After I got my pieces cut (ripped, rather) out for the wipes, I realized I was going to have scraps left over. Beautiful, perfect, rectangular pieces too long and too skinny for wipes, but not for other things. I considered using them for cleaning. Flannel is divine on windows, floors, and the like.
Divine, I tell you.
As I was contemplating that, D walked through the kitchen where I was sewing. I like D's brain. I always have. That's why I married him. His brain, I swear, runs 110 mph 24 hours a day. Always thinking, always measuring, always balancing. He's a creator. It's what his brain was born to do.
And it's extremely attractive.
Anyways, I showed D the scraps and simply said,
"I wish I could find a good use for these little buggers..."
He stopped for a moment, looked at the scraps for a half a millisecond, and said,
"Why don't you put a bar of soap in between two of them and sew it up shut?"
Why don't I do what?!? Why didn't I think of that?
And ladies and gentlemen, we have a non-slippery (slipperless?) baby scrubber with a knack for getting grime off things with lightning speed, but which is gentle enough for baby's skin, and super cute.
I went to work. I matched up the pieces, I ran to Market of Choice and picked up four bars of natural soap for $1.35 a piece, I surged, I sang, I giggled, and I used my scraps.
Brilliant man, he is. Who's that brilliant man's wife? She's so smart for marrying him. ; P
So the next time I need to scrub a baby butt (or my butt for that matter) I think I'll reach for the ultra-absorbent, beautifully lathering soap cradle D's brain formed instead of a washcloth. All it takes is some water, and a little scrub-scrub in your hands, and you're ready to go.
Oh and to make matters even better, look at the photo below...
You can see that fabric is folded over the right side. Well, when that soap runs out, I'm throwing that bad boy through a wash, cutting open the end, putting another bar of soap in, and serging the sucker up again for a second round.
Use makes me happy.
Double use makes me double happy.
I purchased two yards of flannel at JoAnn's for about $3.00 per yard. The containers are from IKEA, and were $3.00 for a pack of 3. The thread? Pennies. The soap was a little over $1.00 a bar. I ended with over 40 wipes, 15 soap cradles, and a few random scraps that I'm trying to talk D into wearing as neck ties. Not bad for an initial investment under $15.00.