What type of fabric to make cloth wipes?

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What type of fabric to make cloth wipes?

Postby Cakebossmom » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:46 am

I want to make my own cloth wipes. What fabric would you suggest I use? I already have some store-bought bamboo and cotton wipes. I don't see the big deal about bamboo. TIA! :)
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Postby BeccaM » Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:26 pm

I used cheap baby washcloths bought in bulk at the store. But I think something like a thin flannel would work well, or cotton muslin even? So long as it wasn't too stiff or too thick.
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Postby Sisrea » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:18 pm

I make my own too, but i make them a little more like the ones you would buy from a cloth diaper store.. I find flannel alone to be a little too thin, but i really like the flannel on one side and cotton velour on another. I don't pay full price for the cotton velour but usually find it on sale. I recently got a 1/2 yard of cotton velour for $3.89 and it will make 18 wipes and i think i found flannel for $2 for a half yard so around $6 for 18 wipes that are very posh and squishy. they make awesome rags and wash clothes too.

I made mine 8 x 8 and have either serged them or just overlock stitched them or you could even turn and top stitch them as well.
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Postby Cakebossmom » Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:22 am

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies.

Sisrea - wow, fancy! I wish I knew how to sew. If I make them myself, they'll be VERY simple given that I am sewing-challenged. :wink: I may need a fabric that I won't have to sew the ends and that will still hold up in the wash. Is there even a fabric like that out there?! If not, I can ask my mom for help. She has a sewing machine and maybe she could teach me.
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Postby Beegee » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:49 pm

I was seriously just about to cut up one of my hubby's old nasty t-shirts into a bunch of squares and call it a day... but now I'm wondering if I should go fancier.

Nah, scrap that-- I'll do it and let you know how it goes! Will be back in a few days with either a "well that was nasty!" or "not too shabby!" post.

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Postby photofashionista » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:03 pm

I made mine out of extra flannel scraps I had. They are double thick.
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Postby Beegee » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:25 pm

"Well, that was nasty!"

Yeah, okay so DD HATES the cloth wipes. Like I said I was going to, I cut up an old t-shirt of DH's and was using that. Not only was it really thin, but even when really wet, they don't slide nicely across DD's bottom, they kind of drag/catch, and she HAAAAATES the feeling. They were especially sh!tty for cleaning up a nasty poop (pardon the pun) on two poop-occasions over the weekend... they smeared the poo all across her buttcheeks and I had to use like, 6 of them, to get her clean. She screamed the whole time and I could tell she was feeling a little sore afterwards, poor thing.

So yeah, until I figure out what we're going to do I'll have to just use the super soft baby washcloths that we have. We just figured out that it was the store bought wipes that have been causing (or contributing to) her red bum issues, and want to go cloth til we have a few weeks of happy-baby-bum.

I'm sure I should also be using something other than just water to wet them, but i haven't googled that yet. Off to do it now! :)

Cakebossmom, what did you end up doing for material?
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Postby Cakebossmom » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:22 am

Thanks for the replies, ladies!

BeeGee - Eww...poor you, poor her!! :lol: Thanks for the trial and error lesson. Mental note: do not use DH's old (or new, for that matter) t-shirts. lol

Well, I haven't tried anything yet just because I won't need them until DD is born. I have enough of the expensive bamboo ones for DS.

I'm thinking I'll give a try to the softer old towels I have that I was saving for rags. They may be too rough for DD's sensitive newborn baby skin, though. I may try them on DS first.
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