I've had a few requests lately for my burp cloth pattern, so I decided to put together a little tutorial. These burp cloths are peanut-shaped to fit the contour of your shoulder and have a rag edge.
Materials needed (makes a set of 4 burp cloths):
1 total yard of 2 coordinating flannels (1/2 yard of each)
1/2 yard quilt batting (I prefer warm n' natural)
To print this template, right click on each image to save to your computer, and then print them as a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. You'll need to print two copies of the end piece and one copy of the middle, cut them out, and tape them together to form a full-sized template. It will look like this:
The assembled template should measure about 19 inches long and 9 inches wide (the burp cloths will shrink in the wash if you don't pre-wash your flannel, which I never do). The trick to getting a correctly sized template seems to be to right click on the template image, and save it to your computer. Then, open it up as an image file and print as a full page image.
The diagram above is not to scale. The dotted lines represent top-stitching.
1. For each burp cloth, cut out 2 pieces of flannel to the above shape, and 1 piece of batting.
2. Layer the flannel (wrong sides together) with the batting in the middle, like a sandwich
3. Pin around the edges
4. Top stitch around the edge (see the dotted line on the diagram) using about a 1/2 inch seam.
5. Top stitch through the center of the burp cloth (to secure the batting). To ensure a straight line, I fold the burp cloth in half and pin along the fold. The pins act as a guide so you have a nice straight line through the middle.
6. Time to clip the edges - fold back the two layers of flannel so just the batting is exposed. Trim the batting close to the seam.
7. Snip the fabric about every 1/4 inch around the outer edge of the burp cloth. Be careful not to cut through your seam.
8. You are just about done - wash your burp cloths 2-3 times, or until the edges fray nicely, and dry.
I like to make large batches of these to have on hand for baby showers. A set of 4 burp cloths make a great gift.
I hope this tutorial is useful to you! If you have any questions about it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the tutorial as much as you'd like, but please do not sell burp cloths made from this pattern. Thanks!