March 19, 2013

Simply Embellished Burp Cloths

Back when my boys were babies I saw a lot of embellished burp cloths.  They often added a large strip of fabric down the middle.  While they were cute, they were a little too bulky.  I wanted a way to add a little more fun to a not-so-fun item, but without any extra bulk.  Here's what I came up with.

The project was really easy and pretty fast, too.  They make an easy shower gift.

I already had these colored burp cloths in a drawer.  I think they came from JoAnn's originally, but I'm not sure because they've been in my drawer for years.

Anyhow, I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and their ribbon was all 50% off, so I took a few of these home with me.

I ironed the ribbon in half as shown and cut it to be a little longer than the burp cloth.

I like to melt the edges of the ribbon to that you don't have to fold them under.  So I pulled out a lighter and melted the edge, then I place it over the edge of the burp cloth and began to sew.  I sewed down the little edge....

....and then turned and sewed down the long edge.

At the end it looked like this.....

.....and then I trimmed it to look just right.....

...and melted the edge at that end at well.  You don't really hold the flame on the ribbon - just close to it and you can watch it melt.  Then it won't fray at all.

I mixed and matched colors for fun.

And I made some girly white, pink, and red ones, too.

And there you have it.  Super simple.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Those are so cute! I'm making burp cloths for a couple of new littles in my life - cute fabric prints on one side, plain white cotton flannel on the other. Love what you did here!

  2. Cute. I also like flat cloth diapers (osocozy) or the Ikea burp cloths and have had a blast dying and stenciling them.

  3. Those are way cute. I just have dyed ones in fun colors. I agree with you about the bulkiness of the added fabric in the middle. I may have to try the ribbon for an upcoming shower.

  4. These are so cute! I've done this with bias tape before, but this is way easier/cheaper/cuter! Thanks for the inspiration!


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