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Cloth Diaper Tip: DIY Cloth Wipes Tutorial!

Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 3/12/2013 to Cloth Diaper Accessories

When I started using cloth diapers, I had no clue that I could use cloth wipes. I quickly got tired of spending $12 every month on disposable wipes. I thought, "There's got to be a less expensive option." One of my friends told me about cloth wipes. I decided to try my hand at making them, and you can too.

Choose the fabric:

Decide what fabric to use for making your wipes. You can use almost any type of fabric, even old t-shirts or receiving blankets. I chose flannel because it was one of the least expensive options. I waited until flannel was less than $3/yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics, where I purchased two yards. When I went home, I washed and dried the fabric to avoid shrinking.

Decide on the size:

Choose what size you want your wipes to be. I decided I wanted 8 X 8 inch wipes, so I cut 8.5 X 8.5 inch squares.

Sewing the wipes:

Pin the squares of your fabric together with the correct sides facing each other. Straight stitch around the sides using a 1/4 seam allowance and making sure to leave a 2 inch opening on one of the sides {This is very important, if it's not done you sew the wipe completely shut}. Cut the four corners of the wipes. Turn the squares right side out. Smooth the wipe and pin the opening shut. {I ironed my wipes.} Topstitch around the edges using an 1/8 seam allowance.

By sewing these, I was able to make 20 wipes for $6. If I made another 20, I would not have to purchase disposable wipes again.

Interested in cloth wipes but not sure you want to make your own? Diaper Junction carries a great selection of affordable cloth wipes. Check out cloth wipes on Diaper Junction here.

Guest Post Contributed by Sarah