Hello Everyone. I hope you are doing well.
I recently bought a few new overnight cloth diapers, and realized I needed to make a few more cloth wipes to go with them so that I had enough for each diaper change. That gave me the idea that I should make tutorial here on how I make my own cloth wipes.
It really is very easy and even if you are new to sewing, and it is worth it if you are already doing cloth diapers. You can just toss the dirty wipe in the dirty diaper and toss it all in the diaper pail together and then wash together. It is much easier in my opinion than trying to remember to throw the disposable wipe out and then put the diaper in the pail. Plus my son gets irritation from even the sensitive disposable wipes.
Step One: Buy some cloth.
Flannel is ideal for cloth wipes. It is absorbent, and soft. Terry cloth is also a good choice. You can also buy equal amounts of both flannel and terry cloth and do some dual sided wipes. We use those for the really messy diapers.
Step two: Pre-wash the cloth.
This step is very important in pretty much any sewing project. It is important to wash your fabric before you sew anything with it because it does shrink. Wash on high heat. This also get rid of any particles left on the fabric from where it was before it got to you.
Step three: Dry the cloth.
Drying the cloth in the dryer is also good to do to make sure it shrinks as much as it will and of course so it is dry and you can sew with it.
Step four: Measure by 8.5 inch out 8.5 inch squares.
I use a quilters square measuring tool to trace out 8.5 in by 8.5 in squares on the wrong side of my fabric(s). You could do bigger or smaller but I would suggest at least 8.5 in by 8.5 in because any smaller and using them might get your hand messy.
Step five: Cut out the squares.
The next step is more time consuming if you are using regular scissors, or pinking shears. I would highly suggest purchasing or if you already own some using a rotary cutter. It will save you so much time.
Step six: Put the squares right sides together.
Next take all your squares of fabric either flannel and flannel or flannel and terry cloth and place them right sides (the side you want to see when you are done) facing each other. You can pin or use wonder clips to hold them together while you sew but if you feel comfortable sewing you don’t necessarily have to.
Step seven: Sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn the wipe.
Sew around all the sides leaving a 1/4 in allowance on the edges but leave a 2-4 in opening so that you can turn the fabric.
Step eight: Turn wipe.
Turn the fabric so the right side is now on the outside.
Step nine: Push excess fabric in.
Fold the excess fabric left from the hole you used to turn the fabric in so it matches the rest of the edges. You can pin or clip this part but you don’t have to.
Step ten: Top stitch wipe.
Stitch around the edge of the wipe to give it a nice finish and close the hole you used to turn the wipe. You can use a zig-zag stitch or straight stitch . Both work but you may like the look of one over the other.
Step eleven: Wipe some baby bottoms.
I think this is self explanatory. Enjoy!
If you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the questions.
The Momnipresent Mother