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DIY Reusable Hand Wipes

It's been a  while since I did any amount of sewing, but when you're home with no end in sight you do things you haven't done in a while. 

I have a big stash of fabric, that I've moved a handful of times.  It's an asset in times like this.  Disposable is good, but when the shelves are empty you become resourceful with your assets.  Back in the day, I used to make and sell burp rags.  What does that have to do with this?  Well in said stash is a pile of flannel scraps, many of which were big enough to make 6x6 squares.  Flannel will make for a soft wipe, as we plan to use these as hand wipes.  Now let's get to how easy these wipes were to make. 

Easy Reusable Wipes:

  1. Iron the fabric.  If using scraps select the pieces that are large enough to make the desired size.  I created 6x6 inch squares for this project.
  2. Cut squares to desired size.  If you have a self-healing mat, rotary cutter and ruler you can make short work of this process.  If not, make a cardboard template to trace and make the process easier.  
  3. Match up and pin together two square, with wrong sides facing.  Yes, that's pretty sides out, no fancy turning and conner mitering needed.  
  4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew around the outside edges.  
  5. Trim up the edges to make them look pretty.  Using pinking shears will make this an easy job, but do what you can with what you have.  
  6. Sew across the center of square diagonal from corner to corner.  This will depend on the size of your square.  With the 6x6 inch square only did one diagonal, but for a large square, I would sew two to create an "X" in the middle.
  7. Press and use wipe for desired use.
I'll be using a plastic container with a lid to create my wipes.  I have a hand sanitizer recipe that is designed for spraying that I'll be putting into the container, and then adding my wipes.  You can find that recipe for the sanitizer here.  

I hope you found this project useful, as well as helping you bust through a bit more of your fabric stash.