I sell batik t-shirts, baglets & handspun yarn on Etsy!
I sell batik t-shirts, baglets & handspun yarn on Etsy!
I would love to hear from you if you found my patterns and info helpful!
The pattern pieces need to take up most of a legal size sheet each. Someplace I have the measurements, but, honestly I haven’t sewed a diaper in years… The “wings” go the long way on one legal sheet and the long part of the crotch goes the long way on the other legal sheet–so that you tape them together at right angles. The “back piece” should be just over 10″ wide for an XL (on fold, so the fabric needs to be 21″ wide) and the two pieces taped together should measure 17.5″ long for the XL from back edge to front edge.
Instruction booklet for Goodness Gracious Fitted Diaper pattern “front end” of Goodness Gracious fitted pattern “back end” of Goodness Gracious fitted pattern
Goodness Gracious Trainer pattern, back pieceGoodness Gracious Trainer pattern, front piece Preemie/doll diaper pattern
Getting Started: You need a minimum of about 2 dozen diapers (for full-time cloth diapering) in the size your baby is. And you’ll need some covers (3-5 per size–Proraps work great with these diapers!), a diaper pail (a kitchen trash can with a lid will work), washcloths for wipes (we use those big packs of cotton washcloths from WalMart).You’ll probably have to change your baby every 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on how often s/he pees or poops (some newborn babies poop a lot of times a day) and how well s/he tolerates being wet. One reason we switched to cloth is that my first son always cried as soon as his diaper was wet, even in disposables, and changing him that often and throwing all those diapers away was costing us a lot and putting lots of diapers in the landfill.
For sewing your own diapers (instructions and other help):
Debi’s Sew Your Own Diapers Page (She tells you how and has sources for fabric, etc) Cheryl’s MyFreeDiaperPattern (a free, printable-one size pattern. I’ve not used it, but I “know” Cheryl online) Diaper Supply Sewing Help (Denise’s free help) Mama Bird Free Online Pattern (Robin’s pattern for 2-size fitteds and AIO with great instructions/pics) Free Online Diaper Pattern (I’ve never used this pattern) Instructions for making faux fuzzi bunz (for home use only, of course) Fern & Faerie’s Frugal Diaper Sewing Pages (new in 2004 and cool, uses thrift shop clothes to make dipes) Phan’s Butt Sweater (instructions for making a wool sweater into a pull-on cover) Born To Love knit cover/soaker patterns (in her Frugal Baby Tips area–how to knit & crochet wool covers) Ottobre Design free online diaper pattern (it is in German, sorry! this is a toddler/large size diaper) Diaper Sewing N More Tutorials (how to’s from a yahoo group moderator) How to make a simple All In One Diaper (basic instructions & pics–I liked this page) How to sew a fitted cloth diaper (on the cheap) (just what it says, with pictures) How to Make Diapers for Baby (general ideas, by a midwife) SewDiapers.com (non-profit help section by the OSDS mama, Jessica) Many Moons instructions for mama pads Grace’s free instructions for pantiliners (coming soon) Cyndiegran’s diaper sewing page Woodard Family Diaper page Rev Jan’s Baby Crafts (Cool stuff like converting regular bras to nursing bras, making gussets on any diaper pattern, Sling stuff, pumping bra) Sew A Baby Sling (not diapers, but this is a great online instruction for a pouch-type baby sling) SewingBabyDiapers YahooGroup (list owned by Grace, but you don’t need to use my pattern to participate) Diaper Sewing N More YahooGroup SewYourOwnDiapers YahooGroup
Patterns (don’t forget my pattern!) and fabrics for sewing your own diapers:
