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Do It Yourself Cloth Wipes: My Ambitious Endeavor

Do It Yourself Cloth Wipes

After deciding that I loved using my cloth wipes, I got ambitious and decided that I wanted to make my own cloth wipes. [ Do It Yourself Cloth Wipes ] This was a really good thing actually. I had purchased a lovely Singer sewing machine shortly after I got married – almost four years ago – but I had never really put the device to good use. I think the dear husband was beginning to regret that he had ever let me buy it!


To The Fabric Store

One Saturday afternoon, I put the little one down for a nap, left her with dad, and headed to the fabric store. When I got to the fabric store, I was very excited to see a great deal on the very flannel material I hoped to purchase. There were so many excellent fabric pattern options that it was tough to choose just one. However, since I was trying something new, I figured it was best to start small with only one fabric. In the end, I chose to purchase 1 yard of a pretty blue flowered fabric.

Time To Start

Several days later, I finally got around to starting on my project. My first step was to gather all the materials I would need to complete the project. This included: 

Once all of the materials were assembled, I set to making a pattern. I used a JAbaby wipe which I had previously purchased as a model for my new pattern. I placed the model wipe on the brown paper and traced it with a pen to create a pattern. Next, I cut out the newly created pattern from the brown paper. With this new pattern, I was able to cut out identical pieces of fabric to use in the creation of my wipes.

Bringing It All Together

Do It Yourself Cloth Wipes Material

With all the elements ready to go, I began the actual sewing part of the project.

Although I tried several different options of how to stitch the wipes, one choice was superior to all others I tried. To create this version, I took two of identical pieces I had cut out from my fabric and placed the “right” (the pretty side) together.

Then, I sewed all around the outside leaving a few inches open. Next, I turned the fabric so that the “right” side was facing out. I then sewed around the outside a second time. The most significant benefit of this method was that it created nice-looking wipes, which were not likely to fray with washing.

Several Tries Later

It took me several tries, a few different stitches, and a few failures to come up with – what I think – is one good cloth wipe. I have been using these wipes for several weeks now, and I am very pleased with how they look, how they work, and how they hold up to washing. I had so much fun making these wipes, I even decided to make a few more!