Handmade Burp Cloth Tutorial


ne of the first presents I received when pregnant with Bun was a set of handmade burp cloths.  Their soft, feminine print heralded the upcoming birth of our first daughter and the prospect of using them with a real baby of my very own made me practically giddy.

Sweet Bun was born several months later, and with her came a diagnosis of acid reflux and the most enormous amount of spit-up.

Granted, I was a first time mom and had no reference for quantities of baby fluids. But even after birthing a second baby and observing friends’ kids, I’m pretty sure Bun was an Olympic-level spitter.

Good thing I had such beautiful burp cloths.

I must have gone through a dozen on some days, but my favorites were always the handmade ones. They were small enough to roll and fit easily in a diaper bag, but substantial enough to form a needed barrier. And, their unique curved shape fit comfortably by my neck.

I have since used them as the basis for a pattern to make my own, which I regularly give at showers. They are truly everything I would want in a gift of my own making: simple, affordable, pretty, and unquestionably useful.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to a fabric shop and start sewing!

Surely, there’s someone in your life who needs help mopping up baby spit.

Handmade Burp Cloth Tutorial


  • 2 x 1/2 yd of pretty fabric :: I like to use 2 coordinating prints of quilter’s flannel, 1/2 yard of each.*
  • pins
  • scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine :: I mean, you could do them by hand, but I wouldn’t recommend it, time-wise.
  • tissue paper + marker :: for making the pattern

*Alternatively, you could do a terry cloth and cotton print combo. The terry cloth will make for a thicker burp cloth that is a bit more absorbent, but doesn’t roll quite as compactly as the flannel.


1.) Cut out an 11″ x 15″ rectangle of tissue paper. Fold it in half from top to bottom and then in half again.


2.) Draw a line like the one shown below and then cut. Unfold. Viola! Your pattern.


3.) Wash and iron your fabric. Yes, iron. Trust me.

4.) Put rights sides of your contrasting fabrics together and pin both pieces to the pattern. Cut them out.

5.) Remove pattern and pin around edges of fabric, leaving about a 2-3″ opening.


6.) Sew fabric together, using about a 1/4″ seam allowance, and leaving a 2-3″ opening.


7.) Trim excess, especially around the corners.


8.) Using the 2-3″ opening, turn fabric right side out. Tuck the fabric along the opening so that it lines up with the sewn edge of the burp cloth. Iron it under and pin to keep it in place.


9.) Top-stitch along the edge of the burp cloth, starting with the pinned part. (Make sure to sew close enough to the edge so as to secure the opening).


10.) Admire! Then, make another. (2 half yards of fabric can yield about 3 burp cloths). Roll them together and tie with a ribbon.

They almost make me miss those projectile days. Almost.

About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Brenda V.

    How can I order these burp cloths for a new mommy to be????
    Pls. let me know.

  • JP

    Jenn what a fun tutorial. I almost set out to make one of these burp clothes, almost…

    • Oh, come on–you could do it! 🙂

  • Monica

    My best friend is having a girl in June…I can’t wait to make a set of these for her! Thanks for the easy tutorial! =) These are soooo cute!