Making your own diapers.

Samantha - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am interested in knowing how to make come cloth diapers/covers for my 6mo. Do you have any suggestions?

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Marilyn - posted on 03/11/2009

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I agree about the 1mil vs. 2 mil PUL.

I use 1 mil in my dipes, but 2 mil for my diaper pail liners, etc. :-)

Vilate - posted on 03/08/2009

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here is a site with a bunch of links to patterns.    http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth-dia...



this one has a pattern  http://fernandfaerie.com/sewing_fitteds....



this one is for a pre fold type   http://fernandfaerie.com/sewing_prefolds...



there is one here,   http://www.geocities.com/rew4birth/Diape...



this one is very basic   http://geocities.com/myfreediaperpattern...



this one uses prefolds, looks like a good idea if you have some. http://diaperpages.com/trimming_pf.php



this is by far my favorite wool cover   http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2...



once you have a diaper pattern you can use it to make wrap covers like this  http://www.diapersewing.com/fleece_with_...   only I suggesst wool.



hope that these help you, and good luck, if I can help in any way let me know.  If you want to use good fabrics like hemp and bamboo, I can link you to some groups that co-op fabrics for diapers.  let me know if you are interested.

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Brooke - posted on 03/25/2009

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I actually just finished mine today!  I used the pattern from www.verybaby.com, but I added my own twost to them.  I actually registered for the regular Gerber cloth diapers at Target, so I was set there, so all I needed was covers, which is where the pattern came in!  I cut out the pattern in tons of fun cotton colors, and patterns, and before I sewed anything, I actually fused on some Heat N Bond waterproofiny vinyl on the wrong side of the fabric!  Then I sewed on the fold over elastic, added the velcro (you could use snaps, a well) and DONE!  Today was out first day using them, and we love them!  And it l9ooks like Gory's diaper rash is starting to clear up already!

Vicky - posted on 03/25/2009

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Thanks so much! Yes it helped bunches. I have decided to do the pocket diaper. I do have access to a serger for my inserts so that will work out great. I hav made one so far and used it yesterday and loved it! Thanks again!

Sierra - posted on 03/24/2009

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oh and another thing, Microfiber is kind of a hassle to sew if you dont have a serger (i don't) but well worth it because of the absorbancy. however, i did just find dishtowel sized microfiber shammy's at walgreens for 50 cents each. they are the perfect size to fold into thirds for the pockets! i also read somewhere in here that you can find them at Wal Mart. so if you can't find cheap microfiber online or don't like sewing with it try the automotive section at wal mart!



and if you don't want to use microfiber, i would recommend bamboo or hemp french terry. i have made some with the burley knit cotton terry but don't find it as absorbant.



and if you really want to stay on the cheap, cut up a nicely worn towel. or use your old prefolds.

Sierra - posted on 03/24/2009

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I use PUL for the outer layer and either microfleece or suedecloth for the wicking inner layer. either are great but i like suedecloth better because it is easier to sew with and the poo comes off much easier than in microfleece where it kind of gets mushed in. plus i think it's cheaper and i have found it at the local fabric store. oh and it stays newer looking. anyway either micro or suedecloth is fine but since it is a wicking layer you really only need one layer. i have used bamboo velour too which is very luxurious but a b*tch to sew with. (remember that a glue stick is your best friend if you are having trouble keeping the two layers matched up while sewing).



 I use micofiber for the stuffing because it is so absorbant but you can use just about anything, even a dish towel. just depends on how often you like to change your baby's diaper. anyway, i don't sew in any absorbant layer because of the drying factor. if you dry PUL in the dryer you really should do it on low heat (so as not to shorten the life of your diapers) but on low it can take FOREVER to dry an AIO. hanging on the clothesline too, things with hidden absorbant layers take much longer to dry. so on a rainy day in my house it's nice to dry everything on low for a few minutes until the pockets are dry and then turn the dryer way up high for the inserts! and of course on the line it's nice not to have to wait an entire day for diapers to dry.



so i am all for a simple pocket. and remember you can always add as much or as little as you want to a pocket so if your favorite outfit on baby is getting a little small you can use smaller inserts (ever notice how baby clothes are NOT made to accomadate CD's?) and then you can stuff the heck out of them at night.  



does that help? did i miss anything?

