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DIY Burp Cloths

It seems like everyone is having babies this year. Maybe it's just my age? Or that I notice it more since I had one. Anyway, we moved to Wisconsin three weeks before I gave birth. My husband's new co-worker and his wife brought over a whole three days worth of dinners for us when we came home from the hospital. Long story short, I'm returning the favor now as they just had a new little boy. I'm making them a dinner but I've also decided that it might be nice to make the baby some cute (and super absorbent) burp cloths.

Things you'll to make your own burp cloths:

1/2 yard flannel

1/2 yard terry or super absorbent plushy fabric

Spool matching or un-matching thread (depends what you want them to look like)


Sewing machine or needle and thread. I have a Singer Simple sewing machine.

Now, the cheapest way to do this is to cut up some old flannel pajamas and an old towel and just attach a piece of the towel to a piece of the flannel. See photo below. I used an old pajama top and a towel to make a set of these.

But since I'm not giving away my old clothes (gross), I searched for a deal at Joann Fabrics and I got these two1/2 yard pieces of fabric for about $4 all together. One of them is a flannel with freaking narwhals on it! The other is a soft yellow terry. Best part is, I will have a bit of leftover fabric to make myself some burp cloths or I can make a sleeping bag for my guinea pig, Ivan Hammerclaw.

So first you need to wash your fabrics. I hand-wash them in separate bowls with cold water and a little bit of Dreft. Then I put them in the washing machine spin cycle and hang them to dry. Once dry, I iron the flannel but not the soft terry.

Then you cut six 12"x 18” pieces, three from the flannel, and three from the terry.

Next, take one piece of flannel, and one piece of terry. Put them right sides together and pin leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Do this with the other two.

Sew each piece together leaving a 2 inch part unsewn area so you can flip it inside out. Flip each cloth inside out to expose the rights sides. Iron the seams.

Once you've finished ironing, you sew a seam about 1/8 of an inch around each cloth to close the hole that we left and to make the cloths look polished.

You should end up with something like this.