Tutorial: Super Soft Burp Cloths

So, are you ready for a one-hour project? These burp cloths are my go-to baby shower gift, and once you see how quickly and easily they come together, they’ll be yours too!

The printed fabric on one side makes for a stylish gift, and the Chenille on the makes these the most absorbent and soft burp cloths I’ve used.

For two burp cloths you need the following:

– 1 fat quarter of your choice for the front* (or a piece of fabric approximately 22″ x 18″, OR two pieces of fabric 11″ x 18″). Cotton fabric is a must. I suggest quilting cotton or double-gauze.
– A piece of cotton Chenille* (same size as above) for the back.
– White cotton thread

*NOTE: All fabrics should be washed and dried first. I does matter with this project.
*ON BUYING CHENILLE: I get my chenille at Joanne’s. It usually costs $12.99/yard which is more than I’m willing to spend, so I just wait until I have a 40% or 50% off coupon and buy it then. Chenille is extra-wide, so one yard will give you a lot of fabric. Chenille looks and feels a lot different after its washed and dried, so make sure you do that right when you get home. And be forewarned: it will create a lot of lint in your drier’s lint catch.

Lay out your fat quarter and take a look. After ironing you’re going to cut it into two pieces.

Iron your fabric.

Remove the selvage edge. (And check to make sure that the other sides of your fabric are straight. If you need to straighten them out, now’s the time.)
The quickest way to cut your fabric into two equally sized rectangles is to fold it in half and cut along the folded edge. Make sure the piece you cut off is as small as possible; that way you loose the least amount of fabric.
Now you have two rectangles of equal size.
Lay one of your front pieces on top of your Chenille. I like to cut both pieces of Chenille at the same time, so I lay my front piece on top of two layers. NOTE: In the pictures the direction of my Chenille is horizontal, but I prefer the Chenille lines to be vertical on my burp cloths. I find it makes for a more professional-looking finished product. I didn’t realize I’d cut it horizontally until I got to the next step and couldn’t be bothered to go back and cut more Chenille. Plus, the burp cloths are fine either way. I just thought I’d mention it to you so that you can make the choice either way.
Here is a picture of the two layers of Chenille before I cut:

Lay your front and back pieces with right sides facing. You’re about to start stitching them together!

A note on pinning: I don’t actually pin my burp cloths before sewing, but the Chenille can be a bit squirrelly while it’s under the machine so I suggest pinning these your first time around. If you don’t pin, your sewn pieces can be a little wonky (which you’ll see in one of the pictures below). It doesn’t affect the final product, but if you’re a perfectionist it might make you feel a bit crazy.

Begin stitching 1/4 inch from the edge of your fabric. The easiest way to do this is to line up the edge of your presser foot with the edge of your fabric. You need to leave an opening so you can turn the burp cloth inside out. Start stitching one or two inches from a corner and stitch all the way around until you’ve stitched one or two inches past the fourth corner. Your opening needs to be at least 5″ wide. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Do your best to keep the edges of the fabric in place, but don’t worry if it looks a little wonky when you’re done stitching. Chenille is very forgiving. But always make sure you keep your presser foot lined up with your TOP fabric, and don’t let the Chenille get so squirrelly that it misses your stitches.
Now it’s time to cut your corners (without cutting into your stitches!) and remove any excess. On my second burp cloth I had some excess on the bottom. This happens sometimes when the fabrics shift during sewing.

Turn your burp cloth inside out and smooth it out nicely. Make sure you push the corners out.

It’s time to iron your burp cloths. If they went a little wonky under the machine you can fix a lot of that under the iron. 

Make sure you press the edges of your opening in nicely. You’re going to stitch those down in the next step.

Take your nicely-pressed burp cloth back to the machine and edge stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, all the way around. This will secure the opening and help the burp cloth keep its shape. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

I like to stitch around the burp cloth a second time for added effect, especially if the burp cloth is for a baby boy.

And VOILA, you’re done!

If you have labels or tags, now it the time to add them.

Tags with the name of my shop, the Little Boo Boutique

Now stand back and admire your finished product!

(Don’t you love my cute little model?)

I hope you enjoyed my very first tutorial! If you have questions, please leave a comment and I’ll answer them. And I’d LOVE to see pictures of your finished product. If you blog about the burp cloths you’ve made, I’d appreciate a link back to this blog. 😉

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to be here, friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend crafting, sewing, relaxing or doing whatever you enjoy the most! See you Monday.


  1. says

    Thank you for taking the time to make tutorials, they are so helpful for us beginners!! I just got some chenille and can’t wait to try…can you give a reason for suggesting cotton over flannel?

  2. says

    I’m so glad you like them, Michelle! My main reason for choosing cotton over flannel is that I usually find prints I like better in the quilting cottons. Ha! That’s about it. Flannel works great and is also very absorbent. But since the chenille is so absorbent I find it’s enough for these burp cloths. You can certainly use flannel! I also like to use a cotton called double gauze. It’s softer than quilting cotton and makes these burp cloths the perfect weight.

  3. says

    Hey! I stumbled on this post when I google searched “cotton sherpa or chenille for burp cloths.” haha! Why did you decide to go with Chenille? Do you know anything about Sherpa?

  4. Anonymous says

    Also wondering which kind of chenille you used, there seems like theres lots of choices. Like natural and cotton etc.

  5. says

    Thank You so much for this tutorial!! I will be making these for my new Grandbabies due in June. This was very helpful 🙂 Thank You.