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? ›

Organic Cotton – By far the most popular. Organic cotton is a favourite to use as it is all-natural. It is low maintenance and comfortable. And is absorbent which is ideal for burping pads.

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.

What is the best burp cloth DIY? ›

Cotton chenille is the best fabric for absorbent burp cloths I've found, and combined with a terry cloth layer for absorbency is far superior to any other combination.

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.

How many layers of flannel for a burp cloth? ›

I only use two flannels no batting when making burp cloths. I have seen some in LQS that use just two layers of flannel. They feel really soft and I bet they are absorbent. I have been making burp clothes using flannel on one side and a prefolded diaper on the other.

What is the difference between a burp cloth and a muslin? ›

Muslin Cloth v's Burping Cloths

Use – These are used during feeding to wipe away small amounts of milk. While spit-up pads protect you and your clothes when burping a newborn. Size – Muslin cloths are square in shape and measure 25cm x 25cm. They are smaller in size than spit-up rags.

Can you make your own burp cloths? ›

I used my cutting mat and rotary cutter and it made it so easy. Sew the two rectangles together, right-sides together, with a 1/2″ seam, leaving a 1″ opening in the middle of one of the edges. Flip the burp rag right-side out, and topstitch all the way around, including on the opening to close it.

Can I use washcloths as burp cloths? ›

100% Cotton - Muslin cotton

Viviland baby washcloths can be used as a bath towel, burp cloth, face cloths, or even a reusable baby wipe. When a baby around you is about to be born, you can give the new mom and new dad as a great shower gift.

Why are burp cloths thicker in the middle? ›

Whether the burp cloth is thicker or thinner, if it's super absorbent Pampers Parents loved it. Some burp cloths come with a plastic liner or an ultra-absorbent middle layer so that moisture doesn't seep through, whereas some products are just so thick that that they catch most of the liquid.

How long should a burp cloth be? ›

What is the standard size of a baby burp cloth? Most burp cloths are around 15 -22” in length and 10 - 15” in width. They are this long so that they offer as much coverage as possible and also drape over the shoulder without falling off.

When did you stop using burp cloths? ›

How Long Do Babies 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.

What is most absorbent fabric? ›

The most common absorbent fibre used is cotton, but other fabrics have recently been designed that are more absorbent, such as modal, micro-modal, Tencel®, and other viscose-based fibres. All of these are made from the same base material – plant cellulose – which loves water.

Does Minky fabric work for burp cloths? ›

If you have minky scraps from making a quilt, here is an idea for you.... place a strip of minky in the middle of a cloth diaper and sew around 4 sides. ( Before sewing you can embroider or applique a shape if you wish.)

Can you use minky fabric 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.

What is the best size for a burp cloth? ›

What is the standard size of a baby burp cloth? Most burp cloths are around 15 -22” in length and 10 - 15” in width. They are this long so that they offer as much coverage as possible and also drape over the shoulder without falling off.

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