Homemade Baby Burp Cloths - Welcome To Nana's (2024)

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A gift for a new grandbaby!

Hey, have I mentioned that we have a new grandbaby coming in March? That calls for an idea for a baby gift, don’t you think? How about some Homemade Baby Burp Cloths made of soft felt in adorable designs? Yep, that would be perfect.

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Flannel fun finds

Flannel just happened to be on sale the day I went to pick some out. Score. Another lady and I actually swapped bolts of fabric from our carts as we were choosing what we wanted. In a few more minutes we probably would have also swapped phone numbers and set up a date for coffee! Ha.

I went for flannel with pastels and cute animals on them.They will make a cute packaged gift, don’t you think?

Purchase ⅓ yard of flannel for each of your homemade baby burp cloths. I also used Cotton BattingHomemade Baby Burp Cloths - Welcome To Nana's (3) 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.

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Free baby burp cloth pattern

The pattern took quite a bit of time to design. I like the bean shape because I think it fits better on the shoulder than a straight edged design. I hope they (and you) like it.

Click here to copy this free, three page pattern in full size for Homemade Baby Burp Cloths. Cut the three pieces out and tape them together after matching the lines and letters along the edges.

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Pin and cut out the pieces

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 BattingHomemade Baby Burp Cloths - Welcome To Nana's (6) (or fleece iron on interfacing).

Note: If you chose the fleece iron on interfacing option, iron it onto the wrong side of one of the pieces of the flannel at this time. Then disregard the instructions about the Cotton BattingHomemade Baby Burp Cloths - Welcome To Nana's (7) in the next step.

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Pin and sew

Place the two pieces of flannel right sides together with the batting underneath. Pin all three together around the outside edge.

Sew ⅜ inch from the edge all the way around the burp rag, leaving the edge open about 3 inches. Backstitch at both the beginning and end of the seam.

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Trim and turn

Clip little triangle wedges out of the seam around the rounded edges of the burp rag, being very careful not to cut into the seam. This will take the extra fabric out of the seam so it will lay flat when it is turned inside out.

Turn the burp rag inside out through the opening you left on the edge.

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Press and topstitch

Press out flat and turn the edges of the opening to the inside along the seam line.

Pin the opening closed.

Stitch close to the edge all the way around the burp cloth and over the opening so it is stitched shut.

I went ahead and sewed across the burp cloth about every two inches to keep the cotton batting from bunching up when washed.You could make a cute criss-cross pattern if you want. It's kind of "quilting" it together.

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Make a bunch of burp cloths!!

Rinse and repeat. I made four Homemade Baby Burp Cloths in just a couple of hours.

Oh my, I’m loving how these look all stacked up. I can’t wait to give them to the new grand in a few weeks.

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New baby joy...

There’s nothing so special as a new baby. What a miracle.

Send me a picture of your homemade baby burp rags when you are done. I can’t wait to see the fabrics that you choose!

Another easy baby gift to make

If you are looking for another fun gift to make for your baby grands, check out this easy, no sewing necessary pattern for an Easy DIY Baby Onesie Gift. No sewing required.


Welcome to Nana’s! Where there’s fun things to do with your “grand” kids!

Come join the fun atwww.WelcomeToNanas.com

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  1. Paula says

    What size are your burp cloths? Thank you so much for the pattern.


    • Georgia says

      Looking at the pattern on the fabric, the burp cloth measures about 9" x 20". I think you can buy 1 yard of fabric and make 4 burp cloths. One third yard is 12 inches and it does not look that the 12 inches are used. You could lay your batting down, then fabric with right sides together, lay the pattern down and draw around the pattern instead of cutting. Pin all thicknesses together, then sew 3/8" seam inside the drawing. Please leave and opening to turn.


  2. Paula says

    What size are your burp cloths? Thank you so much for the pattern.


  3. kim says

    Thank you for the free pattern.
    This will be perfect for several teachers at work who are expecting.
    They won't break the bank :))


    • Cynthia says

      How did you get the pattern?


      • Shelly says

        I hope you found the link to the printable pattern on the post!


  4. Katie Wright says

    Thank you very much for the burp cloth pattern!! I am wondering if you bought that darling fabric online (?) I particularly love the giraffe fabric (getting ready for a new grandson) 🙂


  5. Janell says

    I will be a first time Nana in May, and I am so excited to have found this pattern! Thank you for sharing!


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Homemade Baby Burp Cloths - Welcome To Nana's (2024)


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.

How many burp cloths is enough? ›

You're probably wondering: “How many burp cloths do I really need?” It depends how often your little one spits up and how often you want to do laundry, but having 8 to 14 burp cloths is a good start. But really, the more the better!

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.

What size are homemade 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.

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 can I use instead of burp cloths? ›

Many parents use cloth diapers as burp rags because they're so versatile. They won't tear or stretch out of shape, and they provide the perfect absorbency for any messes your baby might make. Their softness, absorbency, and durability make them the best choice for burp rags.

What kind of burp cloths are best? ›

“I like the Copper Pearl ones because they have multiple layers and absorb those big spit ups,” she says. “Since the outer layers are thinner material and the absorbency happens with the middle layer, they aren't as good for wiping up messes. I tend to use Burt's Bees [burp cloths] for that instead.”

Can I use washcloths as burp cloths? ›

The answer is simple – A burp cloth is used to catch spit-ups when babies burp. A washcloth is used to dry the little one after a bath. A burp cloth is usually thicker and smaller in size than a washcloth.

Why are burp cloths thicker in the middle? ›

Some burp cloths are designed to be thicker in the middle to catch and absorb the bulk of spit-up or vomit, keeping it away from your clothes.

What can I use instead of batting fabric? ›

I've used different alternatives for batting including:
  • Used ight flannel bedsheets.
  • Old blankets.
  • Used bedsheet.
  • Knit polo shirts, cut out and laid flat.
  • No batting, to minimize weight.
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Can I use towel instead of batting? ›

Lightweight Towels – Can be used as a substitute for batting, but it will definitely give a different thickness and feel to a quilt.

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.

What are the measurements for a baby 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.

What can I do with old baby burp cloths? ›

Dresses or Blankets for Dolls – Once your baby gets older they will play a lot with toys. Old burping pads make for the perfect blanket, mattress or dress for dolls. They will love it, even more, knowing they used it when they were a baby. Cleaning Cloth – Spit-up cloths are ideal to use as a cleaning cloth.

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.

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.

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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