In addition to cloth diapers, I also use cloth wipes. Instead of buying wipes or baby wash cloths, I bought 2 yards of flannel fabric and made my own.
If I had bought wash cloths, I would have paid about $3 for 6. Instead, I paid $5 per yard of fabric. I cut 26 wipes from each yard of fabric and I still have fabric left. Definitely a money-saver!
(If already have cloth wipes, read my post on how to fold them so they “pop up” out of the container. I also have a favorite wipe solution mix!)
Start by pre-washing your fabric. ALWAYS pre-wash. If you don’t, you may end up with wipes that are much smaller than you wanted them. Iron out any large wrinkles.
I cut my cloths 6 1/2″ x 7″. I was aiming for a wipe that would fit inside of my wipes container when folded in half. Looking back, I really should have made them square for easier folding. I would suggest 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
I cut 7″ strips of fabric, then cut each strip into 6 1/2″ pieces. I also used two different patterns of fabric; just for fun, no real reason. 🙂
I still haven’t serged the edges of my wipes. I’ve had some unraveling, but not as bad as other fabrics. In fact, if I cut the threads off, they seem to stop unraveling.
Will you make your own wipes?