22 Free Burp Cloth Sewing Patterns

This collection is full of easy homemade burp cloths that are must-haves for new parents. DIY burp cloths and towels are fast, easy, and inexpensive baby shower gifts.

Updated August 04, 2023
22 Free Burp Cloth Sewing Patterns

Learn how to make a burp cloth that's a simple rectangle or half contoured, or fully contoured for a perfect fit. This page has 22 Free Burp Cloth Sewing Patterns of all types and styles.

What is burp cloth used for? Burp cloths are essential for new parents. Babies often spit up, especially when feeding and burping the baby. With a burp cloth, your clothing and skin is protected.

Plus, the small towel is easily washable and reusable, reducing disposable napkins and towel costs. Because parents can never get enough of these cloths, it makes a perfect baby shower gift.

But why buy when you can DIY? Save money and customize your homemade burp cloths for the parent, baby, or nursery themes. DIY burp cloths and towels are so easy and fast to sew up that even beginners will feel comfortable with any found in this list.

When making your own, what's the best fabric for burp cloths? The most absorbent and washable fabrics include bamboo, cotton chenille, fleece, or terrycloth but most cotton varieties will work beautifully.

Burp cloth dimensions vary but the standard size is around 9 x 15 inches but that can be adjusted a few inches on either side as needed. Contouring also changes the sizes.

Luckily, all of these free burp cloth sewing patterns will tell you exactly what size to make yours. Another bonus of this fast project is that you can make as many burp towels or cloths as you need in a short period of time.
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Rectangle Burp Cloth Patterns

There's nothing wrong with sticking to the classics! In this section, find your ideal rectangular burp cloth pattern. The beauty of keeping it simple is that you can easily change the size and it won't be difficult and add much more time to your project.

You can even upcycle or bust your stash by sewing some burp cloths. Just use a washable and absorbent fabric or fabrics if you want to mix and match with a reversible version.

Contoured Burp Cloth Patterns

A curved burp cloth pattern allows you to make a towel that is contoured to your neck and shoulder angles. This helps keep the cloth in place before, while, and after burping or nursing. It's also a handy accessory for any day with children! Keep any of these free burp cloth sewing patterns ready to wipe up any messes throughout the day.

Once your shoulder towel is soiled, you can throw it in the wash with most other items. Using a terry cloth or other cotton-based fabric keeps them durable, absorbent, and quick drying. Having a stack of DIY burp towels around the house is never a bad idea, that's for sure.

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I love the contoured versions but the rectangle versions work for so many things, too! Great ideas.


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