Friday, April 10, 2009
I am really amazed how nice cloth diapers are these days. My favorite are fitted diapers since they are a breeze to put on, keep everything contained and are just so cute. I did a lot of research on cloth diapers and how I could make them myself. There are numerous sites available online with free patterns and how to instructions. A great online resource is Sew Your Own Diapers. For this tutorial I used my own diaper pattern (download at nvdiaper01 and nvdiaper02). The diapers require a waterproof cover. I use pul diaper covers and my favorite is the Bummi super whisper wrap diaper cover.
I make the diapers out of hemp/organic cotton knit fabric from Pick Hemp. I use hemp knit for the main fabric and organic cotton fleece for the soaker pad. I also add a small oval of synthetic fleece fabric, but the diapers work fine without it too. I use the fleece because it keeps him dry, doesn't stain and makes it easier to shake off the fun stuff. I like using hemp fabric because it is super absorbent and also anti-microbial which is a good thing for diapers as you can imagine. The hemp knit is also very soft and stretches a bit so the diaper will fit for awhile.
Instructions for Diaper
Materials: Hemp/organic cotton for the main body of the diaper. Organic cotton fleece for the soaker and synthetic fleece for the liner. I also use Velcro for the fasteners.
1. With the pattern cut out the diaper back and front using the hemp knit. Cut out two liner pieces using organic cotton fleece. I round the edges for the liner. Cut out the oval piece of fleece fabric for the inside. You will also need elastic and Velcro. I use one inch wide Velcro and quarter inch elastic. The long loop piece is 8 inches and the smaller loop pieces are 1 inch. The hook pieces are 2 inches.
2. Pin the two layers of the liner to the wrong side of the inside fabric for the diaper. Sew and zig zag the liner to the inside fabric.
3. Turn over to the right side of the inside fabric and pin the fleece liner in place. Sew and zig zag the fleece liner to the inside fabric.
4. Sew the elastic to the wrong side of the inside diaper piece at the leg openings and the back of the diaper. The pattern has the elastic points marked, but you can wing it also and just add enough to get a nice gather along the diaper. I use a three stitch zig zag, but a regular zig zag will work also. Just make sure to pull the elastic very tightly as you sew.
5. Pin and Sew the inside and outside diaper fabric together with the rights sides facing outward. Zig zag around the entire diaper. Sew the inside and outside diaper together along the elastic lines using a three stitch or regular zig zag. This creates a nice ruffle along the elastic on the outside of the diaper.
6. Sew the loop Velcro on the front of the diaper and the loop and hook Velcro on the wings. All done and ready for use. Stand back and admire your handiwork.