DIY Burp Cloths

A little backstory:

It’s been 6 years since I’ve had an infant in my home, and quite frankly, after trying for number 2 for the last (almost) 3 years, I thought we were done with one! But God has a sense of humor and decided to bless us with number 2 a week after we donated our crib (a precious mother-friend of mine warned me this would happen).

The crib wasn’t the only thing to go. When we found out we are having a boy this go around, we donated approximately 6 large storage tubs of girl clothing/accessories (boppy covers, burp cloths, anything pink). Also, car seats expire. Who knew?

Most of our practical items, we had donated before we found out. I just couldn’t stand to hold onto something that another mom might be able to use in the dying hopes that we would have another one. It seemed wasteful to me. After all, we had received a ton of hand-me-downs our first time around and it was a huge blessing.

When we surveyed what we had left, we had tons of books and toys, and a few small necessities.

Brent and I headed over to Babies ‘R’ Us to walk around and get an idea of what it was we would need this time and realized there are quite a few things we lack. One of the small items was burp cloths.

Now, I don’t know how many moms out there are burp cloth picky, but I am. I didn’t have to buy any for my daughter thanks to all the generous showers thrown for me, but I received loads of cloths in a variety of brands and materials. And I used them (gratefully). But there were none that I loved. They were either too thin, too short, or too thick without being absorbent. I was reminded of this as I faced the boy-print selection at the store. That’s when I turned to Brent and said, “I bet I can make my own,” with which he replied, “I bet you could, too.”

So that’s what I did.

The Process:

Now, I wish I was creative enough and patient enough to create my own sewing patterns/templates, but I lack in both of those areas. So off to the internet I went. There are a ton of tutorials, but this is the one I found most appealing.

DIY Burp Cloth Tutorial

I didn’t follow all of her instructions. Changes are noted after the pictures.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures during the process because I hadn’t planned on posting anything about it, but here are some of my finished product (Please excuse the wrinkles. They’ve been rolled up for a week)

Materials used:

  • Nursery flannel for the top and terry for the bottom.
  • I wanted something super absorbent (I want to clean up huge messes/spills if necessary), and going with a calico cotton print for the top didn’t seem absorbent at all to me. I will always carry a few of these along in my diaper bag.
  • I bought 2/3 yard of three different flannel prints and 2 yards of terry at JoAnn’s. The flannel was on sale and I used a 40% off for the terry, totaling a bill less than $20.


  • I laundered all materials and used my rotary cutter to cut strips of fabric (22” x 10”). However, I found myself trying to be too precise when measuring and it felt like it took me FOREVER to cut out each piece! Next time I will definitely make a template out of poster board and just use my fabric scissors.

Technical issues:

  • Because sewing flannel and terry together can be a lot for a machine to handle, I found I needed to move my stitch length up from a “2” to a “3.” The bobbin kept ruffling underneath the fabric when the stitch was too short. After the adjustment, it was clear sailing.
  • Terry is a messy fabric to work with. Be prepared to find small balls of fuzz all over yourself and your workspace by the time you are done.


  • With the materials I bought, I was able to make 12, 21”x9” burp cloths with some leftover flannel that I will most likely use to make a few bibs.

Level of difficulty:

  • Super easy, beginner level.

Would I do this again?


  • I’m not going to lie, I got bored of sewing squares together, and the fabric was messy. However, I LOVE the finish product, so I’ll say it was worth it. I would make these again as a shower gift, maybe in a set of 4, but I doubt I would do 12 at one time.

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