Now that I’ve started sewing again I thought it would be fun to make some reusable flannel wipes and post the tutorial here for you guys! You can use them as washcloths, post-workout wipes, makeup remover wipes, baby washcloths, or anything else you’d need a sturdy yet oh so soft washcloth for!
For a little while now I’ve wanted to make some reusable flannel cloths. I usually workout in the mornings and shower in the evenings so I thought it would be a great idea to make some post-workout wipes. I’ve seen tutorials online where people make single layer wipes for babies or removing makeup but I figured as I won’t need to use more than one a day I’d be able to spare the fabric to double them up and make them feel a little nicer. I'm so glad I did double them up because they turned out so soft but strong and can hold a good amount of water/soap too! I've used single layer flannel cloths before but I much prefer these for this kind of use. I’m also thinking they’ll last longer because there aren’t any exposed edges.
As for the actual storing of the wipes, I found this container at my local grocery store by rubber maid that fits the bill! You could also buy a wipe container like this one then fold and store them that way. Adam and I might get a wipe container like that if we find we're using them more often than we thought, which would also call for some more sewing of wipes! Yay!
The wipe solution ingredients and ratios you use will depend on what you're using the wipes for. The mixture I'm using consists of water, Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap, and a drop or two of Tea Tree Oil. I'm still experimenting with it for now, but I'll update this post or link to a new one once I find a winner!
This project is fairly easy, like the DIY Mousepad Cover, you'll only be sewing straight lines, so it's nothing you can't handle! Bare in mind they don't have to be perfect, espically if you're making them for yourself. Part of the charm in homemade items are the "happy accidents" as Bob Ross would say. I made a few mistakes and ended up "perfecting" my technique after a few were fully worked up, but they're all still pretty to me. I made 15 double sided flannel wipes with a pre-sewn size of 8" x 8" from a yard and a half of fabric. How many you make is up to you, depending on how many you think you'll need. Now let's get on to making some wipes!
Fabric, for 15 double sided wipes I used a yard and a half
A sewing machine
Soap, chalk, a pencil: something to mark your lines with
A chopstick or knitting needle
Start off by washing and drying your fabric to prevent shrinking in the wash after they're made.
Next, iron your fabric so that it all lays down nicely without any wrinkles.
Lay your fabric out then fold it over on itself, right sides together--or pretty sides together so they'll be double sided. You put the nice sides together because you'll be turning them inside out after the first round of sewing.
Now mark your fabric. I marked mine 8" x 8", using a ruler and air-soluble ink.
Finish marking your fabric.
Before cutting your fabric, place all of your pins so the pieces stay together nice once cut. I did three pins per side, or 8 pins in total per wipe.
Cut away the excess fabric.
Now cut out your squares!
Once they're all cut out you're ready to start sewing!
I used the lines on my sewing machine as a guide for the seam, you could also use the edge of your presser foot as a guide as well.
Once you've sewn three sides and you're on your fourth leave about two inches of a hole/gap so that you can easily turn your fabric inside out.
This is what your wipe should look like, all sides sewn with a 2" gap.
Here's a close up.
Here is a close up of a different corner, one without the 2" hole/gap.
Next, cut away two angled pieces of fabric right above your corner, as shown. You could also make one snip diagonally across, just above your corner. Removing the excess bulk will make the corners look nicer and lay flatter once you turn the wipe inside out. Here is a wonderful tutorial for further guidance.
Cut away the excess fabric from all your corners, except the one with the 2" gap/hole. For that one, I only cut the sewn side and didn't cut above the hole, for easier hemming.
Yay! It's time to turn your wipe inside out!
So far so good! You can use a chopstick or knitting needle to help poke the corners out more/properly.
Here is a close up of one of the corners.
This is the 2" hole/gap after being turned inside out.
Simply fold in the excess fabric to get a straight edge along the hole/gap side of your wipe.
Then pin your fold in place, ready for topstitching!
Now just sew straight across your wipe to secure the 2" hole/gap and create a lovely topstitch.
At the corners for the topstitch you can either sew all the way across, then turn, and sew all the way across again for each side, like I did for my first few wipes. Or you can slow down when you get to a corner, leave the needle going all the way through the fabric, lift up your presser foot and turn your wipe, then put the presser foot down, and continue sewing. This creates a nicer corner for the finished wipe.
And you're done! Once you finish one or two, if you're nervous now, you'll see how easy it is! You've got this!
I throughly enjoyed making these and was really happy with how they turned out! I've used some already and boy oh boy are they soft! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions please feel free to ask! I hope you guys have a great weekend!