m a little lazy.
Step 7: Turn the burp cloth right side out. Use a pen with a cap on, the end of a pencil, or a corner turner to push the curves out nicely.
Step 8: Iron the burp cloth to get all the wrinkles out. The topstitch around the edge, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge. This will close up the opening in the side of the burp cloth as well as finish it off nicely.
And you’re done! Now go give a set as a baby shower gift or use it to catch your own kiddo’s baby goo.