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For the third and final part of my mini flash sewing series, I’m going to show off my Easy DIY Cloth Wipes.
I haven’t really gotten into the fact that we cloth diaper – saving that for several longer posts later on (mostly because I know how much info there is to cover!).
Anyway, we do! And we love it!
Along with the diapers, we also use cloth wipes and homemade spray, instead of using wet wipes and having to have a garbage can AND diaper pail (plus, y’know, enviro and all). Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own wipes!
Before Sweet Girl was born, I whipped up some cloth wipes to get us started. Once we brought her home, I learned pretty quick that I didn’t make enough since I like having them EVERYWHERE. So don’t worry about making too many…you can never have too many. They also come in handy for nose wipes or over-lotiony hands.
All you need is some flannelette, scissors, and a serger or sewing machine (with zigzag stitch), thread, scissors, etc.
I’ve made all of my cloth wipes with a serger, but I’ll demonstrate both ways in this short post, since a lot of you might only have a basic sewing machine. All good, as long as it has a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. If you have an overlock function, this would also work.
You may want to pre-wash and dry your material for shrinkage. And because it will be against your baby’s sensitive parts. Washing once they’re finished should be fine, too.
Step 1 – Cut Your Cloth Wipes
Round up some scrap pieces of flannelette and get cutting. Any piece will do as long as it’s close to 5″ or larger.
For this post, I was using scrap pieces to make my cloth wipes, so I just used scissors to trim off excess. However, when I made my initial batch, I used full widths of fabric and cut them with my rotary cutter and straight edge
Cut your pieces as large as you want. I suggest 6″ squares.
Step 2 – Seal the Edges
Using your serger: Run a quick serge strip all the way around the edge. If you’re not familiar with doing corners (I wasn’t!), just wing it.
Run 4 separate chains around your cloth wipe – one on each side – to create nice corners. When you run off one side, create a loop of chain as you head to the next side (shown in the second picture).
Using your sewing machine: Set your machine to zigzag. I like to be on the narrower side for better durability.
Run a stitch all the way around your cloth wipe, remembering to back stitch at the start and end. You’ll want to be as close to the edge as possible without causing the fabric to bunch up and get eaten.
You’ll notice when you use the zigzag stitch, you can’t get right to the edge without causing serious troubles for yourself. You’ll need to trim the fabric after. Get as close to the stitch as possible, being careful not to cut it.
Trim threads and chains. Done!
The Finished Product
Don’t worry, it won’t be long before you get to test these bad boys out!
We’ve been using ours for 14 months now, and they’re holding up great. They just get thrown in the wash with the diapers. No issues whatsoever. Well worth the little bit of work.
Find flannelette on clearance. They don’t need to be super pretty, considering their job. These would make a great baby gift for someone wanting to do any amount of cloth diapering. Pair it with a bottle of spray and some DIY Liners for a nice little basket.
How did you find the tutorial? Too simple? Never. Let me know what you think!
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