I’m sure you’re here looking for the best, most absorbent burp cloths and what fabric to use in your burp cloths , and I am super excited that I can share that with you. 

If you’ve ever been holding a baby and experienced:

  • projectile vomit that comes from nowhere
  • regular spitting in large volumes that a regular burp cloth just can’t handle
  • the dreaded shoulder spit because your burp cloth doesn’t cover you or won’t stay where its supposed to
  • the slime effect--you know, when a burp cloth just smears the mess instead of cleaning it up
Then these burp cloths are for you. I’ve even made a free downloadable pattern for you below.

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.

I’ve used a lot of burp cloths in my day…with four babies with reflux, I’ve gone through a ton of different types and designs. So I feel pretty qualified to tell you these are the best since my kids all needed serious help until they were 6-9 months old.

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.

Most Absorbent Fabric For Burp Cloths

Projectile spit was a big part of my life for years, and I tested the limits of ALL the burp cloths I could get my hands on. These won hands down. They didn’t smear spit up on me or the baby, they absorb a LOT, they stay on your shoulder, and they look cute to boot.

And what is the secret to this amazing burp cloth? The kidney bean shape and the cotton chenille backing. The cotton chenille is the best fabric for absorbent burp cloths I’ve found, and combined with a terry cloth layer for absorbency is far superior to any other combination.

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.

Here are my complaints about other burp cloths (i.e. the results of my extensive research).

Inferior Burp Cloth Fabric Choices: 

  • Flannel: Flannel does a pretty good job of absorbing, but is not so great at keeping the mess from smearing all over the place. Gross.
  • Terry Cloth: Great for absorbing liquids and pretty good at keeping smearing to a minimum. Overall, this is my second-choice material if I don’t have cotton chenille. But it’s kinda scratchy, which isn’t great for soft baby skin.
  • Cuddle Fabrics/Minky: Slime factor is pretty bad with these. They’re soft on baby’s face, but I don’t use it because I’ve been slimed too many times.
  • Cloth Diapers: The middle section is pretty good at keeping everything contained, but the outer sections can’t keep up.

The Other Shapes:

  • Hourglass: While the cutouts are great for putting on your shoulder, there’s one REALLY big problem–the cutout on the opposite side is exposing your shoulder to a spit shower.
  • Rectangle: This gets rid of the spit shower problem, but slides off your shoulder.
So let’s get down to it and make the best (and cutest) most absorbent burp cloths ever.

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.

Updated May 2019 to include more sources and free absorbent burp cloths pattern.

Most Absorbent Burp Cloth Supplies

  • Download the Burp Cloth Pattern (print and tape at the center lines)
  • Quilting Cotton (I can typically get 3 burp cloths from one fat quarter unless they’re cut small)
  • Cotton chenille backing (there are several colors to choose from–I used the blue for these, but white is my favorite overall with Natural a close second)
  • Sewing machine and thread


  1. Place your quilting cotton and cotton chenille right sides together (RST) and place your template on top. We’re going to cut them out together so they’re ready for sewing, which saves you cutting time and matching time later on. Note: If you want even more absorbency, add a layer of terry cloth to the cut list too.These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.
  2. With RST, sew around the edge of the burp cloth leaving a 2″ gap. I usually use a 1/4″ seam allowance.Sew your layers together.
  3. Clip curves, and turn your burp cloth right side out.Turn the burp cloth right side out
  4. Press your edges, and pin the opening closed. close the gap
  5. Topstitch around the entire burp cloth enclosing the gap you pinned.sew around the outside.

These are my favorite baby gift, and I tend to make them in batches so I’m ready for baby showers or packages. I tie up a bundle of 3 or 4 and slide a tag or note in and they’re ready to give!

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths you'll ever use. Coming from a mama who has had 3 reflux babies.

They’re soft on baby’s face, easy to use, and hands down the best. 

So if you haven’t already, click here to Download the Burp Cloth Pattern.

