I had the time last night to sew up these quick burp cloths (or swipers, as my mother calls them). They were really easy and fun. Also a great way for me to practice sewing in a straight line (yes, some of us need to practice that. It’s sad.)
– 1/2 yard of flannel, plus flannel scraps. If you don’t have flannel scraps then get 3/4 or a whole yard to give you the extra.
-1/2 yard of complementary cotton, 42″ wide
The finished dimensions should be 8″ wide and 20″ long. Small variations longer, shorter, or wider are fine, but don’t make it more narrow. Cut out your main pieces (9″ wide and 21″ long to include a 1/2″ seam allowance) and the contrast. You should be able to get four out of each 1/2 yard. Cut strips of flannel 5″ wide and the same length. You can sew together scraps, use the selvage, whatever. It won’t show and is simply for extra absorbency.
Put right sides together, and add your reinforcing strip right down the middle, face down, on top of the other flannel piece. Sew together with a zig-zag stitch around all of the edges, leaving a 4″ gap for turning on one long side. Turn the project inside out, being sure to get the corners nice and sharp, and then topstitch around the whole thing, closing the turning hole in the process. Press, press, press at every step, and use pins to keep the fabric layers in place.
I like to fold my cloths with a triangle to show off the contrast. I include a tag as well, identifying the fabric content and giving care instructions. If there are moms out there who have different sizes in mind for their favorite/most useful burp cloths, I’d love to hear it!