Burp Cloth Tutorial

Last weekend I had a baby shower to attend.  I always love to bring a little something homemade as a gift, but with a shower right after Christmas and a little someone in this house having a 6th birthday, I wasn’t sure homemade was going to happen.  I dug around in my craft bin and came across some cloth diapers and ribbon.

And with just a little sewing, I turned this:

 Into this!!

And fortunately, it didn’t take very long to complete, since I had the supplies in my craft closet.

If you don’t have diapers, you can buy a pack of cloth diapers in the baby section of Target or Walmart.

And if you scrapbook or make hair bow’s, it’s quite possible you have some ribbon laying around! If not, Michael’s or Joann’s carry a large selection of ribbon (my preference is grosgrain).

Cut ribbon the length of the diaper, with approximately 1/4″ on each side to fold under before sewing.  If you are worried about the ribbon unraveling, you can use a lighter to singe the edges of it first.  Fold the ends under and pin the ribbon to the edge of the diaper.

You can also run two ribbons the other direction to add some variety.

Once everything is pinned (and edges are tucked) into place, you can start sewing. I like to use thread the color of the ribbon on the top and white thread on the bottom.

Once all the burb cloths are sewn, iron them flat to give them a crisp look.

Stack the diapers and tie them with coordinating ribbon or twine.

I had picked up some fun little boy shoes to go with the burp cloths. And the gift is complete!

Everything was wrapped  in a brown bag with tissue and was ready for the party!


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  1. These came out super cute! What a great idea to keep cloth diapers in your stash for last-minute gift making! I will definitely pick some up to go with the stack of onesies waiting to be embellished!

  2. Great idea! I’m pinning this to my gift idea board on pinterest. Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell.


  3. Cute and fancy (for burp cloths) 😉 Thank you for sharing you creative idea at Potpourri Friday!

  4. I will be making this!!! Great idea..I have diapers on hand..and the very same ribbon!

    LOVE your blog…and LOVE the Northwest…hope to one day return for good. Washington State..live on the East Coast…but from the WEST.

    Thanks for the inspirations!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing. We are expecting our 1st grandchildren in April; twin girls! I am working on things for them & these would be really nice! Love them!

  6. Oh my, these are adorable. The perfect little upgrade to an otherwise boring cloth. A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions! Your newest follower.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  7. These are really cute!! Great work!!

  8. This is too cute! I attended a baby shower last weekend I wish I did this for part of the gift. I think I will just need to make some and drop them off once my friend’s baby arrives. Thanks.

  9. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog and link up this project. I host a Home and Family Friday linky party each Friday. I hope you’ll come link up to the party!


    I follow your blog and I’m a fellow Northwesterner.


  10. LOVE this post. What a great idea. I am getting ready to have a baby boy, so I will probably try these out VERY soon. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great tutorial, these are lovely! Thank you for participating in the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

  12. Darling, I’ve got a couple baby showers coming up. Guess what I’ll be taking!

  13. They came out gorgeous! And I just love the way you packaged them! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!

  14. Your burp cloths turned out sooo darn cute! I love that ribbon!

    thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.

  15. Ohhh…great idea! I love that you personalize a gift with such care! The new mommy will love having those to use! Thank you so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday! I am so glad you came by!

  16. HI! Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the tooth fairy pillow template and tutorial! I made my oldest daughter a pillow today and it was so easy and fun thanks to your template!!! I know she is going to love it!
    Thanks again!

  17. MariaElena says:

    So pretty! What a great project!

  18. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    These are really cute and useful too! And I love the way you bundled them up. I would have never thought of buying shoes, but that is a fun idea and it all goes together so nicely!

  19. This is so great! I love giving homemade gifts too and once I tackle learning to use my sewing machine…the possibilities are endless!


  20. Can’t wait to give this a go for a baby shower I have coming up in a couple weeks. They’re super cute!

  21. almost makes me want to have another but not quite – will be happy to whip some up for gifts for my baby fix!

  22. Too cute! I’m always needing a baby gift. Thanks.

  23. Danielle says:

    This is super cute and such a practical gift. I’m all about getting new moms gifts that are useful…being homemade and super cute is such a bonus. Thank you!!

  24. Danielle says:

    Oh, yeah. This project reminds me of hooded towels my mom made with a towel and wash cloth. It would be cute to add ribbon on the edge.

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