It is super easy to make your own cloth baby wipes. You don’t even need to go out and buy new fabric since you probably already have what you need around your house.
There ARE some super lovely fabric choices out there for making cloth baby wipes (sherpa, organic cotton, hemp, etc), but some of us are on a budget! If you do want to buy some nice fabric, this tutorial can be used to make wipes out of whatever kind of fabric you want to use or have on hand.
These wipes end up being about 8 inches square, which is about how big we like them at our house. But, everyone has their own preferences. If you are not sure what size you like, make a few different sizes and see which ones you end up grabbing first when it’s time for a diaper change! Then make a bunch more in that size.
What’s The Best Fabric For Cloth Baby Wipes?
We like our cloth baby wipes to be a little thicker, so I made these with 2 layers. One side is soft flannel and the other is terry cloth, this combination is the best fabric for cloth baby wipes! I like the terry cloth because it helps “grab” the poo off of my baby’s butt. But, then I like having the softer flannel side because it is more gentle on baby’s delicate skin.
These are just basic, easy instructions that a beginning sewer can follow. Depending on your skills, you can embellish and make them a little fancier if you prefer. Just remember, they ARE for cleaning stinky bums, so no need to go overboard!
What You Will Need
- A sewing machine
- Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
- Tape measure
- An old terry cloth towel
- Receiving blanket
- Coordinating thread
How To Make These Cloth Wipes
1. Measure out your fabric to the size you would like your cloth baby wipes to be, plus 1/2 inch. So for these, I measured 8 1/2 inches on each side.
2. Use scissors or your rotary cutter to cut out your square.
3. I used the towel square as my “pattern” for cutting out the flannel piece.
4. Pin the two squares together with the right sides facing each other.
5. Sew around the square, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
6. Leave a small opening on one side (about 2 inches).
7. Cut off the corners to take away a bit of the bulk. Make sure that you don’t cut into your seam.
8. Turn your square right side out. You can use a chopstick to help if you made your hole too small.
9. Tuck the edges of the small opening inside.
10. If the fabric is not tucking in and staying put, you can use your iron to crease the fabric and/or pin the opening closed.
11. Sew around the outer edge of the square, close to the edge. Make sure the opening gets sewn together. I used a zig-zag stitch to make it a little cuter, but you can just do a straight stitch, or whatever you like. The fabric around the edge is really thick, so go slow and make sure your sewing machine is adjusted to the correct settings.
12. See, the zigzag makes it a little more “fancy”!
13. Voila! You have yourself a handmade cloth baby wipe! This took about 10 minutes for me to make, so to make a few dozen can easily be done in an afternoon.
You can play with these until you get a cloth baby wipe that you like. You might want it bigger or smaller, or maybe even just one layer. Remember to keep it simple, and there is no “right way” to do it!
Can you wash cloth wipes with diapers
Absolutely! A lot of parents who use cloth wipes also use cloth diapers. If you’re in this majority, the process couldn’t be any easier just wrap up the dirty cloth wipe into the dirty cloth diaper, and toss them both in the washing machine together.
If you’re not already using cloth diapers, simply get yourself a wet bag and wash a small load when the wet bag is full. A wet bag is designed to hold in the moisture but for goodness sakes don’t buy an extra-large one and then leave all of those dirty wipes in there too long or you might end up with moldy cloth wipes!