DIY Burp Cloth 101 | How to Make Burp Cloths

DIY Burp Cloth
Today I’m going to show you 2 ways to make a DIY Burp Cloth: (1) A Simple Burp Cloth, and (2) a Contoured Burp Cloth: 
 

DIY Burp Cloth | How to Make Baby Burp Cloths

Tutorial #1 | Simple Burp Cloth

With #2’s arrival growing closer I’m starting a few baby crafts! One thing you can never ever have enough of is burp cloths so when flannel was on sale at JoAnn’s I just couldn’t resist. This DIY burp cloth tutorial will give you all the tips to make a stack of your own!
 
I think the hormones might be getting to me because something about a freshly folded pile of burp clothes makes me really happy. And since we don’t have a washing machine I know I’ll get a lot of use out of the DIY burp cloth!
 
 
And the DIY burp cloth has a nice extra panel down the middle to soak up the big messes. Maybe if I make a few more to add to my current stash I can spare little man from being carried around with pink and purple burp cloths (ah…the joys of having an older sister).

DIY Burp Cloth Instructions

I used 1/3-yard flannel in 4 different prints. And if you get a bit extra while you’re at it you’ll have enough leftover to make a cute and simple rag quilt- tutorial coming Wednesday:)
 
A standard burp cloth is 12×18″ so I cut 2 rectangles for each burp cloth and then a 5×12″ (I used leftovers from my stash) panel for the middle.
 
Simple Burp Cloth Step 1: Iron the edges of the panel in towards the wrong side
 
Simple Burp Cloth Step 2: Topstitch to 1 side of the burp cloth along each long edge
 
Simple Burp Cloth Step 3: With right sides together sew 2 burp cloth pieces together going around all the edges. Leave a 3″ gap on one side.
 
Simple Burp Cloth Step 4: Turn right side out, tuck in the raw edges and topstitch around all edges
 
So quick and if you catch a sale you can make the DIY Burp Cloth for a lot less than the store-bought ones. I spent about $2 on all 4 of these. I hope this diy burp cloth tutorial gave you some inspiration for your own baby. Time to put those fabric scraps to work 🙂
 

Burp Cloth Tutorial #2 | Contoured Burp Cloth

These contoured burp cloths are quick and easy to sew and in my opinion you can never have too many 🙂 Even though my kids are no long in the spit-up phase (thankfully!) I still keep a couple of these in my diaper bag for wiping up spills and cleaning messy hands and faces.
 
 

Why Make a Contoured Baby Burp Cloth

The contoured shape makes these perfect for tossing over your shoulder. These aren’t much more difficult to make than the simple burp cloth above either. 
 

Contoured Baby Burp Cloths Materials

To make a coordinating set of 6 you need 1/2 yard of flannel in 3 different prints.
 
From each print I cut out 4 rectangles 18″ long and 11″ wide. Then I stacked them up and cut out a contour shape.
 

How to Make Burp Cloths

Contoured Burp Cloths Step 1: With right sides together stack 2 pieces together and sew around all edges leaving a 3″ gap at one end. Clip the seam allowance at the curve so it will lay flat after turning.
Contoured Burp Cloths Step 2:Turn it right side out and tuck in your raw edges along the 3″ gap. Press flat and then topstitch around the entire edge.
Contoured Burp Clotsh Step 3:Repeat 5 more times 🙂
Happy Sewing 🙂

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8 Responses

  1. people are shocked when I have gone to the store to buy fabric for burp clothes! they are so easy & cheap to make! I just top stitch 2 fabrics together and then use pinking shears around edge close to stitch. For my daughter I did minky on one side on & cute bright flannel on the other & they came out so cute! For 4 of them (think i bough 1/4 yd of each fabric) it was like $5!

  2. Why do you buy 4 different prints? Are there two different panels or just one? The panel is 5 by 12,what is the size of the rectangles to cut? I have bought my fabric but need these questions answered. Thanks so much. Looking forward to making them.

    1. I bought 4 prints just for fun but you could do it all in one print. I cut two 12×18″ rectangles for each burp cloth and one 5×12″ panel. So there is just a panel on one side- you could do it on both sides but it would take a long time to dry so I just stick with 1.

  3. I have 2 girls and 1 boy. And the poor boy has used many a pink and purple burp rag. But usually at home, in public he gets the blue ones. 🙂

  4. i just had number 3 in December and have lately been taking to cutting up our unused baby blankets (who doesn’t have way more than they need or use?) and turning them into burp rags and washable nursing pads instead. So much more useful… because noone ever says… hey, I’ve just got too many burp rags! 😉

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