By Faith Storms, Contributing Writer
Cloth diapering is gaining popularity among young families. It used to be just five or so years ago that the only people who cloth diapered were also those involved in the “all-natural” lifestyle. Now, I know several mommas who choose to cloth diaper their babies whose lives, other than diapering, are the antithesis of “all-natural.”
What many women I meet don’t do, however, is use cloth wipes. For my husband and I, it seemed counterproductive to build our cloth diaper stash only to still use chemical-laden, disposable wipes.
We have used cloth wipes, lovingly made by my mom, since our son was a newborn. My mom recently made some more wipes for our second baby who will be arriving in a month or so. The process is simple, even for those who have no sewing talent. I definitely am not a crafty, sewing type and I was able to make these wipes the first time around with minimal help from my mom!
DIY Cloth Wipes: The How-to
- Flannel material
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors
- Cut your material into rough squares. Remember, these are going to be used to wipe dirty bottoms. Don’t worry about measuring!
- Take two squares of material at a time and put them insides together.
- Sew the two pieces together, taking care to leave enough room around the edge to trim the rough edges.
- Cut the raw edges around the newly sewn seam. You can either cut the whole edge off or you can fringe it. I prefer wipes without the fringe, so that is what we did with mine. The photo shows what the fringe option would look like.
- You are done!
You can read this post from Modern Alternative Health for more information about cloth wipes and a recipe for wipe solution. Around our house, we just use water, but the wipe solution shared over there look pretty easy if you want something more than water.
If you are new to cloth diapering and are looking for a one-stop resource to answer all your questions, check out Erin from The Humbled Homemaker‘s new book, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, for more info!