Serger-Made Washable Baby Wipes Tutorial

April 20, 2015 in Projects

Hello Totally Stitchin’ friends! Today, I bring you a washable, soft, eco-friendly, reusable baby wipes tutorial! And, in honor of National Serger Month (whoop whoop), they are completely serger-made and so EASY to make! I included a free printable at the end for gift giving these as they make really great gifts for baby showers (and may require a little explanation)! You could put them in a diaper cake too!

Totally Stitchin': Serger-Made Reusable Baby Wipes Tutorial

I actually made some of these years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had really great intentions on cloth diapering and therefore, using reusable wipes to just throw in the laundry with those soiled diapers. Why not, right? Well, the plan to continually use cloth diapers kind of fell through, unfortunately, but I know a lot of mamas see it through to potty training…job well done! I wish I could have stuck it out!

The wipes, however, did not go to waste; I used them for so many things! They came in handy for wiping messy mouths after eating and they were really helpful with runny noses! They are so soft on that delicate skin underneath those wet little noses and they’re so easy to just toss in the laundry! Less waste and super soft! I imagine they’ll be used as cleaning cloths eventually, but I still have little mess makers running around the house…so, for now, they remain useful for little hands, faces, and noses! 🙂


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Supplies:

  • Serger Machine
  • 3-4 Cones of Serger Thread (and set serger up for a 3-Thread or 4-Thread Overcasting Stitch)
  • 2 layers of flannel (I made mine 7″ by 9″  but you can make them whatever size you’d like and get fabric for however many you’d like to make)

1. Cut as many double layers as you like at your desired dimensions. Cut wide curves on the corners. This tutorial is great for practicing serging curves!
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2. Have your serger set up for a 3-Thread or 4-Thread Overcasting stitch. It doesn’t matter where you start. Serge around the entire perimeter of the wipe. You may need to adjust your stitch width if you are having trouble with keeping the stitch right along the edge. Curves do take a little practice! Just be patient! A technique I have developed is using my left hand to anchor the center of the curve I’m working on and slowly turning the fabric (rotating my wrist) as I serge, using my right hand to guide the fabric.

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As you circle around at the end, you’ll trim the beginning tail off.

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Then, lock your blade so that it doesn’t clip any of your already serged edge.

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Try to stay lined up with the beginning stitch as best you can.

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Overlap your end stitch over your beginning stitch about 1″.

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After you have overlapped your beginning and ends, lift your serger foot up to pull your project behind the needles Then, put the foot back down and serge off a tail.

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3. Now, you can either tuck your tail in or I like to just clip and backstitch over the overlap with either a zig-zag or straight stitch on my sewing machine (shown below) to keep the serger threads from becoming un-serged.

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Then, you can wrap them all cute like and gift! Scroll on for a free printable and a cute way to gift the wipes to a new momma!

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I just created these with Microsoft Word and made them a PDF. There are 3 design options and 4 color options within each design. The images below are a little blurry, make sure you click on the link for the PDF above each image for clarity! If you don’t find something you like, create your own! They’re fun! Scroll on for printing ideas!!

Click here for the PDF Baby Wipes Printable: Baby (there are a couple color options) Baby

Click Here for the PDF Flower Baby Wipes Printable: Flower (there are a couple color options)Flower

Click here for the Star Baby Wipes PDF Printable: Star (there are a couple of color options)

starYou could just print these onto some nice paper and cut it out with regular scissors (or pinking/scrapbooking sheers). Punch a hole in it and tie to the wipes. Or, you could print on fabric, as Heather from The Sewing Loft blog describes how to do in this post!

OR, here is what I did…I’m so excited how it turned out! I did print mine on fabric, but, I was able to make them stickers!! Do this at your own risk. Here’s how I did it! I used Baby Lock’s Fusible Applique Stablilizer (it’s not listed on the site, but, I know it’s available, check in with a Baby Lock Retailer to find it), it’s fusible on one side and sticky on the other (meant for applique, obviously, and is awesome for that purpose, as well)! I took a piece of muslin fabric larger than an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper and fused a piece of the Fusible Applique stabilizer that was also larger than a standard piece of printer paper. I pressed it really well (no steam), I didn’t want it to gum up my printer!! Then, using a piece of actual printer paper and a rotary cutter, I cut my fused fabric down to 8.5″ x 11″. I then, printed my selected printable onto the fused muslin! It worked really well, printed like a charm, but, again I say, do this at your own risk. After printing…

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I used pinking sheers to cut out the one that I wanted for this gift that went with my fabric. Peeled the backing and stuck it to the wipes!

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Don’t throw the fused scraps out! You can use the extras for fun stickers! If you have any big pieces, you could write out a homemade wipes solution for wetting reusable wipes (other than water).

 

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All done! Now, go serge a coordinating bib and burp cloth to gift with your wipes! 😉 Happy National Serger Month! As always, post pictures to our Totally Stitchin’ Facebook page with projects you’ve made with our tutorials! Love love love to see what you’re making!!

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