Diaper wipes come in handy plastic cases you can keep on your baby's changing table or in your diaper bag. You can buy refill packs of wipes to replace the ones in the plastic case when it is empty. Recycling the wipe case is a good way to help the planet stay green, but the cases are rather plain. If you intend to reuse the case, personalise it with some fabric and cotton batting. Continue your recycling habit by using scraps from previous sewing projects to make the case cover.
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Things you need
- 3 sheets of plain paper
- Diaper wipe case
- Straight pins
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Ribbon, buttons, sequins or other decorations
- Half-inch-wide trim
Place an empty diaper wipe case bottom side down on a piece of regular printer paper. Trace around it in pencil to make the pattern for the bottom of the case cover. Measure the depth of the bottom of the diaper wipe case. Extend the bottom pattern all the way around by the height measurement. Cut out the pattern along the line for the extended measurement.
Turn the case over and trace around the top side on a fresh sheet of paper. Repeat this trace on another sheet of paper. Measure the depth of the top of your diaper wipe case. Extend one of the tracings by this measurement all the way around. Cut out both patterns. The smaller pattern will be the batting pattern. The larger one will be the pattern for the top of the case cover.
Pin the batting pattern to some batting material and cut it out. Pin the top and bottom patterns to the fabric you want for the case cover. You can use two different pieces of fabric if you like. Cut them out.
Remove any labels from the diaper wipe case. Place small dabs of hot glue on the corners and at several evenly spaced places on the top of the case. Press the cotton batting onto the top so that all the sides line up with the edges of the case.
Place several dabs of hot glue on the batting and centre the top piece of fabric on the top of the case. Press the fabric into place so that the glue holds it. Next, work your way around the sides of the case, putting a dab of hot glue every couple of inches and pressing the edge of the top piece of fabric into the glue. The fabric should cover the batting and the sides of the top part of the case when you are finished.
Glue the bottom piece of fabric to the bottom part of the case using the same gluing method you used to glue on the top piece of fabric.
Glue ribbon, buttons, sequins or any other decoration you like to the top piece of fabric.
Place a dab of hot glue in the centre of the hinged side of the top of the wipe case. Press the end of some half-inch-wide sewing trim into the glue. The edge of the trim should come just to the bottom edge of the top part of the wipe case. Draw a thin bead of glue around the edge of the top part of the case, pressing the trim into the glue as you go. Keep the trim even with the case edge. Glue just to the starting end of the trim. Overlap the ends of the trim when you reach the starting point. Cut off the trim even with the starting edge.
Repeat Step 8 to glue trim around the side of the bottom part of the case. Leave the plastic closure tabs of the case free so they still work.
Tips and warnings
- Make your diaper wipe case cover with fabric that matches your diaper bag.
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