- flannel (you need two 8 1/2" squares for each wipe. I've also seen wipes that are flannel on one side and cotton terry on the other!)
- matching thread
Start by cutting out two 8 1/2" squares of flannel (or whatever size you want, really!). I used a printed flannel for one side and a plain colored flannel for the other, just for fun. If you're making a lot of wipes you may want to make a pattern with paper or scrap fabric so you don't have to measure each wipe. And a cutting mat and rotary blade are very handy for cutting lots of squares!
Stack your two squares with the right sides together and stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving an opening in one side for turning.
Clip the corners.
Turn the wipe right side out. Be sure to push the corners out nice and square.
Tuck in the edges around the opening and topstitch all the way around the wipe with a 1/8" seam allowance, making sure you catch the raw edges you tucked in. And don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end!
All done! I mean, if you only need one wipe you're all done. Otherwise you'll need to repeat that process a few times. :) I found it went faster when I worked assembly-line-style. I started by cutting out all my squares, then stitched all the pairs together, then clipped all the corners, then turned them all, then topstitched them all. It took me most of an evening after B was in bed, but by the time I was done I had a nice big pile of wipes for Baby A. Why didn't I do this sooner?!
I made 16 but I think I will end up making some more because we use them so much. I usually only need one per diaper change at this point, but they're also great for wiping little boogies and for bath time since they are so soft!
If you have a serger, this could go way faster because you could just stack you pieces wrong-sides-together and serge all around the edges. But if you're like me and still haven't got a clue how your serger operates, this is the way to go! :) Anyone else made your own cloth wipes? What's your favorite size and fabrics? Have you made any other diapering supplies?