It appears I’ve been making lots of simple square things lately – table napkins, placemats, and now, wipes. I have had a on-again, off-again relationship with cloth wipes, loving them for a while and then reverting back to the convenience of disposable ones when baby number two came along. Now I’m back in love.
A bunch of wipes for everyday use – great for using up scrap fabrics that are fast accumulating in my sewing room. They are about 5″ x 6″ pieces of double gauze with organic cotton jersey or bamboo towel backing.
When Miss M was little (before I started Piggledee), I was too cheap to buy nice fabric just to wipe poop. So I just cut up bits of flannel from a hand-me-down bunny wrap, finished the edges with an overlocker, and that was it. They weren’t pretty, but they worked. This time I’m lucky to have gorgeous, luxurious, organic even, leftover fabrics thanks to Piggledee. I don’t get bored sewing these simple squares because the fabrics are so lovely.
And of course I had to make something even lovelier for my shop:
The double gauze is buttery-soft organic cotton, with the cutest apple prints! It’s from Japan of course, and is the priciest fabric I’ve ever ordered – but thankfully you only need a little to make wipes. For the backing I used organic cotton / hemp French terry, which has a lovely natural colour and towel-like surface. It is the most absorbent fabric I’ve used. Even the fabric ribbon is organic cotton.
Why use cloth wipes and not disposable ones?
(a) Most disposable wipes have icky chemicals in them that are bad for sensitive baby’s skin. Okay, I don’t know what these chemicals are called, but isn’t it suspiciously unnatural how they never seem to dry out in a box? Some babies seem to suffer from chronic nappy rash due to disposable wipes.
(b) Cloth wipes are easy to use and more effective for poopy mess than those thin, slippery disposable ones. I used to use 4-6 or more disposable wipes to get a job done. I only need one or two of my thick wipes on the other hand.
(c) Disposable wipes are expensive. As with cloth nappies, they will save you a lot of money in the long run.
(d) Disposable wipes are bad for the environment.
Also, like I said before about placemats and napkins, having pretty, high-quality accessories at otherwise stressful or no-fun times does wonders to brighten up your mood. Wiping sticky messy poop from a squirmy two-year-old’s bottom? Not one of the highlights of a day – but at least I get some pleasure using those gorgeous pieces of fabric.