Reversible Bib and Burp Cloth

October 21, 2012 in Projects

Have a baby shower coming up and looking for something cute to make for the new baby? This cute bib and burp cloth just may be your answer! The flannel is so soft and the 2 layers make for a good thickness for a burp cloth!

Things you’ll need:

1/2 yd. of cute flannel fabric (I chose a sparkly pastel owl fabric)

1/2 yd. of coordinating solid flannel fabric (I just chose white)

About 30 inches of coordinating ribbon to sew to the solid side of the bib and burp cloth

A snap or Velcro for the bib


A sewing machine and embroidery machine/access to embroidery (optional)



1. I cut my burp cloth 17″ x 13″ (but, you may cut yours as big or as small as you would like. If you don’t have a bib pattern, you can purchase one, or take a look here to find lots of free downloadable patterns, or draft your own! Cut your ribbon longer than the length or width of your burp cloth and bib (in that respective order) My burp cloth ribbon was about 18″ and my bib ribbon was about 10″.

2. Pin your ribbon to your burp cloth and bib (I used coordinating thread to topstitch my ribbon on so that it would stand out a little). Stitch close to the edge of both sides of the ribbon (I moved my stitch length up to 3.0mm). Also, I like to sew both lines in the same direction. So, I sewed one side of the ribbon from top to bottom. Then, move back up to the top again to sew the other side of the ribbon down from top to bottom as well…this prevents warping a little…flannel likes to move on you!

I like to sew my ribbon first and then I embroider the baby’s name on both. I think sewing the ribbon on first allows for better name placement when embroidering, but, everyone is different. So, your next step will be to get the name embroidered on the bib and burp cloth. I got this font from MasterWorks III, embroidery digitizing computer software; check out this blog to learn about free trials of several embroidery programs (including some lettering programs)!


3. After both have been embroidered, put pretty sides together and pin. (You can trim down your excess ribbon at any point).

4. Move your needle to the center and using a regular sewing machine foot, sew around your burp cloth even with the edge of the foot (creating about a 3/8″ seam allowance) leaving open a 3-4″ space to allow the bib to be turned right side out!

5. Clip your corners and curves as shown below (I used pinking sheers around the curves).

6. Sew around the burp cloth with the same seam allowance, pivoting at the corners, again, leaving a 3-4″ hole to allow for the bib to be turned right side out. Clip your 4 corners. Turn both the bib and burp cloth right sides out and iron flat. Iron the hole as if there is a seam there (both seam allowances should be folded in about 3/8″). Now, topstitch about a 1/4″ from the edge completely around both the bib and burp cloth to close the openings. If you are comfortable, try a thread that stands out to topstitch with or try a ziq-zag around the outer edge to add a creative touch (I was only comfortable attempting the zig-zag around the burp cloth as shown 2 pictures below since it’s all straight lines). Sew your Velcro or add your snap on the bib and you’re finished!

If you have a serger and want to make a matching receiving blanket, all you need is about a yard and a fourth of fabric. Fold it in half and then half again, cut your edges and a curve on the corner (the way it’s folded will transfer the curve to all 4 corners). Then, serge around the entire outer edge. You could also just make it square/rectangle and sew rolled edges on all 4 corners if you don’t have a serger. It’s also always cute to personalize it if you have an embroidery machine or access to one! 🙂

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