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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My newest upcycled diaper creation

So, as many of you know, I've been working on making lots of fitted diapers from old, un-wanted T-shirts.  I've been begging bags of clothing destined for the Goodwill, and due to my lack of a craft room, my kitchen is now stacked with many boxes of these old clothes.

I've discovered that it's not just old T-shirts that will do the trick.  There are many fabrics that beg me to turn them into cute, and absorbent diapers.

Flannel
Old towels
And my favorite... velour!!!

My father-in-law let me peruse his storage shed and take tons of clothing away, and among the boxes of clothing pilfered were a couple of velour pants and even sweat shirts!  If you have a big enough section of this fabric, it makes a great inner lining for your diaper body.  But even if you don't have enough of this wonderful fabric it to be softly brushing your baby's skin, you can still use it in the soaker pad--which won't be seen, but will absorb fabulously with a bit of velour!

As many of you DON'T know, my goal has been to start my own Etsy shop.  I've been wanting to do this for months now, but I can't seem to amass a big enough collection of diapers because I keep giving them away--which I don't regret.  Giving seems to be one of my love languages.

Another reason I haven't started an Etsy shop yet  is that I'm still working on perfecting different sizes of the patterns I created.  I have a great size small that works wonderfully, but since Bunny still fits into that size it's hard to know how to make a Medium yet.  But I think I've achieved it.  I had to make a couple of diapers to get the cut just right, and the following diaper was my last attempt--and it proved successful.

I also have a large pattern drafted, but I'm going to have to get a baby to try it to see if it will work.  I'm going to ask my friend's sister who's equally as involved in cloth diapering as I am, and has a daughter just about big enough to try a Large.  Yay!

But I digress.

Here's my first, successful MEDIUM T-shirt fitted made not only of T-shirts, but a velour sweatshirt!  It's my favorite diaper yet!!!

It's SO soft on the inside.  It also takes three times in the dryer to dry! Yikes!
And the outside fabric is from a girl friend's old Tshirt.  Very cute.  A shame it's not waterproof and needs to be covered up!

I used the pretty, embellished pockets from the Velour sweatshirt to make my laundry flaps.
It is my favorite diaper so far!

We take pictures of Bunny every single week and I post her weekly updates on my private blog.  I always take a picture of her in a cloth diaper for these as well, so that's what the 27 weeks in the background is for.

Since she sits up all on her own now (it's been a month now, she's quite advanced!) we took a picture of her doing so for her update--and the diaper looks great!

My beautiful little princess! She's just so gorgeous!

And if you want to make one of these diapers for yourself, check out my T-shirt Fitted with Laundry Flaps Tutorial.  It's not that difficult and I don't mind giving away my secrets!

9 comments:

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

So cute! Great job making your own pattern. If you ever need models I have one in x-small, medium, and large :)

good luck starting your ETSY business. I'm sure it will work out for you.

amanda said...

oh my. that is the CUTEST DIAPER EVER!!!!!

saskia said...

that is very cute- and what a cute room she has

alinatmom said...

This diaper is super cute, and she is such a doll.

simplymerry said...

She *is* adorable. And I like the care and thought you put into the tabs - very nice.

mommyonlyhastwohands said...

Awesome! does it have a PUL inner lining? Does it leak much? It looks beautiful!!!

The Diaper Wagon, LLC said...

Super cute! Good luck with the Etsy shop :)

BabeeLove said...

I love this print! You Etsy shop is going to do great....wish I had a girl :O)

Stuff Parents Need said...

VERY cute diaper! Can't wait to hear all about your diaper shop. And once you open, please know that I would really love to host a review/giveaway for you on my blog! :-)

How does the diaper do if you try to line dry it?