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.
|1 fat quarter - 2 burp cloths|
|Fine cotton from woman's pyjama top|
Burp on that, baby.