How to Make Your Own Cloth Diapers

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The cloth diaper — once considered a thing of the past — has gained new popularity as consumers' concerns about cost and the environment have eclipsed the preference for convenience that created and sustained the market for disposable diapers. Making your own reusable cloth diapers can save a significant amount of money.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth Diaper Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Velcro or snaps

Choose a cloth diaper pattern. There are many types to choose from including fitteds, pockets, prefolds, AIOs (all-in-one) and AI2s (all-in-two). Patterns may be obtained from specialty websites, such as The Diaper Shop, or from auction-based sites like eBay. Pay attention to the different sizes on patterns, and pick one that corresponds to your baby's development.

Select and gather fabric needed for your diaper pattern. Different types of cloth diapers require certain fabrics that absorb well or are water proof. Consult your pattern for the type of fabric needed. Cotton and flannel are popular cloth diapering fabrics.

Cut out the fabric according to the pattern. Start out with just one before cutting out additional pieces to determine if the pattern is the right fit for your baby. Pin fabric as necessary in preparation for sewing.

Sew the fabric together, following the instructions provided with the cloth diaper pattern. This may include several steps of sewing — depending on the type of diaper pattern being used.

Purchase or sew inserts and liners as needed. Since some types of cloth diapers require an insert, prefold or liner. Be sure to obtain a pattern for these or purchase them to make your own cloth diapers complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start with simple patterns, such as prefolds, before tackling more complicated projects like fitteds and AIOs.
  • Be careful to purchase the right type of fabric needed for your pattern to prevent possible leakage and to ascertain wash requirements.

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