The things you think you know about having a baby before one is born is such a stark contrast to reality. One thing that stands out for me is my need/desire to have those adorable one layer flannel blankets and my need (or what I thought to be a need) for specific burp rags … because of course baby’s spit up. I can remember the birth of each of my siblings and each of their different ‘stages’. You’d think I would have known better. Especially on the burp cloth front – but I didn’t and all the ‘experts’ and registry builders tell you that you need all these things for a new baby. Turns out those cute little flannel blankets were frequently used for catching spit up instead of wrapping my baby up tight. Let’s face it, new recommendations say blankets are sort of a thing of the past and should be replaced with sleep sacks and specialized wraps any way. The only exception to this was the ridiculously over priced special burp cloths I bought that formed just right to your shoulder and were supposed to convert of a ridiculous looking bib. But they fit so nice on the shoulder and were smaller (better for the diaper bag) than carrying a full size flannel receiving blanket. But they are made out of some sort of muslin fabric that just don’t absorb as well as the flannel. And at $9.99 for each one, the cost just doesn’t really make a ton of sense. So, based on my insane flannel stock pile (why does it always have to have major sales on holidays/big shopping sales and be so darn cute?) and my impending need for plenty of rags to soak up new baby spit up, I thought I would make my own version. I combined the best of both worlds.
What you’ll need:
Flannel – to pieces per rag. I imagine 1/2 yard of fabric will get you at least 2 clothes
I started by folding the fabric and tracing a kidney bean pattern about 19&1/2″ at it’s longest point 10″ at both ends and about 7&1/2″ at it’s most narrow point on both the printed flannel and a complementary color flannel. I actually used a chip box to make a pattern so I could make many of these. I folded the pattern in half when I cut it so that each side would be symmetrical.
Next I placed the cut fabric right sides together.
I sewed around the edge with about a 1/4″ seam allowance. Remember to leave an opening to flip the rag inside right.
I folded in the material from the opening and sewed a top stitch around the cloth. The seam allowance was about 1/4 of an inch.