Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flannel Baby Wipes Tutorial




A few years ago my beautiful daughter in law did her research into cloth diapers verses disposable diapers and cloth diapers definitely won out!
(For me personally I just think babies with those big cloth diaper "bubble bums" are just too cute!) 
She also began using flannel wipes. It cuts way down on diaper rash, they save money too and there is less waste for the environment.
 Win, win, win!
Naturally with baby girls in the family now we needed to add some pink into the mix. No more boring white! I made some a few weeks back and she asked me to make some more.
They are super easy to whip up
and are a cute inexpensive baby shower gift.
These are great because even if the Mommy-to-be isn't planning on using cloth diapers
these are great for wiping little noses and soft and wonderful for cleaning little faces!

You will need several 1/4 yd pieces of good quality flannel, depending on how many wipes you want to make.
Stay away from dark colored flannel.
There are times when Mommy has to be a "poo detective" and you certainly don't want to make things harder than they need to be. Little ones can't tell you when there is something wrong with their tummy, so you'll need to clearly see if there is something unusual going on.
From each 1/4 yd piece, cut 5 rectangles 7 1/2" by 8 1/2".
You can mix and match your fabrics for a cute look :)
This size should fit in a wipes warmer
or just run one under warm water just before you use it.
UPDATE:
I had someone ask about washing these so I called the expert, my daughter in law :)
She says that she uses a cloth diaper detergent called
Rockin Green but you never use
dryer sheets because that will coat the flannel and they will no longer be absorbent
and they won't hold diaper wipes solution or warm water very well anymore.
She says they wash up nicely and stay very soft.
She says there are many other cloth diaper detergents available
but Rockin Green is the one she prefers.
I used a roll of thread and a pen to mark a rounded corner.
I used my scissors to cut off the corner.


You will need 2 pieces of flannel for each wipe.


With right sides together, use a 1/4" seam allowance and beginning on one of the straight sides of the wipe,
stitch all the way around.
Leave an opening approximately 2" for turning.



Turn right side out and press.


Begin top stitching close to the edge,
making sure to close the 2" opening.

Press again and wrap them with a pretty ribbon
 and try to appear humble while everyone
at the shower tells you how adorable your gift is
and how thoughtful you are!

23 comments:

Regena

great idea!
and a nice tute to boot!
Dang it! I rhymed.

ZiaMaria

thank you for taking the time to prepare, present and share this very nice tutorial

Suburbsmama

very cute! i should add flannel wipes to my stash to. right now i just use thin little terry wash cloths as wipes.

Kari

Awe, those are so cute!! Thanks for the tutorial - I am due with my third in a month and these would be fantastic to have on hand when the baby arrives.

Barb B.

Karen, what a great idea, I am going to a baby shower on Saturday, going to get some flannel today and make some of these!

hugs
Barb

PS will also make a few for Gracie!

Marcia

Very nice gift idea. Thank you for the idea and the tutorial :-)!

Denise

Very cute and easy! Thanks for the tutorial. I will totally be using it in the near future!

angie @ the cellar door stories

very cute! great job!

Jo (@ boogaloo)

Love the fabrics you chose.

Michelle

This is a great tutorial! The fabrics are adorable!!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower! I would love love love if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed linky party!
I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I see you around soon!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Leslie

thanks for this...i am thinking about changing from disposable to cloth and having these too would be really great. i hope to get to make some in the future.....may i ask, do they wash up well?

Ladybird Ln

Great diaper wipes, and flannel tips! Thanks for showing off!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Arlene (CO Kid)

Awesome! Thanks for a great Tut!

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Abby

very cute! i use cloth diapers and have another little one on the way so these are on my to do list for sure!

Megan

what a cute and easy gift idea!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Debbie M

I made some of these today and took to my Daughter in Law's baby shower--your were right everyone Ooooed & Aaaaaawed. I posted a picture and link to your site on my blog. Thanks for all the cool things you post!

Sandy

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial - I will be making up bunches of these to go with baby blankets I am making :)

Deanna

Off to make some--have scraps and a friend with a baby on the way! Thank you for the good idea!

amy dame

i made a set of reusable wipes 3 years ago when one of my best friends had her son, and they STILL use them. they're full of bleach stains (i used dark brown and yellow to match his nursery, and they actually preferred the dark brown ones), some of the edges are a little ragged, but they love them, and i already have request in for a new set for the next child, whenever that happens!

i have to admit that mine aren't as fancy as yours, i just laid the fabric wrong sides together and serged around the edges with soft thread!

Lynn

What a great idea! I've got some flannel scraps and I'm going to give this a try.

Katie Dombi

Very cute - just a tip, like you mentioned, you can't use fabric softener or dryer sheets with cloth diapers (or even towels, but most people don't know this) instead, throw a couple sheets of balled up aluminum foil into your dryer with those loads - reduces static, dries faster (by bouncing around and separating the stuff in the dryer), and it's super cheap and no chemicals!

Kim Gibson

What about other baby essentials? Can you share some ideas about the same?

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