Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Burbies Tutorial


1 cloth diaper (the one with the padding down the center)
5/8 yd of fabric
matching thread
basic sewing supplies, sewing machine, iron
  • You may want to wash your diaper and fabric to preshrink it before putting it together.
  • If you purchase a yard of fabric, you can make a gift set of burbie cloth and the pack and go bag for the disposable diaper and wipes container.
Measure the diaper to determine how big you need to cut your fabric. Cut your fabric 1" larger than the length of your diaper and 5" wider than your diaper. Whether you're making just one burbie or a dozen you'll want to measure each one separately and not assume they're all the same size, trust me they're not.

Mark and draw a line 1-1/2 inches from the edge of the diaper as shown.

These two lines will be the placement lines for the fabric.

Fold under a 1/2" at the top and bottom of your fabric piece; press with the iron.

Pin one raw edge of the fabric to one long side of the diaper, placing the raw edge of the fabric on the line that was drawn in step one. Be sure the raw edge is facing the outside edge of the diaper and that the right side of the fabric is on the diaper. Stitch fabric and diaper together using a 1/2" seam from the edge of the fabric. Do the same for the other edge of the diaper and fabric.

  • Because the diaper has a little more give (stretch), stitching with the fabric on the top and the diaper on the bottom will help to stabilize your stitching and prevent the diaper from stretching and distorting your project.
After stitching, turn project right side out. You should have a 2" border of fabric on the sides of your diaper. Press, not iron your piece.

Align your top edges (remember, they're still open) and stitch close to the edge. Do the same to the bottom.

Your burbie is now ready to use.