Burp cloths are rectangular or hourglass shaped pieces of fabric that are placed over a shoulder while burping a baby. If the baby happens to spit up while you are burping him, your clothing is protected by the burp cloth. You can easily make enough burp cloths to ensure that you have a ready supply on hand. Flannel provides a soft surface for the baby to rest its head on.
Wash both lengths of flannel to preshrink them. Dry the flannel pieces and press them with a hot steam iron to remove wrinkles.
Lay two 8.5- by 11-inch sheets of paper side by side on a flat work surface, long edges matching. Tape them together and measure out an 11- by 17-inch rectangle on the surface of the paper with a measuring tape. Outline the rectangle with a pencil.
Place a drinking cup upside down near one corner of the rectangle. Trace around the bottom of the cup to create a rounded corner. Repeat this process in the remaining three corners. Cut out the rectangle with a pair of scissors.
Lay both pieces of flannel, side by side with wrong sides up, on a flat surface. Lay the paper pattern on top of the first piece of flannel. Trace around the pattern with a fabric pencil to transfer it to the flannel. Repeat this on the second piece of flannel. Cut out the flannel rectangles with a pair of scissors.
Lay one of the fabric rectangles, right side up, on the work surface. Place the second fabric rectangle, right side down, on top of the first. Match up the edges so they are even. Pin around the edges with straight pins to secure, leaving a 3-inch opening along one of the short ends of the rectangle.
Thread a sewing machine with thread. Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the edge of the layered rectangles, back-stitching at the start and end. Remember to leave a 3-inch gap open. Clip any loose threads.
Turn the burp cloth right side out through the 3-inch opening. Fold the open edges inward 1/2 inch and pin. Top stitch a 1/4-inch seam around the edge of the burp cloth to flatten the seam and close the opening. Clip any loose threads and press the cloth.
Clean cloth diapers can be inserted between the flannel layers to add absorbency.