Burp cloth (or washcloth) DIY Sewing Tutorial

Burp Cloth Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how I make the cutest baby burp cloth ( or washcloth depending on the size you make) in under an hour. 

burp cloth tutorial

These are great to give as gifts or to whip up for yourself if you are expecting! 

Materials for Burp Cloth

materials for burp cloth

First, you need to gather all of your materials

You will need a pair of sewing scissors (that will cut easily through fabric), thread that coordinates with your fabric, flannel, terry cloth material, an iron, and your sewing machine.


How to Sew a Burp Cloth


I like to iron the flannel material to make sure that it is nice and flat. I DON'T iron the terry cloth fabric because it would lose some of the fluffy texture.

burp cloth cut out

Cut out a rectangular shape (burp cloth) or square shape (washcloth) to the size that you want with the flannel and terry cloth. I have made so many that I usually eyeball how big I want them to be. As a starting point I would measure a 14" by 7" rectangle and see if that looks right. For a washcloth I try to make them about 6" by 6".

The beauty of these cloths is that they are very forgiving! You can make them any size that you want.

2 rectangles

Once you have a flannel material and a terry cloth material of the same size, put the right sides together.

right sides


If needed, trim up the edges so they match, but don't fret too much about this. You can always trim it again after you sew them together.

sew machine

Now it's time to sew the materials together. I usually start at the top about half way across. I always start sewing and then push the back stitch button after 2 or 3 stitches.

sew around edges

Sew all around the perimeter of the material, leaving a one inch gap from your starting point.You will need to leave an opening so that you can flip the material right side out before sewing the hole at the top. If you think that 1" will be too small for your fingers to fit in, make the gap about 1 and 1/2" instead.

little gap

Once you have sewn all the way around, you will back stitch again to secure the thread. Now you can trim your edges and make sure that everything is matched up. 

cut corners

Make sure that you cut a little triangle off of each corner. That way when you flip it right side out, the material will lay nicely in the corners instead of bulking up. If any of the edges are wider than 1/4', I also recommend trimming them down. 

outside in

With all the corners cut and the sides trimmed, it is time to pull the material through so that the right side of the material is on the outside. 

little hole

When all of the material is pulled through and the fabric is nice and flat, it's time to sew over the little hole that was left. Tuck the material in if needed, so you can't see any raw edges.

out sew

Starting just before the hole, put the foot about 1/4" from the edge and sew all the way around the material. Make sure that you start and end with a back stitch to make it extra secure. 

half sew

The last step is to fold the cloth in half and mark it with a disappearing pencil or just eyeball it (this is what I always do!). Then sew a straight stitch from the top to the bottom.

burp cloth finished

Cut off all your extra strings and you are done.

It will probably take you longer to read this post than to actually sew the burp cloth.

If you make this project, I'd love to see your creation. Post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #peachtreedr

I hope this easy burp cloth and wash cloth tutorial helps you to make some sweet, unique baby gifts for the newborns in your life. 

Feel free to leave comments or questions below.

Happy sewing. 


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