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    Sewing your own diapers is easier then it looks! This thread will have patterns, what fabrics to purchase, and tips and tricks from those that do it, to help you along!

    What you need to get started. A sewing machine, and a simple one works great! You really only need to be able to do a straight stitch and a zig zag. You need fabric, your pattern of choice, scissors, elastic and thread. Polyester and nylon thread work best for diapers, since they are non wicking. If you have a rotary cutter and mat, those are really nice in cutting out diapers, but not a necessity. Pins help too. If you dont want to use pins or a snappi, then your going to need velcro or aplix, or snaps. Snaps need a press or pliers though!

    Your first step should always be, PREWASH YOUR FABRICS!!!! Depending on the type, you might want to wash and dry a few times, to make sure all the shrink is out. Fabrics like Bamboo Fleece tend to shrink up a bit, so you want to be sure its done before sewing. Otherwise, the first time you wash that diaper, you may be rather surprised when you take it out!

    Patterns. These links contain many different patterns, most of them free! There may be some duplicates within the links.

    http://sewingmamas.com/b/downloads.php

    http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth...patterns.shtml

    http://www.celticclothswholesale.com...erpatterns.htm

    http://www.diaperjungle.com/sewing-cloth-diapers.html

    http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/diy.php

    http://www.darlingdiapers.com/Darlin...attern2009.pdf

    http://www.sewingclothdiapers.com/

    http://www.clothbaby.org/index.php?o...131&Itemid=300

    Little Comet Tails Tighty Whitey Hipster

    Little Comet Tails Not so flat wrap

    Sprout Snap diaper pattern

    Fabrics. There are many different fabrics you can use, for your diapers. From old t shirts and towels, to different velours! It really depends on what you prefer, what you like your baby to wear, and your budget

    Good outer fabrics:
    • fleece
    • flannel
    • knit
    • cotton
    • minky
    • PUL *waterproof outer fabric*
    Good inner fabrics:
    • fleece
    • flannel
    • velour
    • bamboo fleece
    • grand flannel
    • micro fleece
    • suedecloth
    Good soaker materials:
    • fleece
    • flannel
    • terry
    • microfiber *this is NOT recommended to touch baby, so needs to be paired with another fabric or used in a pocket*
    • birdseye cotton
    • bamboo fleece
    • hemp
    • zorb
    Elastic. This will vary, depending on how you want to attach your elastic to your diaper. I personally like the stretchrite elastic you can find at like wal mart. I use 1/4" when I do a casing and 3/8" when I zig zag it down.
    • 1/4" width
    • 3/8" width
    I made these two videos, on how I personally sew elastic into diapers. You can find others on youtube

    http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...t=92c82a2c.mp4

    http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...t=ed6789ed.mp4

    Youtube has TONS of videos, on showing you how to do various things when making diapers.
    Last edited by virginia; 08-01-2010 at 06:53 PM.

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    thanks for this! I'm SO trying to make a diaper!!
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    Ut oh... don't make my sewing challenged self attempt to do this! Cause I will...

    I think you should ask for this to be stickied. It looks super helpful!!

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    I did

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    Looks good V!

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting this!

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    Now to get a sewing machine.
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    YAY!!!! Thank you.

    Polyester thread? Really? I was using cotton, thinking I wanted to sew with the same as my fabric. but I only had one spool of cotton. Good to know I can do polyester. I have tons of that.

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    Yep, because its non wicking. And I think Ive read it lasts longer. So its especially good when you do like PUL, because the thread isnt pulling any moisture through the holes

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    My material is cut and ready to be sewed!! Hopefully it'll get done between baking a cake and making pulled pork BBQ
    Me&DH 9/15/2007 Santana 11/16/2008 Marisol 3/23/2010

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    Well, I got my new fabric washed and dried. Grabbed the pattern and discovered the flannel shrunk too much and won't work for this pattern. Guess I need to find a NB pattern. I'm bummed, too, because the pattern is so cute I wanted to see it on Aud Ball now.

    Oh well. the fleece is still big enough and those will make cute diapers for Aud now.

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    Thanks for sharing this!!!

    Question, how much do you spend on average for a homemade diap?

