How to Sew Easy Burp Cloths TUTORIAL

Happy Friday, Friends! So its spring and you know what that means……lots and lots of Baby Showers! If you’re looking for an easy, handmade gift idea, here is a super easy burp cloth pattern for you!

I posted a version of my chenille burpies about 2 summers ago and since then, I’ve made them even easier. Check out the cute set I made for my friend’s twin boys. Love the navy and red stripes!

I still use the ridged or stripe chenille, which I totally love for burp cloths. It is by far my favorite when wiping up chubby chins because the super soft ridges grab the gunk in one swipe and it absorbs very nicely.  The only thing I do differently now, is omit the batting in the middle.

I feel like these are soft enough and the batting didn’t really help with absorption. PLUS the batting makes them twice as thick, which takes up more precious space in the diaper bag. Or maybe I’m the only one with an overflowing diaper bag when I’m toting a new baby around! haha

But all in all, I just think they’re easier to use and easier to make. win win right there.

How to Sew Easy Burp Cloths

supplies: chenille, cotton fabric {prints are fun!}, scissors, sewing machine

  1. I used ridged chenille and a 100% cotton print. You can also use snuggle flannel or other fun fabrics.
  2. Cut each fabric into 9″ x 19″ pieces.
  3. You’ll need 1 piece of each fabric for each burp cloth. {1 chenille piece + 1 print piece}
  4. Place the fabric pieces right side together and pin together {optional}.
  5. Sew together using a 1/2″ seam.
  6. Leave a 3″ opening so that you can turn your burp cloth inside out. DIY burpies
  7. Trim the corners with your scissors. {be careful not to cut the threads!}
  8. Turn it right side out and push corners out with the blunt end of a pencil or a dowel.
  9. Tuck the edges of the 3″ opening in and top stitch with a 1/4″ seam on the right side on all 4 sides.  NOTE: I did not use a walking or rolling foot. The ridges in the chenille help the fabric feed through the feed dogs just fine. But if you are more comfortable using a walking foot for this last step, use it!

chenille burp clothsThese nubby burp cloths will make a new mommy very happy! And you’ll get bonus points for making them. sweet!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Megan Holton DeJesus

    I have made your ‘Super Duper easy burp clothes’ for several new babies and, yes, the new moms love them! I agree with omitting the batting though. Will definitely be making the batting-free burp clothes for all the new babies this year!

  2. 2

    I love the burp cloths! I bought two yards of the same chenille a year ago to back a blanket and found a flaw in the fabric and didn’t use it. (it was on sale at a great price so I kept it) I have since tried to think of ways to use it up so not to go to waste. I have backed a small square with leftover flannel and made my grandson washcloths, but when making burp cloths I usually do the flannel covered cloth diaper, which it really expensive. Your idea is even better because I have loads of chenille and leftover flannel. Thanks for the idea!!

  3. 3

    I like the cotton fabric you chose.

  4. 4

    This is great, and that’s so funny, I just finished a project last night (literally) with that same stripe fabric!

  5. 5

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a few years and never knew how (I know sad, right? I’m new to bogging) I attempted last year and failed! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. 6

    I love this, I’ve thought about making something similar with a stiff flannel backing, but I didn’t think the batting would work. I love the idea of soft chenille. I’m going to try this, and maybe make a bigger one for a comfy changing pad too, and see how it works out.

  7. 7

    They look so cute!

  8. 8

    hi!! love this tutorial. I want to make some of these… they look so easy. =)

  9. 9

    Thanks so much for the tutorial!! These look so simple to make, which is great since I pretty much only sew straight lines :) I am putting these on my to do list for baby boy!!

  10. 10

    I just made some tonight. :) Thanks for the great tutorial. I love them! They were super easy to whip up too! So much easier to me than some of the other ones I have tried. Thanks again!

  11. 11
    Lauren T

    I dont have a sewing machine…do you think heat n’ bond would work with the chenille?

  12. 12

    i have not made any of the project yet i am going to just found the site

  13. 13

    Thanks for this! Thinking of trying to make some for a friend :)

  14. 14
    Kandace Huston

    do you have any suggestions for replacement fabric in place of the Chenille? not able to locate any.
    Thank you