and finally sewed something! I took a trip to Joann fabrics the other day and saw that they were carrying cloth diapering supplies and since I had wanted to give making my own a shot, I bought some stuff and went for it!
It was hard! I used the Sprout Snap free template for a one size diaper. The stacking doll fabric is cotton and I used a hidden layer of PUL and the inside is microfleece with a bamboo soaker sewn in. Since the pattern comes with no instructions I just had to wing it. I messed up on a few things like the socket portion of snaps that should be applied AFTER the diaper is complete so that they go through all the layers and can actually snap into the sockets applied before sewing the diaper together. Also, topstitching while stretching elastic is massively hard to do. It didn’t end up pretty.
As you can see, the pattern didn’t work out in my favor. I didn’t think about the fact that once you wrap the diaper around the baby, whatever is one their butt will be upside down. In hindsight, if you have a directional fabric you will need to decide where you want it right side up and then piece it together with another fabric or flip one end so that you have both going the correct way once it is done.
Then I decided to try a fitted diaper with some snap in soakers. This one went a lot better but was still really difficult to wrestle with the elastic. The outer and inner fabric were used from a swaddle blanket that is now too small for her.
I added a layer of microfleece to the inside and also a bamboo soaker. I then added two snap in liners which can be separated and removed.
I tried this one out last night and despite all the layers, she still soaked through it. I think bamboo velour would have been a better choice for the inner instead of cotton jersey.
This was fun to try something new, but holy cow are diapers a lot of work! So much thought goes into what makes the perfect diaper and there are so many fabrics out there to choose from. It really is a science and one that I am totally illiterate at. So, I think I will leave this to the professionals. I like buying cute diapers and having them delivered at my doorstep much better ;)
Check out hyena cart for some seriously cute hand made WAHM diapers. Happy Monday!