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Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

My friend Jolyn, the Queen of Handmade Burp Cloths, taught me years ago how to turn regular white burp cloths into posh fabric-covered burp cloth sets in less than an hour. Cute, huh? And oh so useful too – my #1 baby gift criteria. Recently it seems like everyone is having babies and I have to admit I feel a little bit of pressure to make them something handmade.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

This time I’ve added a little twist: a couple of handy loops to keep track of toys or binkies on the go.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Just attach one or more plastic baby links to the loop and voila! A mini travel-blanket burp cloth to toss on your shoulder or in your baby bag, keeping shoulders spit-up free in style.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

WANNA MAKE IT? Free pattern, step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for making my DIY Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies craft project –>

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Supplies:

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1. Cut your pieces

You can pre-wash your burp cloths and fabric if you want but usually I skip it and hope that they’ll shrink together. Iron the cloth flat. Measure your burp cloth. Add 2″ to the length measurement (assuming you’ll be folding over 1/2″) and add 1″ to the width measurement and cut.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

For instance, mine was 20 long and I wanted the middle fabric strip to be 4.5 inches finished. So, I cut my fabric piece 22″ x 5.5″ (which is the size you should cut if you buy the white burp cloths that I recommend from Amazon.com).

Cut two loops 4″ long x 3″ wide.

2. Make your loops

Iron your square in half so it’s 1.5″ wide and 4″ long.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Fold each raw side into the middle and press again. You’ll have a little sandwich.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew at about 1/8″ around the edges. Repeat for the other loop and set aside.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

3. Attach the fabric strip to the burp cloth

Take the long fabric piece. Turn one of the long sides under 1/2″ and iron flat. Repeat on the other side.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Lay the wrong side of your fabric piece onto the middle of the burp cloth, lining up one of the raw, short ends. Pin.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now line up the other short side on the other side of the burp cloth and pin. You’ll have a bit of a hill in the middle like this.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Sew the short end, stitching at a 1/2″ seam. Repeat on the other short side.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Now turn the burp cloth “inside out” so that the wrong side of the fabric is touching the burp cloth.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Iron flat.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Fold one of the finished loops in half. Slip the raw, unfolded edge of the loop 1/2″ under the large fabric piece — about 4″ down from the top of the burp cloth. Pin. Repeat on the other side.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Switch your bobbin thread to white. Stitch around the large fabric piece to secure it to the burp cloth. I used a straight stitch close to the edge but you can use a zigzag stitch instead if you’d like.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

3. Attach toys

Take a plastic baby link and slip it within the loop. Attach toys or binkies for safe keeping.

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this free pattern and step-by-step tutorial instructions for personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.

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17 Responses to “Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Linda, here are some on Amazon.com:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=plastic%20baby%20links&sprefix=plastic+baby+lin%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aplastic%20baby%20links

    And at Target:

    http://www.target.com/p/bright-starts-stroller-toys-lots-of-links/-/A-12200143#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=%20baby%20links

    Hope that helps and I’d love to see a picture of your own burp cloth!

  2. linda Says:

    where do i find plastic baby links

  3. Abigail Says:

    I tried your “contact me” link and it didn’t work. Do you mind if I sell these at a local craft fair?
    Abigail

  4. Abigail Says:

    Great tutorial! So easy, I made 5 in 1 hr! I used ribbons for the loops since I had a ton. Thank you for posting!

  5. suz Says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m a newbie at sewing and this is a perfect project for my present skills. Just made my first set for a baby shower coming up.

  6. Maria Filomena Says:

    Magnífica ideia!!!
    hugs

    Maria Filomena

  7. Pam Suther Says:

    I am a little confused-if you sew the short ends of the fabric to the diaper with a 1/2 inch seam allowance how is the bottom edge of the diaper even and straight across the bottom & top edges with your material? Do you fold the edges of the diaper up the 1/2 inch also? These are really cute!

  8. Sarah Says:

    I bought cloths today and then found this have two people i want to make this for going to try it as soon as i wash them. thanks for posting it.

  9. Darlene Says:

    I am definitely trying this one! Can’t wait to shop for some really cute fabrics to use! I’m sure my daughter-in-law will love it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Anne Says:

    Such an adorable idea. I am definitely making them for all my pregnant friends! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Kathy Says:

    Love this idea of adding the loops. This will be a real hit at baby showers! Thanks so very much for sharing.

  12. Jen Ward Says:

    With a 6 month old at home, I can never, NEVER find where our teething rings have disappeared to. I love this idea!

    I hope you don’t mind, but I included this in my weekly round up of Fab Finds Friday on my blog (http://babeecrafts.blogspot.com/2011/03/fabulous-finds-friday-rainy-day-fun.html)

  13. Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia Says:

    These are super cute. I have lots of pregnant friends right now, and I am just now learning to sew, but I think these are going on my must make list! Love ‘em:)

  14. Lisa Says:

    These are a great idea!

  15. Liz Says:

    you always have the most original projects! What a great twist on the basic burp cloth!!


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