Handmade Burp Cloths

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

handmade diaper burp cloths

My friend is having a baby and so I whipped some of these burp cloths up really quick for her. I used scrap fabric from my humanitarian quilts. I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use my scraps, and this is a great way to keep my fabric box from overflowing.

handmade diaper burp cloths

Instead of buying pre-made cloth diapers from the store, I bought some diaper cloth from Joann. Making them completely from scratch does take a little more time but is less expensive. Sometimes I feel in the mood to do things the hard way – it takes longer and the joy is in the doing for me, not the being done. Also, I wanted to be able to make the burp cloths different sizes. If I knew what the baby’s name was going to be, I would do a monogram.

I’ve seen other handmade burp cloths that just look too nice to use. These are great because they are cute and decorative but not so fancy that you can’t bear to have them spit upon – they are burp cloths after all.

If you like these and would be interested in learning how to make them, let me know by signing up below to receive updates on tutorials.  And leave a comment also! Maybe I’ll even do a giveaway soon…that would be fun!


1 Julie/TX May 1, 2008 at 4:35 am

I am due to become a first time grandma in early June. I would be very interested in making something like this for both daughter and grand daughter!

2 Susan May 1, 2008 at 7:20 am

I would love to learn how to make these. I have tried to in the past and could never get the top fabric to lie flat.


3 Susan May 1, 2008 at 7:26 am

Not sure if my last comment made it – but I have tried to make these in the past and could not get the top to lay flat. I am not following a pattern of any kind but trying to mimic one I got as a gift.


4 Keri May 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Kelsey, these are SOOO cute. I should make some but don’t have a frabric box full of scraps (and yes, I did spell it that way intentionally).

5 lilbeanbaby May 16, 2008 at 8:29 am

hey there! very cute burp cloths! i’m wondering what kind of fabric you used for them? you called it diaper fabric from Joann’s. we don’t have that store in Canada, unfortunately. was it cotton? flannelette? a cotton twill or gauze? :)

6 vanillajoy May 22, 2008 at 9:28 am

I think it is called “birdseye” but I’m not positive. It is 100% cotton. You could use many different fabrics for these burp cloths as long as it’s 100% cotton like terry cloth or flannel. The next time I go to JoAnn I’ll try to find out exactly what it is. Thanks for the question!


7 Liz August 26, 2008 at 11:56 am

I’ve made the same type of burp cloth but purchased the plain burp cloths in the store and then sewed on some fun ribbon and colored thread. They turned out really cute! Yours are adorable too.

8 Patricia May 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Hmmm, I am thinking this may work as an actual cloth diaper and make it look a little cuter… I think that the diaper fabric backed with the cute colored fabric in either cotton twill or flannel might make these easier to pin on!! Thanks for the idea!!!

9 Brooke R September 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

I would really like to learn how to make these!

10 Leisel M. August 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

My sister-in-law and I make these with 100% cotton batting sandwiched between 2 layers of flannel. They are shaped to fit your shoulder. Simply sew around the outside (wrong sides together with batting in between) and then cut perpendicular to your stitching line all the way around (about 1/2 – 3/4 inch apart). Throw them in the wash and they create a cute “rag” look!

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