Sew Your Own Cloth Wipes

22 Sep

Cloth wipes
My sister gave me a huge piece of pale-blue gingham flannel from her fabric stash, and I’ve been trying to find a purpose for it. I finally decided to try my hand at sewing some cloth wipes, since we plan on cloth diapering our son when he is born early next year.

This is such an easy project, but time-consuming only because of the quantity of wipes. Most people recommend having about 24 wipes on-hand if you wash your diapers and wipes every other day. We already have some Kissaluvs terry wipes from when we used cloth on our daughter, but they don’t seem soft enough for delicate newborn skin. Most cloth wipes are around $1 to $1.50 per wipe, so being able to sew them from materials you already have is an economical option. You can sew cloth wipes from flannel, hemp fleece, terry, or velour. You can even use an old cut-up flannel sheet or receiving blankets!

I have been dreaming about buying a serger, but it’s just not in the budget right now. (Although this one from Amazon gets excellent reviews and is an amazing price.) With a serger, this project would go by twice as fast. I would love a serger. Anyone? Anyone?

Anyway, on to the wipes.
I used a carboard template cut to 9″ x 9″ and a rotary cutter to cut my squares. You’ll need two squares for each wipe. This fabric had already been washed; if yours hasn’t, make sure you prewash. (Always.)

cloth wipes

Line up two squares, right sides facing in, and stitch around using a 1/2″ seam allowance. It would probably help to pin – I was feeling a little lazy and chose not to. Leave an opening (larger than mine, preferably – 2 inches would be good) to turn the fabric right-side out, and be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to lock your stitches.

Cloth wipes

Clip the corners and turn the piece right-side out. Turn the ends of the opening under and pin together. Then, topstitch the entire wipe.

I tried some decorative stitches out and love the way they look, but frankly with 24 of these to do, I wouldn’t bother unless they were a gift.

Cloth wipes

They are ultra-soft and I’m a little jealous of baby #2. After all, I switched the family over to single-ply, recycled toilet paper earlier this year and it’s pretty much the opposite of soft. And I bought it in bulk from Amazon. In a 48-pack. Forty-four of which are unopened. It’s going to be a rough year.

But not for the baby!


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