DIY Burp Cloths | Full tutorial and template to make yourself! (2024)

DIY Burp Cloths can be made several different ways but this tutorial is the best EVER! I made these for my daughter but also received a myriad of other burp cloths at her baby shower. These were by far the most functional and the cutest!

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(**Update: You can now purchase my template for these burp cloths here!

Now you don't have to cut out the template yourself! Hurray!**)

I have made some in anticipation of our son’s arrival, so these are more “boy” oriented ones, but you can obviously use any prints you want to.

I was lucky and found my fabric on a 50% off sale! Then I had a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase, even sale items. So, I figured my cost was 80 cents per burp cloth! (Plus the thread costs, but since we didn’t need to buy new thread…).

So not only are they the best burp cloths, they are also the cheapest!

Supplies you'll need to make DIY Burp Cloths

• Brown paper grocery store bag to make a pattern with
• Ruler
• Pencil/Pen
• Scissors for paper
Fabric Pins
Fabric scissors
• ⅓ yard flannel fabric per burp cloth (44”-45” wide fabric) (Flannel is the key here, so don’t buy cotton fabric. Spit up will just run off of cotton burp cloths and/or soak through to your clothes. Ew. The flannel fabric will absorb the spit up and they actually work better after each washing!)
• Matching or contrasting thread (4 spools of each color)
• A serger, or someone who loves you who owns a serger and is willing to sew a bit for you

Directions to make DIY Burp Cloths

Step 1: Prewash your fabrics

I know it is not a lot of fun, and I accidentally left my flannels in the dryer too long and they became entangled and wrinkly (Yes, I then had to iron them before I could cut them out…don’t make that mistake!), but prewash your flannel fabrics. You will be SO happy you did this!

If you don’t, they will shrink and cause the edges of your burp cloths to become wavy and then your burp cloths will not look nearly as good and, if you are like me, you will want to iron your burp cloths, which really is a ridiculous thing to have to do.

So please, avoid the heartache and prewash all your flannels before you get started!

Step 2: Create your Pattern!

Use the following dimensions and photograph to sketch out your burp cloth pattern on to an open brown paper grocery bag.

(Or go here to purchase the template!)

This does not have to be perfect, but try to get it as symmetrical as possible. However, remember that you will be serging around these so that will make up for some discrepancy in this step.

Once you have the pattern sketches on the bag, cut it out.

Length: 19.5"
Width middle: 7.25"
Width (widest point): 10.5"

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Step 3: Cut the burp cloths

Fold your fabric in half. You will be cutting two burp cloth sides at a time. These burp cloths are double sided and made with 2 pieces of flannel each. (⅓ yard fabric yields 2 burp cloths sides).

If you are really adventurous, you can put two, folded fabric pieces together and cut four sides at a time. However, if you try this, be sure to pay attention that the pattern fits in all directions on all fabric layers otherwise you may end up with a short burp cloth in there. Oops.

Pin the pattern to both thicknesses of flannel and cut!

I like to cut all my burp cloths at the same time before moving on.

Step 4: Decisions, decisions, decisions…pair your burp cloths

Decide how to pair your fabrics. You will use two flannel pieces to make one burp cloth. You can, of course, use the same pattern for both sides of the burp cloth, but I like to mix mine up!

You get 2 flannel sides out of ⅓ of fabric. So, if you choose 2 different fabrics, you will have 4 sides which means you can use one fabric for the front and one fabric for the back and you would have 2 matching burp cloths. (does that makes senses?)

Once you have figured out your pairing, place both sides, right-side out together.

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Step 5: Serge

Ok, well I fall into the group who does not own a serger. But I do know someone to owns a serger and who loves me. (Thanks, mom!) So I enlisted my mom’s help to with the final step of this project.: serging the edges together!

With wrong sides together (right sides out), serge around the outside edge in either a matching, complementing, or contrasting color of thread, your choice!

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Step 6: Use and Wash…or give away!

Use these burp cloths often and wash them to death! They will absorb better after each wash! Or make a few DIY Burp cloths to give away as baby gifts!

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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 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.

Can you make your own burp cloths? ›

Now when I say these are the easiest and best burp rags you will ever sew, I really mean it. Two rectangles of fabric sewn together, flipped right-side out, and then topstitched. I am not kidding, they are that easy. So now that you're not scared of this sewing, let's dive right in!

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.

How many layers of flannel do I need 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.

Do you use batting in burp cloths? ›

Purchase ⅓ yard of flannel for each of your homemade baby burp cloths. I also used Cotton Batting for padding. The cotton flannel and batting are both washable and absorbent. Note: You could choose to get a fleece iron on interfacing instead of the batting if you prefer.

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 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 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.

What kind of burp cloths are best? ›

ProductAbsorbency Rating
Copper Pearl9
Gerber Prefold Gauze...9
Aden + Anais Burpy Bib8
Burt's Bees Baby8
5 more rows
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How do you make yourself burp easy? ›

Get air into your throat by sucking in air through your mouth until you feel an air bubble in your throat, and then block the front of your mouth with your tongue so you can release the air slowly. This should trigger a burp.

What material do I use to make burp cloths? ›

To make a simple burp cloth you could use Bamboo Velour (KF230) (colours also available) on one side and a cotton print fabric on the other side. You could use almost any recycled printed fabric for the one side and the Bamboo velour (3 times more absorbent than cotton) for the wiping up side.

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.

Should you wash burp cloths before use? ›

It's always a good idea to wash everything before you use it when it comes to babies. Bibs, clothing, towels, feeding utensils, pacifiers, toys, bedding, etc. If bottles, wash and sterlize between each use.

What is most absorbent fabric? ›

Cotton and Rayon(Viscose) absorb and retains maximum water. Cotton is a natural fiber whereas Rayon is a regenerated cellulosic fiber. Both are hydrophilic in nature and negatively charged fibers attract dipolar water molecules.

Does Minky fabric work for burp cloths? ›

These burp cloths are ridiculously easy to make–seriously, if you can sew in a straight line, you can make these. They are so much softer and cuter than cloth diapers, and they make perfect baby shower gifts. Whip up several, and grab them whenever you need a quick gift.

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.

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