Make Your Own Cloth Baby Wipes

Make Your Own Cloth Baby Wipes

Cloth wipes go hand in hand with cloth diapering. It’s much easier to use cloth wipes with cloth diapers since you drop everything into a diaper pail after a change instead of putting the diaper in the pail and the soiled wipes in a trash can.

We’ve been using cloth wipes since day one of our cloth diapering and have saved a lot of money since we don’t have to buy wipes.

Most of our first cloth wipes were inexpensive baby wash cloths but we’ve since replaced them with homemade flannel wipes since we prefer the custom size and they’re thicker than baby wash cloths.

Homemade cloth baby wipes are so simple to make.


  • Flannel (receiving blankets work great)
  • Thread


  1. Cut squares out of flannel fabric. (I cut my squares approximately 7×7 but you can make them as big or small as you like).
  2. Sew two squares of fabric together inside out (leaving a small hole to flip it).
  3. Flip the wipe right side out.
  4. Use a zig-zag stitch to top stitch.
  5. Finished!

Sources of flannel for your wipes:

  • Fabric Stash – I had some pink and blue gingham flannel in my craft chest.
  • Receiving Blankets – Our truck flannel wipes are from an old receiving blanket purchased at a local thrift store for $1. (I’m sure most of you with babies have flannel receiving blankets.)
  • Old Clothes – I upcycled an old red and white striped pair of pajama pants to make wipes.


Win a set of 5 flannel wipes (the ones pictured above, plus another pink wipe!)

Mandatory Entry:

  • Leave a comment telling me how long you’ve been cloth diapering or when the baby you plan to cloth diaper is due!

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)

  • Follow Intentionally Simple via RSS or e-mail.
  • Tell me if you use cloth wipes already or are considering using them.

This giveaway is now closed.  

*Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada only.

Congrats to commenter number 4, Erin!!

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responses to “Make Your Own Cloth Baby Wipes” 44

  1. I use cloth wipes every now (I use cheap wash cloths too) and then but plan to switch to cloth wipes exclusively soon!

  2. YAY! I've been cloth diapering for about 3.5 months. We started when my little man was 6 weeks old and he turned 5 months today!

  3. I don't use cloth wipes but this post makes it seem so easy. I've been contemplating it for a while now and once I get back from my business trip this week I think I'll turn his receiving blankets into wipes!

  4. Hi Rachel,

    We are expecting our first baby in November and definitely plan on cloth diapering. We'd love to win some cloth wipes too.

    Thanks, Alexandra.

  5. my baby to be cloth diapered is due in about a month!!! gah!!! would LOVE to know what you use as a "wipe
    solution" and do you keep these wipes inthe solution until use?

  6. definately considering using cloth wipes, makes sense if already cloth diapering…guess my brain is wondering what type of solution you would use?

    1. I actually don't use a wipe solution, I just put damp wipes in a wipes container. I only wet about a 2 day supply to prevent them from souring. This has been simple to do and has worked for 2 plus years now. And for those really, really messy jobs that you want something more than water, I just give the child a bath! 🙂

  7. I am planning to cloth diaper Raiden when he is born sometime around October 2nd. I love the idea of cloth wipes and plan to keep a spritz bottle by the changing table so that I can moisten the cloth. I'm already subscribed to Intentionally Simple and I'm loving these practical posts!

  8. I have been using "cheapy" wash cloths as wipes. They're really not the best, but they work. Thank you for the easy directions to make it yourself. I even have some receiving blankets I was about to donate. Yeah! I love free!

  9. I started when My LO was 1 month – our stash is mostly OS diapers and she was a little too small … also it took a while to eice together our stash

  10. Can you give details on how you keep your cloth wipes ready to use for diaper changes? I see that you have them in a disposable container. Are they wet? Do you use some sort of solution on them or just water? Do they get cold or mildew-y if you store them wet in the container? Thanks for all your posts on diapering. I've been using cloth for a few weeks now. My son is almost 3 months, but he was a preemie and so tiny, so at about 10 lbs now he is starting to fit in some of the diapers (skinny legs!). Thanks!

    1. I just dampen them with water and place them in the container. In 3.5 years of cloth diapering, I've never had any wipes to mildew on me, we go through them too fast! Yes, they are a bit chilly but so are disposable wipes. Hope this helps…congrats on your new baby!

  11. My son is 3 months and we have been cloth diapering since a little after he was born. I love them and can’t imagine ever doing disposables. We still use disposable wipes but I’d love to start using cloth wipes! 🙂

  12. Very good creation. Cloth baby wipes are really very versatile and gentle on baby and quite simple to make. It is a nice way to save money and make a variety of cloth baby wipes to fit your baby needs.

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