Sewing Lessons: How to make Cloth Wipes- 2 techniques

Sewing Lessons: How to make Cloth Wipes- 2 techniques



hey it's Vanessa from crafty Gemini calm today's tutorial is on how to cloth wipes they look like this they're made up of two layers of cotton flannel I'm since wheat cloth diaper are baby these are the wipes that I used to wipe him down you can also use them just to clean up any spill ups or if the baby spits up or keep them in your car for any kind of messes they're great because they're reusable they're cotton and they last a very long time I'll be showing you today two different techniques on how you can put these together here I have two square pieces of the cotton flannel fabric I've cut it to nine inches square this is the size that I find works best for me because I have a big hand you can see that the nine inches square still gives me enough space around and so it allows me to clean up diaper messes very well with the two layers it's ultra absorbent and it's great so this is what works out best for me if you maybe want to have some to side into a side pocket of your diaper bag or your purse feel free to make them six inches square 7/8 just try it out on different pieces of fabric and see what size works best for you in this case the first technique I'm going to show you is how to put the wipe together using a serger so if you will be using a serger you need to make sure that your pieces of fabric have the ugly sides touching okay that means the wrong sides of the fabric are touching just like you see here now we'll take it over to the serger and you'll see how quick we'll put this cloth wipe together I'm ready to start stitching my cloth wiping my serger for instructional purposes I'm using black thread so you can see the contrast of the thread on the fabric but if this were a real cloth wipe that I'm putting together I'd probably use either a wipe or one of these pastel colored threads okay I'm just going to start off in one corner just let the starter do its job when I get to the corner I like to stop almost to the edge with the needle up I'll lift up my presser foot I pivot pull a little bit of the fabric pivot it and make sure that I'm putting the that right angle corner of the fabric right underneath the needle so that it starts right at that corner and keeps going down otherwise I'll get a gap in the fabric since the serger stitch is continuously okay so I'll put the presser foot back down and pitch again again stop with the needle up in the corner presser foot up pivot your fabric bring that corner right underneath your needle put the presser foot back down one more time I do the same thing on all four corners and you'll see I'll be done in a second and there's my cloth white all the corners are concealed and kept from fraying because of the serger and the wife is done if you don't have a serger and all you have is your regular at home sewing machine this technique is the way that you want to put together your cloth white so here I have the 9 inch square pieces of the cotton flannel that I cut okay and in this case we're going to now line up the pieces of fabric with the pretty sides touching means I'm going to put it like this so pretty side and pretty side make sure that they're touching I'm going to line up my raw edges okay and now I'm going to pin it in place because this is the way we'll be stitching on the machine so as you start off and you first learning how to sew you may want to put in a few more pins than you see me putting here but as you get better control of your machine and of the fabric you'll realize that you only need a fleet a few pins on each side so I'll turn it and make sure you know go putting them in lining up the raw edges so it's all lined up we're almost ready to stitch before I actually start stitching what I like to do is to take some kind of a chalk marker or erasable ink mark or something just so that I can mark my fabric reminding me not to stitch in this area because for example between these two pins I'm going to make this line right here with my yellow chalk marker just so that as I'm stitching around my cloth wipe I remind myself not to stitch in this area this is a place where I'll have to leave this open so that I can flip the cloth wipe inside out so when you start stitching you'll want to start stitching at the bottom side of the marked line okay so I'm going to stitch here come all the way around and stop at the top of this line in order to leave my yellow area that's marked unstitched so I start off at the bottom and you want to back stitch because when you flip your fabric inside out you don't want the stitches to come apart okay take a few back stitches there when I get to the corner I want to stop with the needle in on the fabric lift my presser foot up and that you see how my fabric can pivot but it's not moving out of place because the needles still holding it down so now I'll turn it this way press your foot down remember to stop stitching before you reach those pins okay don't ever stitch over pins I'll show you this corner again stop whatever the seam allowance is that you're using in this case it's the edge of the foot so it's about a little less than half an inch I'll stop with the needle down about that distance from this edge remember with the needle down lift the foot up you see how I can swing it all the way around but the fabric won't pull out okay very important to have your needle down pivot the fabric bring the foot back down as you can see I've come all the way around and I'm almost to my starting point at the beginning of the top yellow line right here where I want to stop so I'll stitch right up to it and then remember to back tack so I took a few back steps back stitches there and this is what your cloth wipe should look like okay you want to have that area opened now what I want to do is to trim off the corners so that when I flip this inside out there's not that much bulk okay what you want to do is the angled corner right there I want to trim this at an angle close to the peak of that edge okay and then I like to take a little bit off the sides make sure that you don't clip into your stitches so I should look something like that I'll do it again on another corner come out at an angle to the tip of that corner and then trim off the excess on the sides okay and you want to do that to all four corners so as you can see I'm done trimming all four corners and I have this space still open here next step is to turn your cloth wipe inside out what I like to do is to go to one of the corners stick my thumb all the way up in that corner pinch it with my pointer finger and flip it out okay do that with one corner I'll do the same thing to all four corners before I flip the rest of it out so again some in the corner pinch it with my pointer finger and flip it out okay I got two more last one and there's my cloth white now as you can see it looks a little bit messy what you want to do next is to press so I'll kind of run it out with my fingers like this to make that scene come out right there and just hit it with an iron do it to all four sides so now after I've pressed my cloth white remember we had this whole still here so what I like to do is called top stitching and basically I'm going to take a straight stitch and go all the way around my entire cloth wipe and as I do that I'm going to try to stay close to the edge and what that's going to do is it's then going to hold in and close up that hole okay so I'll just start anywhere on my fabric remember to stop a little bit ways from the edge with your needle down so that you can pivot your fabric same thing on all four sides so I finished stitching all the way around and where I began I went ahead and back tacked and took a few more stitches over the initial stitches I made to make sure and secure those stitches in place so that's it my cloth wipe is ready ready to use

