..CLOTH DIAPERING!! I’ve thought about it before and even tried it with two diapers I had borrowed from a friend. I wasn’t too excited about it because I think I didn’t give them much of a chance. The fit wasn’t perfect on Natalia. Since I wasn’t sure how they were supposed to fit 100% I adjusted what I could on the borrowed diapers and lived with it. Also, I think since there were only two, I didn’t get the full diapering experience. I mean, once the diaper needed to be washed, it was back into disposables for a while. Then when she actually pooped in it, the rinsing part was no fun at all. Anytime a cloth diapering post came across my blogger newsfeed, I found my self reading it and thinking “I can do that” even after I had dismissed the idea. Then one day while strolling through my local Joann’s I noticed they had started carrying PUL. I was beyond ecstatic. Then I saw they were also now carrying a Baby Boutique instruction book to sew cloth diapers, Fold over elastic, snaps, snap pliers, appliques..I mean EVERYTHING. I picked up the book with a coupon and took it home to browse. This book had so many styles of diapers to make along with photos and instructions. I called my mother in law and asked if she would be willing to help me with the sewing process. I went back the next night to buy my supplies. I knew I had now committed myself to follow through with it since I was now out some money.
I had actually used the measured cuts the book listed and planned to get 12 large diaper covers. With 4 yards of PUL we actually ended up getting 12 large covers and 15 medium covers! We then spent the ENTIRE day cutting the flannel diaper lining, cotton outer fabric, along with the batting and flannel for the 6 layer soakers.
My hand hurt from cutting so much.
For the soakers we then sewed stabilizing horizontal lines on the soakers and zig-zagged around the edges. Trim, and zig zag again.
For the diaper covers you layer the cotton on the PUL and insert your snaps. Once they are all on, you layer the flannel lining fabric on top. I folded mine into the approximate diaper shape to save room on my table as well as make sure I don’t get confused when I’m sewing them.
I don’t have any photos of the actual sewing together part because Becky did all that. I’m still a beginner I feel in the sewing department and I didn’t quite trust my ability on something that I will need to function correctly every day for a long period of time.
I then added the snaps on the tabs to finish them up. After two FULL days of cutting and sewing We’ve got 5 finished diapers. Only 22 more =)
I just love how they turned out. The back left has a super cute alphabet flannel lining, back right has light blue with cute little sheep.
Front left has grey flannel, front right has lavender plaid with tiny colored polka dots.
The one is the middle has a blue lining.
Who needs pants now when your bum looks this good? Looks like my next venture is Baby Legs.,, If you remember from this photo
I’ll just have to find some very cute sweaters or tall socks to make some more fashionable ones than these, but still same concept… and that will be a whole other post.
*Note: This post was originally posted on my personal blog back a few months ago. We now have wet bags I made, a DIY diaper sprayer, as well as a laundry system set up.
I’m getting to be pretty good at this domestic stuff =)