Sunday, April 21, 2013

Embroidered Burp Cloth Tuturial

My favorite baby shower gift is these amazing burp cloths. These cotton diapers absorb great in those moments of a lot of spit up. Adding a little fabric dresses them up perfectly. I like to embroider mine with the baby's name but you can also do this tutorial without embroidery.


  • Cloth Diapers - One for each burp cloth. I got mine at Target.
  • Fabric - Enough fabric to line the center of the diaper on one side. I like soft. If you are doing embroidery, make sure the pattern allows for a place to put a name. I've made this mistake and couldn't see the name as well as I would have liked.
  • Ribbon for edge of fabric
  • Thread
  • Embroidery Thread
The diapers come in 3 sections and we will be putting the fabric over the center section. Measure this section. Mine measures at 

Add an inch to your measurements, so mine would total at 

Depending on the size of your embroidery hoop, you may need to wait to cut the fabric until after the embroidery is finished. Pick the spot on the fabric where you would like to embroider and center the hoop over the place where you would like to write the baby's name, initials or message. 

Embroider according to your machine. 

Cut the fabric to your previous measurements. Fold the fabric 1/2 inch on each side. Each diaper can vary slightly, so place the fabric on the diaper to test for coverage and then iron it. 

Baste the fabric down the center of the diaper lengthwise to hold in place, but leave a half an inch on each end for the ribbon to wrap underneath.

Pin the ribbon onto the long edges of fabric. I usually place the edge of the fabric at the center of the ribbon. 

You will sew the edge of each side of the ribbon. I like to use white thread on most ribbons but you can also use the same color thread and not need to worry as much about keeping the lines straight. This is not my favorite part about this project! I've sewn the ribbon without basting first and really regretted it. the ribbon can shift even with the pins on because of the fabric edge underneath. I now baste and go really slow. I'm also not an expert sewer, so going slow helps!

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