47 Replies to “Sewing Lessons: How to make Cloth Wipes- 2 techniques”

  1. I sew for charity, this is a great item to add to my list! I have a serger, and I love it for the cloth wipes. thank you for teaching me how to do the corners!

  2. Great video! Thanks for sharing! My youngest made these for our granddaughter. She's almost 3 and they are still using the same ones! Now baby number two is using them! So much better then the wipes to buy and throw away!

  3. I love that you showed us how to make them with a surger and a regular style sewing machine. such a nice and easy tutorial! thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. hi Vanessa! I don't know where else to post this but I was hoping you could do a tutorial on making a baby changing pad with a case to hold wipes and such. πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for this vid! I like your style…simple, easy, straight to the point. Very helpful πŸ™‚

  6. Super well explained and demonstrated. Β Thank you for taking the time to share these things with people who don't have the money to pay for tutorials and lessons. Β God bless you!

  7. Hi Vanessa! I am having a baby and making baby washcloths. Out of flannel and terry cloth. I stitched them wrong side then flipped them over and topstiched them all around. My question is that when I was done they looked all wavy and won't lay flat. Do you know what I did wrong? Thank you in advance!

  8. Great job. Look forward to watching new videos. I just became a great grandmother boy and girl 1 week apart. Going to sew a lot!!

  9. What do you do with the loose threads on the corner from serging and how do you tie off the ends? Ive used alot of your tutorials for the sewing machine and recently purchased a serger,,,

  10. Thanks for this great how to video!!
    I am such a slow learner and been having a hard time learning you sew (jut got a new sewing machine) and i got this right 1st go!
    Will be checking out your other how to videos πŸ™‚

  11. Could you use some of the border edging stitches that is on your sewing machine as well even if you don't have a serger?

  12. Is it important to have two layers? Can I just use zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, and just do one layer of heavier flanel? I know it's not as pretty, but functionally it will be the same, won't it?

  13. They are two different types of sewing machines like I show in the video. The serger cuts and stitches up raw edges and a sewing machine doesn't do that.

  14. It really is.. give it a try! If your needles keep breaking on you I would take the machine to be serviced and check the timing. Maybe it's off… When sewing through regular fabrics the needles shouldn't break on you often. I also recommend changing the needles every 8-10 hours of sewing time. Good luck!

  15. You make it look so easy! Haha. I might try these πŸ™‚ maybe with a bit more practice my sewing machine needles don't constantly break on me >.< thanks for sharing! X

  16. Sorry about a silly question which was written by my daughter (7 years old). She loved your video and showed it to me:) Now she wants me to buy a sewing machine…LOL

  17. Thank you! Just made a couple of serged ones earlier, will try the topstitched ones next time πŸ™‚ great video!

  18. congratulations on your baby xxx
    do you know whats its going to be called or what gender the baby is
    -lydia xxxx

  19. Best cloth wipe tut here on yt, thank u! Will make some this weekend! Which one works better, the serged or topstitched one?

  20. No tshirt quilt tutes yet… but I'll add it to my list of suggestions. Congrats on the new bundle. :o)

  21. Omg, u make it look so simple!! I'm about to have a baby & I love these. My main goal is to make a quilt out of my brothers tee shirts, I lost him a yr ago & can't let them go. Hope u have a tutorial for that too, that would be awesome.. Now to invest in a sewing machine..

  22. Depends on cotton fabric. Some are softer than others. For example, 100%cotton knits tend to be softer than the woven cotton fabrics. It will be a stretchy so you have to see if you like that feel or not. Have fun!

  23. Thank you for the tutorial! It was great to see this done both ways. Would wipes made from 100 percent cotton fabric be soft enough or would you recommend finding the flannel to use?

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