View Full Version : Cloth diaper sewing!

01-14-2010, 10:18 PM
So, who else is sewing cloth diapers? I've seen several mentions and the tutorial, so I know there's at least a few out there! :yes:

I've just begun on making a stash of pocket diapers for my future children, and I can't wait to finish them all! So far I've finished 2, with many more cut out waiting to be sewn:


The pattern I'm using is Darling Diapers - it's been really great to work with.

What about y'all? Patterns? Tips? Stories? :D

01-14-2010, 10:47 PM
oh those are looking awesome! I'm a prefold kinda girl so there's not much making my own but I have used the little comet tails wrap and I really enjoyed it. I altered it a little so it funtions like a pocket fitted and can be snappied or pinned closed. that's the extent of my diaper sewing though :D

01-14-2010, 10:54 PM
I have sewn all the cloth diapers excpet the 12 i BG AIO's that i bought when i first started. Tips? Its all trial and error. I do know that i can never get PUL to work for me and i have always used 3/4 inch braided poly elastic.

01-14-2010, 11:10 PM
You are so on top of it! They look great! I'm a self-taught seamstress, so I rarely buy patterns, which is probably a bad habit. I'd save myself a lot of time...lol

01-14-2010, 11:28 PM
That's so great. Any idea what the cost comparison is? How much did you spend on the materials for 1 diaper?

01-14-2010, 11:42 PM
I am sewing trainers. I didn't get into sewing until after buying my cd stash. I will post pics when I get some more completed. :)

01-14-2010, 11:54 PM
I love sewing cds and trainers. The darling dipe pattern is by far my fav for starting out, nothing else even compares. It has so much info and modifications its awesome. I think Ive bought at least 12+ other diapers patterns now, plus I have the many free ones...... its a bad addiction lol

01-15-2010, 10:37 AM
Haha, I've heard other people say that about patterns! I've printed out one other free one, but so far have resisted the urge to buy any more. :001_tongue: The Darling Diaper pattern IS really so good for beginners - I am the type of person who need full directions, and it has been so great!

That's so great. Any idea what the cost comparison is? How much did you spend on the materials for 1 diaper?

I've kept track of all the supplies I've bought, and it divides out to between $2.50 and $3.00 per diaper! Which is one of the main reasons I decided to sew my own instead of buying $20 diapers. :icon_wink: That price includes the pattern and the snap pliers I had to buy, which will be used for more than this pile of diapers.
I did choose the cheaper suedecloth over the more expensive microfleece/velour/minkee options for the inner though, as well as buying my PUL through a coop during a great sale and getting snaps on sale. (1000 sets of snaps for $24 plus low shipping!!! Great price!)

01-15-2010, 11:25 AM
I've sewn all of my own diapers. I probably have 15 or so now. I've used the free tighty whitey hipster pattern, rita's rump pocket, and I bought the DDU pattern. Right now I'm trying to work out my own pattern for a one size diaper, so I've been trying different things. I'm getting addicted to buying fabric now though... What are you all using for soakers?

01-16-2010, 04:34 AM
hi everyone :)

i made this one the other day for DD2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2787/4270135799_882b01971c_m.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4270878358_cfa7a6d04e_m.jpg

made with minkee and a hidden layer of PUL and suedecloth inner. my sidesnappy pocket

01-16-2010, 08:28 AM
I make my own fitteds using the Very Baby pattern, which I tweaked a bit to suit my taste in fit for my DD. I use knit print outers, OBV inners and zorb and heavy BF for soaker layers. Here is a stash photo:

01-16-2010, 01:10 PM
I only make prefolds! I either do them with serging all around (2x3x2) or I serge the 2 pieces right sides together and then flip them right side out so along the legs is turned and then when I serge the ends I add in a doubler so its on the outer and loose for quick drying time:thumbsup: They make up super fast too!

01-16-2010, 01:16 PM
I make them for us and to sell :). You can see some of my work on Flickr. I even added some wool wraps I made. http://www.flickr.com/photos/45651797@N03/ I also make trainers from my own pattern. I only have one size right now and they fit up to 25 or 26 lbs (but they're kinda hard to pull up and down at 25 lbs-doable though). I think they fit down to about 15 lbs. DS was about 17 lbs when I made them.

01-16-2010, 02:09 PM
dd is out of diapers but I still love looking at them . Such an addiction aren't they. Yours our beautiful. Great job!


I make my own fitteds using the Very Baby pattern, which I tweaked a bit to suit my taste in fit for my DD. I use knit print outers, OBV inners and zorb and heavy BF for soaker layers. Here is a stash photo:

01-16-2010, 02:12 PM
Wow Sarah, good for you to start so early!! They are looking great already. There are a ton and I mean a ton of free patterns out there. Here is a site that will give you a lot of information. I have another book marked that I will send later.

http://www.diaperjungle.com/cloth-diaper-sewing-business.html Check this out it will get you going for a long time.


