DIY-The BEST Baby Burp Cloths/Rags EVER!

  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:

   Measuring the center thick panel on the cloth diaper.
  Making sure the fabric fits nicely.  See how the fabric doesn’t have the allowance on the end…this one will be used with satin seam binding.

  Folded over edge seam ironed to create nice seam to be pinned and sewn.  Pin with the seam under.  This will give you that pretty edge that we see.  You sew directly on the pretty fabric.  

Prepped and ready to sew.  Satin binding pinned and ready to sew.  How I folded the ended for the just fabric panel cloths.  Pressed and ready to sew.  Solid fabric panel cloth/rag. 

So pretty!
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

Hi! My name is Dominique and I’m lucky enough to be the wife to my True Love and mother to a little girl and a little boy. I grew up in the Midwest but have loved living in NC, our new home.

I’m actually an Industrial Engineer by schooling, but am now a domestic engineer(Stay-at-home-Mom) and feel very blessed to have this job.

I have always loved the challenge in making the most of things…whether it’s figuring out that a filing cabinet , a $10 piece of countertop and a few scraps of wood can be turned into a desk, that a curtain sheer, some ribbon, and a square piece of fabric can be transformed into an Elsa-like dress, or how to provide an interesting lunch for my little girl who is in a peanut free classroom. I love to figure things out and to create.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts. I hope that my posts will inspire you to create. I hope that with my posts you will see that They Will Love Your Effort, whether things turn our perfect or not;-)

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