Materials used to make homemade burp cloths include flannel, cotton, waffle fabric, minky fabric and chenille. Common characteristics of baby burp cloths are high absorbency and fineness that makes the material soft to the touch. Cotton is one of the most common materials used to make burp clothes.
Cotton is preferred because it is breathable and absorbent. Cotton is used to make terrycloth, which is a towelling cloth with high absorbent capacity that is also used to make burp cloths. Flannel, which is made from either wool or synthetic fiber, is moderately absorbent and lightweight.
Other burp cloth fabrics are waffle fabric, which is made from cotton or micro-fiber and resembles a honeycomb. It is woven in such a way that it is breathable and highly absorbent. Minky fabric is a plush, soft microfiber that is used for its soft and smooth surface.