DIY Cloth Baby Wipes or Washcloths


Reusuable Cloth Baby Wipes & Wash Cloths

When I was in the thick of cloth diapering, my friend Mo gave me some reusable cloth wipes.  I wasn’t too into them at first.  I would use disposable wipes, and often times, they went through the wash with the cloth diapers (disposal wipes are pretty strong).  Then I ended up using the reusable wipes, since I was washing wipes anyway:).  So if you are a new mom and using cloth diapers, I HIGHLY recommend using reusable cloth wipes!

I first started making my own solution for the cloth wipes and then just went to using straight water because, to me, it was more of a hassle, although the solution worked well.  My husband and I agree that the cloth wipes are great and just the perfect size.

A few years later, after I learned sewing basics, I thought it would be fun to make the cloth wipes as presents for new mommies.  You know those little towels you might get during registration for a fun run or something?  Those thin little towel are the perfect towel to repurpose into a reusable cloth baby wipe or a fun washcloth because with 2 layers, they don’t create a lot of bulk.  I have also used thicker towels, too, and they work, but they are just thicker.  I guess it depends on your likeness as to what thickness of a towel to use.

This project is SOOO easy, and it is fast to make.  These would be a great little starter project for the new-to-sewing crowd.

Upcycled & Repurposed Cloth Wipes & Washcloth Tutorial

What you’ll need:

  • 6” square of washed flannel (or whatever size square or rectangle you want especially if you are using scraps!)
  • equal size of a terrycloth, washcloth or towel (I used towels I get at running events that I hadn’t put to use)
  • matching thread
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

The Instructions:

Cut out a piece of washed flannel 6''x6'' (or whatever size you want). Cut out a matching piece of terry cloth fabric.

Pin right sides together.

Start 1'' away from one corner, and sew 1/4'' almost all the way around the square, leaving about 2'' to flip the material.

Turn the fabric right sides out.

Sew 1/4'' around the square.

Now you have a finished project!

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  1. says

    These would be perfect as a new mommy gift!! You could use them as a small burp cloth/nose wiper as well. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  2. says

    Since you use flannel, for those people who like garage sales, they can purchase used flannel blankets to make them! Thanks for the tutorial! Blessings from Bama!

  3. says

    cute! I used cut up flannels (is that face cloths in American?) for my son. These would be a great gift to recive though. :o)

  4. says

    I’m an upcycle/repurpose fan, so you’re tutorial caught my eye over at sew much ado. Love the colors you’ve got goin’ on!!! Nice job!!!

    Take care, Jen

  5. says

    These are super cute. I would love if you if you linked these up to my “show off monday” link party.


  6. says

    Totally LOVE this idea! Could use the stuff I already have. We’ve had the same wash cloths for 2 years (some are 4 years old!)…and they are worn out! Love the thickness of these now that the girls are getting older! Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    Great idea! I’m always on the lookout for baby shower gifts. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  8. says

    This is a great idea! I have some terry cloth leftover from other projects and my friend is having a baby in the fall, so I’ll definitely have to make some of these for her.

  9. says

    love the tutorial, saw it on Tip Junkie :) I have been making flannel wipes and I’m waiting for some terrycloth to come in the mail – used up all my old towels 😉 LOL I love your website !!

  10. says

    Great idea! I have been using old baby washclothes for wipes lately, just to cut costs, but these are really cute! I have plenty of flannel, sounds like a great project to do soon. :)

    • says

      Hi Tristen, The amount of baby wipes that might be a good gift depends on what the recipient will use them for. If they are actually to use in tandem with cloth diapers, it’s nice to have one wipe per cloth diaper they have in their rotation. If you don’t know that number, five is a great amount with which to start. If the wipes are used as wash clothes 3-5 is a great start. Thanks for visiting!

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