I've made burpcloths for years - such a cute baby gift, and so easy. Recently I've changed my style to the frayed edge - it's a trendy look, but I like it. You can probably figure out how to make these on your own, but here's a quick tutorial on how to make a frayed edge burpcloth.
2 pieces of fabric (I use baby flannel) size 9 inches by 18 inches
If you want a monogram or other decoration, sew that on first. Mongorams are cute and can be easily done without an embroidery machine - just use iron-on heat-n-bond, cut out a letter, fuse it to your fabric, then zigzag tight around the egde.
To assemble the burpcloth, first stack your material with WRONG SIDES TOGETHER - this goes against what you know about sewing! (Usually it's always right sides together)
Now, if you want extra shape, you can do this next step - it you want to keep it sqauare, skip this step. With the stack of 2 pieces, fold in half and cut like picture - come in towards the fold and round the corners near the raw edge.
Open back up and sew together along edge with a generous 5/8 inch seam as shown:
Then grab your scissors and cut perpendicular to your stitch line. Make cuts about 1/4 to 1/2 in apart (I just eyeball it). Be sure not to cut where you sewed. This is the most time-consuming part of this whole project, and once you get going it doesn't take that long.
Then throw it in the wash and do a rinse cycle and then dry it in the dryer. This will rough up the edges. And voila, done - you can wow the mother-to-be with your amazing skills.
entering the CSI fabric and sewing challenge: