DIY cloth baby wipes

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I placed a cloth diaper order back when I was pregnant that included 18 cloth wipes. I never thought I’d like cloth wipes, but I do. In fact, I like anything that makes having two babies at once a little more affordable. They are simple and go right into your diaper pail with the dirty diapers.

Here’s what you need:
• old receiving blankets
• scissors
• sewing machine

I’m sure you could hand sew these, but that would suck.

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Start by cutting the finished edges off your receiving blanket. Fold it into thirds long ways (like you’re folding a towel. Everyone folds their towels this way, right?) and cut along the folds so that you have three long strips. Then cut the strips into four pieces each. You should have twelve “squares” of flannel now.

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Take two squares and put them together, right sides out. Trim the edges so that they are even, pinning as you go.

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I like rounded corners.

Using your machine’s zigzag stitch, stitch along the edge of the wipe, always starting and finishing with a few backstitches. Once you go all the way around, sew a straight stitch just inside the zigzag.

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You just made a wipe!!

I keep my wipes in an old disposable wipes case for easy dispensing. Here’s how I fold the wipes:

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I put the folded wipes into the case, add enough water to keep them damp, close the lid, and pull the first wipe through. They should dispense just like disposables!

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I also use wipe spray for sticky poop messes, but generally not for a simple wet diaper. I plan on making my own wipe spray soon and will post a recipe once I find something I like.

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6 Comments

  1. Alicia -  January 5, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    This sounds like a great easy idea! I have a few questions though. How many wipes total do you use roughly in a day? I cloth diaper and do laundry every night, sometimes every other. And where do you find the wipe spray? Do you use a wipe warmer?

    • Jessica Murphy -  January 7, 2012 - 10:58 pm

      Alicia,
      I use one wipe with each diaper change. I’m still using disposable diapers at night (until we run out of disposables), so maybe 6-8 wipes per baby per day. Extras are always good. I purchased my wipe spray from the Fuzzibunz store as part of a “starter kit,” but there are plenty of recipes online and I think we will post a recipe here soon. I don’t use a wipe warmer, but I don’t see why you couldn’t if you wanted to!
      Good luck!

  2. Samantha -  January 5, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    these are GREAT! Can you tell me where you found those receiving blankets at!?
    those ones are the ones i would to use (pattern and all)
    thank you for sharing!

    • Jessica Murphy -  January 7, 2012 - 11:03 pm

      Samantha,
      I pilfered those receiving blankets from the hospital when we came home. I looked for them online and I could only find them in bulk (72 at a time). Sorry, I know that’s not much help.

  3. Emily -  January 5, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m making the switch to cloth wipes this week! Hoping to get sewing tomorrow. Your step by step instructions look super easy! I am planning on making my own solution using baby shampoo, witch hazel and some tea tree oil and a spray bottle. I wish I would have done this a long time ago!

  4. Conny -  July 25, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    I made them for my daughter-in-law for her wipe’s warmer.. I did them with one single layer of flannalette and zig zagged the edges.. They are nice and thin and are nice and soft.. She makes her own solution for the warmer and folds a lot of these wipes in the warmer.. She loves them..

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