Anybody make your own?

Nena - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone.
When I was pregnant I was certain I wanted to use cloth diapers, but the combination of not knowing what's best and all-at-once expense has been a stumbling block. My little one is now two months old and I'd really like to start her on cloth diapers. Money is an issue, but I'm handy with a sewing machine, so I was wondering... do any of you make your own? Are there any sewing patterns out there for cloth diapers? Are the materials easy to come by?

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Sierra - posted on 05/05/2009

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oh, ps. i was so overwhelmed by the different choices when i started. i just didnt know which type was "best" but i have found that there isn't one! there are some great choices out there. my advice to you would be to try a little of everything. you will appreciate the diversity in your stash and you may find ones you like more than others and so on. my personal preferences are pockets and fitteds with covers.

when i first started, i got some cheap fleece (get the thickest you can find, like polar fleece or the antipill at joanns is fine) and used to layers of that for the outer part (yes it's waterproof) and alova suedecloth that i got for 4 dollars at walmart for the wicking inner layer. you can find microfiber towels in most stores in the automotive sections (*it's the same material that is used for the inserts for most like fuzzibuns, bum genius and the like) for the insides. and then i used regular 1/4" elastic from joanns but other people like using joanns swimsuit elastic too. so just practice a few and once you are comfortable then you can go to Kidsinthegarden.com, verybaby.com, sewmanydiapers.com, wazoodle.com (just google diaper fabric and you'll find more) and get some PUL (that's what most of the diapers' outer layer is made of) and other cool stuff like bamboo velour.

and as far as patterns go, there are some that are good and some that arent. i bought my first pockets and then used them to make a pattern and tweaked it a bit but in general you will have to do a bit of trial and error. feel free to message me with any questions you have!

Sierra - posted on 05/05/2009

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It's super easy! pockets especially! you can use many items you already have (old towels, flannel sheets, Tshirts) here is a link to a page with lots of free pattern links. it's where i first got started.

http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth-dia...

also i really like this site for good picture tutorial

http://www.diapersewing.com

it's so fun! you can also get cheap cute flannel from walmart (2.00 per yard) and then just use something really absorbant on the inside.

in the meantime, i would encourage you to join Diaper Sewing Divas (it's an online forum). you will find SO much info there and lots of people to help you will all of your questions. Good Luck!!

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I make my own- it's pretty easy.
I started with a few free online patterns- I made up a sample of each and tried them out to see what worked best (I bought hemp and bamboo fabric online to give them a go too). That was when we were in newborn size. I then made smalls out of cotton terry toweling that I bought in Spotlight. My latest project is a bunch of one size hemp nappies using the cuddlebuns pattern which I bought online. I use terry toweling on the outside of my fitteds so I can use a Snappy (Y-clip) to do them up and not have to use velcro or snaps. Makes the whole sewing process much quicker and we find it works well.

Angela - posted on 06/16/2009

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I've made my own for close to 7 yrs. It's a little time consuming but not too hard. I get all my supplies at www.sewmanydiapers.com when I want in stock supplies. She has a yahoo group by the same name for preslaes(coop) orders. I know she has a lot of left overs from her recent presales that aren't on the web site yet. So it would be good to join the group and ask for what you need.

I make my own patterns, but she sells patterns too.

GL

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i love to make diapers. i ended up making my own patten, as i started with one that was commercially available, and whit it fit her, it was too this tor too that, so i made my own. i just get the flannel from either joanns or walmart and i love the elastic they have at walmart.. good luck!!

Amber - posted on 06/11/2009

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wazoodle is awesome i just got 10 yards of pul for $25 plus shipping it worked out to be less than $4 dollars a yard. check in bargain

Katrina - posted on 06/04/2009

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I made my own. I had a Happy Heinys One Size Pocket diaper given to me and I copied it. I ordered PUL from Wazoodle

Kelly - posted on 06/04/2009

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Thought you might want to know that I recently discovered snap pliers, a fantastically inexpensive option for those who don't need a press. You can find them on ebay, or even cheaper on the yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notionsupp... If you're into snaps, but only making a few, it's a super great option.

I'm thinking of making the switch myself, or at least having two rotations -- one snap and one h&l-- to keep the wear down on my diapers. The hook tape can really do a number on fold over elastic. Even with laundry tabs some of my thirsties were shot after 2 months. (Though I had a much better time with the bummis superbrites.)

