Any other mamas out there who sew their own cloth diapers?

Kathleen - posted on 02/07/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I sew my own cloth diapers,I do covers and also fitteds or pockets. If you can sew a straight line you can sew your own diapers..I love it...ok I am a little obsessed! LOL

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Melanie - posted on 04/22/2009

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I love sewing cloth diapers. I make them for myself and for my cousin. I even got my first order from a nonfriend/family member. I love it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/22/2009

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I've been sewing for over 20 years and still can't sew in a straight line! LOL But I still make and sell beautiful CD. :)

Vilate - posted on 04/20/2009

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Oh Sara, throw out the plastic and get anything else! try wool covers you sew you can make them from recycled wool sweaters! Plastic is horrible. i used them with my first two. They smell bad and the elastic does a job on the poor babies legs and waist. They aren't breathable at all and the babies are prone to rashes. They also leak from my experiences anyway. Ever since we went wool we have had no leaks and no serious rashes! 2 years now!



Briana same with you and the PUL. a nice fitted and the wool covers are so much better!



I have a website that has a tone of cd and wool info!

http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com



Go WOOL!!!!!

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I sewed some NB MamaBirds out of flannel. They are really cute! My DS2 is due in 2 weeks, so I will let you know how they work out! I think if they work well I will make some more as he gets bigger and maybe do some with PUL too!

Sara - posted on 04/20/2009

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I made night time diapers for my daughter as I wasn't able to find good ones online (E-Bay). I have never sewed in my life! I think someone mentioned mamma bird's patterns. I downloaded a few patterns for free. Then combined the two I liked to make one that fit my daughter very well. I also make night time soakers. She can go 12 hrs without waking to be changed. I made them out of 2 layers of thick terry cloth towels (I got them at a thrift store), the outside layer is flannel. They work great inside the nighttime diapers. My night time diapers are made with 2 layer of terry cloth wrapped in flannel, a flannel inner layer for the inside and a fleece outer layer, which helps keep wetness in. All my diapers have a velcro tab so it can be folded over the velcro for washing. I use plastic pants for a cover.

Kristin - posted on 04/20/2009

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i practically failed home ec in school and don't know how to sew buttons onto coats, so i sure won't be sewing my own diapers! good luck!

Vilate - posted on 02/20/2009

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wool has to be washed and lanolized about once a month depending on use.  If it gets stuff on it,  poo, or food, or what not it will have to be washed, but other thatn that you want to wash it when the wool starts to smell like pee when dry.  then the lanoline has been over loaded and stops working.  i don't think that lanolizing your nursing pad would be a good idea. with the other fabrics.   i don't know that for sure, but that is just based on what I know about wool and lanoline.

Marilyn - posted on 02/17/2009

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I also sew my own, and I'm addicted. I have 100 and counting....all different sizes, and patterns. LOL.

Hubby doesn't mind though, he thinks it great, as there is ALWAYS a clean one, and they don't all look the same.

And because I used different patterns and styles, they fit differently, which is nice, and hubby has his favorites, I have mine, etc.

Harmony - posted on 02/15/2009

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Thanks for the info on the wool diapers..How often do they need to be washed/lanolized? I have read about it but would like some expert advice! I also made some nursing pads with wool, flannel and fleece...is it possible to lanolize when other fabrics are sewn in? Or is that not reccomended?

Medina - posted on 02/13/2009

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i sew my own also, im so addicted i even made some for my brothers girl friend, but every diaper i made is a little bit different each time i make one, little more, little less and so on

Vilate - posted on 02/12/2009

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So, sewing divas, i will add some input here.  I sew mine too.  You can see them here:



http://www.vilatesniftynook.etsy.com



 



I sew diapers and wool covers.  I love my new diapers I made.  I started with PUL and Microfleece, but I have converted to Cotton knit/Hemp/microfleece.  with a hemp/bamboo insert.  I do snaps and I do side snaps not front!  I love this diaper.  I wish I had it when I started instead at the end of my diapering.  I found wool about a year ago!  Oh, I LOVE wool!



 



Wool makes the best covers.  There is a site in the links with wool soaker patterns.  So, someone asked about wool, I will try to keep it short.  I like wool better than fleece because fleece gets pee on it and hold pee and they start to smell and need to be washed more often!



 



Wool will need to be hand washed and lanolized.  I buy my lanolin off ebay.  I search for pure lanolin and buy it in bulk like 1 lb. i found it is cheaper that way. 



 



Hand wash with baby soap, and then dissolve the lanolin in hot water (micro the water for 3 min and it will be hot enough.) and some baby soap (to help emulsify) it should dissolve into a milky white.  this you add to a bowl or your washer full of hot water.  ( the hot water won't felt it, it is hot and agitation that felt.)  Then add the soaker or longie (inside out works best)  Let it soak for 6-8 hrs.  I usually do it all night.  Then I spin them out in the washer on the spin cycle and hang out to dry for at least 8-12 hrs. inside or in outside for 2-4 hrs. 



 



I don't felt all mine.  if it is a thicker sweater they don't need to be felted.  If you felt a heavy sweater you end up with a very thick stiff piece of wool.  if it is a really thin wool i will felt, and then if I am still not ok with it I will double up the wool.



