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I am very much so wanting to go to Family Cloth. I don't have a sewing machine so this might be hard. But I have some very specific questions that I can't seem to find the answer to with all the searching I do!!<br><br>
What materials can you use? ( I've read a few but I'm not sure!)<br><br>
What size? (I've found some people use 6x6. That seems kinda big but is that right?)<br><br>
Would anyone be willing to do like a step by step thing? (Pictures.)<br><br>
What I am picturing in my head is taking like two cut peices of t-shirt and sewing around the edges to make like a little rag type thing!~ It's this anywhere near it. I hate to sound so stupid and bug you guys!<br><br>
Anything else that you would love to share with me??<br><br>
TIA girls!!<br><br><br>
Erika Leigh
 

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Sorry I don't have pictures, but what I did was take all of my old cotton receiving blankets we had and cut out a bunch of 5x5 squares (you can do any size) and put two together and serged them. My aunt has a serger, so she did this part. That's it. Super easy, just a pain to cut out as many as I wanted (we used these for cloth baby wipes, too, so we had to cut our a lot!!!).<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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What is the serger and what is the purpose in serging them together?
 

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A serger leaves you with finished edges with no extra fabric past the stitching that you need to trim off or anything, so it's quicker than sewing the edges then trimming excess fabric, or sewing 2 layers together then turning them over so the edges aren't exposed. It's just a quicker way to finish the edge.<br><br>
I use 8X8" and they are just one layer flannel. I bought them premade. They're not too big, I like to fold them anyway when using them.<br><br>
Here's some instructions: <a href="http://www.diaperjungle.com/cloth-diaper-wipes.html" target="_blank">http://www.diaperjungle.com/cloth-diaper-wipes.html</a>
 

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I used an old recieving blanket and a pair of old flannel boxer shorts.You could go to the thrift store or freecycle if you don't have anything you want to cut up.I made mine 4x7 because that is a size of a wipe and I thought I would use an old wipe box for storage.<br><br>
I did exactly what you described.Took two pieces and sewed them around the edges.They frayed for the first couple of washes but now they are fine.If you don't have a sewing machine maybe you could use fleece since it doesn't fray.I never tried fleece as a wipe though.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Maybe check out craigs list and freecycle for a cheap machine.Family cloth would be a great first project.
 

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thanks you guys~<br><br>
Anyone got anymore advice?
 

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i found a t-shirt material sheet at Goodwill and cut that up into a zillion squares....the edges don't ravel after washing. they just curl. no sewing required and works like a champ. keep them in a basket and use for all bathroom stuff..
 

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thanks girls!<br><br>
I'm gonna give the old t-shirts a try ( I just think that they are going to be too thin!)<br><br>
But I've also ordered some flannel that was cheap and I am going to give that a try.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">thanks girls!<br><br>
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Just make the squares you cut from the old t-shirts big enough to fold over on itself before you wipe. Then it doesn't matter that it's thin.<br><br>
I have used:<br>
old t-shirts<br>
DH's old flannel shirts and boxers<br>
purchased cloth baby wipes (2 layers sewn together, various fabrics)<br>
serged cloth baby wipes (that my mom made for me w/first DD), from old flannel<br><br>
The baby wipes are my favorite, esp the flannel ones my mom made. However, DO NOT use fleece! It *does not* absorb. It may feel nice and soft, but it doesn't do anything to get you clean and dry.<br><br>
The cut up shirts and boxers work fine - they edges aren't sewn or serged, and they do ravel (or curl, depending on the fabric), but not so much that they are unuseable. If I had a serger I'd use it, but I don't . So I just make do. 6x6 is probably a nice size, especially for a single layer of fabric. Maybe a bit bigger than you really need, but I kind of prefer the larger ones.
 

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I am going to be meeting up with other mothers this weekend and using sewing machines there! I am going to try flannel on one side and t-shirt on the other!~<br><br>
THanks for your help!!
 
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