Burpcloths! An easy tutorial

So I’ve heard from a handful of people that cloth diapers make excellent burpcloths…I guess it makes sense. If they can soak up the poo, why not the throw up? Ah, the joys I have to look forward to! 😉
I bought a bundle of cloth diapers but the plain white wasn’t doing it for me. So why not put some cute cowboys on it?!

Hopefully the cute prints will distract the naked eye from soon-to-be stainy burpcloths. 🙂

Anyway, these were super easy. I just had to share the tutorial – only 4 steps below!

If you like the fabrics, you can find them at my shop by clicking here. I used the ‘Wanna Be a Cowboy’ custom made bundle. It’s a mix of Riley Blake and Michael Miller fabrics.


Materials for 4 Burpcloths:

  • 4 fat quarters
  • 4 cloth diapers (14×20 inch)
  • 5 yards of piping
  • Coordinating thread

Step 1 – Cut a fat quarter so that it measures a 6.5″ x 19.5″ rectangle.
Note: For aesthetic purposes, depending on what way you want the print to run (vertically or horizontally), you may need to cut the fabric and then sew it so that it measures a 6.5″x19.5″ rectangle. A fat quarter will leave you enough fabric to do this.

Step 2 – Using an iron, press a 1/4″ seam inward along the perimeter of the rectangle. It should look like this:

Step 3 – Center the rectangle on the middle of the cloth diaper; pin to keep in place. Then, pin the piping along the length of the rectangle (do this for each side) as shown below.
Secure the end of the piping by simply tucking it under the fabric seam…
…and then pinning it down:
Step 4 – Lastly, sew along the perimeter of the entire rectangle to fasten the piping and the fabric onto the cloth diaper.

How easy is that?!

Choose a fat quarter bundle and make a stack! They make for excellent baby shower gifts. 🙂

Happy Quilting!

6 Responses to Burpcloths! An easy tutorial

  1. Cathy January 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    oh I love it. I used cloth diapers adn they turned in to rags. I will love making these. Been into making baby stuff lately. I am way past having babies…maybe I have empty nest syndrome!! 🙂 nah don't think so! anyway thanks for the tutorial I will give them a try and there is always someone to give them to!

  2. Cheree @ The Morning Latte January 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I've made these before but hadn't thought of the addition of piping! Great idea!

  3. Marsha January 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Wonderful idea! I have a new grandbaby on the way, and now I can make several of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Susan January 26, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  5. Tsoniki January 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh that is super easy! This is a great, quick project to make for babies. I love it. I have a few friends having babies and was wondering what to make them as I am too busy to make everyone a quilt. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Annie Cain February 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi there Jera…I have a question about one of your quilts. I have made the ‘Cuttin’ Corners’ quilt (on the Moda website) a couple of times. I love the pattern but get really frustrated because no matter what I do, I cant get the corners to meet like the sample on the tutorial! Is there something I’m not doing right?
    This is the first time I’ve been to your site..I really enjoyed visiting and seeing all the different tutorials..I’m so gonna make those candles!!
    Thank you so much!

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