Recently, my sister-in-law was visiting us and telling me about how she was going to go buy a baby shower present for one of her friends. My Mother-in-law and I told her how much we preferred to use Gerber Baby cloth diaper inserts as burp rags instead of the fancy small thin burp rags that they sell in stores.
When my daughter was born, I took Gerber cloth diaper inserts and sewed satin seam binding around the edges. We all loved them! My daughter loved the soft satin edge, my husband and I loved the wide area for catching spit up as well as they made great mini absorbent blankets to go over her lap/chest when she was in her car seat. The center is perfect for catching major spit up and it’s big enough incase somehow a spray zone is created.
I was thrilled when my sister-in-law was game to let me help her make her friend some fancy cloth diaper burp cloths. I hadn’t made them in a long time, so I made three different types.
1. Fabric panel burp cloth
2. Fabric panel plus 2 ends satin seam binding burp cloth
3. Fabric panel plus all sides satin seam binding.
Here’s the how to:
- Gerber cloth diapers with thick center.(VERY IMPORTANT! There are several types all very similar)
- Satin seam binding-I prefer 1 1/2″ or 2″
- Fabric for center panels
My mother is incredibly talented at sewing and I always hear her in the back of my mind when I’m sewing saying “the secret is to pre-wash your fabric and have a nice hot iron.”
I prewashed all the fabric items in free and clear detergent and used the steam function of my iron to get everything nice and flat for measuring and cutting.
I used the center panel of the cloth diaper as my measuring point and allowed 1/2″ for seam allowance on the two long ends of the fabric. For the satin binding cloths, I did not allow for seam allowance at the short ends as that would be covered. For the pure fabric panel cloths , I did the 1/2″ all away around.
I took the fabric panels and folded over to make a nice edge crease and pressed it with my very hot iron. The pressed seam then makes it so nice to pin directly onto the thick center panel of the cloth diaper.
Basic pinning and sewing is all you do:-)
I’ve also included pictures of how I folded and pressed the seams to make the solid fabric panel plain burp cloth.
Here are pictures to help guide you on your way:
I love that we made a variety of styles.
This may just be a project that gets puked on but I hope the mother to be will love it and see how useful this style really is.
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3