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« on: November 08, 2009 08:57:37 PM »

My dear friend Katie is expecting her first baby, and she wants to use cloth nappies (It's a great idea. Disposable diapers pretty much never decompose.) but she doesn't have a lot of money. Sooo, instead of letting her just use prefolds and nappie pins, I had to make her some other options! Of course, I'd never made a cloth nappie before, so I used my google fu and found a free pattern, the Rita's Rump Pocket nappie. (You can find that here. It's free to download, make and then sell what you make as long as you don't sell the pattern.)

A few notes:
1. When the pattern says to add seam allowance before cutting, please do it. Trust me.
2. Fleece is a great outer layer because it locks in moisture, but still allows air flow. (I tested it under a running faucet, it was fun. lol.)
3. Wool would be better, just because it's the best choice for cloth nappies. But it's expensive.
4. Buy better elastic than I did, or be better at putting it in than I am. Mine aren't too stretchy.

NOW, pictures!

It doesn't have a closure because... well, it's late. And Velcro and I do not get along well. And because the sky is blue. And.. because you can close it with a pin! It also has a layer of flannel in between the fleece and the jersey knit inner, just for an extra layer of absorbency.

Comments + Criticism welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009 09:33:43 PM »

looks awesome!! the rita rump pattern is quite a popular pattern. i've never tried it but have heard good reviews . . . i just might have to try it myself

just let your friend know that fleece can have compression leaks (leg elastic is a common place as is bum area if baby is sitting in a car seat or the like)

not only is wool expensive but it have very picky wash and care that other diapers dont.

if you want to find a "cheap" waterproof outer layer i used to scour thrift stores and salvation army for those hospital bed pads. the 3foot x 3foot one that nursing homes and hospitals use for incontinence and such. who cares if the pad is stained you only want the backing (the waterproof layer). i could find them for like $1 to $5 most of the time and could get three or four diapers out of them if i positioned the pattern right.

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009 07:30:32 AM »

Looks great! The RRP can be a bit bulky on newborns. A lot of ppl just shrink it to 85% before printing and then make the dipe. Also if you don't add the seam allowance it makes a nice smaller dipe if you don't make it a pocket. Also don't use Velcro that you get in the fabric store. It won't hold up after about 2 washing. Trust me, I tried! It's better to invest in the good stuff that you get on line. MSG me if you want to know more. I've made tones of nappies for friends and myself in all different sizes. I'd be happy to off some things that worked for me. You did awsome for your first dipe that's for sure. Keep up the good work.

« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009 05:52:07 AM »

so cute! I have a friend (of a friend) pregnant with twins who plans to use cloth. Just might have to try this Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009 02:48:41 AM »

Great first diaper!  I think you can use a 'snappi' for the closure instead of pins since it should grip into the fabric; it's like the grippy part of velcro that Ts and grips both sides of the diaper and the front part to keep it closed.
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009 05:59:05 PM »

Looks great and what a nice present! RRP is one of the patterns I've used most for my kids' diapers. (My daughter has one on right now.) They just go together so quickly and easily. Ours have been mostly flannel. I need to make a few more since some of ours are getting worn out and had been thinking about trying fleece as an outer.

Here's a couple tips to share about the RRP's from personal use:
- Infant size prefolds make a great stuffer insert.
- Fold the inside wings toward the belly and pin through all the layers to prevent wing droop.
- Running a diaper pin through your hair before pinning will help it get through the fabric much easier.

« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2009 01:40:52 PM »

Hey, Good job! I recently posted my first cloth diaper as well. It'll make a great gift! I put a piece of PUL between the layers to make my diapers waterproof.
I also made my pattern which was a pain! I didn't know they were available for free online. Thanks for sharing!
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