My friend recently had a baby girl so I took a break from sewing for my little boy to work on a gift for her. I wanted to come up with an item that would be functional but not just the standard bib, binky strap, and snack bag that she was already going to be getting from me.
After making one, I decided my little guy needed one too. My fabrics are Oh Boy from Riley Blake to match my son’s baby quilt. Jamie’s fabrics are a mix of Riley Blake Snug as a Bug, Simply Sweet, and Basics.
To make your own quilted burp cloths, you’ll need a 9.5″ x 18.5″ piece of chenille, terry cloth, or flannel for the back, 9.5″ x 18.5″ flannel or quilt batting for the lining, and 18 3.5″ squares for the front. All fabrics should be pre-washed for shrinkage and colorfastness.
Lay out your squares in a desired pattern.
Sew the squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the strings.
Iron the seams. The even rows should have seams going one directions. The odd rows should have the seams going the opposite direction. Then sew the rows together and iron the seams to one direction.
Place the top on your lining. Use basting spray to adhere the layers together. Quilt the burp cloth as desired. I like to sew 1/4″ from each seam for straight-line quilting.
Trim the batting even with the edges of the top, as needed.
Place the top and your backing right sides together. Pin all the way around. Trim the backing even with the edges of the top, as needed.
Straight stitch all the way around with a walking foot using a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 3” opening for turning.
Trim the corners to remove excess fabric.
Flip right side out and pin the opening shut. Top stitch with an 1/4″ seam allowance.
Of course Jamie ended up with some bibs, binky straps, and snack bags anyway, but hopefully she will love this custom quilted burp cloth.