Anyone who has had a ‘spitting’ baby knows the importance of a good absorbent burp cloth. And what can be more absorbent than a diaper? Cloth diapers, although not often used for their originally intended purpose, are still easy to find and relatively inexpensive. But they are anything BUT attractive and we all want our newborn babies to be beautifully accessorized! With each new baby of my own (and many for my friends and family) I find myself hunched over a sewing machine making matching receiving blankets and spit rags. Here is one of my favorite, and most useful projects to complete before the new bundle arrives!
Step 1 – Purchase a package of cloth diapers, round up a cute scrap of fabric (flannel works best!) about 5x20 inches long, and coordinating trim (optional).
Step 2 – Measure the middle section of your burp cloth. Mine were 4” x 19”.
Step 3 – Cut out a piece of fabric approximately a ½ inch larger than the middle section of your burp cloth. I cut mine to 4 ½” x 19 ½”
Step 4 – Fold edges of the fabric down ¼“ on all four sides and press.
Step 5 – Lay fabric down the middle of the cloth diaper and sew a 1/8th inch stitch, all around, to secure. (If you are not using any trim pieces I recommend using a zigzag or a decorative stitch to secure the fabric to the cloth well. If you sew anything like I do this will also help to hide your less than straight lines)
Step 6 – If attaching a piece of trim (I like to use ric rac, lace, or ribbon) lay the trim over the top of your first stitch and pin.
Step 7 – Sew, using a zigzag stitch to secure. Repeat on the other side.
Step 8- To finish the ends you can either attach more trim or simply use your zigzag stitch to hold the ends shut.