DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

I love to use cloth diapers as burp cloths for my babies.  They are so absorbent, and a lot cheaper than buying regular burp cloths at the store!  I wanted to dress mine up a little, so I added some woodland animal appliques to match the muslin swaddling blankets that I made.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the appliques, but you can definitely make some of your own DIY burp cloths without one.  My Silhouette just makes it a lot easier/faster to cut the detailed parts of the designs.

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

To make these appliqued burp cloths, you’ll need:

I’ve written up a full tutorial on how to do this below, but this video that I made a while back might also help.  It shows how to cut an applique using the Silhouette.

First thing you need to do is cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly smaller than the piece of fabric that you are using.  Place it with the webbing side down on the back of the fabric.  Follow the instructions on your product and iron it on.


Peel off the paper backing.


Put the fabric face-up on your cutting mat and cut your applique design.  (If you aren’t using a Silhouette, you can trace the pattern onto the paper side of the interfacing before you iron it on, and just cut it out with scissors.)

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

Put the applique on the bottom, middle of your cloth diaper/burp cloth and iron it down.

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

To make sure it doesn’t come off during washing, sew around the design.  Get as close as you can to the edges without going off.

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

And you’re done!  Much cuter than a plain white cloth diaper for a burp cloth!

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques


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20 Responses to DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

  1. My friend made us a bunch of these cloth diaper burp cloths and they were amazing! I love how you chose an animal theme. I haven’t cut fabric with my Silhouette yet but I do have a fabric blade all ready to go. Pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. I’ve been doing the diaper burp cloths as gifts for a while now Coordinate w flannel blankets and use a strip of flannel with an appliqué on the fabric. Huge hit. If I could figure out how to attach a picture of a set I would! I wandered over here to this wonderful post because I am wanting to make the plunge & get a Silhouette Portrait and wanted to make sure it will cut fabric. I also decorate onesies Just did a onesie station at a shower. Fueling my desire for a Silhouette!!! Darling burp cloths

    • Thank you! If you like to make appliques, you would definitely love having a Silhouette! You can get so much more detail and save so much time using it for the cutting. I’ve always wanted to do a onesie station at a shower. Maybe someday.

  3. Do you mind if I ask how often you have to replace the blade with your Silhouette for fabric cutting? I am pretty certain I want the Silhouette rather than a Cricut because I think I can scan in my colorbook images and then use them in the Silhouette software if I am reading correctly. I use colorbooks a lot for my images for decorating onesies. Any info on blade replacement or general Silhouette usage with fabric would be greatly appreciated. I loaded a couple of my burp cloth sets and onesies on Pinterest the other day in my One a Onesie board (janadoran) Again, thanks

    • It’s all going to depend on how often you use your blade. You’ll definitely want a separate one for cutting fabric vs paper, that will keep it sharper. They sell a blue one so you can separate the two. I’ve only ever bought one fabric blade, and it still seems to be working ok. With both the Silhouette and the new Cricut, you can design your own shapes to cut out. I believe the Silhouette has a special thing you can use to scan and cut directly, so that would be good with your colorbook images. I don’t recommend buying the Silhouette brand interfacing. It’s the same as Heat N Bond, but Heat N Bond is cheaper and you can buy it at the fabric store. Just looked at your oneseies on that pinterest board. SO CUTE!

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