How to Sew Double-sided Cloth Wipes From “Upcycled” Materials

During the nesting phase of my pregnancy, I went bonkers sewing cloth wipes to go along with the cloth diapers we were planning to use. A visit to the local thrift store provided me with plenty of material to work with for under $3. I purchased gently used receiving blankets and baby bath towels to cut into squares to sew into the wipes. You may already have excess flannel blankets (or even a flannel sheet) and some baby towels handy to use. Another material that works well is soft, old t-shirts. When considering whether a material would be good for a wipe, imagine whether or not you’d like to have your private parts rubbed clean with them on a daily basis. If you think not, pass that item up and choose something softer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Material that can be re-purposed into a soft wipe. This can be a receiving blanket, flannel pajama pants, a flannel sheet, or an old t-shirt. The sky’s the limit. (Generally one receiving blanket will yield about 4 double sided wipes.)
  • A rotary cutter and a good pair of sharp scissors
  • A self healing cutting board to use with your rotary cutter
  • A clear ruler to use with your rotary cutter
  • Thread to match or complement the colors in your wipes
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine

Some additional notes:

  • Pre-wash and dry any materials that you plan to use so that they get their shrinking out of the way.
  • If you use terry cloth, place it on the bottom when sewing. I found that if I had it on the top, it stretched and folded.

 

Here’s the instructions:

  1. Fold the receiving blanket in half length-wise across your self healing cutting board. 
  2. Measure 8 inches across and use your rotary cutter to slice upwards. Continue measuring and cutting every 8 inches across. (You can save the odd shaped scraps to sew into cloth diaper liners.)
  3. Open up each strip that you cut and lay it length-wise across the cutting mat. Measure 8 inches across and use your rotary cutter to slice 8 in squares. Repeat for the remaining strips. You will now have your 8 inch squares to sew together!
  4. For the purpose of this demonstration, I have also cut a baby towel into 8 inch squares so that one side of my cloth wipe is flannel and the other is terry cloth.
  5. Place the pieces with the print side/ terry cloth side together and pin around the edges leaving a 4 inch gap between pins on one of the sides. You will not sew between these pins.

    Place the pieces with print/terry cloth on the inside.

    Note the gap between the pins on the left side of the wipe. I will not sew between those pins.

  6. Starting with the top pin on the left (the top one that marks the gap where you don’t sew) back-stitch a few stitches and then sew a straight stitch along the edge of the wipe leaving a 1/4 inch seam. Don’t forget to remove your pins as you sew or they may ruin your machine’s needle. When you reach a corner, make sure that your needle is in the down position before you lift the foot and turn the piece. Once the piece has been turned, lower the foot and continue with your straight stitch all the way around the wipe until you meet the bottom pin that marks where you stop sewing. Back-stitch to reinforce your stitches and then cut your thread.

    Begin by back-stitching and the sewing a straight stitch from the pin that marks the top of where you will not sew.

    Sew until you meet the pin that marks where to stop. Back-stitch and then cut your thread.

    This is what your piece should look like. You will have a seam all the way around the wipe except for the open spot on one side.

  7. Before you turn your piece right-side out, you will need to trim the corners so that they lay nice and flat. Take your scissors and make a diagonal cut near each corner. Be sure that you don’t cut through the stitches!

    Your trimmed corners should look like this.

  8. Now you are ready to turn the piece right-side out. Starting with one of the nearest corners, put your finger inside of the wipe and guide the corner out. Continue with every corner until the piece is turned right-side out where the print is facing you.

    Use your fingers to pull each corner out.

    The piece will look like this after is has been turned right-side out.

  9. Fold the open piece under to make a smooth edge and pin. 
  10. Starting in the corner closest to the pinned area, back-stitch and then sew a straight stitch seam across the edge of the wipe. I usually sew this seam very close to the edge to ensure that the opening has been sewn together. Continue with the straight stitch around the edge of the wipe to create a nice, finished edge. Be sure to back-stitch at the end of the seam to reinforce it. 

Trim up any excess strings and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. The double-sided wipe is complete!

This double-sided wipe has one side of flannel and another of terry cloth.

Hooray! Your wipe is finished!

Some additional notes:

  • Pre-wash and dry any materials that you plan to use so that they get their shrinking out of the way.
  • If you use terry cloth, place it on the bottom when sewing. I found that if I had it on the top, it stretched and folded.
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I'm just your average breastfeeding, babywearing, attachment parenting and cloth diapering crunchy mama/military spouse.
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