Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Perfect Burp Rags {Tutorial}

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The Perfect Burp Rags at Made it on Monday

Today in Oh Baby! week I wanted to share with you what I would consider to be the perfect burp rags. I would actually consider myself an expert on burp rags and I earned that qualification. Jace was an INTENSE spittter-upper as a baby. The poor child lost a good portion of everything he ate, and was constantly having to wear a bib or have a burp rag draped over him because I just couldn’t keep up with how soaked his clothes would get otherwise. You know it’s bad when your dog gets excited over the sound of a burp because he knows there’ll be something to clean up. We finally were able to put him on a liquid dose of Pepcid (after he had several episodes of projectile spit up), and at that point he became more like your average spit-uppy kid. We later found out that his reflux issues were caused by my milk (but not my diet, we tried everything to see if it affected him) and when he went on formula at 10 months the issue just about completely disappeared.

All that to say, I was pretty aware of what was helpful and what wasn’t with burp rags. Many were too thick to easily wipe his face, too thin to protect my clothes, to wide to fit my shoulder, or too narrow to provide enough coverage. It seemed that the cuter the burp rag, the less effective it was. That is, except for one burp rag that I was given by a friend. It was perfect. And it served as the model for these burp rags that I first made for a friend and then recently for myself. Wow, would you have ever thought so much could be said about a burp rag?

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What makes these the best is that they’re flannel on one side and chenille on the other (although my Joann’s has stopped carrying the chenille in store, so I had to use terry cloth for half. I think it’ll be just as effective, just not quite as soft). These look like designer burp rags but they cost so much less!

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They are super simple and take hardly any time to make. I bought a quarter yard of each flannel fabric (I got 2 burp rags out of each quarter yard plus some left over) and, using my rotary cutter, cut them to 8x16”. I bought a yard of the chenille (or terry cloth) and just cut out as many 8x16 pieces as I could. It’s a wider fabric, so you can get more out of the chenille than the flannel. Then I just surged around the edges and tied off the chains. If you don’t have a serger, you can use a serge-like stitch. And then you’re done! It’s so simple because you don’t have to do any turning inside out, blind stitching, or extra top stitching. I love it!

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I also have fun picking out my flannels so they are cute but not too baby-ish. How fun to be able to match the burp rag to the outfit of the day?

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This time around I made more burp rags that I’ll be needing for Reese (hopefully!), so I stashed several away to save for baby shower gifts.

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Aren’t they just so cute? I’m excited to use them with Reese, just hopefully not as much as I needed them for Jace!

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  1. I have been making burp cloths with chenille on one side for a couple of years. I was so annoyed that both of the Joann's in our area do not carry it any longer. I bought some really nice terrycloth (as you did) but the chenille is just so much nicer. Wonder where I will be able to find some?!

    1. So I'm not the only one that misses the chenille? Our Joann's only has pink and blue...never seems to match anything perfectly. I was addicted to the white. Good news!!! I found it at Fabric.com and have purchased it several times there. They ship really fast. Also, there is free shipping if your order is over $35.

  2. I love those. Very cute, and super functional. I use dyed cloth diapers for my burp cloths. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes they are bad. My mom dyed 20 for me before I could give an opinion, but they get used! I like the more gauzy ones than the plain cotton ones because they are more lightweight. I love your idea, and will have to try them out sometime!

  3. I was just wondering--which side is the "correct" side -that is, the side the baby's face goes on??

    1. What I love about this burp cloth--either side is great for wiping the baby's face. When I use it over my shoulder, though, I typically will have the flannel side up because it's cute :)

  4. I love handmade burp cloths. I made a big stack for my sister-in-law last year and every time we see her I love how cute they are! I was lucky enough to have lived near a Joann's that was moving recently and I cleared them out of white, pink & blue chenille at 75% off!!! Oh, and not to mention some super adorable popcicle nursery fabric. I can't wait to have more babies(as gifts)to sew these for! Good luck with the arrival of Reese! I look forward to seeing pictures!

  5. I love this idea. I have been making chenille backed bibs for gifts, and these would be a nice thing to give with them. Thanks!

  6. These are really lovely and the fabrics are gorgeous - you seem to have wonderful fabric suppliers in the US. I'm not sure that what I know in the UK as chenille is the same as you are talking about. Can you wash it at 60 degrees? Thanks!

  7. i'm a sewing newbie-- what's a serger like stitch and what does it mean to "tie off the chains"? Can you do this on a regular sewing machine?


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