These are the best, most absorbent burp cloths ever

52 Comments on The Best, Most Absorbent Burp Cloths Ever

  1. Hi Lisa I love these little burp cloths, very practical and so stylish with the cotton, great idea! I am stumped about the cotton chenille you use and am not aware of such fabric, does it go by another name? I am only aware of making it which is very time consuming. If you know of another name for this please advise me, thanks, Maureen

  2. I have saved all mine, even though I am not having more kids, for my kids to use as nose wipers. They will all get tissues and waste them. But the burp cloths are mostly soft, and they can wipe their nose much more. This kind might be even better! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hello, these are super adorable. I tried to click the download link to download the pattern, the when I do…it just scrolls up to the top of the page…not sure what I’m doing wrong! Can you possibly email the link to me? Thank you!

    • Hi Kenya, thank you! If you’re trying on mobile or tablet, they aren’t working. But if you try on a desktop they’re working just fine. I’m working on getting the mobile/table problem solved.

    • Great question! That’s how I use them if the baby is a spitter and you need the absorbency. However, if the baby in question just drools a little I put the cotton side up.

  4. I have been using terry cloth for the 2nd side of burp cloths, also absorbent. You could also cut out good sections of old towels also.

  5. Could you tell me the measurements ? I only have a working tablet right now and would love to make but I cannot down load from a mobile device.

    • Hi Shannon, I don’t have the measurements at the moment but if you switch to the desktop view on mobile by clicking on the menu at the top you’ll be able to download it on that view. Let me know if that still doesn’t work.

  6. Have you ever tried it with making your own chenille fabric with 100% cotton fabrics from your stash? Was wondering how that would work for absorbency? Have granddaughter due the end of June and DIL is convinced by her friends that the ones made of swaddle cloth are the best.

    • I haven’t made my own chenille–my guess is that it would be okay but not as great as the cotton chenille you buy because of absorbency. If the baby doesn’t spit a lot, I can see why swaddle cloths would be popular, but I reach for these every time–this mama wants coverage! :)

  7. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I’ve made lots of burps and bibs for gifts and wondered how well they worked using cottons, Warm and Natural as lining and either flannel or terry as backing. Looking forward to trying these. Is the dot Minky equivalent to the 100% Chenille fabric? I have some of the Minky on hand that matches my fabric and wondering if you’ve ever used that.

  8. I don’t know if it is just me, but when I click to get the pattern on any of the links, I don’t go anywhere. I’ve tried multiple browsers and am just stuck. Will you check it?
    Thank you so much for sharing this, I really am looking forward to making some great gifts!

  9. Hi. Thanks for the tutorial; wish I’d found it 20 years ago for my spitter.!

    I am just wondering what size needle and tension you used. If I’m not mistaken chenille goes best with a spring size 11?

    Thanks again for your time and help.

  10. Thanks for the pattern- want to make it. Unfortunately the link does not open the download of the pattern. Looking forward to more patterns.

  11. What width and length should the template be when you have stuck it together? I’ve had too many instances in the past of making things accidentally in miniature!! Thanks

    • Hi Gina, I was having some issues with the site but everything should be fixed now. Could you try again on a desktop and let me know if that doesn’t work? Thanks!

  12. I am trying to download your burp cloth pattern & your site keeps telling me my email is invalid? It is valid & correct, I tried it multiple times. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Heidi, Thanks for letting me know! I fixed the problem so go ahead and try again on a desktop and let me know if you’re still having trouble. :)

  13. I’m so glad to have found you. I make burp towels all the time and I always want to know what really works for the spit up because I had a projectile vomiter many j]=years ago. Thanks for all the fabric suggestions. I cannot get the pattern to download! Major bummer, now that I’m already to go. Please help – I moved to a desktop computer, bur to no avail.

  14. I love the information given, but when I print the pdf it comes out on two pages. Is this the correct sizing? I don’t see how I would get 3 of these on a fat quarter. Do you have the length and width available to compare?

    • Hi Susan,

      It depends. If I’ve already washed the cotton that’s going on the other side, I”ll wash the chenille as well (so that it doesn’t shrink unevenly). The chenille sheds until you sew up the edges, so you could try serging or zigzag stitching the edges before washing, but until it’s sewn up it does shed. That’s why I do them in a big batch–so I only have to deal with the shedding once! Ha..

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