Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tutorial | Contoured Burp Cloths

My Happy Nursery Burp Cloths

I've been planning some baby gifts lately and I must say, My Happy Nursery couldn't've come at a better time! After doing a dry run on this simple and stylishly contoured burp cloth, I thought to share the project with you. I made these 4 in under an hour, so it's a fast, practical but fun, last minute project, too.

You can get 2 burp cloth faces out of a fat quarter (18"h x 22"w), which makes it economical if you made two of the same print per set- or even two sets of assorted patterns. Each is backed in our organic Cloud white flannel (1/2" yard needed for 4). The flannel not only makes for a more absorbent mopping-up-side (let's be honest here, these things are intended to be USED!), but also keeps them from sliding off your shoulder. They could be entirely made of flannel of course, but I was looking for simple and effective ways to use our lush My Happy Nursery sheeting. Plus it's silky soft for little cheeks to lay against when their bellies are full and they want a cuddle.

My Happy Nursery Burp Cloths

The pattern piece can be downloaded here. Print at 100% scale.
You will need to cut out the spacer piece and tape it to the bottom (straight) edge of the pattern. See details in images below- click on image to enlarge.



72 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excellent tutorial and pattern! I can't wait to make these! :D

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  2. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I have made a few already for gifts.

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  3. Very cute to have it contoured, can't wait to complete these and a few bibs as a nice set for a baby shower gift!

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  4. I like this shape! I was planning on making burp cloths soon, they won't be exactly like this but I'll be using the shape!

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  5. thank you for the pattern yours are adorable.. now I am off to make some for mothers to be.

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  6. great instructions!!! Thank you so much!

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  7. Thanks so much for this pattern - I have my first grandbaby due the end of October and I have made 5 of these out of flannel with fleece in the middle - so soft. Not sure how you made 4 in an hour - each one took me about an hour but love the pattern. Thanks again.

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  8. Thank you soooo much! I was looking for ideas for a precious new baby about to arrive and this is perfect.

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  9. what is the purpose of notching?? i made four of these already and just realized i forgot to notch :(

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    1. The notching just helps the fabric stretch and contour more smoothly when flipped, just like cutting diagonally on a corner to get a nice point when flipped. Hope that helps!

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  10. Just made these today and they are lovely. Just wanted to comment that I actually got 3 clothes out of an 18" by 21" fat quarter.

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  11. What is the size of the finished burp cloth?

    Thanks

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  12. Anon (Oct 25th) - they're about 17"x8".

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  13. feeling a little dumb, here... but, when I turned mine inside out, all of the stitches were hidden inside the burp cloth. so, the burp cloth doesn't look like the ones you have pictured (where you can see the stitches). ...what did I do wrong?

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    1. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

      You need to topstitch all around after you turn

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    2. AnonymousJuly 02, 2012

      Nothing wrong. You RE-SEW AGAIN around the outside border...1/4 stitch, this is the one that will show, plus it closes the hole where you turned it right side out.

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  14. I've been making burp cloths for over 10 years, using a figure 8 pattern. Your pattern covers more area from little spit-ups. I use batting to make it softer, thanks again for the pattern. God Bless

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  15. Anon (Nov 7th) When you turn it inside out, press it flat, tuck in the opening so that the side is nice and even then topstitch 1/16th all the way around.

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  16. Great pattern!! I just made 5 in a little over an hour for my new grandson. As another poster mentioned it covers more area than the figure eight pattern. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  17. Ooh! I love, love, love these fabrics. So cute for burp cloths, but I would also love to use them for so many other cute baby things.

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  18. Great pattern. I made some similar in a rounded oval shape. I was worried that when they were washed they would bubble out and need pressing. So, with my "new" brother sewing machine I monogrammed my grands name in a crisscross pattern to keep the front and back together. very cute but they haven't been washed yet. Thanks for the pattern, I'll be sewing soon again. We'll have many burp pads. lol

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  19. Did anyone pre-wash the flannel first, or did you wait until after it was sewn to wash the burp cloth? I seem to remember that flannel might shrink a lot after washed....anyone have experience with making these either way?

