A good friend had given me some flannel receiving blankets because I had asked her to be on the lookout for them when she is thrifting. I recently decided to cut them into wipes when I found out that my sister-in-law-to-be’s sister (that’s a mouthful) wants to cloth diaper her toddler and new baby. There are 36 wipes pictured above. They are two layers of flannel that were turned and topstitched. I cut them 6 1/2″ which made the finished wipes 6″. The wipes can simply be used with plain water, but I included a small bottle of homemade wipes solution (1/2 Cup water, 1/4 tsp. castile soap, and 1/4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil) as well. I also gave her an informational flyer about cloth diapering from the Real Diaper Association.
Wipes can be made in many sizes and can be single or double layer. You can use a serger, the turned and topstitched method, or just simply cut up some flannel and use as-is. Cloth wipes can even be something as simple as a washcloth (which requires no sewing or cutting). My point is that cloth wipes are easy to make and use. Once you try them you won’t want to go back to store-bought wipes with questionable ingredients. The re-usable quality of cloth wipes (and any cloth product) makes them a frugal and environmentally friendly choice.