Materials to use for homemade burping cloths (2024)

Whether you are choosing to buy, or make your own homemade burping pads. We outline what’s the best materials to use.

The use of a spit-up cloth is to capture and absorb spit-ups, vomits or dribbles. Also, wipe your baby’s face and body. Here are some of the materials used in them;

Fabrics for the front layer

Here are some suggestions on what fabrics to use for the front;

  • Organic Cotton – By far the most popular. Organic cotton is a favourite to use as it is all-natural. It is low maintenance and comfortable. And is absorbent which is ideal for burping pads. Most cotton fabrics are available in a selection of colours and designs for baby boys and baby girls.
  • Flannel – As well as being soft and warm, flannel is breathable. And it is more absorbent than any other material.
  • Muslin – This is an eco-friendly material that is soft and gentle on the baby’s skin. Ideal for wiping away drool and spit-up. They are quick to dry but not as absorbent as cotton and flannel.
  • Chenille – Another versatile fabric is Chenille. It is thick and durable with a slight sheen. It’s also soft to the touch and is a good multi-use fabric. Best of all it’s very absorbent!
  • Minky – This is a type of fleece fabric that is 100% synthetic. This isn’t our preferred fabric as it’s not organic.

Fabrics for the back

The second layer of the burp pad is for practicality.

Bamboo – This is a versatile fabric that is good in hot weather. Which is perfect for Australian conditions. It is ultra-soft and suitable for sensitive skin. Bamboo is breathable, yet absorbent. Making it ideal for the backing.

Cotton / Bamboo Mix – We use an organic cotton-bamboo mixture. Which is both soft and absorbent. As well as eco-friendly. With this material we get the benefits of cotton and bamboo in one fabric.

What is the best fabric for burping cloths?

The best materials to use should be absorbent and soft to the touch. Good quality burp cloths will have two layers.

The first layer can be printed but should be made of cotton. This makes it look beautiful and is the first layer in absorbing dribble. The second layer should be bamboo or fleece. The main benefit of this is that it’s absorbent and will capture a large amount of drool and spit up. Both these materials are soft and ideal for a baby’s delicate skin.

Organic burping cloths

If you want to handmake or buy organic burp cloths. Make sure they are made from one of these eco-friendly materials;

  • Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Organic-Linen
  • Hemp
  • Linen
  • Tencel – Lyocell
  • Wool
  • Bananatex

Our preference and suggestion would be to use cotton and bamboo. Both these materials are organic and widely available.

Thread to use

If you are making your own the last item you need is the thread. Our preference is the Gutermann brand. This is because of the range of colours and its high quality.

How much fabric does it take to make a burping pad?

The size of our spit-up cloth measures 45cm long x 22.5cm wide at the widest part. So you will need fabric no less than 50cm x 30cm to make the front. While you will need another 50cm x 30cm of material to make the back. Depending on how many you would like to make. You should be able to get 3 fronts from a standard 150cm wide piece of fabric.

How many layers should they be?

The best burping cloths will have 2 layers. Both layers should be made from absorbent materials like cotton and bamboo.

We hope this article has helped with which fabric you would like for your handmade burping cloth. If you have any questions please contact me.

Materials to use for homemade burping cloths (1)

This article was written by Luisa Figueroa. She is the designer and maker of the My Little Love Heart range of homemade burping pads.

Materials to use for homemade burping cloths (2024)


Materials to use for homemade burping cloths? ›

Flannel – As well as being soft and warm, flannel is breathable. And it is more absorbent than any other material. Muslin – This is an eco-friendly material that is soft and gentle on the baby's skin. Ideal for wiping away drool and spit-up.

What is the best material to use to make burp cloths? ›

Flannel – As well as being soft and warm, flannel is breathable. And it is more absorbent than any other material. Muslin – This is an eco-friendly material that is soft and gentle on the baby's skin. Ideal for wiping away drool and spit-up.

What do people use for burp cloths? ›

Burp cloths are small pieces of cloth that are used to absorb the saliva and other secretions that come from a baby's mouth. They are often used to protect clothes from getting dirty and to help keep the baby's skin clean. Burp cloths can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, terrycloth, and fleece.

How many layers should a burp cloth be? ›

Pin the pattern on the flannel (folded so pinning through two layers) and cut out around the outer edge. Also cut out one of the Cotton Batting (or fleece iron on interfacing).

Do you need batting for burp cloths? ›

Use Batting

She adds, “If you want a more absorbent burp cloth, you can add batting in the middle.” Gardner's tutorial, “How to Sew Easy Burp Cloths,” is a breeze with bright, clear photos to guide you.

Is muslin or cotton better for burp cloths? ›

Muslin burp cloths are lightweight, breathable, soft, and durable. They are gentle on a baby's delicate skin and absorbent, making them ideal for daily use and quick cleanups. Cotton burp cloths are a bit heavier, but usually softer, more comfortable and absorbent. They also hold up well after multiple washings.

How many layers of flannel for a burp cloth? ›

Folding the Flannel Burp Cloth

In order to create the look of the prefolded diaper, I fold the flannel so that the center has 4 layers of flannel and the sides have two layers of flannel.

How many yards to make a burp cloth? ›

1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric to 8″W x 18″H (1 per if using two fabrics, or 2 per if using a single fabric for both sides). Half yardage or yardage will make this easy. If you're using fat quarters, cut each to only 7.25″W to enable you to fit three in a FQ.

Can you make your own burp cloths? ›

I used my cutting mat and rotary cutter and it made it so easy. Sew the two rectangles together, right-sides together, with a 1/2″ seam, leaving a 1″ opening in the middle of one of the edges. Flip the burp rag right-side out, and topstitch all the way around, including on the opening to close it.

Can you use a towel as a burp cloth? ›

Depending on the size of the towel you can get between six and nine cloths. First step is to cut up the towel. I also unpick or trim off the seam top and bottom.

Can you use flour sack towels for burp cloths? ›

I started to research other options and found a great post comparing various materials for making DIY burp cloths (see the post here). This blogger's very scientific method found found that flour sack dishtowels were actually the most absorbent material (above prefolds and barmops!).

Can you use fleece for burp cloths? ›

Double gauze is wonderfully absorbent, a positive feature for a burp cloth! And, the cushy fleece feels soft and cozy against your neck and shoulders. The nap of the fleece also helps hold the cloth in place against your clothing so it doesn't shift much as you jostle out those baby burps.

How long do burp cloths last? ›

You should change them once they are wet or covered in spit-up. Our handmade burp cloths are designed so you can use one side, and then flip around to use the other. Meaning you could use them a minimum of two times. But if your baby doesn't spit up a lot you may be able to use them up to 10 times before washing.

Can you use cotton fabric for burp cloths? ›

You can use cotton gauze on both sides, of course, or flannel on both sides. You could use a cotton quilting print on one side and terry cloth on the other. It's really up to you! Cotton is best, though, and while I know a lot of people love minky, I don't think it's ideal for this project.

Is microfiber good for burp cloths? ›

It depends on how you plan to use them. Microfiber is super absorbent, to the extent that it can dry out the skin and sometimes cause problems if left directly on a baby's skin, but for quick wipe ups, skin contact is just fine.

Are burp cloths and muslin the same? ›

Cheeky cotton burp cloths are double layer, so thicker than standard muslin cloths and primarily used over the shoulder for burping after feedings. As they are generously sized, they also make great soft bibs, so are truly multi functional.

Can you use minky for burp cloths? ›

Pre-washed cotton fabric (you will need an 8×20 inch piece for each burp cloth) Pre-washed minky fabric (again you will need an 8×20 inch piece for each burp cloth)


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