Part 1: A Winnie the Pooh Inspired Burp Cloth

January 31, 2019By Janice FergusonBaby, DIY, Embroidery 19 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Beloved for generations, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is a storied philosopher bear. In this fun inspired project, he is featured floating from a balloon, having just lifted off from The Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh’s airborne adventure is sure to delight children and those who pat their little backs awaiting the burp. Celebrate Pooh and his wisdom with THE Dream Machine or another Brother embroidery machine with Disney designs. Stitch this burp cloth for your favorite baby or for a baby shower gift. Learn an easy Madeira applique’ technique and how to combine designs. Upcoming posts will feature a coordinating Winnie the Pooh bib and blanket. What a sweet layette the three pieces will make!

  • Fabric: flannel: 10 x 20”, green gingham check: 10 x 20”, 11”x 1.5”
  • Designs: designs: Pooh balloon and Tall Grass
  • Threads: embroidery, construction, water soluble, monofilament, bobbin
  • Notions: glue stick, waste cardboard approximately 11” x 4” (for glue stick application), 11” baby rick rack, 66” ruffled grosgrain ribbon, tearaway stabilizer, #75 needle
  • Or another Brother embroidery machine with Disney designs embroidery/sewing machine with 5×7 frame NOTE: This could also be embroidered in the 4×4 frame by rehooping.
  • Feet: Open Toe Foot, J Multipurpose foot, W Embroidery foot


  1. Starch and press 10” x 1.5”gingham. Fold in half rendering a strip 5” x 1.5”.
  2. Use erasable marker to draw irregular curve at top edge of folded gingham to mimic terrain. Make the line near the fold relatively flat with at least ¼-3/8” between line and top raw edge.

  1. Attach open toe foot. Thread needle with water soluble thread then stitch slowly, directly on marked line.
Note: Use of knee lift is helpful for frequent pivoting to insure a smooth line.

  1. Press on unmarked side.
Note: Pressing directly on water soluble thread may melt it.
  1. Trim ¼” from stitching line. Clip curve exactly perpendicular to stitching line.

  1. Turn right side out. Press, making certain that the seam runs along the top folded edge.

  1. Apply spray starch, followed quickly by PRESS.

Note: Do not slide iron over fabric. Lift to determine if gingham is completely, positively dry. Make certain it is before proceeding.
  1. Pull gently to unfold the gingham. If there is resistance, carefully clip the thread which did not dissolve. Press out center fold.

Remove Water Soluble Thread!

  1. Apply glue stick to WRONG side of Madeira hem. Then press baby rick rack so that points extend beyond folded edge.
Note: Place Madeira wrong side up on card board to prevent glue getting onto unwanted surface.

Note: Pressing the rick rack strengthens the adhesive.
  1. Pin Madeira hem to right side of flannel, matching raw edges. Handle gingham carefully so as not to disturb the rick rack. Baste hem to flannel along bottom edge with very scant ¼”seam allowance.
  2. Thread needle with monofilament, select zig zag stitch #1-10, w 1.5, L 1.2, attach open toe foot and knee lift.
  3. Join gingham Madeira hem to flannel by zig zagging slowly into the rick rack and the gingham. Pivot frequently with your wonderful knee lift.

  1. Use a saucer and salad plate or bowl to mark flannel with rounded corners, shoulder curves and opening for turning. Use water soluble or heat erasable marker.

Note: These marks to help with design placement. After embroidery, they will be transferred to wrong side.


  1. Transfer tall grass design and Pooh with balloon to memory stick.
  2. Hoop tearaway stabilizer in 5×7 frame. Spray lightly with adhesive. Place flannel with hem ½” to 1” from bottom of frame.
  3. Baste flannel in place with frame approximately 5 x 7”. To baste with built in shapes, select #4 in the right column of the opening embroidery menu.

  1. Select rectangle shape #10 on the next page. Select the straight stitch frame #10.

  1. Resize frame to nearly fill 5×7 frame. Use arrow keys to enlarge the rectangle.

  1. Baste flannel to stabilizer.

  1. Select the Pooh with balloon design then select the camera tab at the top of the page, boxed in red. Then scan the frame.
Note: Placement of Pooh is not important at this time. After the other component, Tall Grass, is added, the designs can be repositioned.

  1. Add the tall grass design.

  1. Use stylus to drag designs in position, taking care to avoid any overlapping stitches.
  2. Embroider design, changing colors as desired.


  1. Transfer marks to wrong side of flannel.
  2. Stack 10 x 20” flannel and gingham, right sides together, with marked flannel on top.
  3. Attach J foot and straight stitch with foot edge on fabric raw edge, treating the curves as the edge of the fabric. Leave marked opening for turning.
  4. Trim excess fabric from curves. Clip curves and turn right side out.
  5. Fold edges of opening toward center and close with straight stitch close to the edge. Press.
  6. Thread needle with monofilament, attach open toe foot and stitch gathered ribbon to flannel edge. Place ribbon’s gathering thread about ¼” from outer edge of flannel. When ends meet, stitch through overlap and apply seam sealant to raw ribbon edges.
Note: It is helpful to reduce tension when using monofilament.

A super cute Winnie the Pooh burp cloth is now finished!


  • Your projects just get nicer and nicer, this one is so much fun and the trim just takes it a real cut above. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Thank you, Kim. This is the kind of thing that is so much fun to make that having it on hand for a special baby in the family or a dear friend is well worth the trouble. Thanks for your sweet comment.

    • Shirley, I wish you had one too! In my humble opinion, every woman should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with a Brother Dream Machine! You can make a very similar burp cloth using another machine. I hope your dream of a Dream comes true.

  • Thank you, Kim. I’m glad you like this. Baby showers are frequent and friends are having babies or grands all the time. Iif you make one up, it would be nice to have on hand for those occasions.

  • Thanks so much for this lovely cute pattern. I sew baby things for sale and this is a keeper. Sadly to say I do not have a do not have a Dream Machine, but I do have a Innovis 1200 which I have had for years, plus I have the Winnie Pooh design, so I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    • Lynn, what a fun business you have! I love making baby things. With your wonderful Brother Innovis 1200 and the Pooh design, you are ready to take on this project. Just a note: I wish I had used a fusible batting between the layers. The upcoming Pooh bib has that and it seemed to be a big improvement. Happy sewing on your beloved Brother Innovis 1200!

  • With twin great-grands and another on the way I can see this keeping me busy and the Momma’s very happy!

  • Rheeta, aren’t you a lucky great grandmother! You will have a great time making this little burp cloth and the upcoming matching bib. Thanks or your comment.

  • While I’ve always liked Pooh gliding with his balloon, the tall grass beneath just makes the design complete and stunning. What an adorable burp cloth! What new mama wouldn’t love having such a cute one!

    • Donna, like you, Pooh floating with the balloon has always been a favorite of mine. The grass below gives some reassurance that he is at a safe altitude. Babies don’t care about cut burps or bibs, but mamas and daddies appreciate every little accessory that helps them smile through messy baby incident. Thank you for your kind comment.

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