Baby Coco is growing beautifully, and Mr A and I are loving the bumps, kicks and somersaults we both feel. I’ve been plodding away at a few DIY things in the background these last few weeks which has been great.
The first DIY I’ve completed is some cloth wipes for Coco, as we’ve decided we will be using cloth nappies. I figured if we were going to use cloth nappies, we may as well use reusable cloth wipes as well in order to decrease our waste, and because they’re far cheaper than disposable wipes in the long run!
You can buy cloth wipes from various online stores, but they can be quite pricey and I figured making our own would be just as easy.
I researched different material to use and settled on flannelette, as many people mentioned they were soft but grippy enough to do their job. Our local craft store had flannel for half price when I went so it was perfect timing! I didn’t realise this at the time, but turns out I am quite fond of foxes! Here’s the fabric I chose;
Here’s a little tutorial to get you started if you’d like to make your own. I did up a list of materials for those with sewing experience / equipment, and those without, because these can definitely be made sewn or raw. In each of these methods I recommend cutting squares to be 8″ x 8″ as this is a great size for hands, faces and bottoms and will fit into wipes containers.
No Sew DIY Cloth Wipes
- 1m flannel (1 yard)
- Pinking Shears
- Long Ruler – I use one like this for my quilting
- Rotary Cutter (optional) – I highly recommend a rotary cutter, but you could use scissors though take care to cut straight
- Self Healing Mat (optional) – I also highly recommend a self healing mat so cut on, but you could use a different surface if required
- Pre wash your flannel to ensure the fabric has shrunk before you start cutting the wipes up, as flannel will shrink when washed (particularly hot washed, which will likely be done considering these are baby wipes after all! :) You can check out my tutorial here if you need help with pre washing.
- Line up selvage of fabric and cut strips to 8″ high using ruler + rotary cutter.
- Stack rows of fabric and cut to 8″ wide using ruler + rotary cutter. If you’re not confident cutting stacks of fabric, you can cut the rows individually – this will just take a little more time. The end result will be 8″ x 8″ squares with straight edges.
- Cut squares with pinking shears around the edge of the fabric to create a finished edge, which is less likely to fray. If you feel comfortable, you can stack squares together and cut together also.
This method won’t prevent fraying, it will just minimise it so you will end up needing to replace the wipes as you use them. The benefit of this method is that it’s quick, easy, and just about anyone can do this without needing too many materials.
Sew DIY Cloth Wipes
I used this method for making our cloth wipes, and also chose to do double sided wipes as I love the pretty fox fabric I picked! You could sew your wipes and just overlock the edges if you like – it’s completely up to you.
- 1m flannel (1 yard)
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Cutter
- Self Healing Mat
- Coordinating thread
- Follow steps 1 – 3 of the No Sew DIY Cloth Instructions above ^^ BUT keep in mind once sewn, the wipes will be 7.5 x 7.5″ so cut at 8.5″ x 8.5″if you want them to be 8″ x 8″.
- Sew wipes with right sides of fabric together using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a small opening on one side.
- Snip corners (optional).
- Turn wipe sides out.
- Iron wipes (optional). If you chose to do this, take care at the small opening to turn the small opening in 1/4″ inch, to match what you’ve already stitched.
- Top stitch the whole way around the wipes to close the opening. I top stitched at 1/4″ but you could do it at 1/8″ if you like the top stitch to be closer to the edge.
This method gave me 12 double sided cloth wipes from 1m of fabric. I would’ve gotten just over double this amount if I kept the wipes single sided, but 1m of flannel on sale only cost me $5 so I wasn’t too bothered.
So out of 3m of flannel I sewed 36 double sided cloth wipes in total. At first I thought this would be enough, but I have a feeling it won’t be and I’d rather make them up now whilst I have the time, so I’m heading back to our craft shop to buy some more flannel! I may even try one side with terry just to make some that are a little ‘grippier’ than just flannel on flannel.
I’m really happy with how they turned out and how soft they are. The felt balls you see above are for another DIY project I’m working on for Coco – stay tuned :)