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    1. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

      It's always a best to prewash flannel

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  20. Ashley M - I would pre-wash the flannel, yes. Actually for this item I would pre-wash all fabrics because of the different rates of shrinkage between the two fabrications. Plus, it's nice when the recipient gets something "all ready to go"!

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  21. les notres sont sur le blog
    thank you very much to france
    http://ourlittlefamily.e-monsite.com/blog/moment-couture/cousette-anti-tache-special-rot.html

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  22. Thank you so much! What a cute pattern! I paln to make a dozen for a co-worker..Thank you for sharing!

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  23. I'm going to make these and add snaps to hopefully turn them into burpy bibs. (so they can be used for either burp cloths or bibs) thanks for the pattern.

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  24. thanks for this pattern, I made some and love the contour, I've made other styles but this is my new favorite, my daughter will love getting these at her baby shower!

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  25. Can you use terry instead of fleece, and cotton on the other? I am new at this and wanted to see who has tried it out. Thanks!

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    1. I don't see why not- sounds like a perfect option!

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    2. I made burp cloths with terry on one side and flannel on the other and my daughter loves them.

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  26. AnonymousMay 15, 2012

    Thanks for the pattern, these are beautiful! I added one more layer of flannel for extra absorbancy and it turned out great.

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    1. Does the extra layer of flannel bunch up in the laundry or do you quilt it? Thank you

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  27. Cady-n-Tessa's MomMay 20, 2012

    I made these last week, with 4 different flannel fabrics (1 yard of each) and 1 1/2 yards of white flannel for filler. I mixed and matched the fabrics to make them all reversible and came out with 16 fully finished burp cloths :) they were so easy to put together, the flannel kind of sticks to itself so i never even pinned anything before sewing. I would recommend not forgetting to clip the curves, as it makes it lay flatter when you turn it right side out. all the fabric was half off at joann's so for $20 I got 16 custom designer burp cloths for my little angel due next month. I love the fact that the flannel kind of clings to your shirt too, keeps it from sliding off. and they are soooooo soft :) its an easy beginner project, i highly recommend doing them in all flannel :)

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  28. this is a sweet pattern, a little different than what I have made before and I like it better! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  29. This might be a dumb question but im not a seamstress! What is the spacer for? Is it to lengthen the printed pattern?

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    1. It is a piece of the pattern that needs to be taped to the main piece. Otherwise it would not fit on an 8.5" x 11" paper. See diagram with attached.

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  30. Thank you so much for a terrific and simple pattern! I like that the cloths have a contour in them. I am looking for items to make for my friend's first grandson and I will definitely be including several of these, since they're so quick!

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  31. I have a showering October with dragon theme, tough to find. Now I can personalize my gift for sure

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  32. Made these today as a shower gift. I used cottonprint and cloth diapers in place of the flannel. They are awesome! Thanks!

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  33. I've been making a lot of these lately and I ended up adding an extra layer of quilt batting for more absorbency. They're awesome! And I'm waiting from a friend how well they work since she's expecting her little one any day now. ;)

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    1. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

      when you added the batting did you need to quilt the layers so it doesn't bunch up in the laundry? Thanks

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    2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2013

      I added batting to mine & it did not bunch up when washed. The topstitching after you turn the burp cloth keeps the batting in place. It's such a small project that the quilting isn't needed.

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    3. Extra top stitching in the center & then half way between that & long edge, helps in handling the burp cloth. I also added two short stitches about 5 1/2" on the curved side, when using the batting. Can't say, enough how much I love this little pattern !

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  34. Wow, I'm a novice seamstress, and this was very easy for me to figure out! I look forward to making these for friends in the future! Thanks!

