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« on: October 11, 2007 12:33:18 PM »

so, i've been cloth diapering forever, and after dealing w/huge flats and rubber pants w/the first two, i got all obsessed w/AIO's for #4.    One brand has been great, another isn't fitting right and i'm out a dozen dipes.  so i've been checking brand after brand and i think i might just prefer to make my own.  but then i got an idea and was wondering how it would work...so my question is this:  can i use a fitted pattern and just stick a layer of PUL in there to make it an AIO?  'cause i've been almost everywhere and haven't heard of anyone doing this...

and also:  do i have to use PUL, or could i use the h2oproof windbreaker at the local fabric store?

thanks in advance for any tips  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007 12:24:55 PM »

I think, you should try, just to make sure that the baby's skin is touching
the cotton fabric. The PUL should be the outerside...
(I think people using fleece on the outerside because
it is a breathable fabric. )I have done only a few of AIO because I don't
like that it takes long time to dry. 

  My favorite cloth diaper
 is the pocket type, the one that you can fold and stuff the absorbing fabric
 inside. The outerside is made of Windpro fleece and the inner is microfleece.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2007 08:33:59 AM »

I too prefer the pocket type diapers. the AIO take for ever to dry and you have to sew through all those layers for the soaker

I made my own pattern useing a happy heiny as a guide.

used micro fleece for the inside, pul for a hidden wetness protection, and a cotton print on the out side.

ive read you can use water prrof material, but i found PUL at a resonable price at Wazoodle.com. plus i was never able to find waterproof stuff at the fabric store.

when cutting PUL don't pin into it, cut my outer cotton then glued it on to the PUL cut and treated it as one layer when sewing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007 11:39:19 AM »

http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/index.html they have a free printable cloth diaper pattern I just happened to see a few minutes ago, you have to hit the yellow arrow on the left a FEW times, it is the first printable pattern. I don't know anything else though...
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007 11:04:09 AM »

You can easily convert a diap. pattern into an  AIO.  They are usually stitched and turned so you would need to add seam allowance.  I would also extend the tabs to get a better fit.  Bumkins AIO are designed to dry quicker than traditional AIOs. You might take a look at how they are designed.

I highly recomend spending a little more and buying PUL.  I tried lots of different discount materials and ended up wasting a lot of time and money. Its really hard to tell what is going to be waterproof.

Good luck
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007 07:26:49 AM »

MamaBird has a great AIO pattern, well, I haven't tried it, but it looks insanely easy and, well,  http://www.geocities.com/rew4birth/AIO_Instructions.html

And, I prefer pocket-style-- here it is with PUL or Windpro Fleece (the stuff from Wal-Mart and JoAnns WILL NOT WORK) http://www.geocities.com/mamabirdcloth/index.html
The fit for the dipes is absolutely perfect for my DD, who is 2 now, and has been in the same size mamabird since.... well over a year.  She is on the thin-but-muscular side, with thin thighs (don't think these would fit chubby thighs at all).

Hope that helped some!
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2007 10:40:54 AM »

You can do it.  Grin

I made dipes for my younger 2. Both with PUL and Polar Fleece as the outers. You can use micro fleece as an inner (the one that touches the skin) I prefer using hemp fleece for the stuffer inside. I also prefer AIO's because I'd rather dry them longer than math up my stuffers to my pockets. I have 3 kids at home and the little ones seem to always take my stuffers and throw them around. Just easier for me.

http://verybaby.com/ I buy my hemp fleece from here.

I buy my micro fleece and polar/alpine fleece from Joann's (especially when it's on clearance or 50% sale)

You can also buy your own fabric from wherever and go to Fabrite.com (email Denise-I think she is the one) to get the price list for putting PUL on your own fabric. Or join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Madebymamacoop/ they do group sendouts for PUL several times a year. Smiley HTH.


Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007 10:55:52 AM »

Cool!  Thanks everyone!  I just scored some tinkle traps from ds, so i'm good for now.  I'm definitely going to give it a try after I'm done w/all the xmas orders...I'm pretty excited now Grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007 11:01:13 AM »

Just remember you can always alter the pattern you use to fit your child. Like, my youngest has super-skinny legs so I used more elastic than I did for my middle child.

Watch out though- diaper making is ADDICTIVE once you get a handle on it!! LOL
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007 11:54:07 AM »

i think the addiction is what worries my husband Cheesy

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