Friday, October 15, 2010

DIY: Diaper Burp Cloths

With so many of our friends having babies in the next few months, I've been thinking of personalized baby gifts that I could give.  I often purchase gifts from a registry, but I also like to include a small supplemental gift.  I figured that diaper burp cloths were within my skill set, so I asked Google how to make them.

I used  Gerber cloth diapers, the kind that have the thicker center panel.  These seriously make the best burp cloths, in my opinion.  I believe that these are also available in organic cotton, if that's your thing.  I washed the diapers using hot water and then dried on hot, to get the little suckers to shrink as much as they were going to.  Unfortunately they didn't shrink very evenly, as you might be able to tell by the photographs.

I had some very cute Amy Butler fabric on hand, but I decided to make the first burp cloths using scrap fabric, because it was pretty darn likely that I would mess up.  I found some houndstooth fabric that was left over from an attempt to make a dress for Joey.  Houndstooth diaper burp cloths would make great gifts for our friends who are Alabama fans.

I cut the fabric to size, and then folded down the edges and ironed.  I sewed the strips of fabric to the diaper using a small zigzag stitch.  And Voila!  A diaper burp cloth, made by yours truly!  A little crooked, but not bad for a first attempt.

Attempt #1
Attempt #2
If you are interested in making your own diaper burp cloths, please visit the blogs that I referenced.  These explain the process more eloquently than I can.

To my friends who are having babies in the next few months:  you will be receiving burp cloths from me.  And they were made for you and your baby with love.

Here's an update on this diaper burp cloth project.


  1. I just started doing these and they are super easy once you get the hang of it. I love the houndstooth and it would be cute with the babys initials or and "A" or "Bama" monogrammed in crimson on it (which I am sure you have already thought of this).... and I definitely love Amy Butler fabric. I think I am fixing to adventure into making her "Birdie Sling Bag".

  2. I am addicted to Amy Butler fabric! Let me know how the bag-making goes.



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