What's a better project for a newbie seamstress than burping rags? I mean, they're literally gonna be covered in some milky spit up so there's no pressure on those straight seams, my friends. I've been sewing these burping rags like crazy lately. As an infant, Grahm had really bad acid reflux, so if Sawyer is anything like her daddy we're gonna need as many of these things around as possible!
Cutesy Fabric (cottons or flannels)
Measuring Tape/Cutting Board
Cut a piece of chenille and a piece of flannel into 10 by 18 rectangles. Really your burping cloths can be whatever size you want, but I like this size. Not too big. Not too small. You can easily fold into thirds. Also you can get 12 rectangles out of one 60-in. yard of chenille, so that's awesome.
Pin fabric together, right sides facing each other. Sew pieces together, but leave a small opening. Cut all four corners for a nice finish. Flip fabric right side out. Pin opening together. Sew a topstitch around entire cloth.
When I ran out of chenille, I repeated this process with terry cloth. TC is much cheaper than chenille, for sure, but it's also a little more rough and it definitely isn't as pretty. (I'm not sure that should really be a factor when you're making burping rags, but ya know...)
With the two yards of terry cloth I bought and the many, many cottons I have around the house (I love the remnant section!), I made 28 cloths (of different sizes) for just under $12. Gotta love that Hobby Lobby coupon!
After sewing a bajillion of these bad boys, I decided I like the chenille/flannel combo the best. It's a tad more expensive, and chenille is nearly impossible to find, but it's so much softer and more absorbent (an obvious requirement for burping rags).
If, however, you're not into making your own burping rags... I have the solution! My sweet blogger friend, Lauren, has just started her own Etsy shop, JBaby Rags. She is quite the seamstress and uses adorable flannel prints for her rags that any baby would love to spit on! She's not only hilarious and a fabulous blogger, she would also make a wonderful mother. Her and her husband started this shop to raise money for their IVF treatment. So even if you don't have a baby spitting up around your house, head on over to JBaby Rags and buy some of her adorable creations. They make great gifts, and it's for a wonderful cause!
You can read more about their story here.