Vicky - posted on 03/24/2009

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Sierra Wilson - I am now sewing my own AIO's...I have made a pocket to start with. When you make your pockets, what do you use for layers? I am using PUL for the outer and microfleece for the inner layer. I used two layers of micro and was wondering if that was over kill. Also, when you do pockets..do you sew in any absorbent layer at all or just rely on the stuffing? I don't want to make too many to find I should have done it another way. Thanks!

Laura - posted on 03/22/2009

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I have sewn quite a few. Granted not sure how they'll work yet. Have 8 weeks to go. But I started with a couple free internet patterns and then I actually traced/copied some that I actually bought. I started with Walmarts super flannel. It's pretty cheap and have heard that it works well for CDs. Also if you want to do microfiber, an inexpensive way to do that is also at Walmart, buy the MF shop rags from the automotive department.



Now, I guess I must have gotten lucky when I ordered my PUL. I got it from http://www.diaperstash.com/. I had no idea that it could get crinkly. Not sure if it makes a difference but I got the 2 mil????



If mine work out well, I may order some more quality fabrics (bamboo) but I want to see how it goes first.

Sierra - posted on 03/22/2009

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i practiced using cheap material (thickest fleece i could find and Walmart) and then switched to PUL. Kids in the garden is a great site she usually has some good clearance items. Pocket diapers (for me) are just about the quickest easiest to sew. I have had trouble sewing the Microfiber (sometimes it stops my needle mid stitch!) for inserts but it's ok with a jeans needle. anyone have any suggestions? there are many websites with free patterns (some listed above). one called thewhammall.com is good too. also diapersewing.com or the nappynetwork.org good luck!

Phillippa - posted on 03/11/2009

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i made and used pocket naps for my now miss 2, used a online pattern then adapted it to fit. 2ml pul can be hard and crinkly i've found but the 1ml stuff i used is lovely and soft.  Also agree with the bamboo (loved my bamboo) and microfleece for the inside lining. ohhh i miss my pocket nappies - miss 2 is now toilet trained so no longer need nappies in this house

Christina - posted on 03/10/2009

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Cool! Thanks for posting Marilyn! It's nice to meet someone who has done it & been successful who isn't totally overprotective of what they've learned! :) Thanks again!

Marilyn - posted on 03/10/2009

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Fabric is very important.

I made all my little ones diapers, and love them. To start I used the Darling Diaper Pattern (it's one you have to buy online), and LOVED it. Also, after the payment goes through, it's basically emailed to you, so you can print it out what you need.

Also comes with many different ideas and directions - pocket, AIO, AI2, etc.



Personally now, I use my own pattern, which is basically a cross between the bumGenius and the Sweet Pea. With a few extras, like more snaps for adjustability, etc. Also, it's what's called a sham pocket....



Fabric is important. PUL is the waterproofing used in most cloth diapers. And like Christina said, it can be pretty bad, depends on the type you buy (not all is the same). On yahoo there is a group, PULPurchasePower which sells it from Fabrite, and it's good stuff. :-) there are other sites too, like kidsinthegarden.com or wazoodle.com both of which sell the same PUL, and other diaper materials too.



Absorbancy is another big thing for people. Natural fibers absorb better than non-natural for the most part. Cotton, Bamboo and Hemp are all pretty good. :-) I use Bamboo. I also use something called ZORB (from wazoodle.com) and love it for absorbancy. Lots of people also use microfiber (you can get them in washcloth size at walmart in the automotive section), and stuff them in the pockets. (NOT next to baby's skin.



Microfleece is also good. It's polyester, but if you put it on the layer NEXT to baby, the good stuff, will wick moisture away from the baby, and into the absorbant layer, to give the baby the stay dry feeling. :-).

Hope this helps. Feel free to message me if you like.



A good free diaper COVER pattern is the chloe toes one (you can google it), I made it, and love it!

Marcy - posted on 03/09/2009

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Just make sure you research your fabrics, co-ops are a great idea! Quality fabric is really important, but I used junk fabric while getting my feet wet and learning.

You can experiment by making your own patterns, but if you're not hurting for cash buying one is a really good idea to get started. I really recommend http://verybaby.com/little-starter-cloth... a brilliant pattern! Super for a beginner!

Good luck! My baby's 6 months too!

Christina - posted on 03/08/2009

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My MIL decided to try to sew some when I started talking about CDing. She found a pattern/instructions online (which came down to tracing a disposable in the correct size). They were horrible! She tried newborn size, but they were just as wide as they were long! And the material that she bought PUL was really crinkly and loud!. I didn't even try them. Sorry to be so discouraging!

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