Kelly - posted on 05/30/2009

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I'm a big fan of pocket diapers, but they're so expensive I had very few until I started making my own. I've been using the KCKOne diaper pattern. It's a one-size pocket diaper made with hook & loop rather than snaps. There was an awkward in between stage when there wasn't quite enough flap to fold down, but I've really liked it other than that so far. We're in a size medium now, and it's doing great. The elastic is the only tricky part about making diapers, and it's not even that bad once you get through a few. I've also been wanting to give the very baby pattern a try. It seems pretty versatile-pockets, aios, and fitteds- and from the tutorials online they look pretty simple to make.

Oh, and I got my pul from kidsinthegarden.com. Prices are pretty good, but they're better with a co-op. I got my suedecloth (butter suede) from hancocks on sale.

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I found flat squares of flannelette very effective until my daughter was about 4 months old, since she grew out of anything fitted so quickly when she was little.

Then she was is terry-towelling flat squares until she started wetting too heavily for them at about 1 year, and now she is in one-size fitted nappies, which we will use from birth for the next baby as they are adjustable to "grow" with your baby.

I knit my own wool soakers from patterns off the net and treat them with lanolin to make them waterproof to keep the wetness in. They're wonderfully breathable which helps prevent rashes and you don't need to wash them as often as other covers because the lanolin keeps them fresh.

I also use flushable liners rather than trying to get poop off the nappies, but before we lived in our current house we had a thing called a "Little Squirt" fitted to our toilet to hose poop into the toilet which I miss, but it won't fit on our particular freak of a toilet at our new place.

Kristyn - posted on 05/27/2009

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You should join the Cloth Love Forum at www.clothlove.com. It's really new so it's kind of small, but growing pretty fast, I like it better than other forums and there are a lot of people on there how make there own and you can get a lot of great info on washing routines or anything else. My friend and I are making our own and trying to create a pattern we really like and I'm surprised at how easy it's been. But it was really helpful to have all that information at my fingertips.

Joy - posted on 05/26/2009

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Yes yes yes! I use the very baby pattern for fitteds and LOVE it, and made my own AIO by tracing off one I already owned, but hear the honeyboy AIO pattern is quite good. Very baby have great tutes on their DIY website too.

Ruth - posted on 05/26/2009

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wow this stuff is so helpful! I have been playing with the idea of making some of my own for a while; all I use is prefolds and flatfolds, would be nice to make some fitted ones cheap w/o spending too much money on them.

Tifani - posted on 05/24/2009

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I second the diapersewingdivas.net motion. They are awesome over there. It is a little tricky to find things you want in the beginning though. But if you log in and go to Diaper Talk in the menu and then to the Stuck Stickies that are there you will find a list for Free diaper patterns and one for Paid diaper patterns (and possibly links to them) A lot of diaper patterns are pretty cheap, 5 or 6 bucks so it's feasible to buy a few you think you'd like and try them out.
Also there is a fabric coop on yahoo groups called Covered Caboose. Their prices are pretty good and you can pick up Bamboo fabrics or wool interlock (LOVE).

I am scheduled to meet up w/ my MIL to start my NB stash (nothing like waiting til the last minute...I'm 34 weeks today ) on Wednesday. We both sew but neither of us have ever even seen a fitted cloth diaper in person LOL. And a forewarning...most diaper patterns have very vague instructions. I have heard that the Diaper Darling Unlimited has really great directions for newbies.

Christina - posted on 05/19/2009

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McCall's makes a really nice diaper pattern. Also, if you do a search on Rita's Rump Diaper pattern, that one makes a really nice one sized all in one or just an all in one in general. If you have a Hancock's nearby, they have a coupon for 50% off for Memorial day, and they have Diaper cover fabric and diaper flannel. You'll have to ask for it most likley, but it is good stuff and I've made about 4 diapers out of it now. I've mostly used PUL that I've gotten from yahoo coops, but I found the stuff at Hancock work nicely. For absorbancy, you can use cut up old towels, and pretty much anything cotton or bamboo. If you knit or crochet, wool also makes for nice diaper covers. If wool isn't an option, there is the Katrina soaker pattern that is an excellent diaper cover you can make out of fleece.

Carrie - posted on 05/13/2009

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I was lucky enough to have my mom make all my diapers for me when my little one was born. Easy to find patterns on the internet. Jo ann etc has flannel on sale all the time. I also find that using polar fleece on the inside makes it so pooh doesn't stick at all. We use thirsties AIO's now along with homemade and pro-wrap covers.

Vilate - posted on 05/05/2009

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you already got some great info. I do have a webpage full of CD and wool info though if you would like to check it out. It has infor on types of diapers and a list of detergents that are good for CD's too.

http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com

If I can help you in any other way let me know k?

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