Goodness Gracious Fitted Baby Diaper Pattern (multi-size for nb to xl/toddler) Goodness Gracious Preemie Diaper Pattern (free, online, printable–I’ve been told it works well on nb if knit & serged) Goodness Gracious Pocket-Style Side-Snap Training Pants Pattern (free, online, printable–could also use as a low-rise side snap diaper or bedwetter pants with micro lining) Diaper Supply (Canadian one-stop diaper sewing stuff, WAHM Denise** Diaper Supplysells my pattern in Canada!) Janelle’s PULs (WAHM sells PUL waterproof fabric, aplix, FOE…) HempTraders (will sell retail hemp fabrics–call & you can get “knit hemp scraps” by the pound, maybe!) ElizabethLeeDesigns (WAHM who sells patterns for nursing garments AND SnapSource long prong snaps & the Better Baby Diaper pattern) Wild N Wooly Goods (sells co-op style, lots of natural fabrics like hemp & wool) OneStopDiaperShop (another WAHM–Jessica– who sells stuff to make your own diapers, fabrics, etc) SewingMommies (WAHM–Liz– who sells fabric, kits, hemp, aplix…) Sweet Harts/Make it Snappy (WAHM who sells snap presses & plastic snaps) Phoenix Textiles (an online fabric store that always has flannel and sometimes other great stuff for making diapers) FabricMart (an online fabric store that often has great wool jersey and cotton knits!) FabricLine (haven’t ordered from here yet, but they have microfleece, FOE, waterproof-breathables) Poo-Pockets (very popular one-size fitted diaper pattern, cover pattern, some fabrics) HB-Home Diaper Pattern (a home version of HoneyBoys-a WAHM diaper) Diaper Fabric.com (WAHM Mona sells fabric for diapers) Pollywog AIO pattern (I’ve never used this, either, but Sara is very nice) Wazoodle (Canadian fabric store that sells a type of PUL called ProCare & other stuff) CuddlebunsByU (a home version of Cuddlebuns-a WAHM diaper) Distinctive Diapers (another Canadian WAHM, Julie, with diaper-sewing stuff) Full Moon Baby Gear (a WAHM diaper company that also sells hemp fabric–I haven’t bought any here) PMOrganics (organic fabric–I haven’t bought any) BabyLove Products (sells kit or pattern for their BabySoftwear diaper and velcro, etc) Born To Love (sells some patterns as well as lots of cloth diapers and “frugal baby tips”–some about diapers) Mother of Eden (sometimes sells the pattern or a kit for Fuzzi Bunz)
Suggestions for those who want to use cloth diapers but do not have a home washing machine: This is not all my personal experience–some of it is from online friends. But I know there are people who live in apartments and do not have washing machines conveniently available 24-hours a day like others of us, and this is my attempt at helping you sort out some decent options.
�Ģ Rinse/scrape/spray/swish/soak (with a diaper duck, spatula, potty-pail, something) any poopy diapers right away and get them so they aren’t too drippy and DRY PAIL them (no soaking water). Exclusively breast-fed poop does NOT really need to be rinsed in advance of washing! The early poop-removal will result in fewer stains if you do ONE HOT WASH and skip the cold rinse/wash (the cold pre-wash usually keeps most dipes from staining). Dry pail ALL your diapers.
�Ģ Have a GREAT diaper pail and/or wet bag for your diapers if you are carrying them to a coin-op laundry. Something with handles? Bring a backpack or a tote-bag with your coins, detergent, additives, a book…
�Ģ Have enough diapers so that you can just go to the laundrymat on your “regular” day OR
�Ģ Handwash them at home with something like a Wonder Clean or a PowerWash N Dry hand-turned pressure washing machine (then you can have fewer, since you will do small loads and then line/air dry them). Do a web-search for them (I also found them in the lehmans.com catalog). I have done this a couple of times–it works pretty well, the only drawback being that the diapers are DRIPPING wet (no spin cycle) when they come out so they take a bit of time to dry.
�Ģ At coin-op, opt for the LARGE front-loading washers because they have room for more diapersand probably get them cleaner.
�Ģ One HOT wash with detergent and an oxygen cleaner (shout or oxyclean), if it doesn’t result in any rashes, will be the least expensive in the coin-op laundry, versus doing a cold wash and then a hot wash and then another wash without detergent for an extra rinse.
�Ģ Plan and budget your coins, detergent, time, etc to get to the laundramat before you are out of diapers.
�Ģ If you decide to hand-wash, use FLAT diapers, since they are the easiest to get clean and the fastest to dry. If you are really partial to the cuteness and the ease of fitteds or AIOs, consider using flats (birdseye, hemp, microfiber terry…?) or folding-stuffers to stuff pocket-style AIO diapers. Most of the pocket-style diapers are also pretty easy to wash and get dry quickly. FWIW, I don’t really like the microfleece lined diapers or pockets, but I do like them with cotton knit or hemp knit inner layers.