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Saturday, February 6, 2010

More homemade diapers

Since I made that first fitted diaper from an up-cycled T-shirt, I've been on a roll.  I've now become obsessed with making my own diapers.  I've since made five--three fitteds (one that I gave away) and two AIOs.  Never mind that I really don't need any more diapers.  It's just so fun to make them! I'm developing my own pattern and each time I make one I find new ways to improve it--whether it's the cut of the diaper, the placement of the elastics, or the absorbent materials.  In any case, here are some of the ones I've made

Some inner soakers for my T-shirt fitteds

A fitted I gave to a friend.  Doesn't it look like Superman?  So cute! I made a couple mistakes on it so I thought about keeping it for my daughter but it's just so, so, masculine that I had to give it to her for her son.  I hope she likes it.  I left it on her doorknob. :-D

The next series of pictures is of my first AIO diaper, made from PUL, microsuede, and two layers of hemp fleece.  It's made with the fabric I bought from Diapercuts.com. 
The inside before I turned it right side out and sewed it up.

The completed diaper.  

The view from the top.  I'm SO proud of this one!!!

I started the elastic too high on the legs and so the top part curls down and causes leaks.  I tried to rectify it by adding a tiny strip of hooks on the front strip of loops which works okay for this particular diaper.  

How cute is she???  And it's so TRIM! I've never had a diaper so trim! 

For the next diaper I made a few alterations: I made the rise an inch higher, extended the tab closures to be a bit longer, added three layers of flannel and a layer of microfiber to the inner (the microfiber was from a towel I bought at the dollar store), and I adjusted the elastic so that it wouldn't curl the top down when worn.  
The microfiber is a neon green and you can see it through the diaper--ha ha! Since the Loopy Do inserts from Knickernappies are my absolute favorite because of their layer of microfiber coupled with hemp, I decided to use both of those for my inner.  Their absorbency is amazing and yet they stay trim.  

The diaper worked great.  She wore it last night.  No leaks and it felt dry to the touch when she woke up in the morning! I'm going to try it again with a few more alterations.  But seriously, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I just can't believe I made it myself!!!!


Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2 ... Now 3) said...

Look at you!!! Im so impress with you!! You go girl!! Geez I need to get on the ball and try this.

Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2 ... Now 3) said...

I gave you an award!! :)

A. Lanigan said...

I am so impressed! That is awesome! After I saw your blog, I was thinking about trying to make one, but I'm not sure that I'm brave enough. I know how to sew, but I'm not very patient, so I tend to make mistakes:) Congratulations!

fancygrlnancy said...

Those are soo cute!! I found your blog from Alesha at The Jacobsen Family and now follow you too! Look forward to more posts.

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Man, I wish you lived closer!! When I start making cloth diapers I'm going to wish for help from someone close! =)

BabeeLove said...

It looks great! I so jealous :)

blythe said...

LOVE these! Amateur??? I don't think so! These are AWESOME! I have been on a similar kick making diapers for my grandson (now 2) - and now there is another little human on the way. I got a little carried away with bamboo velour, terry hemp, and polyurethane laminate (PUL) waterproof fabric, but seriously, T-shirts, flannel, and an old towel makes a lot of sense! So glad to see more people going back to cloth. Personally, I had problems w/Velcro - they snag in the wash (even with pockets folded around) & our grandson was getting them undone in no time. I ended up switching to snaps, which was a lot less hassle. And yes, the elastic around the legs is a bit tricky! See my pics at http://blythespiritenterprises.com/homemade-diapers/ (silly ol' gramma)