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I started this blog with this bib and burp cloth tutorial in mind. Since becoming a new mom, I’ve realized you can never have too many bibs or burp cloths! I have a ton of fat quarters sitting around, and wanted a quick project to use those up. Hopefully you’ll find this tutorial easy to follow. I’ll probably break it up into a few parts, just because it’ll be kinda long.
This tutorial will make two bibs and two burp cloths. A later tutorial will show you how to make two paci clips!
What You’ll Need for your Bib and Burp Cloth
- 2 Coordinating Fat Quarters
- 3 Prefold Cloth Diapers
- 4″ Onewrap Velcro (I’ll explain why in a bit)
- Thin Piece of Cardboard for Template
- Printed Bib Template (Sign up for my newsletter to receive this for free!)
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Disappearing Ink Marker or Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 7-Pack (31472)
(I love the FriXion pens because after marking the fabric with them, you can erase the marks using a warm iron! It’s like magic!!)
Not Pictured Above:
- Pinking Shears (They’ll make your life soooo much easier)
- Spray Starch
- Seam Ripper
Pre-wash and dry your diapers. They’ll shrink a ton, and you don’t want them shrinking after you’ve put all your hard work into them!
Once they’re washed, iron the diapers and the fabric you’re using. When you iron the diapers make sure to not stretch them too much.
Making your templates:
For your burp cloth template you’ll want to find a thin piece of cardboard. Most people prefer cereal boxes, but I just cut up a thin box I had on hand. Cut this piece to be 5″ wide by however much length you have. My piece is just shy of 15.5″ long.
The bib pattern will need to be printed. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, do! That’s how you get the pattern. Make sure to print the pattern at 100% scale (Not “Fit to Page”), and check that the box on the paper is approximately 1″ square.
Cutting the fabric:
Now’s the time to cut your fabric! You want to lay your fat quarter out horizontally (with the selvage and cut edge at the left and right).
Start by cutting a 6.5″ strip off the left hand side. This will become the main burp cloth piece.
Next cut an 8.5″ wide strip. Starting from the bottom of this strip cut an 8.5″ square out of this strip, then a 4.5″ piece. You should have one piece left that’s approximately 5″ (the exact size doesn’t matter).
Pictured is also a strip that’s 2.5″ wide, this is for a paci clip in a later tutorial. You’ll also be left with a good amount of fat quarter left, save this for a future project!
Cut the same pieces from your second fat quarter.
Now onto the sewing machine:
Match your 6.5″ strip to the middle of the long side of the contrasting 5×8.5″ piece. Pin* them together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Match the 8.5″ square to the contrasting 4.5×8.5″ piece, pin, and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press all seams towards the darker fabric.
*Confession time: I used to be a lazy pinner. That’s if I even pinned at all! My seams came out wonky, and the fabric would be stretched on one side of the seam and loose on the other. Taking the time to pin is really worth it! Your seams will look more professional and even, and you’ll do less seam ripping.
This has gotten kinda long, so catch the next tutorial for assembly and finishing!