Super Easy Serger-Made Burp Cloth Tutorial

April 17, 2015 in Projects

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This reversible burp cloth is so so so easy to make! If you missed the simple coordinating bib, see the tutorial here!

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  • Serger and Sewing Machine (if you don’t have a serger, follow this burp cloth tutorial)
  • 2 layers of fabric (I recommend flannel for 1 or both sides), cut to desired size (13″ x 18″ is what I cut mine at)
  • All purpose sewing thread (to sew ribbon and letter) and 4 cones of serger thread (I used a contrasting thread so it would stand out)
  • Fabric marker
  • Optional: coordinating/contrasting ribbon trim

1. Cut your 2 layers of fabric to your desired size. I cut mine at 13″ wide x 18″ long. Use a cup or the like to round 1 corner. IMPORTANT: don’t make the curve too tight; it will need to easily glide around through the serger. In fact, if this is your first time serging curves, I’d recommend making it a pretty wide, round curve. 🙂 Then, fold your fabric into fourths and cut all of your corners with that same curve. Cut and stitch your ribbon trim on, as desired. Then, personalize it. It’s a cute addition!

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I sketched out my letter with chalk and then used the reinforced straight stitch to follow my sketch. If you’re not great at free hand, sketch your outline on a piece of paper first, or find a stencil online and print, or you can find them at craft stores. You could also just purchase a letter patch and stitch it on the burp cloth!


But, here’s an applique that I did with my embroidery machine for another burp cloth gift!


2. Place the backside face down.

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Then, place your top side face up. You can trim your 2 sides if they are uneven or just let the serger do this for you.

Set your serger up for a 4-thread overcasting stitch. Stitch width at M or 6.5 and length at 2.5. If you place a couple of pins to help hold the layers together, SET THEM AT LEAST 2″ away from the edge to be serged so that they don’t even get close to the blade or serger foot! You can start anywhere you like, serge the 2 layers together around it’s entire perimeter, taking your time around the corners. Make sure your fabric doesn’t stray from the needles. It may take some practice, so if you are new to serging, you might practice serging some curves before serging the real thing. Overlap your end and beginning serger stitches about an 1″ or 2.”

Trim your serger tail. I like to stitch over my overlapped serger stitches with my sewing machine to make sure they don’t come un-serged.

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All done! So simple!

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Find the bib tutorial here! They’re both pretty fun to make, but, more fun to give! And, then, it’s the best when you see baby wearing/using what you made! 🙂 Happy Serging! I always love to see what you’re making with our projects here at Totally Stitchin’! Post some pictures on our Totally Stitchin’ Facebook page!!

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