Our cloth diaper pattern includes 2 diaper styles and 1 diaper cover pattern in 8 sizes (from preemie to toddler)
A) POCKET OR ALL-IN-ONE DIAPER
My absolute favorites! We tried hundreds of different diapers in the last 8 months and I found that having a waterproof diaper not only looked better, but it is as simple to use as a disposable diaper. Those types of diapers is even accepted in daycare!
The pattern is the same for both styles. The only difference is that the soaker layers are sewn to the inner fabric for the all-in-one diaper. There is an opening in the back to insert a soaker pad (pocket diaper) or turn the diaper inside out (all-in-one diaper) to reduce drying time.
Both feature hook-and-loop closures and laudry tabs.
Now for the pros and cons... Pocket = "Ikea" diaper :) You need to insert the soaker pads into the pocket before and remove it from the pocket before washing the diaper.
All-In-One... Always ready to use, but most all-in-ones take forever to dry because the soaking layers are trapped under a layer of waterproof fabric... I even ripped a fancy store-bought diaper apart after 1 hour in the dryer. At that point, the inner fabric (against baby's skin) felt dry but inside - surprise! - the soaking layers were still a little damp... not good... We had to come up with a better all-in-one than that!
That's how we came up with the idea of leaving the pocket opening in the back to turn the diaper inside out!
Another great thing is that with the opening, you can add doublers inside the diaper for more absorbancy. Adding it on top of the inner fabric also works, but it tends to move around a little.
Cloth diaper making might scare some people off. Well, there is nothing to fear! Not only will you save money making your own diapers (all-in-ones and pocket are usually around $15-$20), but you will be very proud when eveyone starts asking where you bought those fancy diapers :) We even put my boyfriend (who had never used a sewing machine before) to the test. Fabric, pattern, instructions... He successfully made a beautiful pocket diaper on his first try without any help from us!
B) FITTED DIAPER
This one is all-flannel so it needs a waterproof diaper cover. It's great for baby pictures (Henri was only 2 weeks old... so tiny!) and a good choice for moms who want to avoid synthetic fabrics for their baby's diapers. For great absorbency, prefold diapers can be used. This is a very economical alternative too when you cannot find a good deal on cotton flannel :)
For flannel, we used hook-and-loop tape (Velcro) for tabs, but my favorite for this style was one I made with stretch terry. I didn't sew any Velcro and used a Snappi fastener instead (it would work with prefold diaper material too). It's very easy to use and it save some sewing time. Although fitted diapers are pretty popular out there, they are not my favorite because they take quite a while to dry and need a waterproof cover (which ends up looking a little bulky).
FABRICS AND NOTIONS
There are many great online stores selling diaper-making fabric:
Wazoodle (Great diaper fabric selection. Their ProCare barrier fabrics makes the best washable bags for soiled diapers and they have pretty much all the notions you need!)
Kids In The Garden We used her bamboo velours and suede cloth for inner fabrics. Lots of printed PUL too. Most fabrics can be bought by the inch - great for first prototypes!
Very Baby Their micro terry is our favorite soaking material. Our favorite combination for the soaking pads are 3 layers micro terry + 1 layer Zorb for stiffness (from Wazoodle). They have lots of notions too!
A little piece of advice... No matter which style or fabric you are using, I strongly recommend making a pile of contoured liners (1-2 layers of leftover flannel). This is also included in the pattern. Liners make diaper cleaning easier and avoid stains on the inner fabric.
Also, when you make diapers, start with the two sizes closest (smaller and bigger) to the baby's weight. Try them on, experiment with fabrics (natural, synthetic, organic, thin, thick...) before making the whole set.
Any questions? :)