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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.  If you like this post, be sure to check out my other baby crafts as well.

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

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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

DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

DVD Case Coloring Kit Personalizing Kids Stuff without Names "Tiny Dancer" Dance Bag DIY Future Mr. Darcy Onesie ExtraCared for Onesie DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques Adorable DIY Baby Onesies! DIY 3D SpongeBob Invitations Personalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets: Ready, Aim, FIRE! baby gift ideas using your Silhouette Machine

1. unOriginal Mom // 2. Architecture of a Mom // 3. Crafty Bonds // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Weekend Craft // 6. Cutesy Crafts // 7. DIYJustCuz // 8. My Paper Craze // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. From Whine to Whine

Also take a look at How to Make a Blanket for a Baby.

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Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

am wanting to try this as babies coming. Is a silhouette only machine you can use.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 10th of March 2022

You can also use a Cricut if you know how to turn the PDF patterns into a cut file by uploading them. I actually prefer using my Cricut for projects now. The Cricut Maker has a rotary blade that cuts fabric really well.


Thursday 16th of January 2020

Cute, simple, and unique - love it! Was looking for ways to use my baby blanket scraps - I think this is it! Thanks for sharing your ideas!


Thursday 28th of February 2019

May I ask where you bought the diapers, I’m new at this and I want to start doing fun baby stuff, your animals r so cute

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Friday 1st of March 2019

I believe I bought them at Walmart (Gerber brand), but they are hard to find like this now. Make sure they say 6 ply on the package.


Wednesday 20th of May 2015

thyank you


Wednesday 29th of April 2015

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

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

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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