Make Hand Embroidered Burp Cloths

Searching for that perfect baby gift that has that special, personal detail yet is functional as well? These hand embroidered burp cloths may be just the thing you're looking for!


These burp cloths are really easy to make and make a great personalized baby gift with a great handmade touch. The easiest way to make these burp cloths is to use regular old pre-fold cloth baby diapers yet add your own special flair. You can even make green eco-friendly embroidered burp cloths by using organic pre-fold diapers and organic cotton fabrics. The crunchy mammas in your life will appreciate that extra added sentiment.

You can even choose to make your own burp cloths from scratch and simply hand embroider them. In fact I even have a pattern for handmade baby burp cloths and a tutorial on how to make them, as well as a printable burp cloth pattern to go with it.

Never embroidered anything before! Don't worry! We'll keep it super simple. It's the little things that count, so we'll just add a name to the burp cloths. By the way, you can use this on receiving blankets, taggie blankets, clothes and more.

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What you'll need:

  • pre-fold cloth baby diapers or make your own burp cloths
  • decorative fabric
  • embroidery floss
  • bias tape

    The first thing you'll want to do is start with the hand embroidery. All I did was take a thin tipped sharpie marker and write the baby's name on the corner of the burp cloth. You could choose to use a washable marker, or disappearing ink in case of mistakes. Or if you're feeling confident but want to hide the ink just use a marker that is the same color as your thread.

    And maybe you don't have the greatest handwriting in the world. Like me. I chose to go with it, bad handwriting and all. Do a bit of practice on paper with a curly kind of lettering before you commit to cloth. Bad handwriting will only give your project that much more character!

    diy hand embroidered burp cloths
    Get ready to embroider! Get out your needle and embroidery thread. All you're really doing is sewing stitches in place to cover the writing. Work in small stitches for a flowing embroidered stitch.

    handmade burp cloths

    Never attempted this before? It's not all that hard. The trick is to start from the underside and work upwards. Any loose threads will be on the back of the burp cloth. Work in very small sections at a time. My trick is to make a small line with the embroidery floss, then, starting from underneath, I make my next stitch further ahead and come back to meet the first stitch. I work the entire piece this way. In the end, do whatever works best for you. It will come out looking great and the new Mamma-to-be will love the handmade touch and the effort you put into these hand embroidered burp cloths.

    Once your embroidery is done it's time to move on to further decorate the embroidered burp cloths. Time to give them that extra little somethin'.

    There is actually a few different ways to go about doing this. But I'll tell you what I did first.

    making burp cloths First I laid out some cute fabric on a flat work surface. I laid my burp cloths down on top of the fabric and used it as a guideline to cut out a piece of fabric the same size as the burp cloth.

    I cut the fabric out and laid it right side up on the back of the embroidered burp cloth, so that the embroidery was still facing out. I then pinned on some colored bias tape all around all four edges. I simply sewed on the bias tape so that it was holding both the decorative fabric and the cloth diaper together. This serves as a way to hide the back of the embroidery, and also gives the burp cloths a cute decorative look.


    More tips to making a personalized cloth baby diapers burp cloth...

    Bias tape can be slightly tricky to work with in this manner if you are new to sewing. It's not hard really, but can be a pain in the but when it comes to working with the corners and such. The alternative? Well , first you need to cover up the back of that embroidery. The front side of the burp cloth will look great but without covering the back of the embroidery it's messy looking. I say use applique! All you need is a little bit of fuse-able webbing from the sewing notion aisle. Simply iron a piece to the back of some decorative fabric, cut a cute shape out of the fabric, and then iron it onto the burp cloth over the back of the embroidery. Top off the entire burp cloth with a cute ruffle or ribbon trim across the ends of the burp cloths. Viola! You've got a cute hand embroidered burp cloth!

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