MAKE YOUR OWN BABY WIPES:
First, I start out with flannel. Flannel is a good fabric for beginners because it's woven and not knit which means it doesn't stretch--good for first time seamstresses. It's also soft and absorbent so it makes a great baby wipe.
Since flannel shrinks, you want to prewash it before working with it. This is a good rule of thumb for any sewing project, actually.
I don't have a serger so I will be turning my fabric inside out to sew so that the seams remain inside and unseen. So, I ironed it with the right sides facing each other.
Once it's ironed, you want to decide what size wipes you want. My current cloth wipes (also handmade) are about 7" squared. I decided to make these 8" squared because when turned out they will be smaller--about 7 1/2." So, mark off lines on your fabric for the squares with a ruler and a pen or a pencil. The marks won't be seen because they're on the inside of the fabric. And anyway, they'll eventually wash off.
Now, cut out your squares based on the lines you marked on your fabric.
You want to choose a thread that coordinates with your fabric because you'll be putting a couple of top stitches on your wipes (top stitching is when you sew seams onto the outside of your garment/project)
Time to sew the inner seam! Very easy. Leave about a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and sew a stitch along the edges of your wipe, leaving about 5 inches open (un sewn) for you to turn the wipe right side out.
Your wipe will look like this when it's been stitched all the way around:
Now, trim the corners so that when you turn the wipe right side out they'll be nice and crisp.
Time to turn it right side out.
Next, it's important to iron the wipe so all the seams will be nice and crisp. Since flannel is made of cotton, you can set your iron on high. I like to start by ironing the inside of the opened seam on both sides, so that I won't have to pin this part in place when I sew it up.
Then, I iron the entire wipe.
Once it's ironed, it's time to top stitch it. I like to start just before my opened edge begins to make sure that part is sewn closed properly. Since the rest of the wipe is already sewn on the inside, I know it will stay in place when I top stitch. I don't leave much of a seam allowance here. You want to make sure your seam is close enough to the edge that it will catch the inner seam allowance or your wipe will still have a hole on the open edge.
This is what your wipe will look like once top stitched. Your wipe is now complete if you want it to be.
However, I like to add one more top stitch to ensure that my layers will stay together throughout the duration of the wipe's life :-D. So if you want to add another stitch as I did, then, go for it! You could even try a decorative stitch here to dress it up some! My finished wipe looked like this:
Now, wasn't that easy? Don't you feel like you can do it? If you're afraid to start sewing but you really want to learn how, then start here. It's a simple project and there's no need for perfection because this is going to be used for wiping little bottoms, noses, and spit up.
God bless your efforts!
Let me know how it goes for you!