We had decided a long time ago that we wanted to use cloth diapers for our baby. But I didn’t want to spend $12 – $20 each for fitted diapers online, nor did we want to have to mess with safety pins and diapers that fall off as soon as the baby is able to crawl. My mother and I have been looking at patterns online that show you how to make your own fitted diapers. It’s a bit time consuming, but we figure that once we get a couple made, it will get very repetitive and easier as we go.
One of the patterns that we like recommends using flannel as the outer and inner layers of the diaper, with whatever absorbent material you like as the liner (I’m leaning towards hemp, but I haven’t decided yet). I looked in a fabric store and flannel was $3/yard. Not terrible, but I decided to check out my favorite thrift store to see what they had. I found three queen size cream-colored flannel sheets, in great condition, for a total of $10. Each sheet is about 6 yards of fabric, so that would have cost us over $50 just for the flannel if I had bought it in the fabric store. The sheets are great quality (Spiegel brand), with no worn spots or stains. And they’re a nice neutral color.
I don’t have a sewing machine or much in the way of pattern-reading or sewing skills, but luckily my mother does. So I’m going to plan a few weekends over the next few months when I go to my parents’ house and we work on diapers together. We’re going to have to get some stuff (elastic thread, elastic for the leg holes, Velcro, liner material, etc.) at the fabric store, but I already feel like we’re way ahead since I got the flannel for such a good price. I’ll keep you all posted on our diaper-making adventures (Thanks for your help, Mama!), and I’ll let you know what pattern website we end up using, in case anyone else is interested in making their own diapers.