burp cloths when a baby is young. Plus, these are an item that is rarely handed down because they get so much use and get so grody. Lastly, they are really easy to make. What a great project if you have a baby (or, in my case, friends making babies).
The one pictured here is 1/4 of a yard of cute baby flannel. I took a yard of the fabric and cut it into quarters. This is one piece. The back side is sherpa. You could also use flannel on both sides, or terry, or any other absorbent material (like an old t-shirt).
After you cut your fabric to size (16" by 8" would be a nice size if you don't have a yard of something to cut up), place the pieces right sides together and pin. Then stitch the two sides together, taking care to start in the middle of a side instead of at a corner. Leave a 2" hole for turning.
Turn. Push the corners out to make them as sharp as possible, either using a turning tool or a pencil or closed scissors. Pin the turning hole closed.
Topstitch around the entire outside edge, starting at the turning hole. Make sure the front and back meet evenly at the edge as you go past.
You are done! Go wipe up some spit-up! ...or wrap it up for a new baby gift...