Yesterday's task was making cloth wipes. As I am already committed to cloth diapering, using cloth wipes seems like a no-brainer. It's not like I'll be doing any extra laundry; they'll just get tossed in the wet bag and the washer with the diapers. I'll be saving even more money by not having to buy disposable wipes, and I'm generating even less waste.
Apparently, the most popular fabrics for cloth wipes are flannel or fleece. Many people recommend using old receiving blankets to make cloth wipes. You cut them into squares, double them up, and sew them together. Other people prefer cloth wipes with more texture so that they use fewer wipes with each diaper change. They cut up old towels, which don't need to be doubled because they are so thick.
I decided to use live in the best of both worlds and make cloth wipes out of flannel and towels! I also made a set of cloth wipes for a friend who just joined the cloth diapering club with her three-week old daughter. Other cloth wipers recommend having 1.5 wipes for every diaper, but I wanted more so that I won't run out. I made each of us a set of four dozen cloth wipes.
Here's a tutorial for how I made my wipes:
I don't have any old receiving blankets yet, and I didn't have the heart to cut up my new ones. So, I bought a handful of receiving blankets at a secondhand store and used a rotary cutter to make 7x7 inch squares.
|Look at the cute fabrics! Too bad these are going to get covered in poop.|
|I didn't end up using all of these towels, but I'm glad that all those hand towels are gone now.|
They've sat untouched in my closet for months.
|Nice straight lines in just seconds!|
|I folded the towel in half and got 24 squares out of it.|
|A serger trims excess fabric while binding the edges with thread at the same time. |
You will see serged edges inside most of the seams in your clothing.
|"Why, serged cloth wipe! What nice, clean edges you have!"|
"The better to prevent fraying, my dear!"
|DO: flannel on the bottom, towel on top.|
|DON'T: towel on bottom, flannel on top. Makes fabric bunch up.|
After you get through all your wipes, you have a nice thick stack of cloth wipes to wipe a baby's bum with! I can't wait to give this set to my friend.
*UPDATE September 2013: I improved my cloth wipe design! Check it out: Cloth Wipes: New and Improved!*