Homemade Baby Burp Cloths (2024)

Here is an easy guide to making your own burp cloths! They are super simple and perfect for beginners. Find more easy homemade baby gifts here to make!

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Have you ever been to a baby shower where the mama-to-be received totally adorable gifts and you thought “Why didn’t I think todo that?” or “I can definitely make those and not pay $20 for a set of 3!” I am here to tell you, YOU CAN DO IT!

Baby burp cloths are a fun shower gift for an expectant mama and super easy to make! Pair a small stack of these with a coordinating baby blanket and you have a thoughtful gift that any mom will appreciate. Bonus points if you coordinate with the nursery theme or the daddy-to-be’s favorite movie. << personal story 😉

Sure you can pick up a cute handmade set from Etsy, but if you have some time to run to the store and get to sewing, I recommend de-stressing by sewing up a batch of these burp cloths.

If you have the fabric pre-washed (for when the sewing time hits), you can make these during nap time and not worry about having to keep any eye on the kids while you’re focusing on sewing.

Supplies Needed to Make Baby Burp Cloths

Chooseyour Fabric

Start with the best part, choosing adorable snuggle flannel for the project! Really, you can use any flannel from the fabric store.

I usually purchase snuggle flannel. It’s so soft for new faces and the designs are absolutely adorable. For this tutorial pick out two coordinating fabrics and purchase 3/4 of a yard of each.

If you would like more burp cloths, purchase a yard of fabric. Once I buy fabric, I always wash it right away. That way when I have some unexpected free time to sew they will already be pre-washed and ready to go!

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Cut the Fabric

Match up right sides facing one another so the “wrong” side of the fabric is facing you.Cut the burp cloths to your preferred size. For efficiency sake, I try to cut 4 rectangular pieces in width across the 42″.

You can choose to make them as long as you would like. Generally, my pieces are 10″ by 13.”

Once you master these, you may prefer to cut a pattern out of thick cardstock and use a kidney bean shaped item or continue on sewing rectangles. It’s your project, choose what shape you like the best!

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Prior to cutting, pin your fabric in each rectangle. I find that pinning once across the tops and bottoms keeps the fabric in place so that you can cut and stack quickly.

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Sew your Burp Cloths

With a rectangle in hand, sew a straight stitch around the outer edge of the fabric, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance and room to turn the fabric out.

Trim any excess fabric in the corners. This allows the cloths to lay flat nicer.

Since these are usually used heavily, I fold the small opening in and topstitch a straight stitch over the opening in a coordinating thread.

Some sewers prefer to catch the opening when the sewing the top stitch, but I’ve had incidents where I didn’t catch the opening fully and it came undone later. Or perhaps, we are just REALLY hard on our burp cloths. 🙂

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Finish off your Burp Cloths

Once the burp cloth has been closed, it is important to press the item. Yes, please iron the burp cloth. Everything that you will ever sew will just look that much nicer pressed.

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Once pressed, finish off your burp cloth with a decorative stitch across the perimeter. When I have several to make, I choose the zig zag stitch.

However my machine, the Brother SE400Homemade Baby Burp Cloths (9) has several decorative stitches. Check out your manual, have a little fun! Go wildand choose a contrasting thread to show off the stitch.

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These can be made in less than an hour and go well with a homemade flannel baby blanket. See my baby blanket tutorial here.

Hopefully, you’ll find that these are the perfect project for new sewers and those who need a simple gift for a mama-to-be. Find two adorable pieces of fabric and get to sewing! You’ll have them completed in almost no time and be satisfied with your craftiness.

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FAQs

What is the best fabric for homemade burp cloths? ›

Flannel – As well as being soft and warm, flannel is breathable. And it is more absorbent than any other material. Muslin – This is an eco-friendly material that is soft and gentle on the baby's skin. Ideal for wiping away drool and spit-up.

How many layers should a burp cloth be? ›

Pin the pattern on the flannel (folded so pinning through two layers) and cut out around the outer edge. Also cut out one of the Cotton Batting (or fleece iron on interfacing).

