Chenille Burp Cloth
Chenille Burp Cloth
Create a personal, practical, and adorable baby shower gift with this easy project! Use fabric scraps to create a soft (and absorbent!) burp cloth that both mom and baby will appreciate. Pair with the Chenille Washcloth [LINK] project for a coordinated present.
BEFORE YOU START
- You want the fabric you use for the burp cloth to fray after you sew, cut and wash it—that’s what will create the chenille texture—so be sure to choose woven fabrics like cotton, flannel, rayon, or a homespun.
- Bright flannels sometimes bleed when washed, adding an unintentional tinge to an otherwise beautiful project. To minimize color bleeding, pre-treat flannel pieces by washing them.
- Keep your burp cloth simple by using the same fabric for all layers, or mix & match for a more colorful look.
3/4 yd. flannel fabric (use cotton, linen, or homespun for variety)
Thread to match
Chalk marker or marking pencil
Basic sewing supplies
- Cut three 8” x 19” rectangles and one 10” x 21” rectangle for backing.
- Layer three smaller rectangles on top of the larger rectangle. Smaller rectangles should all be facing up, with the bottom, larger rectangle facing down. Center the top rectangles over the bottom, larger rectangle so there is 1” on each side.
- Place 45-degree ruler on lower edge of fabric. Draw a diagonal line to the top of the fabric edge.
- Stitch through all four layers of the block, using the diagonal line as a guide.
- Continue to sew parallel lines ¾” apart on the diagonal, covering the entire rectangle.
- Cut channels open for top three layers using the OLFA Chenille Cutter. Set cutter guide to “L” or “LL”. Be careful not to cut through the bottom layer.
- Fold the backing toward the front to the edge of the center block. Press.
- Fold the backing edge again, covering the raw edges of the center. Press.
- Top stitch all around.
- Wash and dry to fluff.
TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
- You can vary the look of your chenille by sewing the lines different widths apart. For a softer look, sew lines or channels 1/8” or ¼” apart. For a more textured look, sew channels 3/8” or ½” apart.
- To speed up sewing, you can increase the stitch length on your sewing machine to 3.0.
- Be sure to pull fabric taut as you sew along the first diagonal line to ease stitching and prevent puckering.
- Sew one line of stitching in one direction, and then sew in the opposite direction for the next line. Repeat until sewing is complete. This will prevent the stitching from pulling in one direction and causing distortion.