Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cloth Wipes

It occurred to me as I was starting to write this post that these really aren't just baby wipes. You could use the same process and materials for 'family cloth' aka your very own reuseable toilet paper! Somehow I doubt many of my friends are that committed to the environment... but if you are, I would love to hear about it!

So, here goes my make-shift tutorial for basic cloth wipes:
 Using a rotary cutter and a mat (or scissors and a ruler) cut fabric into 6 inch squares.
 I decided to use two different fabrics for double sided wipes. So, one side will be flannel and the other terry cloth (I reused an old bathrobe for the terry cloth!).
 Place the squares with right sides facing each other (the right side of the terry cloth is totally a matter of preference!).
 Sew a straight stitch around the edges, leaving a gap of a few inches.
Trim around the edges, close, but not so close that your stitching will come undone. Trim the corners on an angle.
 Turn the wipe inside out through the gap and push out the corners (I used chopsticks to push my corners out).
Folding in the part of the wipe where the gap is, do a straight stitch around the edge.

Now repeat a billion times and you've got a stash of reuseable cloth wipes!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are great! Um, kind of a personal question, but do/would you use these when you're, uh..."dropping the kids off at the pool"?

I'm just wondering about it in relation to soaking them after they're used and, even the smell involved. The cloth pads that I have are great because I can just soak them and then wash them when I'm ready, but I don't really know that much about re-usable cloth wipes.