How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

If you thought the quilt was simple, this How To will for sure be a piece of devils food chocolate cake (excuse the pregnancy cravings!) This really is easy. I promise. It honestly took me longer to write this How To than it did to make the receiving blanket and two burp cloths!

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

So grab your purse and your coupons (never ever buy fabric at full price- there is always a sale or a coupon to be found!) And head to the store.

Receiving Blanket

what you need:

  • 2 pieces of flannel*
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • pins

*When buying fabric for receiving blankets, keep things as simple as possible by checking the width of the bolt of fabric before you take it up to the cutting table. Most bolts of flannel will be about 44-45 inches wide. Ask them to cut the fabric to the width of the bolt. This will give you a perfect square to start with.

TIP: Be nice to the fabric cutter. If you are nice, make small talk, tell them that you need every square inch they will be more likely to take their time and cut the fabric straight. Nothing frustrates me more than having to go home and re-cut fabric because of a bad cut.

Pre-wash the fabric.

If you choose to have a coordinating set of receiving blanket and burp cloths, follow these next cutting steps:

Instead of having the fabric cut to make a perfect square, have the fabric cut to 9 inches larger (9 in= 1/4 yard) than the width of the bolt of fabric. In my case 53 inches.

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Fold the corner over to make a triangle

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

The remaining fabric will be your 1/4 yard of fabric for the burp cloth

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Repeat this for the other piece of flannel

Now, start sewing:

You got your pre-washed fabric, your machine is threaded now all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Place the fabric right sides facing in

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Pin if you feel like it. I don’t pin because flannel usually stays in place and pinning just slows me down.

With a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew around three edges completely with a straight stitch.

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

On the fourth side sew a little over 3/4 of the way leaving an opening large enough to turn the blanket right side out. I left about 6 inches open.

Fold in the raw edge and pin in place.

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Sew along the edge of all four sides. I used a zig zag stitch for visual interest.

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

And that is it!

You are done. You made a Receiving Blanket!

Burp Cloths:

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of 1/4 yard flannel
  • 1 piece of 1/4 yard flannel for lining (any cheap flannel with do)
  • thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine

Again, pre-wash your fabric.

Cut all the flannel in half so you have (depending on the width of the bolt) 6 pieces of 22 in by 9 in fabric.

Layer the fabric right sides in and place the lining flannel on top.

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Sew three sides together with a straight stitch

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Turn right side out

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Fold in the raw edge and pin

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

Sew around the edges (again, yes you have to do this.)

sew an X through the burp cloth

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths

repeat with the remaining fabric

And there you go. You now have two burp cloths and a receiving blanket!

How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths


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Meg was married in July of 2005 to her self proclaimed geeky husband. Two months after getting married they adopted a golden retriever mutt who was a product of her paper certified, pure bred, golden retriever mom and the neighborhood mutt. Not long after Lucy the mutt came into the picture, Meg peed on a stick and from that moment on, everything changed. Almost 5 years later Meg's life has morphed from her dream of bolting out Broadway ballads on stage to the more exciting, challenging, draining and wonderful life of a SAHM to two energetic little boys. Meg is pregnant with her third child who, according to the ultrasound technician, is definitely a girl! To keep sane she locks herself in her office and sews, she works in the yard, does DIY style home improvement projects, contributes to Mom Spark and blogs on her own site,

16 Responses to “How To Make Receiving Blankets and Burp Cloths”

  1. #
    2babies1momma — April 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Love it, this makes me want to go out and buy a sewing machine!


    • Meg replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 11:24 am

      @2babies1momma, You should! You would be surprised how often you use a sewing machine, even if you are not an avid sewer. There is always something that needs mending. In the long run doing easy fast projects like this one saves tons of money too!


  2. #
    Beth Huntington — March 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I just found out I’m going to be a Grandma and this is going to be my first project! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!


  3. #
    peace — March 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    dont understand the x on the burp cloth


  4. #
    peace — April 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    dont understand the x thru it part….


  5. #
    Vanessa — July 30, 2012 at 2:33 am

    The X is to hold the layer that is a liner in place, since it’s needed to offer more absorbency.


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