Somebody Asked… About Making Your Own Reusables
Can you offer a suggestion for making the switch to cloth toilet wipes and tissues with things we have on hand? We have a huge box of old clothes that my hubby hasn’t seen or worn since high school (10 years ago), and I have basic sewing skills (straight lines, and 10 stitch options on my mom’s sewing machine that I hi-jacked 6 months ago, and she still hasn’t needed). At this point our budget won’t allow us to purchase these items, and in order to save the money we would need to make the switch…is that backwards thinking? Would love some suggestions if you’re willing 🙂
I’m happy to help.
You have a few options, and what you choose will depend on how fancy you want them, and what fabrics you have available.
- Tshirts and other knits technically do not have to be sewn around the edges – they won’t unravel. If you have thicker knits, you can just cut them into squares and use those for hankies or wipes. If you have thinner knits, I’d recommend using those as hankies instead of wipes… some people use the thinner stuff for single-ply wipes, but I prefer something a little thicker. You know those annoying TP commercials about keeping you clean while getting you clean? Well, thinner knits don’t do a good job of that.
- Thinner knits, you can double up and sew around the edges, just with a regular straight stitch. Again, they’re not going to unravel, so you don’t need to worry about the edges.
- Soft fabrics that aren’t knits (flannel shirts, old towels), you can cut into squares, sew two squares right sides together, leave an opening for turning, turn them right sides out, and then topstitch.
- Personally, I’d recommend saving things like twills or denims for other uses, as these won’t be comfortable as wipes or tissues.
So there you go! I hope that helps.