burp cloths

I’m not sure what it is, but all four of my darlings have been ridiculous spitter-uppers {yuck}.
Which means I’ve gone through a lot of burp cloths.
With No.4 I finally realized that if I was going to be wearing a burp cloth on my shoulder for the better part of the day, I might as well make it cute as well as functional.
So here is my simple way to make:
Here is what you’ll need:
:: fabric {I used linen}
:: terry cloth
:: tape measure
:: scissors
:: pins
:: thread & sewing machine
STEP ONE: cut terry cloth to desired size
I cut mine 10 x 16
STEP TWO: cut fabric to the same dimension
STEP THREE: pin right sides together
STEP FOUR: sew together
Be sure to leave an opening in one side.
STEP FIVE: trim the edges
STEP SIX: turn inside out
STEP SEVEN: fold under and pin together the opening
STEP EIGHT: top stitch around the perimeter
This will close off the opening.
STEP NINE: add a second line of top stitching.
This is totally optional, but I thought it would give this one a fun detail.
You can use chenille instead of terry cloth for the back side
add a label if you have one
chose any print {or solid} you like,


stack them up and enjoy!
Well, enjoy might not be the right word. But you get the idea.
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78 Responses to burp cloths

  1. jennifer January 12, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Love, Love, Love your blog! Where did you get the jdc labels from that you put on the corner after they are made? I would love to have some made for me. Thanks for sharing the resource.

    • emily January 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      You can buy similar labels here: http://www.armommy.com/the-label/

      • Lauren January 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

        Emily, I’m a first-timer to your blog, which I love love love. However, where do you find your fabrics?? Thank you

  2. Lisa Daley February 14, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I love these! Was there a specific reason you used linen?
    Just curious….

  3. Michelle Hillaert May 16, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    LOVE these! I have a 7 month old that is constantly spitting up everywhere and I’m always grasping for a towel or paper towel. I’m completely determined to make some. Thanks :)

  4. Judy May 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I made a few of these for my future grandson…my daughter in law was just saying she needed more…found some scraps at Hobby Lobby that were perfect for the burp cloths…I had a white full sized towel and it was perfect. love your blog…I just happen to find it by accident…


  5. Kellie October 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m about a month away from my first baby’s due date and I saw a link to this DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl since I hadn’t purchased/received any burp cloths yet. I’m so happy I did, I loved personalizing something that I’m going to need use anyways :) And this is much easier to complete than a quilt when you’re 8 months pregnant!

  6. Toni January 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I’ve been making these for about 12 years. I use Gerber cloth diapers and flannel material. The few times I’ve given them as gifts at a baby shower it’s been to rave reviews and other people asking me where they could get them. I spend so much time maki 2 dozen as a gift that it is definitely a labor of love.

  7. Heidi February 15, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    I just wanted to let you know that I came across this page on pinterest. I was looking for an easy first sewing project and I also have a little one who loves to spit up ALL THE TIME. Your burp clothes were my absolute favorites and the tutorial was awesome. I posted a few pics of my finished product on my personal blog and linked your amazing directions. Thank you, these are awesome!

  8. Aenota|All Digital Download September 12, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    I am delighted with this beautiful instructions :) It is so difficult – having the kid to do something else.
    Unfortunately, for some reason, not all photos are shown on page.

  9. Shelly June 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Do you pre-wash the fabric before starting?

    • emily June 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      you certainly can – and probably should. But I don’t always :)

  10. Alisa September 17, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Do you prewash your material?

    • Alisa September 17, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Sorry I just saw someone ask the same question. My apologies

  11. Maggie October 30, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Maybe I could use “fat squares” for the backside instead of linen?? Will have to investigate how many of them will fit on a large bath towel. Looks like an easy, quick & useful baby shower gift. TY for sharing.


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