Tutorial: Cloth Baby Wipes

Materials to make 30 wipes:

  • 2 metres of soft unbleached organic cotton flannel (cost: $4.49/metre)
  • World’s tiniest serger (borrowed from a friend)
  • thread
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter (optional)


1. Wash and cut  You should pre-wash & dry your fabric before you cut because you might be surprised at exactly how much some flannels shrink! I cut each piece 8×12 inches so it could be folded in half for a finished size of 6×8. By doubling the fabric it is much more absorbent and soft. A rotary cutter is handy for this step because you can cut through multiple layers at the same time. Wooooo (that’s the sound I like to make while cutting)

2. Round the cornersRounded corners make serging much easier. You can just eyeball it and cut the corners off with sharp scissors, these things don’t have to be perfect after all.

3. Serge the edgesSerge the edges to hold the 2 pieces of fabric together and to keep the edges from fraying. If you don’t have a serger, you can just use your zigzag stitch on your regular machine.

That’s it, easy-peasy!

A note about materials: Absorbent cotton fabrics are probably the best choice for wipes, like flannel or terrycloth.  You can even use an extra baby blanket you may have laying around.

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