Burp cloths are one of those necessities in the life of anyone who cares for babies. You’ve likely used them for throwing over your shoulder or lap for burping, wiping some sweet potatoes off of tiny lips, or laying them on a surface for a makeshift diaper changing pad.
You can certainly find burp cloths at most baby stores, but if you have basic sewing skills, a stash of flannel, and a few bath towels; you can stitch yourself up a stack of cloths to outlast your baby’s need. You’ll potentially save money, and certainly enjoy having handmade goods to share with your baby. These cloths are absorbent and the perfect size for lasting through a day of use. Simply wash and dry them as you would your regular laundry.
High quality flannel fabric
Basic bath towels
For each burp cloth, you will need one piece of flannel and one piece of terry cloth cut from old towels.
Cut each of the pieces to measure of 9 inches x 20 inches.
Place the cut flannel and terry pieces of fabric together with right sides facing.
Using a tight stitch, stitch all around the perimeter,leaving one of the short sides of the cloth unstitched. This will be the opening through which you turn the cloth right side out.
Snip the two corners to reduce bulk.
Turn rightside out and poke the corners to points using a knitting needle or other sharp instrument.
Stitch the opening closed, folding in any rough edges and continue stitching around the rest of the perimeter of the cloth.
Repeat on the rest of the burp cloths until you have a stack that suits you.
These cloths are a wonderful gift for new moms and babies alike.
Julia Daby is a Registered Nurse who lives happily with her husband and little boy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She enjoys crafts of all kinds, eating good food, reading, and being outdoors. Most important of all….she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a small store on etsy where she and her twin share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She writes about life, family and creativity at Happiness Comes. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.
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