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  35. I used flannel and fleece and they turned out so good. Thank you for the pattern

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  36. I made a bunch for my sister and she loves these. She even asked me to make her more of this style.

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  37. Thank you for this pattern, I'm making some for a baby shower. I love how nicely they lay on the shoulder.

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  38. Hello! I am a brand new sewer and I need a little guidance on the spacer...anyone information??

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  39. Anonymous
    I was looking for a pattern for these as I had seen them quite a few years ago. Now that I'm expecting my first grandchild next month and my niece just had a baby boy, I will definitely be making a few of these! Thanks!

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  40. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. Now I don't have to worry about giving the same gift as someone else at the baby showers.

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  41. Lori SteuryApril 24, 2013

    Thanks for your generosity in sharing your pattern and tutorial! These are very nice!

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  42. AnonymousJune 17, 2013

    Looks like something I can do. Thanks they are so cute.

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  43. AnonymousJune 24, 2013

    Wondering if those that added the batting noticed a difference in the absorbency? I've cut out front/back in flannel and was thinking of adding some batting to help. Comments? Thanks, Wenonah

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  44. AnonymousJune 29, 2013

    I think the pattern needs to be rotated before you print. This makes the pattern go the long way down the paper and you get a much bigger burp cloth. Which is why you have to add the spacer b/c the paper is not big enough then. I have made both sizes and bigger is better!

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  45. I didn't add any batting and the fabrics feel a bit "loose".....

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  46. These were a beautiful gift! I added a layer of fleece I had laying around to make them more absorbent (my boys threw up a lot!) I felt like they were really substantial and fancy!

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  47. Make sure your printer is set to "landscape." For some, the automatic setting will be "portrait," and that makes for a much smaller burp cloth. It will still work, but your clothes don't get quite the same coverage.

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  48. Thanks Anonymous August 4th...for your tip to change the printer setting to Landscape! Perfect size!

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  49. Gracias por compartir, me encanto y se lo voy a hacer a una amiga que espera su primer bebe

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  50. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! These cloths are so fast and easy to make. Made a dozen as part of a baby shower gift. Wonderful!

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  51. Just a suggestion, but I have used receiving blankets for the fabric. We got so many of them & can only use them so long, so I was able to get 2 burp cloths out of one receiving blanket.

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  52. Oh my goodness, I had some this shape that my Mom made for me. They were my favorite. My littlest is now 3 so no need for burp cloths, but they are still my favorite

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  53. This is a great pattern. I a m not a great sewer but I have made more than a dozen for a friend of mine and am making more for my friends who are having babies. Thanks for sharing such an easy and great pattern design!

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  54. Thank you, thank you for putting this out here, for us to use. I have made so many, for gifts. When making mine, I add an extra layer & use batting for some thickness. Then sew two long lines & two short ones, so it is somewhat like the diapers are done. Thank you so much !!!!!

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  55. Totally awesome, I can hardly wait to get some made. I work all year crocheting booties, beanies, and mittens for newborns, and little afghans for the older ones that come in ill for lil snuggies while they are sick for charity at the local hospital and get to be Ms. Santa Clause for a day, no name for I want no fame, and I can add this to the bag. Thank you so very much for sharing such an awesome pattern. May God bless you always!!!!

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  56. Made a few of these and received many compliments on them. One Mom I shared some with said she would prefer these over the store bought ones.

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  57. My youngest daughter of 28 is going to be a new mommy for the first time and I had a few of these when I had her. They are wonderful I will have to make her some. Thank you for sharing the pattern. Grandma Joann

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  58. I love this pattern and I am also making them for shower gifts. I added batting to make them thicker too. the top stitching j
    holds everything in place when washed. I am now looking for a simple bib pattern to match these little beauties if any one has one.. I would be grateful.

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  59. Excited to be a Grandma for the first time and would love to make these. When I click on the link to print the pattern, the screen is blank . . . ideas ?

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