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wisegirl
« on: January 10, 2009 07:13:01 PM »

I love cloth diapers! I used the old fashioned prefold with pins kind with my twins, who are now 4 years old.  But then I found all these wonderful patterns to make your own fitted diapers and I knew I had to make them after I found out I was pregnant. Well, I am 7 months pregnant..and have been sewing for 7 months  Grin

for the diapers i relied mostly on this pattern; www.fernandfaerie.com/sewing_fitteds.html and after much searching I found this great pattern for the diaper covers where I could print off an actual pattern for 5 different sizes,http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html. This by far the best diaper cover pattern/instructions I found. 

I attacked my closet, my husband's closet (sshh, don't tell him), my fabric stash, cheap (and ugly) walmart fabric and the local consignment shop for all the fabric used. A variety of cotton, flannel, fleece and wool (for the covers). For the inside soaker part of the diaper I actually used the cloth diapers that I had already. I cut one in half, folded it and used those for two diapers. I am pretty sure they will work pretty well! The only thing I had to buy new was ribbing for the covers, elastic and velcro. I have 22 small diapers and 6 small covers, as well as 14 medium diapers and 7 covers. I am still working on more medium diapers but am so happy with how these have turned out I'll post some of them anyway. I figured I could take a little break before I start on the large diapers Grin

On to the pictures!

these are a few of the size small diapers and covers


medium diapers, i love the halloween one!


medium covers


small vs. medium


medium vs. small


and the insides




I found larger velcro for the size M and placed them outside the edge of the diaper vs. small and inside on the size S. I think the large velcro will work much better for a baby that size who is crawling around.

Would love your opinions and suggestions!! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009 09:09:00 PM »

they look fantastic!!! such a good job sooo cute!!  are they hard to make?
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2009 09:33:00 PM »

What a beautiful stash you have set up there!  Wow, you have been so industrious!  I'd hold off on making any larges, especially if you have given any thought to ECing (elimination communication).  For us, we never needed any larges at all because she was out of diapers way before she would have needed any large sizes.  I wasted some money on large diapers, especially a cute one with Betty Boop appliqued on it. lol  Thanks to EC, dd was out of diapers day and night by 12.5 months.  Give it a try!  Shocked)
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2009 05:03:48 AM »

they look fantastic!!! such a good job sooo cute!!  are they hard to make?

I didn't think they were too hard to make. I ended up with 4 layers of fabric plus the soaker inside which you had to then turn inside out after sewing them all together. Sometimes that was a tight fit. I have 4yr old twins so sometimes I didn't get as much sewing done as I wanted...I guess that's why it has taken 7 months! The only annoying problem I had was running out of elastic or velcro at inopportune moments! lol

the diaper covers were super easy and all made from wool sweaters I found at a consignment shop for super cheap.
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2009 05:48:12 AM »

Those look great! I followed a similar pattern and the only  problem I had in practice was that the soaker fabric I used liked to unravel a bit, so after a bunch of washes the fabric inside the soaker came loose from my stitching. In future incarnations I had to sort of quilt the soaker so the inner fabric wouldn't move around so much.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2009 06:19:39 AM »

You did a great job, and good job doing the smalls AND mediums! (I mad mostly smalls and then was up a creak when the critter grew!) On the opposite coin my little guy had been in larges before a year. You just never know how they will grow. If you have cute diapers, though, you can always sell or trade them for larger!
The only suggestion I would recommend is next time make them stuff-able or make the insides in layers- that way they dry faster!
How exciting!
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2009 06:49:54 AM »

With my twins(who weren't small babies) and the prefolds/pins diapers I used they were in smalls for about 5 months, mediums for a year and large for about a year.  Can anyone tell me if these fitted diapers will be similar in size to the prefold or are the sizes not comparable? From what I remember, they look as though they are similar in size.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2009 10:18:47 AM »

Good job! Funny, I just made a handful of these from the same sites you used. I made the large size fitteds for my girl who is 16mths and they're almost too small, so I had to adjust the pattern to more of an xl. My daughter was in small size cloth diapers until about 3 or 4 mths, but she's big for her age. I'm assuming the sizing works about the same as for prefolds, depends on your child though.

I recommend you round the edges of the velcro you have sticking out because it can be scratchy. Also, I noticed you didn't add laundry tabs. They're great because when using those, the hook part of the velcro doesn't grab onto other clothes when in the laundry.

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009 12:02:22 PM »

Great job!  I love making cloth diapers.  It's fun to have a variety of patterns. often I just made the diaper with out an inner liner and would   fold up a diaper to go inside. If my dd wasn't too wet I could just replace that folded diaper. Plus the diaper dried a lot faster.
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009 02:27:19 PM »

often I just made the diaper with out an inner liner and would   fold up a diaper to go inside. If my dd wasn't too wet I could just replace that folded diaper. Plus the diaper dried a lot faster.

That is a really good idea! I might have to try that with a few, thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2009 02:37:40 PM »

hope it works for you!
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2009 06:44:51 PM »

this is a great pattern.  i volunteered to make cloth dipes for a friend and had been searching for a pattern i liked.  question......it references adding elastic at the sides but doesn't mention how long to cut the elastic.  what did you use?
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2009 06:38:34 AM »

Along the sides of the diapers I started with 1/4" elastic but then switched to 3/8" about 8" long(size small). I found the 1/4" just wasn't strong enough through all the layers of some of my heavier fabric so you might find you need to cut the width of the pattern just a bit wider, depending on what fabric you are using. For example a couple of my diapers are made from heavy sweatshirts where I needed the wider elasticso it was strong enough to pull all the fabric together.  I also put 3/8" about 5 1/2" long along the back (size small). I hope this helps, let me know how it turns out! I still have size large to make so if you have any tips you learn along the way, please let me know!!
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2009 10:31:10 AM »

Thanks for the links!
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2009 07:32:01 AM »

Those look great!!! I LOVE cloth diapers....so easy to make & so much better for the little ones & the environment!!! My only suggestion is to put laundry tabs inside the dipes so the velcro stays fresh & doesn't pill the fabric.
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2009 01:57:46 PM »

I recommend you round the edges of the velcro you have sticking out because it can be scratchy. Also, I noticed you didn't add laundry tabs. They're great because when using those, the hook part of the velcro doesn't grab onto other clothes when in the laundry.

I was going to say the same thing.  In my experience actual velcro doesn't actually hold up great in the wash even with tabs.  I've found that mail-order aplix is worth the shipping cost after you've washed a few times.  (Of course, I found this out after making a whole stash with velcro for my firstborn!)

With regard to the sizing, my daughter was in mediums from about 6 months until she potty-trained at almost 2.  We never used larges at all.

I love love love the Halloween dipes, and all the wool covers look so great!  Good job!  I'm jealous of your cute stash.  I'm 12 weeks pregnant and just ordered a bunch of PUL to get started.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2009 11:48:38 PM »

They look awesome. I am also a cloth diaper user and sewer.

If you want some more freebie patterns email me at: staceycoates230@hotmail.com

Anyone else who is interested please feel free also just put cloth diaper sewing in the subject box.

Also check this site out. It is all about sewing cloth diapers: http://diaperdivas.proboards.com/index.cgi
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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2009 07:32:06 PM »

those are really great!
I'm so jalous!

My midwife actually gave me her old ones. But they were too old and didn't last long enough Sad
I wish I had pretty ones like yours! I LOVE the plaid ones
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