 



the deal with wool is that the wool and lanolin take the urine and change it through a process (like making lye soap) into salt water.  then when it dries it dries clean.  The lanoline and wool can only hold so much salt though and after about a month or when the wool starts to smell like pee when dry you have to re wash and lanolize.



 



i hope this isn't too much and it helps.  If you have any other questions just ask, i would love to convert any to wool  that I can!  Seriously I wish I had had this when I started!  And it isn't too expensive either.  A couple bucks at a thrift shop for a sweater will get you a pair of longies and two soakers.  And really my DD doesn't wear pants she wears longies or soakers with leg warmers  She prefers them, and really at 2 she lets you know what she wants!  :)



 



Good luck!

Laura - posted on 02/12/2009

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My little one isn't here yet but I have sewn quite a few and also bought a few. I actually trace the store bought ones to make a pattern. I have a good variety this way without having to spend a fortune. Hopefully they'll work out.

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I have become addicted as well. My first round was AIO which I love the convenience of, but they take forever to dry. My 2nd round is an "almost-in-one" style dipe. I made a snap in liner and lay in soaker for nightime. I have used pockets but agree with the mamma who wrote I hated pulling out the inserts! My 3rd round will be fitted dipes with PUL covers. I just bought the Little Comets OS pattern and am hoping to finish my stash soon -before DD is potty trained! haha!



Lots on info out there so search the internet. I just found a new blog that has lots of info and is organize well: http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/ It is the blog for Kelly's Closet which has a great rewards program for all purchases! Happy sewing!

Kathleen - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Brandy:



I would love more information on sewing my own cloth diapers. I am not great at sewing but I can do a little. How do I get started? What do I need to buy? This is exciting but never crossed my mind. I have a 12 week on LO.






If you have any old sheets, pj's, tshirts(I love my tshirt dipes), towels elastic etc round them up! You will need to make some practice diapers to get the correct size for your little one. (you don't want to waste "good fabric" on mistakes...although I have diapers I use everyday that are made out of found objects) I have given a list in a post above of free to print patterns available on the net. I don't recomend the ottober because it runs big....mama bird is a good one or any of the wee weka patterns off the nappy network...ritas rump pocket is a good one size pattern. Print the pattern of your choice off and follow the instructions. Once you have tested and found what works for your little one....go sew 24 more LOL & Have Fun!



PS dont be discouraged if your first product is less than stellar it takes a while to get going with it especially elastic

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I sewed all-in-ones for my kids and a friend's kids as well. I loved it until I was on my fourth set out of seven.  My first set was an insert type but I really hated pulling inserts out of dirt diapers so I figured out a different way to make them all-in-one and was much happier.

Kathleen - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Harmony:

Have any of you made any wool covers? I just bought some old wool sweaters to felt and sew but don't know where to get the lanolin. Any advice on making and using wool diaper covers?



Lansinoh breast/nipple cream for breastfeeding is what I have been told to use, if you google lanolizing wool  you should get instructions on doing the process

Brandy - posted on 02/09/2009

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I would love more information on sewing my own cloth diapers. I am not great at sewing but I can do a little. How do I get started? What do I need to buy? This is exciting but never crossed my mind. I have a 12 week on LO.

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2009

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Quoting Kathleen:



yes I have,






I have to say that I cheated LOL I used a kushies change pad (one of the thin ones with flannel on one side and waterproof fabric on the other ) stitched up 2 sides and used my snap press and put a row of snaps along the top...it works. I never really travel far. I just happen to be a green mama and I don't like to waste so I used what I have. It is very easy to sew one with a zipper or even velcro or a drawstring even...I think a couple of the sites might have specific instructions for it on them.






A draw string or zipper wouldn't be too hard either!

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2009

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*lol* I sewed trainers for my dd.  Frankly it's not financially feasable to get 20 $15 trainers shipped to my house!  It was fun making the first few, and I love showing them off!  :)  It's impossible to find a good trainer in stores, not to mention one to fit a 4mos old!  She's 9mos now and the trainers are still holding!

Harmony - posted on 02/08/2009

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Have any of you made any wool covers? I just bought some old wool sweaters to felt and sew but don't know where to get the lanolin. Any advice on making and using wool diaper covers?

Christena - posted on 02/08/2009

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I sewed my own too. The covers, that is. I use flatfold diapers, and needed a nice cover. I liked kushies, but not their price. Mine are water resistant fabric on the outside, and waterproof lining. They are better than kushies, because I can pick fabrics that suit me.

Kathleen - posted on 02/07/2009

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yes I have,



I have to say that I cheated LOL I used a kushies change pad (one of the thin ones with flannel on one side and waterproof fabric on the other ) stitched up 2 sides and used my snap press and put a row of snaps along the top...it works. I never really travel far. I just happen to be a green mama and I don't like to waste so I used what I have. It is very easy to sew one with a zipper or even velcro or a drawstring even...I think a couple of the sites might have specific instructions for it on them.

Kathleen - posted on 02/07/2009

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Sure,



There are a ton of free to print patterns available on line, I make mostly fitteds & separate covers because then you don't need to buy alot of pul (polyurethane laminate fabric-the kind of waterproof fabric that bumgenius is made with). here are a couple of sites that have lots of patterns: http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2008/09/...   hope these  help!!

Samantha - posted on 02/07/2009

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I'm jealous! I'd love to sew my own. I have been searching for ideas but I'm at a lost. Any advice?

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