A burp cloth with a polka dot pattern on it.

How to Make Burp Cloths with Free Pattern

Use our free burp cloth pattern to make burping cloths for newborns.

Burp cloths are one of the best baby shower presents you can sew! These DIY burp cloths will be much appreciated by new parents. They can never have enough!

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The process for how to make a burp cloth is very easy. This is definitely a beginner sewing project.

Making your own burping cloths is also inexpensive. You can make 4 burp cloths with each yard of fabric.

Choose any pattern and color to make burp cloths for boys and burp cloths for girls. You can even personalize burp cloths with an embroidery monogram, if you would like.

DIY Burp Cloths

  • Burp Cloth Size: 10″ X 19″
  • Make in 20 minutes or less.
  • We used two different coordinating fabrics. If you use one fabric, then you will need one yard.

Helpful Tip: Wash the fabric in hot water before measuring the pattern pieces. That way, if the fabric shrinks in a hot water bath, the burp cloth won’t be messed up.


  • Free Burp Cloth Pattern
  • 1/2 yard flannel fabric for the front
  • 1/2 yard flannel fabric for the back
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing pins or clips
  • Scissors
  • Turning tool (optional)
  • Iron and ironing board or iron mat


Step 1

Print and cut out the free burp cloth pattern.

Use the pattern to cut one pattern piece out of each of the two fabrics.

Step 2

Place the fabric pieces with the right sides together. Pin or clip the pieces together.

Step 3

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the edges of the burp cloth, leaving a 3-4″ opening on one end.

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Step 4

Cut notches into the curves. Using a turning tool (or a chopstick or unsharpened pencil), turn the burp cloth right side out and push out the corners.

With a warm iron, press the edges flat. Make sure to press the raw edges of the opening inward.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, top stitch around the edges of the burp cloth. Close the opening of the burp cloth as you go and sew the opening closed as you stitch around the outer edge.

A burp cloth with a polka dot pattern on it.

Helpful Tips

  • While we used two coordinating fabric patterns, you can use the same type of fabric for both front and back.
  • Flannel fabric is the best choice for making a burp cloth because it is soft and comforting. It is also more absorbent compared to polyester or some cotton fabrics.
  • Muslin fabric is also a popular choice for making burp cloths.
  • Organic fabrics are often used in making burping cloths. You can find organic fabrics at JoAnn.

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