How many burp cloths is enough? ›

Generally, though, you'll need between 8 to 14 burp cloths so you don't get caught short. Lots of mamas like to have a clean burp cloth for every feed, and even a spare just in case. Newborn babies usually feed between 8 and 12 times a day. Even if they don't spit up every time, that's a lot of burp cloths.

Do burp cloths need batting? ›

Use Batting

She adds, “If you want a more absorbent burp cloth, you can add batting in the middle.” Gardner's tutorial, “How to Sew Easy Burp Cloths,” is a breeze with bright, clear photos to guide you.

Is muslin or cotton better for burp cloths? ›

Muslin burp cloths are lightweight, breathable, soft, and durable. They are gentle on a baby's delicate skin and absorbent, making them ideal for daily use and quick cleanups. Cotton burp cloths are a bit heavier, but usually softer, more comfortable and absorbent. They also hold up well after multiple washings.

What makes a good burp cloth? ›

We think a top-notch burp cloth should be soft enough for infants' delicate skin and absorbent enough to contain big messes, like milk dribbles and spit-up. So, while comparing and evaluating performance among the group, we focused on coverage and durability to recommend the best.

What size are DIY burp cloths? ›

First up, you're going to cut out two pieces (a front and back) of your fabric out into a rectangle. You can make these whatever size you want, but for these I cut them out 10 inches x 20 inches, which is a great size for a burp cloth.

What can I use instead of burp cloths? ›

If you're looking for a burp cloth that will last through even the most explosive feedings, look no further than cloth diapers; they're a great alternative to regular burp cloths.

Do I really need burp cloths? ›

Babies usually need burp cloths for as long as they're fed by bottle or breast. It's different for every child, but they get most of their sustenance from milk until about 12 months of age. While many children continue drinking milk after their first birthday, they may not still need to be burped each time.

Can you use tea towels as burp cloths? ›

Tea Towels – You can use a tea towel instead. They are a good size and absorbent. The main negative is that most are pretty ugly. And you might not like drying the dishes with them once you know what they have been used for.

How often should I wash burp cloths? ›

They will need to be washed regularly. But how often will depend on how many burping pads you buy. Ideally, they should be washed daily. But no later than every second day.

How many yards to make a burp cloth? ›

1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric to 8″W x 18″H (1 per if using two fabrics, or 2 per if using a single fabric for both sides). Half yardage or yardage will make this easy. If you're using fat quarters, cut each to only 7.25″W to enable you to fit three in a FQ.

How do you organize baby burp cloths? ›

The top left drawer can be for burp rags. The middle drawer should be for miscellaneous items such as nail clippers, pacifiers and similar things. The middle left drawer should be for onesies both short and long-sleeved.

What can I do with old baby burp cloths? ›

Dish Cloth – Once you no longer need your spit-up cloths you can utilise them around the house. And one way is using them as a dish cloth. The backing is absorbent so will dry the dishes in no time. Car Chamois – Another option is a car chamois.

What is the best fabric to absorb water? ›

Tiny gaps in the fibres called micropores then trap the water and stop it from leaking into other layers of clothing, making you feel drier. Cotton is one of the best moisture absorbing fabrics around, making it a popular choice for people who suffer from excessive sweating and don't want it to stain their clothes.

Does Minky fabric work for burp cloths? ›

I have used this method to sew burp clothes for all of my own kids and they are always a great baby shower gift too! If you are new to sewing, this tutorial is for you! If sewing with the minky fabric makes you a little nervous you can always use chenille because it doesn't slip around as much as the minky fabric can.

Is microfiber good for burp cloths? ›

It depends on how you plan to use them. Microfiber is super absorbent, to the extent that it can dry out the skin and sometimes cause problems if left directly on a baby's skin, but for quick wipe ups, skin contact is just fine.

What is the difference between terry cloth and flannel? ›

Terry Cloth: A type of cotton with uncut loops, highly absorbent, and moderate to slow drying time. Flannel: Soft woven fabric, moderately absorbent, and has a moderate drying time.

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