burp cloth tutorial

if you are an avid sewer, or just getting started in your creative, textile adventures, this quick & simple gift is sure to delight the mom-to-be!

this first ever tutorial from the haberdasherie will guide you through the steps to making a very special gift for baby… it is an evolution of/from other online tutorials I have used to make burp clothes in the past, incorporating different methods to create a one-of-a-kind look.

to collect:

  • package of pre-fold cloth diapers
  • 9x16” piece of fabric, for each burp cloth
  • pins
  • rotary cutter & mat
  • sewing machine & coordinating thread
  • iron


  • iron fabrics, with steam function on
  • note the direction of the pattern on your fabrics, and decide which way you would like the end-product to look.
  • with fabric facing right side up, place shorter side of cloth diaper along the 16” edge

  • pin & sew with a ¼” seam allowance.

  • press three remaining fabric edges inward, ½ to ¾”
  • iron/press towards the patterned fabric to create a flat edge

  • fold your patterned fabric over the edge of the cloth diaper edge, so right side of fabric is facing upward --- this creates a crisp, finished edge.
  • press along edge that you have just wrapped over the end of the burp cloth, creating a nice crease.
  • pin like crazy --- every 1.5” all around --- cloth diapers stretch!

  • begin sewing a 1/8” seam allowance along the right side of fabric.  I like to begin at the top right corner, making the folded edge my final edge to stitch.

  • sew along edge until nearing the horizontal edge of the patterned fabric.  Remain needle-down, lift foot & rotate 90 degrees.  Lower sewing machine foot and continue sewing remaining three sides.

  • trim loose threads, fold & tie a bow around your beautiful, one-of-a-kind baby gift!

these are off to a lovely friend, who just delivered a baby girl!





fabrics used: girlfriends by ann kelle for Robert Kaufman & valori wells designs for Robert Kaufman