Hey guys! So I’m getting uncomfortably close to my due date and I have so much to do on my “Nesting To-Do List” I’ve totally put everything off until last minute as usual and am now pulling my hair out trying to prepare for little miss’ arrival. As some of you may know, I’ve decided to cloth diaper her from the beginning. With Cal, I was introduced to the cloth diapering game a little late and wish I had started at birth. It really is crazy how much money you can save. With Cal, I had made probably all of the cloth diapering mistakes a first time mom could. One of those that I wish I had tried was using cloth wipes instead of disposable. This made cloth diapering a little harder on us because you are constantly having to separate your wipes from your diapers after a change. This year, we’ve really been starting to try cutting down on our waste. I’ve pretty much completely stopped purchasing paper towels and can say I truly don’t ever really need them. (my go to cleaning “rags” are our gerber “cloth diapers” (really burp cloths) ) They are my absolute favorite. So absorbant, and when I’m done cleaning, I just throw them in the wash. (I was a TOTAL relier of paper towels my whole life.) My mother totally doesn’t know what to do with herself when she comes to our house. NO PAPER TOWELS? HOW DO YOU CLEAN???!!!???
So back to cloth wipes…here is my DIY tutorial for Cloth Baby Wipes, however, they really can be used for anything. If you made them a little bigger, they probably would work well as a kitchen rag if you put terri cloth on the opposite side rather than a double sided flannel side.
- 4 pack (or whatever you have) of 100% Cotton Flannel Receiving blankets (or flannel fabric by the yard)
- Thread (for your serger)
- Cut your flannel into squares or rectangles. (I tried all different sizes but like 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 in size best)
- Put two printed sides facing out
- Serge the edges (TRIAL AND ERROR FOR YOU SERGING NEWBIES; like myself)
- Cut the extra strings off your edges
- All Thread Locks: 4
- Differential Feed: 1.0
- Stitch Length: 4
- Stitch Width: 5
- Blade Engaged
- ( I am in no way a professional, I am actually a total newbie at sewing. All I cared about was that the stitch was clean and strong; and it looked right for me!)
So, like I said above, I am a total newbie at sewing and serging. I totally had dreams of making cute little headbands and crib sheets and leggings after having my son and trolling instagram. It looks so easy! But trust me, it’s not. I seem to pick things up pretty quickly, but this is one that I can say I’m not the greatest at. I think it’s because I am so impatient! I don’t like to iron, or pin things, and sewing takes a lot of prep work to do that. Not my cup of tea. I like to get right to it and push the pedal! That makes for a messy seamstress and not the best sewing business. I’ll stick to photography and graphic design for now 🙂
Here are what I had my serger settings to. It took a lot of trial and error and some googling to figure out what might be a good fit for this project. I HIGHLY recommend Make It Handmade’s Understanding your serger features post. Literally a LIFE SAVER! Note that all sergers and fabrics are different, so my settings may not work as well for you. If this is the case, play around with it. Eventually you’ll find a setting that works for you.