    After 11 months of TTC we are taking a break. Praying for all of my TTC sisters to get a BFP!

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    It really depends on the fabrics you choose. I would think, if you used cheaper fabric, you could make them for like $3-4 each...better fabric = a little more costly. You can save quite a bit, unless your like me, and buy way more fabric then is truly needed

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    I estimate that I've spent about $3 on teh diapers that I've made when I've bought ALL the material.

    A trick ... buy enough to make 2 or three, and it's cheaper. Less scraps. Buy a bunch of elastic and velcro all at once.

    I have been turning the scraps from cutting into wipes. Although I think I have way more than enough wipes now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christineestelle View Post
    Well, I got my new fabric washed and dried. Grabbed the pattern and discovered the flannel shrunk too much and won't work for this pattern. Guess I need to find a NB pattern. I'm bummed, too, because the pattern is so cute I wanted to see it on Aud Ball now.

    Oh well. the fleece is still big enough and those will make cute diapers for Aud now.
    Is there any way to chop up the peices to create one large peice? Maybe add on the wings. There'd be a seam, but at least you'd get your diaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaAK View Post
    Is there any way to chop up the peices to create one large peice? Maybe add on the wings. There'd be a seam, but at least you'd get your diaper.
    maybe. I'm not sure I want to do that much work. I need to make NB diapers anyway, so I think I'll just do that. I have a couple other patterns I want to try too, that are a little smaller than the RRP, so maybe one of those will fit.

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    how big of a piece did you start with? You could just cut your pattern in half, and then do them side by side I actually have my pattern in half now, since Ive been doing two different fabrics for the outer and its just easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by virginia View Post
    how big of a piece did you start with? You could just cut your pattern in half, and then do them side by side I actually have my pattern in half now, since Ive been doing two different fabrics for the outer and its just easier
    1/2 yard. It's barely too small, like I just don't have a seam allowance on the way front and way back. So I could conceivably still use teh same pattern and go a little bit shorter, since they're a bit big on her anyway as is.

    I dunno. Contemplating it - don't wanna do anything without proper planning cause then I won't get to use the fabric at all.

    I still have 2 other diapers partially made that I need to finish. So I'm not hurting for a project. And a bunch of wipes to finish sewing.

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    What kind of velcro do y'all use?? the stuff I got seems so flimsy, and Audrey ripped it right off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christineestelle View Post
    What kind of velcro do y'all use?? the stuff I got seems so flimsy, and Audrey ripped it right off.
    Yea, you need to get industrial strength or aplix or... whats the other kind? Someting touch... My brain is not working today...


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    Quote Originally Posted by amorton1437 View Post
    Yea, you need to get industrial strength or aplix or... whats the other kind? Someting touch... My brain is not working today...
    Where do you find it?

    This will suffice if I'm goign to put a cover on it or just make her wear pants over the diaper. But something better would be good.

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    I get this type right now for the diapers. It seems to work really well. Though, Nathan can pull anything off, snaps, velcro, he doesnt care haha

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    Touch tape! Thats the name of it. It can be found online I believe.


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    how much is that thing of Velcro Virginia?

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    Like $6 at wal mart. I can get I think, 4 diapers? and then have a ton of the hook left haha I need to find some of the loop somewhere thats the same width..

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    I didn't see any at my wal-mart. And I paid almost that much too.

    Maybe Target will have some.

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    Want to add this pattern to the list.

    AMAZING blog post. LOVE this already and I haven't printed it out or tried it yet.

    http://themafiatutu.blogspot.com/201...r-pattern.html

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    Oooh I like that. I want to try and make a newborn diaper though just incase I'm invited to a baby shower. I've decided anybody who has a baby shower is going to get a cloth diaper.

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    So here is a random question... We use bamboo fleece in diapers because bamboo is awesome. But what is wrong with using regular old cotton fleece? I have thought about this since I started using cloth diapers


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    Quote Originally Posted by amorton1437 View Post
    So here is a random question... We use bamboo fleece in diapers because bamboo is awesome. But what is wrong with using regular old cotton fleece? I have thought about this since I started using cloth diapers
    what is cotton fleece...like sweatshirt material? I wouldn't think it's as absorbent, but you could try it out!

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