2907 - Cloth Diaper Pattern

Our cloth diaper pattern includes 2 diaper styles and 1 diaper cover pattern in 8 sizes (from preemie to toddler)

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!

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).

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? :)


Jeff said…
The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use, at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain
Jill said…
I was wondering about how much each diaper would cost to make and how many you would suggest making if they are your primary diapering. I am thinking of making these for baby showers gifts and I don't have children yet, so, I'm not sure how many I would need to make.
Emilie@Jalie said…
Henri is almost 9 months old and I have about 15-16 diapers (this means laundry every second day). He wears size 12m-18m (yes, he's big... 95+ percentile...).

Making 12-15 all-in-one diapers (sizes 3M) would probably cost you around 75$ in fabric, depending on the fabrics you use. I calculated solid PUL outer, Microfleece inner and Microterry soaking layers (2 yards of each is enough). You will need 1 1/2" Velcro (about 4yds of loop and 1 yard of hook) and elastic, for a total of 12-15$ max. This comes up to a cost of approximately 6$ per diaper.

Please note that I used verybaby.com's prices for my calculations. They have pretty much everything you need, but you might find better prices for some fabrics and notions at kidsinthegarden.com (repeat customers get coupon codes in the newsletter :)) or wazoodle.com.

For a shower gift, you could make two diapers of different sizes (let's say 1M and 3M)(since you don't know how small/big the baby will be and moms tend to wait a few weeks before starting cloth diapering - don't feel like doing extra laundry during the first month) and write a card saying that you will be making a diaper kit.

This way, you will not spend hours making tiny diapers that the baby will outgrow in a month (I had this problem with my baby who was born at 9lbs 5 oz - did not wear ANY of his NB-size shower gift!).

Also, this gives you time to know more about the mom's preferences... colors, organic/synthetic fabrics, pocket or all-in-one diapers, when she plans on starting cloth diapering... etc.

Happy Sewing!
keriberryville said…
Do you use pocket or AIO diapers at all since you prefer fitted? I am due in December and trying to decide what will be the best for my little girl. I don't know where to start.

Kaiya said…
Hello there, I have been researching for about a month about what diapers I want to make. I started in July w/ my year and a half old daughter using g-diapers because I liked the idea of the flushable liner. But as I got using them, I calculated the cost and it was going to be almost as much money to keep buying the flushables as huggies or pampers. So, I bought some of the foldable gerber cloths and inserted them in the g- folded in 3rds. We then had a baby in July and I had traded someone for some newborn diapers that needed covers. We used them till he grew out of them, REALLY FAST since he's so tall. Then I bought some g's for him since I already knew how to use them. I also traded for some more on the diaper swappers site and got some inserts with them. It's been working good- but I am beside myself from having to take them apart and put them together all the time. Plus, for my daughters, we have had to start using a flannel liner in them because of her skin sensativities.
So, now I really think that I want to make something like this pattern after researching it. (the all in one so we don't have as much maintenance) but I really want it to also be a one size diaper. Is this pattern possible to kind of edit to be a one size diaper? And if so, would you have any suggestions on how to do it?
I am pretty good with just making stuff up instead of using a pattern- I make halloween costumes and such so I think I might be able to handle it. And I was almost not going to get a pattern, but figured that you guys have it all worked out already so why should I? Plus I love the 2 youtube vids that show you the exact steps in making it.

Any suggestions for me?

Thanks so much!
jshkei said…
I was planning on using your pattern for pocket diapers, but not sure how much fabric and notions to buy. I probably am gonna sew the largest size cause my 10months old weighs 31 lbs.
And one more question: will the largest diaper pattern fir his chubby thighs? Usually, kids who weigh 30+ lbs have slimmer thighs and tummy. :)
Thank you
ChristinaDB said…
Is there a diagram for snap placement for pattern B rather than using velcro?
The pattern and video have some discrepancies. In the video it says to zig zag stitch the straight egde of the yoke and then stay stitch the rest and in the pattern it states to zig zag stitch the entire yoke. There is also no marking for laundry tab placement. I experimented with several placements before I cam up with one that fit best and I made the laundry tabs and side tabs a little larger so they wouldn't curl as much after repeated washings like my daughter's bum genius diaper tabs have.
Also in the pattern step 10 when you are to sew the sides before making the casings for the pocket elastics it shows on the pattern that the casings have a zig zag stitch and in the video it does not.

I think the pattern is difficult to follow. It also has the velcro side tabs added on in step 17 and in the video they are done after the laundry tabs.

Just a heads up for those following the pattern without the video - watch the video several times and don't pay attention to the pattern. It also doesn't say how tight of a zigzag to use on some of the stitching. I had to play around with my practice diapers and write down what settings I used so I wasn't guessing each diaper.

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