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Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies free craft project tutorial

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? Keep reading for my free baby burp cloth sewing pattern with loops for toys or binkies –>

 

Supplies:

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.

Please post a comment if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!

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