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.
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:
Good inner fabrics:
- PUL *waterproof outer fabric*
Good soaker materials:
- bamboo fleece
- grand flannel
- micro fleece
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.
- 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
I made these two videos, on how I personally sew elastic into diapers. You can find others on youtube
- 1/4" width
- 3/8" width
Youtube has TONS of videos, on showing you how to do various things when making diapers.