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    burp clothes

    I have never made burp clothes before, but I have left over fabric and I think I am going to. When I look at videos on YouTube they all use terry cloth fabric for the back. While I understand that would be awesome for absorption, I really don't want to spend any more money. Do you guys use terry cloth on your burp clothes? I am wondering if I could just use a towel I have and put it in the middle of my flannel layers. That way it would be hidden (because it would not be the right color) and the absorption would still be there.

    Any thoughts?

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    I have made many burp clothes over the years and I have always just used flannel on the back. They are absorbent and the flannel does not slip from your shoulder.

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    All the ones i've made used store bought cloth diapers with colorful scrap flannel "binding" added....but i would think your idea would work just fine.
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    I used flannel leftover from a receiving blanket and scraps of warm and natural batting. They seem to work fine.

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    I have made burp cloths using both prefolded diapers and bar towels from big box store. My daughter and her friends all love the towel ones over the diapers. They say that they wash and dry easier and absorb better. I don't use the diapers any more. That's the new moms opinion.

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    I use two layers of flannel with nothing inside. The two layers are absorbent enough.

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    I do the same as Nammie...2 layers of flannel.
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    whew! thank you for your replies.. I just want to use what I have I don't want to spend any more money. I have enough flannel left to make 4 or so (depending on the size). I never really thought about batting.. I bet I have some scraps of that in my bin... a burp cloth would be a good use for that

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    I use terry cloth (or a towel would work) on one side and cotton on the other, and I'll tell you why. My SIL asked me to make some for friends that were having babies so I made 3 sets, each flannel on one side and cotton on the other. Since they were the first ones I had made (I don't put an extra layer of fabric or batting between the layers), I asked my SIL to get input.

    All 3 gals said the flannel was not very absorbent, when it got wet, the wet just sat there. I make mine in a bone shape, the narrow part lays on the shoulder, so slipping was not an issue.

    I then made 3 more sets with cotton on one side and terry cloth on the other. The gals all responded saying that combination was perfect. So that's how I've made them since. I could probably also make them with terry and flannel instead of cotton.

    Lots of people use flannel and it seems to work just fine. I just switched to terry because of the comments. If I use towels, I buy the cheap ones at Walmart for $1.99.
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    lalaland - thank you for the pictures! Those are adorable. I am going to TRY to start on these tonight.. it will be interesting. I am really leaning on using a towel. I can put a layer of fabric on either side so the color won't matter...because I remember how my little guys gushed on my shoulder

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    I've used the pre-folded diapers and cotton on the back. Haven't had any issues that I've heard of. I love the bright colors so I might try terry cloth on one side and cotton on the other... but I have too many diapers right now to use up.
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    moonwork42029 - your burp cloth is very nice!! thanks for sharing

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    My daughter asked me to make burp cloths for her and I used flannel on both sides. After the baby was born and she used mine and others she had received as gifts, she found the ones she preferred had terry on one side and jersey (like T-shirt) on the other. She said they absorbed the best. If you cover the terry with fabric, the liquid would have to penetrate the cotton first so you might as well not use it at all (IMHO).

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    10 grandkids later, I will also cast my vote for the terry/flannel combination. I used either towels on found on clearance at Kohl's (along with a coupon) or towels from Walmart.

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    You used flannel. Same thought, the terry cloth fabric is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diannia View Post
    I do the same as Nammie...2 layers of flannel.
    I did the same thing, but put a small pocket flap on the end that goes over the shoulder to catch those erp moments that go down your back.
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    i mAke mine from flannel always make for newborns in need as well gifts!!!
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    I have made a lot of burp cloths and always use flannel. I add a layer of quilt bat in between the two layers of flannel. My daughter loves them as do her friends that I have made them for. She also uses them for runny noses later before toddlers know how to blow their noses. They are so soft and absorbent. The flannel also is sticky enough to stay on your shoulder if you are using them as burp cloths. I wait for the flannel to go on sale at JoAnn's and use scraps of batting from previous quilt projects. They can be expensive to make if you're not careful with how you get your material.

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    I've gone to the dollar store and purchased inexpensive terry cloth bath towels and made burp cloths out of those. Also if you go to an auto store and go to the car cleaning/care department, they have terry cloth towels cheap too. I save threadbare bath towels for my stash. Great to sew together for animal shelters for blankets.

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