Classic cloth diapers are absorbent. They can be used as burp cloths to clean up your baby, helping you save money from buying a couple at the store. In this article, I will teach you simple steps on how to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers. Read on to learn more about this easy-as-pie tutorial.
What Is The Best Fabric For Burp Cloth
Cotton chenille is the finest fabric I’ve seen for absorbent burp cloths and is much preferable to any other type when paired with a terry cloth overlay for absorption. The cotton chenille looks after the moisture by having the “solids” on the surface, and you get absorbency, and you’re not left with mud that gets all over you and the baby. Finding the right fabric will make your cloth craft durable and porous. A good alternative is to use cloth diapers; thus, this article talks about how to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers.
How to Make Baby Burp Cloths from Cloth Diapers
- Gather Supplies. I bought a 10-pack of quality 6-ply pre-fold cloth diapers with absorbent lining and several cotton fat quarters. The good thing about utilizing fat quarters (22-inches x 18-inches) is that you won’t have to trim the length twice, so you don’t have to sit half the day at the cutting counter. I chose to work with seven different fabrics; almost every fat quarter provides the necessary material for three burp cloths.
- Prewash, Iron and Cut Your Fabric. To extract and preshrink ‘route waste,’ I placed both the cloth diapers and fat quarters in the washer and dryer. I cut my fabric into pieces, which were 22-inches long x 5 and ¾-inches tall after ironing. Don’t over-stress perfect dimensions. That is something we can fix in the next step.
- Press Your Fabric Using a Cardboard Template. Here’s a fun trick I learned from making burp cloths. I used a piece of cardboard to build a four and ¾-inches wide x 17-inches long design. The distance is the most important measurement, so if the length is wider than the cloth diaper, that’s good. Use a model instead of a seam indicator should finally save you lots of time as you click. Only put your fabric on the wrong side up, pop up in your first model, and rapidly and efficiently push down ½-inches on either side. Exit from above between 1 and ¼-inches and do not care about the bottom edge for now. This is the trickiest aspect of the whole burp cloths tutorial, and it’s not even that difficult. I used several various approaches to cope with the top layer, and this one performed well for me. I quickly folded around ¼-inches of fabric underneath, and then pushed the remainder of the layer across the top of the design to establish a smooth, tidy look.
- Pin Your Fabric to the Cloth Diaper. You should consider amazing measurements on every single one of them! So, nest your fabric’s pressed edge over the center of the cotton diaper, and middle it as easiest to work down the way. Mine still wound up on each hand at about 4 cm, offering or removing a quarter inch. So when the proportions weren’t working out, I just had faith in my head. I fixed the fabric in three positions on either side of the cloth diaper.
- Stitch Across the Top Edge. Turn the cloth gently to the rear side and draw a simple stitch over the fabric’s top edge. I used 2.5 stitches, a needle placed to the left, and then lined the cloth’s left side and passed the stitch. I began and stopped right before falling off the cotton onto the cloth and backstitched to protect the thread at both ends.
- Stitch Down the Right Edge and Up the Left Edge of the Fabric. I used the ever-so-faint middle line on my presser foot to match up the fabric’s correct side, until turning my garment around to the end. In this section, you want to get very close to the ground, taking pins out while moving. Begin a new stitch up the left side after having backstitched at the bottom of the right edge. It’s a fine thing to design a straight line (or vertical line in my case). Now, you would have stitched the top, center, and left sides.
- Press the Bottom Edge. Take off the extra fabric at the edge, and you wind up with the extra one and ¼-inches inside. It’s best if you’re rubbing the cloth the same as you did the top edge. You can guess what happens next.
- Stitch Across the Bottom Edge. Then pin your seams, and a super cool, super simple burp cloth is made. And you’ll be shocked how easily, once you hit your rhythm, you can smash a lot out again.
How to Take Care Of Your Burp Cloths
After you’ve run through the steps on how to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers, it only fits to know also how to take care of your new-found craft. When traces from the formula, breast milk, and infant food leave the cloth, it can easily decolor the burp cloths. Use a 3-step process to ensure that they remain fresh, vivid, and clean. Spray the clothes with a stained counter before sticking them in the washer. Find a product made specifically for babies. Add a generous volume of spray to the stain, and then move back and forth the substance to stimulate the mark. Let it stay for 5 to 10 minutes when the discoloration softens a little.
Using detergent to wash burp cloths can be safe for children. Add the burp cloths on the washing machine with the remaining stain fighter. Upon completion of the cycle, allow the fabrics to hang outside or pop them into the dryer. If you are using a machine, make sure that the heat is low. It will ensure the fabric does not shrink and then keep them in your baby drawer or changing pad bag. Find out more about burp cloths.
Newborn babies can cause a lot of mess because of their spit-ups and drools. It is important to always have a burp cloth on the side, which’s absorbent and easy-to-clean. Hopefully, these simple steps on how to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers can help you create one instead of spending money on buying.