Baby wipes just come with the territory, don’t they? If you have a baby, you have baby wipes. It’s not really something you can get by without. You don’t wake up one day and say, “You know, baby wipes are a hassle. Think I’ll quit using them.” It just ain’t gonna happen.
So, now that we’ve established your “need”, how’s about we get creative?
Cloth diaperers the world around know that once you start cloth diapering, you’ll soon be cloth wiping as well. There are tons of sites selling absolutely adorable cloth wipes, but honey, when you get right down to it, wipes really have but one purpose, cute or not…need I say more?
So, this little tutorial is all about fast, functional, & frugal.
If you make your own cloth diapers, oftentimes you end up with scraps that are perfect for making wipes. Here’s a scrap of organic cotton flannel that I could easily get 2 wipes out of.
A good guage for the size of your wipes is to simply lay an outstretched hand on the fabric:
I like to make my wipes 2 ply. (T-shirts make this an easy task.) Simply lay your hand out there to guage size and then cut fabric into squares based on your hand size. (this is not rocket science…don’t worry about measuring exactly)
Now sew up the edges. This can be done a couple of different ways. I own a serger, so I usually serge my wipes (not caring one bit if the thread in the machine matches the wipe color…remember what these are used for…)
That’s all there is to it. It really is that simple. And that cheap.
What if you don’t have a sewing machine, you say? My first cloth wipes were baby washcloths. You can usually find these for cheap at thrift stores. No need to pay for new…remember…yeah, ok, you’re gettin’ the idea.
Got too many receiving blankets around the house? Cut them up and make them useful.
Buy up some of those cheap (not too scratchy) washcloths that come in the huge packs at your local discount store. They make great wipes!
Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose! Pretty soon you’ll be seeing baby wipes everywhere!