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As I talked about on our Facebook page the other day, I was trying to figure out where to find patterns, fabric, ect for cloth diapers. I worked on my little experiment this week as I slowly figured out where to get the supplies. If anyone else is looking to make these I hope my little thoughts will help!
First, I did check out a bunch of different patterns online. There are alot of free cloth diaper patterns out there, but my concern was that they were “OS” or one size. I really wanted to be able to make diapers in different sizes for a better fit. I ended up coming across this book and I’m so glad I found it!
Cloth Diapers Made Easy was just the book that I needed. Not only does it have patterns for all sizes of cloth diapers from newborn to large, but it has step by step picture instructions! I was worried that making the diapers would be complicated but I’m so glad I got this book because it was so much easier than I thought!
For my diaper I used PUL fabric for the outside, which I finally found at Hobby Lobby. (Do NOT order it online if you can help it…it’s so much cheaper in the store and you can use coupons at Hobby Lobby!) PUL is a waterproof fabric, perfect for diaper making! Hobby Lobby had some options on fancy elastic but I just stuck with ¼ in. braided plain elastic for now and it worked just fine.
For the inside I chose butter suede that I found at Hancock Fabrics. It was fairly inexpensive and I was glad to find colors inside of white to avoid too much staining. Butter Suede is a little thinner and stretchier than regular suede. It’s supposed to wick away the moisture so it goes into the soaker layer inside of staying in the diaper.
I messed up the Velcro when I put it together and I decided to tear it back out and fix it rather than waste all my work and start over. So my diaper has a little bit of a messed up front but it shouldn’t affect it and I still think it’s not too bad for my first cloth diaper!
Using the book I picked up I should be able to easily make all the cloth diapers we will need!