I have been meaning to make these DIY cloth baby wipes for such a long time! Ever since my first ones failed about three years ago. It was when I was first teaching myself to sew on my antique machine that only had a straight stitch and they were one of my first projects. I was just going to hem the sides of some flannel cut to the shape of the wipe box. I had no idea how to hem and I literally folded the edges over one time and sewed over that. They didn’t last long and frayed really bad after a few washes.
Now that I’m expecting our third baby, I figured it was a good time to give it another go. And now that I can sew properly after three years of practice. I make my own baby carriers now if that says anything. If you’re new to sewing, these DIY cloth baby wipes are one of the easiest things you can make. Just follow along and you won’t royally screw up like I did the first time! All you need is a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.
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DIY Cloth Baby Wipes
Start by getting your material. I used flannel. This is a really great project to use up any old receiving blankets. Or you could use flannel PJ’s, sheets, shirts, etc.
Cut your material into 6×6 in. squares. This was the perfect size for my hand. Make them as big as you need. But if you’ll be using a wipe case make sure they’re not bigger than that. If you use receiving blankets, you should be able to get 16 wipes out of one.
If you want rounded corners like above, fold each wipe in half two times then just round the corners with scissors.
Here they are all cut. The corners of my blankets looked like the top ones, so that’s why those corners have so much off of them.
Once they’re all cut, do a zig-zag stitch around the whole edge. That’s it! Minimal sewing!
If you want them to pop-up like disposables do then here’s how:
Lay out one wipe flat like above.
Lay your next one over half of it.
Fold the left of your first wipe over the second.
Lay third over that on the left side and fold your second wipe over. Repeat until done.
Lay them in your wipes container and push the top wipe through the hole.
When you pull one out, the next one will pop-up, like above. You can make a wipe solution to pour in or just spray each wipe before use as I do.