You want to sew your own cloth diapers? That’s awesome! I want to help, I really do…but I cannot even get a button sewn on right! So I enlisted a little help from someone that actually knows what they are doing to give you a few great tips and get you started off in the right direction.
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You want to sew your own cloth diapers! You are in great company with the thousands of families that have made this choice for a number of reasons:
1. $$$ – Start a college fund with the money you save
2. Mother Nature – reduce your impact on the environment
3. Good for Baby – chemicals in disposables may be harsh for tender baby’s bottoms.
4. Bragging Rights – express your creativity by selecting adorable products to make baby’s diapers and coordinating accessories
Sew – let’s get started. First, dust off the sewing machine and if necessary have it serviced to be sure it is in good working order. You will need some basic supplies:
- Good quality polyester thread – at Babyville, we have been very pleased with the results from thread by Gutermann
- Sharp scissors – fabric scissors, and a second pair for cutting paper patterns
- Patterns – Babyville’s “Cloth Diapers Made Easy” book guides you step by step with a pullout pattern, instructions, and full color photos. The Ultimate Pocket Diaper pattern by Krista Tracy is complete with pattern, tips, and techniques. There are also a number of good free patterns on various websites.
- Ballpoint needle #9 or 11, ballpoint pins
Now that you have your basic supplies, read the pattern books and directions carefully for guidance in selecting your fabrics. If you have not already joined a Facebook cloth diapering community, we suggest you do. The gals (and guys) there are so helpful and supportive, especially to cloth diapering newbies.
Of course, we believe that our products are the best for DIY cloth diapering, and we know that there are many other fine products from which to choose. Now, some tips on sewing with Babyville PUL and other products:
- Start with a simple project such as a diaper cover, then try other styles to see what works best for your baby
- Prepare your fabrics as directed in your instructions
- Pin only in the seam allowance of PUL fabrics
- “Read twice, cut once” – take your time
- If sewing fold over elastic, stitch with a Three Step Zig-Zag
Once you have made your first project, it is time to expand your creativity with all of the cute appliqués, labels, ribbons, and other embellishments that will make your project stand out. Why not make matching apparel to go with the diaper? Baby bib and placemats, changing pads, and wet bags are very easy projects you can make in no time. You can even iron-on the Babyville appliqués and iron-ons onto cotton fabrics to add fun and personal decorations to your projects.
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.