When I decided to cloth diaper I figured it would be easier to just use cloth wipes as well, but I didn't receive any from my registry at my baby shower. Even though I had the nursery print flannel to make my own with, with all of the projects I was working on and preparing to fly to Uganda to meet my son it was low on my priority list. I figured I would get to it at some point before I left. After all, it would be a pretty quick project and my favorite projects are quick ones!
I was wrong! After we got home from Africa I dove into cloth diapering, but I felt silly and counterproductive using cloth diapers and disposable wipes. So finally one day I used a nap time to create the cloth wipes I had meant to create months ago before we brought baby home.
Before we left for Africa, I found this pile of things to transform at a thrift shop and decided to use the brand new yardage of nursery print flannel for my wipes. You can read about the transformation of this pile here.
I was pretty excited about transforming the picture frames for a family wall I was doing and spray painting the basket for the baby's room. But the thought of sewing a bunch of cloth wipes for cleaning a baby's hiney just didn't seem nearly as fun as the rest of the projects on my list! Which is probably why it never got done. But now that I needed them it was suddenly a priority :o) Funny how that works....
I was glad when I finally devoted that afternoon nap making the wipes though. I had some green terry fabric that I used to back about half of them and when I ran out I just sewed 2 layers of flannel together, print side out.
The terry cloth side is good for scrubbing, but I have discovered that I usually prefer just the double layer flannel. I have a small spray bottle I keep with the wipes that I fill with warm water, a squirt of baby wash and 3 drops of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is naturally anti-bacterial keeps the water fresh and smelling good and I refill the bottle every 3ish days when it runs out. It is so much easier to just spray a wipe and finish up the job than use regular wipes and have to dispose of the wipes in a separate place from the rest of the diapers in the diaper pail.