In an earlier blog, I talked about our plan to use cloth diapers and wipes with our little one. Over the weekend I started sewing our wipes, and I thought I'd provide a little how-to of my process, in case anyone else was interested in trying it.
1. Choose what kind of wipe you want to make. Do you want one-layer wipes, or two? Two-layer wipes are obviously a little more work to make, but that's what I chose.
2. Choose what size wipe you want. This is really up to you- the suggestions I read varied from 8"x8", 7"x7", 8"x4", and everything in between. I ended up going with 8"x5". Keep in mind that if you chose a two-layer wipe, you will lose some size in the sewing process. Also, you can try to choose the size of the wipe to maximize the amount of fabric you buy.
3. Choose your fabric. Because I chose two-layer wipes, I ended up deciding to use flannel for one side and terry cloth for the other. You could also use organic cotton, hemp, etc. The sky's the limit! You could also do a double layer of one fabric. The flannel I chose was striped blue, white, pink, and tan. The terry cloth I picked out was in coordinating solid blue. Perfectly gender-neutral! Of course, if you know what you're having, there are plenty of adorable options out there. I bought two yards of each. With a coupon, I ended up paying $15 total. You could definitely search for sale fabrics and make them for a lot cheaper, though. Not sure exactly how many wipes I'll end up with - I'll try to remember to update when I'm finished.
4. Measure and cut. I measured out 8"x5" rectangles on the flannel, then cut them out. That's the most painful part, I promise! Next, pin the fabric outside-side-down on the second fabric (in my case, the terry cloth). Now, instead of having to measure again, you can just cut around the flannel. You don't have to be perfect- remember that this will be the inside of the wipe.
5. Sew along the sides, leaving a small space around the edges. On the four side, remember to leave a few inches un-sewn. You'll need to be able to turn out the wipe.
6. Pull the wipe through the space you left in the hem. Now use some kind of tool to ensure all the corners are pushed out (I used a knitting needle-perfect!)
7. Using a double-threaded needle (for a stronger stitch), whip around the open end. You're done!
8. Is this not the cutest thing you'll ever wipe your baby's butt with?