March 06, 2017

How to make cloth wipes: a one day sewing project

As a busy mom, I have learned the hard way many times over how important it is to carve out “me” time. Unfortunately, the opportunity to get to that point is very hard! For me, one of my favorite ways to de-stress is by creating something, specifically sewing. I like sewing quilts, baby clothes, and baby carriers – but these are more time intensive projects and require some skill.

One of the easiest, most rewarding things I sew, on the other hand, are cloth wipes. They are super inexpensive to make, can serve many purposes, and are much gentler on skin than disposable wipes. In our house, we use them not just for dirty diapers but also for cleaning hands and faces after meals, quick body wipe downs between baths (especially for newborns!), and household cleaning. They are much more efficient at getting sticky and messy foods off hands (like peanut butter!).

Want to make some for your family? Here’s everything you need to know!

1) Pick your material. I prefer flannel. You can use old sheets, hospital receiving blankets, or pick up some cheap flannel scraps at the fabric store.

2) Cut your material. I cut my wipes to 7.5 inch squares. I make them double sided, and I typically make 10-15 at a time. So you should plan to cut 20 or more 7.5 inch pieces to start.

3) Figure out how to make a zig zag stitch on a sewing machine. Even basic machines will typically have this option. Place the wrong sides of your flannel fabric together and zig zag straight around all four edges of the square. I use quarter inch margins, and this allows some room for error in lining the squares up perfectly.

4) Make a wipes solution. There are plenty of recipes on the internet, but my favorite is 1 cup of water, 1 Tbsp baby oil, and 1 Tbsp liquid castile soap. I also like to add about 8 drops of grapefruit seed extract because of the antibacterial and antifungal properties. This recipe makes enough solution for 10-12 wipes. Stir the solution well to mix the oil and water. Place all the wipes in a bowl and pour the solution over the wipes to evenly moisten them. I ball my wipes up in a mixing bowl rather than stacking them so I don’t have to worry about the solution soaking all the way to the last wipe.

5) Store your wipes in a wet bag or a plastic wipes container. I store mine for about 2 days at a time, then I throw any unused wipes after that in the wash to avoid mold growth.

These wipes are great for use with kids of all ages, and they also make a great gift! You can play around with the material and thread color to jazz them up. So go make your wipes, and prepare to feel like a DIY and natural mama rock star!

 

written by VHS contributor// Kendra St. Hilaire
@marebearmom
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