This easy cloth diapering tutorial for how to make cloth wipes is a great start to going eco-friendly in your diapering methods. A lot of families start cloth diapering to save money. Buying them already made is a great way to save some money, but you can save even more by making your own.
If you make your cloth wipes two-ply out of flannel, you can get about ten to a dozen wipes out of one yard, depending on how big you make them of course. So for four dollars, you’ve got a good start to your cloth wipe stash. So for about eight dollars, you’d have enough cloth wipes for one kid. You don’t have to make the wipes with all flannel.
You can use flannel on one side and terry cloth or a baby washcloth for the other. It does make your wipes more expensive, but it’ll usually be more inexpensive than buying them and you can pick out some colors that you like. You can pre-wash your fabric before you start cutting out, but I prefer to just cut it out and wash it when it’s done, that way I don’t have to worry about ironing it. After they’re done, I just wash them once using my regular cloth diaper wash routine to prep them, and then after that, I wash them with the rest.
How To Make Cloth Wipes For Cloth Diapering
This is a super easy way to make your own cloth wipes. Pick your favorite colors and designs of flannel at your local craft store, or even find flannel fabric pieces online in various fun colors. Grab some supplies and get started making them!
- fabric- flannel, terry cloth- can be cotton or hemp or bamboo
- sewing machine or needle
Decide how big you want your cloth wipes to be. I make mine about seven inches square finished. So you’ll want to cut them a little bigger to allow for stitching and turning inside out. I add on half an inch for seam allowance (meaning I stitch around about a quarter of an inch from the edge). Seven inches is a pretty good size for wipes.
Place two squares together with right sides facing.
Stitch around the edges of your soon to be cloth wipes about a quarter of an inch from the edge, leaving an opening on one side in the middle so you can turn them inside out.
Clip the corners so there isn’t a big lump in the corners, being careful not to clip your stitching.
Turn inside out and press using an iron, making sure to fold in the part where you left it open.
Stitch around the edges, backstitching at the beginning and end, and voila! You’re done. Just wash and you’re good to go.
These simple and easy homemade cloth diapers are a great choice for your own child, but also an excellent choice for gifting to a friend who has a baby on the way. Additionally, if you aren’t planning to cloth diaper, these cloth wipes come in handy. They are great for tender bottoms, spit up messes or even use after feeding their first soft foods. Every baby deserves a soft and gentle cloth cleaning their messes, and this is ideal.
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