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When my husband and I decided to cloth diaper I looked at every aspect in order to see how to start with as less money as possible. We were given 5 Thirsties size 1 covers, and I had some prefolds and flour sack towels. I learned about fitted being a great option for night time for heavy wetters, because my little 8 week old baby could pee an ocean at night. To cut down the cost I decided to try and make a couple out of things around the house. I got my little sewing machine (lil’ sew and sew), a t-shirt, and some elastic I had left over from making a dress for my four year old. I made a rough sketch of my cover and went from there. My little machine did NOT like that much fabric! It was skipping stitches and the foot was slipping. I asked my sister (who is a seamstress) why it would do that with t-shirts and she had told me that I needed a ballpoint needle, lesson #1 learned. At the time I didn’t have any snaps or Velcro so I just made a snap-less fitted and used a snappi to secure it. I had such a success with the first and had a couple of women ask if I could show them how. What better way to help the women who have helped me so much then to write for the cloth diaper whisperer!

So here’s how to make a fitted diaper (I am making a one-size, you can make a sized) from things around the house!

What you need:
  • A diaper pattern (you can find them online for free)
  • A T-Shirt
  • Towel
  • Flannel (You could also just use another layer of the t-shirt if you make a sized diaper)
  • Ballpoint Needle for your sewing machine
  • ¼ inch braided elastic
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Optional (Snaps or Hook and Look)
So the first thing you do is find a t-shirt, and fold it half and pin the pattern to it (you’ll have 2 layers for your diaper cut).

Cut the same pattern with the flannel.

You then will want to take the sleeves off of the cut shirt and open them up (you’ll be making them layers for the snap in soaker)

Layer the sleeves on the rest of the material left from the t-shirt and cut a long rectangle out of the layers (it’s easier to do with a rotary cutter or just pin the layers and cut with scissors)

Cut the same rectangle out of a double layer of towel (this will be the sewn in soaker). So total you will have 6 layers of t-shirt soaker, 2 layers of sewn in towel soaker, 2 layers of t-shirt for the diaper, and 1 layer of flannel for the diaper.

Sew the towel layers together (so they stay put when sewing to the layer of flannel), and then pin that to the wrong side of the flannel piece.

The next step is to either put snaps or hook and loop, on for securing on the two layers of t-shirt.

Then pin the RIGHT side of the t-shirt layers to the RIGHT side of the flannel layer, sew around leaving an opening at the top for turning.

You will then want to tack on the leg elastics and back elastics(leg elastics cut to 5 inches back elastic cut to 5 ½ inches).

Turn the diaper through that hole. You will then top stitch around and make leg casings and back casings for the elastics. (The second picture shows sewing a leg casing)

Here is the finished and turned and top stitched diaper, you will then want to add on the wings for securing and two snaps on the inside for the snap in soaker.

To make the snap-in soaker, sew around 3 of the edges of the rectangle of t-shirt layers. Trim the edge so it’s not bulky. Turn and top stitch that and seal it up.

Add snaps to your snap-in soaker and you are done! You can even just do sized diapers with no snaps for a snapless fitted like the one I made for my daughter (using a t-shirt, flannel and a flour sack towel as a sewn in soaker!) If you have any questions please feel free to email me! Happy fluffiness and have FUN!

Bio: My name is Teal; I am a mother of two beautiful little girls (four-year-old and 5 month old). I cloth diaper, I’m crafty, and I like trying different things to help my family.

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I first thought about cloth diapering towards the end of my pregnancy and I ended up in the hospital before I could get started. I had some time to research diapers while I was there and realized how hard it can be to make decisions based on everyone’s very different opinion. And just as it is with most online information, there is some misinformation to sift through. Everyone loves to share life experiences and give advice online. Let’s face it… Your kids haven’t listened all day or your boss is going on about something irrelevant and its nice to give input to someone that might appreciate it! I realized early on in my advice giving that everyone gives different advice. Sometimes I just want to say “How dare you tell them to use those terrible diapers?!” when realistically they may work great for that mom and just not so great for me.

So here is my advice on how to get advice. You might seek out online groups with moms that cloth diaper (baby wear, breastfeed, etc). You might browse through the questions and answers of others first. You can always use the search feature to find keywords like “nighttime” to see what others use at night. Don’t ask questions like “Should I circumcise my child”. That’s right up there with talking about religion and politics on the first date and quite frankly there are just some things that are solely for you to decide.

You can search the Internet to find information, but be cautious. Bad experiences travel more quickly than good experiences, especially on the Internet. I think sometimes bloggers will sit around and just make up ideas on how to clean diapers hoping they’ll be the next big diaper genius, when in reality they’ve gotten maybe 3 moms to ruin their diapers and gross out their family by washing them in the dishwasher. Don’t do it. Just don’t.

Just like with any research, check your sources. Make sure you don’t see something totally silly (like cloth diaper make it hard for baby to learn to walk) and take it as the truth when there are tons of moms happy to spam you with info (and pictures) of their precious babes walking around in cloth. Websites like Kelly’s Closet allows for buyers to leave reviews of the product, so always check those out. It’s better to get advice from someone who actually OWNS the product!

Here is my personal experience, because like me, you may not know anyone else that cloth diapers and sometimes its nice to not feel like the odd mom out when it comes to cloth diaper victories as well as woes.

My sister in law actually bought Finn his first cloth diaper. It was a bumGenius 4.0 in Albert print (which appealed to my love of all things black and geeky). I kept researching because I was occasionally using one single cloth diaper and stumbled upon Kelly’s Closet, which had a trial period in which you could send back diapers. That made me WAY less stressed about spending the money to start a small stash. I ordered two types of a diaper (a pocket and an AIO) and decided I didn’t like the AIO, so I contacted KC to return them. No big deal. I’ve tried (and failed occasionally) various types of diapers. I struggled with bulky inserts and found myself in The Cloth Diaper Support Group where people were happy to help with my problems (like giant super-tush baby).

When you are looking for a group, there are some things you should consider. Take a look and make sure there are moderators that are active in the group, because they’re happy to help if they catch misinformation being given. Read group rules and group files. There you’ll learn the ropes, get lots of useful information, and get a feel for your group. It’s wonderful to be a part of a group that is happy to help and happy to lift a momma up. And when you want to know what color a diaper is in real life, those mommas will be there to spam you with pics.

For instance, here's my dude, above, in "the purple diaper" after lovely mommas sent me pics of this color IRL AND moderators sent me purple comparisons of a few brands!

Bio: Allisun lives in rural West Virginia with her husband, their two boys and some lazy pit bulls. She is a special education teacher enjoying stay at home mom status for a few more months before returning back to work.

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