Having a baby who sleeps at night is fantastic. I highly recommend it! It has been awhile since I have had some reliable sewing time. Now that I do, I thought I’d share with you a handy item I designed which was inspired by something a friend of mine made up years ago.
Presenting the Snappy Wipe To-Go…
It never ceases to amaze me how my children can get sticky or dirty just about anywhere. I love having a little wet cloth all ready to go. The Snappy Wipe To-Go is a handy reuseable wet cloth that you can toss in your purse. It does not need to be put into a ziploc bag, as it has its own waterproof cover. It can be washed and dried and it is super-easy to whip up yourself. If you are a diaper sewing mama, this is a great way to use up some leftover PUL scraps.
First you will need some supplies:
- a scrap of PUL 9 x 9″
- a scrap of absorbent fabric 9 x 9″ (eg. cotton french terry, flannel, bamboo terry or velour, etc.)
- snap press/pliers and one set of snaps
1. Begin by cutting your fabric so that you have one 9 x 9″ square of PUL and one of absorbent fabric.
2. Place your fabrics right sides together and pin if desired. You can also use a gluestick or clothespins or just hold them together carefully.
3. Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, straight stitch around the edge of the cloth. Begin in the middle of an edge, not at a corner. Leave about 1 1/2″ open for turning. (For Heaven’s Sake, don’t measure this. Just guess!)
4. Trim your corners on a diagonal so that when you turn them, they will be nice, sharp points.
5. Turn the whole cloth right side out through the little opening you left. Use something pointy to help you push the corners out. I used a bodkin here because someone has taken off with my special corner turning tool. I also sometimes use a not-perfectly sharp pencil.
6. With an iron set on low with no steam, iron your cloth. Pay attention too the opening, making sure to line up and tuck in the edges well.
7. Topstitch the entire cloth, closing in the opening in the process.
8. Mark your snap placement by laying a measuring tape on a diagonal across the middle of the cloth. You will probably find that your cloth measures about 11 1/2″. Using a washable marker or a pencil, mark a dot for the snaps at 4″ and 9″.
9. Gather two caps, a stud and a socket as well as your snap press or pliers.
10. Both caps will be going on the absorbent fabric side, with the stud and socket facing up on the PUL side. It doesn’t matter which of the two spots has the stud and which has the socket. Apply your snaps.
Guess what?! It is done!
Now for the folding:
After wetting your cloth with plain water or a fancy wipe solution, place the cloth with the absorbent side up and fold in the two corners without snaps, so they overlap in the middle.
Fold over the other two corners so that one snap is underneath the cloth and one snap is on top, making a square.
Fold in thirds to snap in the middle. It should look like a cute little clutch purse now. Tuck in any absorbent edges that might poke out.
Ta-Da! Aren’t you a smart, crafty and prepared mama?