Friday, September 16, 2011

Cloth Wipes for Diapering Baby

Since making the decision to cloth diaper, cloth wipes were an easy extension.  I found that most online stores sell double layer wipes for at least $1 each, so I decided to whip up some of my own. 

One year of diapering a child in disposables produces 1 ton of trash that can take over 300 years to break down.  While disposable wipes are certainly handy, fairly inexpensive, and the best option for some families, it sure feels warm and fuzzy inside to be able to use cloth.

I bought 1.5 yards of terry cloth for one side and cut up two pairs of old flannel pajamas for the other.  I used a large baby washcloth as a guide for cutting each rectangle.  Because I don't have a serger, I sewed them right sides together, leaving a small hole to flip them right sides out.  Then I sewed a border around the edges and a line down the center for strength through the multiple washings. 
Here is a close up of the finished product:

It took me about 4 hours altogether to make the 36 wipes.  My total cost was about $8 (5.60 for the terry cloth at and 2.40 for a roll of matching thread).  If you have to buy 1.5 yards of flannel you could certainly get more wipes, and would cost a little more.

This was my first sewing project for baby girl, and it felt fun to be making something with love for her.  I can't believe it, but I can hardly wait to change diapers on that sweet little bum!  I also know I did a high quality job on these wipes, and they should last through several children.

For those who are on a budget and don't sew or have the time, I found these cute single layer flannel wipes on Etsy that run for under $.50/wipe and get great reviews : Turtles R Us


Heather (The Menu Mama) said...

Good for you for deciding to cloth diaper and cloth wipe, that's awesome! And very smart to start with your first, you will save so much money in the long run, even if you buy the really expensive cloth diapers. Several of my friends cloth diaper and love it.

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