01-17-2010, 08:05 PM
I'm a diaper sewer wannabe! I just got a serger and have some good fabric on the way. I've made a few diapers out of left over materials and they've turned out o.k. I finally just got my snap pliers and am getting better so I'm almost ready to use the good fabric. I purchased the darlings diaper unlimited pattern.

My baby is due in April. I prefer fitteds/covers and already I have about 14 NB fitteds/prefolds I want to sew another 10 or so.

What I really want to do is sew some covers like Bummis covers, but I have no clue where to get that type of cover fabric, anyone know?

Also I want to sew some interlock wool but need to find the wool at a decent price. Nice to meet you!

01-18-2010, 03:20 PM
I've been working on a pattern for fully wipeable, hidden snap covers. I have a few testers out there, and I'm still tweaking my design. I am sooo addictied to using my snap press! I love it!:ninja:(I love this smiley!)

To the poster with the PUL issues: Have you tried a teflon foot?I hear that makes the PUL much more cooperative! It's tricky stuff to work with!

Ali, you would want PUL, I believe.

Here is the cover tester I made for my son out of a Superbrite. I didn't like the binding, velcro, or cut of the superbrite, but I love the fabric, so here it is:

01-18-2010, 03:49 PM
I'm a diaper sewer-wanna-be too! I have a snap press and bought the DDU pattern as well. My DD is 15 months, so I am hoping to start sewing a few for her and then work on a newborn stash as we are currently TTC.

I can't wait to get started but feel overwhelmed by all the different options in terms of style and fabric choices. I'm going to try making a few using some old receiving blankets and t-shirts.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how many layers using those materials I would need for say a newborn fitted?


01-19-2010, 11:53 AM
Wow, those look awesome. I did my baby's newborn stash and have been meaning to do more, just haven't gotten around to it. LOL. I really find it a labour of love. I can whip together a collard shirt and zippered jeans in a night for my son, but put a diaper in front of me and I'm all thumbs. I don't know what it is, but I didn't really enjoy sewing diapers. I mainly use prefolds or pockets stuffed with prefolds.

01-19-2010, 05:45 PM
I've really only sewn fitteds. I've made a few pockets but I haven't really delved into them yet. What I need to work on is some covers! I have a cut of retro cars PUL and some black FOE but I'm too scared I'll make it and then the cover won't fit right lol. I have the DDU pattern but I don't know how I should go about doing it. I want to make it a OS cover.

Here's a few newborn ones I've made:

01-22-2010, 11:34 PM
I started sewing my own cloth dipes after we did prefolds and white covers with our son. I LOVE all the fabric. I am working on getting a business up and going with it now - so I can support my habit. I love making AI2s and pockets and now want to try my hand at covers!

01-22-2010, 11:41 PM
Deep down I am a prefold kind of girl! I guess thats because I used only prefolds on my first LO. I've never made, any, though. I should try that.

BUT my second LO is a HUGE wiggler and hates diaper changes. So I've had to switch to mostly fitteds. I love all the gorgeous fitteds out there but can't afford them. So I've made quite a few of my own. I did buy some OBV to use for overnight dipes but discovered she doesn't do well with OBV unless it is changed frequently. So I'll go back to cotton on my next batch. I mostly use recycled fabrics that I can pick up at my thrift store on bag sale days. I've been using a combination of my own patterns and RRPs.

I just picked up the DDU pattern and the HHS pattern as well as snap pliers and snaps. I really am not looking forward to getting into snaps but DD is fascinated by Aplix and I can't get her to leave her diaper on long enough to get a wool over it! So I'm going to have to learn to do snaps.

I've been pleased with some of the dipes I made using recycled fabrics. I've used flannel from pjs, knit from t-shirts, and 80/20 cotton velour from sweatshirts/pants. I do a 3 layer dipe with a 3 layer trifold soaker (turns into 9 layers while folded). I put a velour panel on the section of the soaker closest to her skin. My favorite dipes are the ones I've made from t-shirts with fun graphics. It makes me feel like she has something unique no one else has. And is always a fun surprise for people who happen to see her diaper!

Cloth diapering is SOOO addictive! I am only grounded by our budget!

01-23-2010, 04:28 AM
Awww I love all the diapers ladies!!
I have made covers from Katrina's Soaker pattern, newborn fitteds from DDU pattern and Tighty Whitey Hipster, I also made side snapping fleece covers out of the Tighty Whitey Hipster they are my favorite. Although I enjoyed making newborn fluff, I much prefer my BG FLIP and Organic AIO. I have yet to find a great WAHM diaper that I truly like and works well.