I had a laundry dilemma. After using up the hospital's pack of disposables* before Tim outgrows them over the past two days, we have plenty of cloth diapers on the shelf but were almost out of wipes. I considered throwing the contents of the diaper bag into the wash and adding some towels to fill it up a bit. However, we seem to be having a minor version of this happen during most laundry cycles, where we need to ration the wipes for the last few diapers. So I decided to make some wipes. I've made a few using scraps from diapers, but I gave my 9 year old niece all the scraps from my last bunch and I don't really want to use the uncut fabrics for wipes. Then it occurred to me that I don't need to use bamboo velour to make wipes, flannel would be totally fine. I have an entire bin of flannel (can any sewer resist Joann's after-Thanksgiving flannel sale?) that I make pj pants from. I gathered all the leftover quarter-yards from previous pairs -- I could clothe a few babies in wipes with all I had. In the pile was part of a pair of pants that had worn out and I'd used part of and cut up. Having the leg seams made it really easy and fast to serge two pieces together and whip out half a dozen wipes in under 15 minutes. Bam! Enough wipes to get us through the diapers. I should get rid of more of my worn out wipes and make some more. They aren't remotely uniform in size -- I aimed for 8"x8" but didn't bother cutting or marking the fabric before serging. Whatever--they'll wipe my kid's butt. It was really satisfying to see the worn out scraps of pants and know that pair had done all they could.
* I feel both smug and pathetic at my disposable ineptitude. Shouldn't a mother of three know when a disposable needs to be changed? It took most of the pack before I started getting a feel for the squishiness. I should have used them when we were out of the house because they're certainly slimmer to haul around than fitteds and covers, but I feel the need to be a cloth diapering advocate in public, or some such nonsense. Dan's as goofy about it as me, commenting on how he can smell a disposable from across the room. Yup, we need to get over ourselves. At least my frugal side won out over my cloth-is-best side and used the free diapers. I have even bought two packs of Seventh Generation diapers now, in expectation of using them when we go to D.C. by plane in October. I got a pack of size 2 through the buying club in July, expecting my baby to be at least 12 lbs in October. In the next order (this week), I got a pack of size 1 because it's a pretty good bet Tim won't hit 14 lbs in the next 6 weeks. I even got disposable wipes with the intention of using those at night so we don't have to get out of bed to change him by bringing wipes to the sink.