Sunday, April 13, 2014

Burping Babies

Apparently burp cloths are a thing.  I don't remember them being a thing 19 years ago when I was last involved in baby raising - we had old nappies to throw over the shoulder or lap for burp time, but there are fewer of these around now.

I do seem to remember my mother making some for my sister-in-law when my nephew was wee - he turns 16 this month.  Mum raided my stash and used vintage flannelette which had come from a friend's grandmother's stash.  It has to be at least 40 years old now.

I had many metres of mint green and a slightly fewer metres of white and it is so much softer than anything I could buy in shops now.  But plain flanelette isn't very visually appealing.

My research showed that a cute print on one side and flanelette or a soft knit on the other is the done thing. I found a simple downloadable pattern and then lengthened it by two inches in the middle because one thing I do remember about burping babies is that it can dribble a surprisingly long and sitnky way.

The children's print fabric in stash was quickly used up so I cast about for other fabrics.


And I had a lone fat quarter purchased secondhand.

1 fat quarter - 2 burp cloths
 I've been saving lovely cotton fabrics from shirts rescued from the free bins at the local tip shop.  I harvest the shirts for buttons and other trim but can't bear to throw away gorgeous fabric with a lot of wear left in it. The fabric was intended for hankies or other small projects but if the fabric is soft enough for hankies it's soft enough for burp cloths.

Fine cotton from woman's pyjama top
This soft cotton twill was a large Pierre Cardin man's shirt.


Burp on that, baby.

2 comments:

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

I look at your burp cloths and see a dog bone...I must be tired.

Donna Lee said...

I used cloth diapers and they doubled as burp cloths (as did dish towels and old wash rags and anything else handy!)

But I love old flannel. I love the softness of it. The newer stuff is much thinner and often pills.