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Pocket Diaper Tutorial

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Alright, this has been a long time coming! You may remember the diaper shower that I helped throw and the cloth diapers that I whipped up for the mama to be! I promised you guys a tutorial, and a tutorial you will have. There are many reasons to make your own diapers – cute fabrics, custom fits and we averaged our cost per diaper to be about $7 a diaper – much cheaper than what pocket diapers typically sell for!

Here are the materials you need:

  • ~25″ of 1/4″ wide swimsuit elastic cut into two 6″ pieces and two 4.5″ pieces
  • 18″ x 20″ butter suede cloth (we found this at Hancocks for $5.99 a yard), there are option options that you could use, but we found that this was the cheapest and most widely available
  • 18″ x 20″ PUL Fabric
  • 1.5″ wide Aplix Hook and Loop Tape (Velcro is not a good option – it won’t stand up to the wear and tear like aplix): 14″ Loop tape and 4″ of hook tape, if you will be making lots of diapers, you could invest in plastic snaps and a snap setter, but it is a tad pricey.
  • Coordinating Polyester Thread
  • Printable Pattern (pdf) – this pattern is approximately a small/medium size diaper so I think it would fit a 6 month old up to a thin 2 year old – Jude still fits in his!

I modified the pattern because the rise seems too long and the front tab didn’t seem wide enough to me. . . Our diaper cuts ended up being a little narrow, so I modified the tabs to be a bit shorter as well. Ideally, I would have left the width on the tabs. You could also trace a cloth diaper you already have.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Using the modified pattern on the fold, trace and cut the pattern on the PUL and the butter suede.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Center 7.5″ of the loop side of the Aplix (the soft side) on the front of the PUL. Edge stitch in place.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

The pattern has marks showing where to tack the elastic, I moved the elastic up just a bit on the front of the diaper. The 6″ pieces are for the legs and the 4.5″ is for the pocket opening on the back. Using a satin stitch or a tight zig zag stitch, tack the elastic onto the wrong side of the suede cloth as shown on the pattern and this photo:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

On the PUL, tack one 4.5″ piece of elastic on the back (if you are making a pocket diaper – if you are making a diaper cover, there is no need to double up the elastic or have the extra flap on the PUL).

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

I used quilting clips to clip the PUL and the butter suede right sides together.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Make sure to sew with the butter suede on top otherwise the PUL will stretch (you could use a teflon or walking foot if you want to sew with PUL side up). You want to start the stitching at the edge of the pocket opening – stitching around the whole diaper  leaving the pocket open. So, with the suede facing up, starting at the right side of the pocket, stitch as close to the edge as possible – making sure that you are going through both layers of fabric. Be careful not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Here’s what the diaper will look like:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Trim any excess fabric, especially around the curves.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now you have to create the tubing that the elastic will sit in around the pocket. I started with the elastic around the pocket on the PUL side. Fold over the PUL using the existing stitching to guide the depth of the fold.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

With the needle in the down position, stitch down the short side to the corner and turn. Often, I would make sure to stitch over the elastic once more to secure it even further.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Carefully stitch the long side, making sure not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

It helps to pull the fabric tight as you stitch, allowing the fabric behind the foot to bunch.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

This is what it will look like once you have encased the elastic.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Do the same for the butter suede!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Turn right side out – it’s starting to look like a diaper now, isn’t it!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now it’s time to edge stitch the diaper and encase the elastic around the leg holes. With the butter suede on top, starting at the right side of the pocket, edge stitch.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

You should be able to see the tack you make to secure the leg elastic, so edge stitch until you get to the tack. Make sure the needle is in the down position. Turn and stitch about 3/8″  away from the edge. You want it to be far enough away for the elastic to have plenty of room in the casing.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Turn again to stitch parallel about 3/8″ from the edge for the length of the elastic. You will stop once you get to the second elastic tack mark. Turn and stitch the 3/8″ back to the edge.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

The stitching around the elastic casing will look like this:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Complete the edge stitching, creating another casing around the other leg hole. Here is what the completed edge stitched diaper will look like.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now it’s time to add the remaining aplix to the tabs. I included ‘washing’ tabs to fold the hook side down during washing to prevent snagging. These pieces around about 1.5″ wide. I rounded the corners of the pieces that will be on the ends of the tabs for aesthetics. It’s not necessary if you don’t want to create the curve.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Edge stitch the hook portion on the interior tabs of the diaper. Follow with the loop part of the aplix. Repeat on the other side.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

I included a loop piece of the aplix on the exterior of one side of the diaper to allow for crossover securing of the diaper. This isn’t necessary, but I find it nice to have.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Here is the completed front of the diaper:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

And here is the back!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

There is definitely a learning curve in making these diapers, but after you complete one, you’ll find a rhythm! I could make about four in two hours.

As far as what to insert in the diapers for absorbency,  you can use 4-6 layers of flannel or hemp sewn together with a zigzag stitch. Really any absorbant material will work – layers of old towels, cotton . . . Or you can just buy inserts!

Lots of Diapers!

Have fun making diapers with this tutorial! And let me know if you have any questions!

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How-To: Prefolds

To follow up my cloth diaper 101 post, I thought I would share what is currently working for us in the world of cloth diapering. Since Jude has a bit of a polyester sensitivity, most pocket diapers are not an option for us since microfiber and PUL = polyester. This means cotton prefolds and wool covers. Surprisingly, prefolds are not near as difficult as I had anticipated them to be even though most people cringe when they hear the word ‘prefold’. Yes, they are what most people think of when you say “I cloth diaper my child” but they are a bit easier to use then you would imagine. We use diaper rite unbleached prefolds along with a snappi. How do they work? Well let me show you!

Here is the prefold as it comes out of the dryer. Nice and quilted. Quilted = absorbant = good.

Prefold Diapering 101

We start by folding the prefold into thirds. Side one,

Prefold Diapering 101

and side two.

Prefold Diapering 101

Now to create ‘tabs’ to go around the babies waist. This is called a ‘butterfly’ fold. Fold back one corner:

Prefold Diapering 101

and the other. Now we’re ready for the baby.

Prefold Diapering 101

Leaving the folds where they are, place the babys bottom on the prefold. You want the top back of the prefold (with the butterfly) to be just above any butt crack. Then you just wrap the prefold up. Now we’re ready for the snappi.

Prefold Diapering 101

The snappi works by digging the plastic teeth into the cloth, so pull that tab you created in the back around to the front and put a snappi there. Don’t worry, even though the snappi teeth are sharp, they aren’t long enough to go through the entire thickness of the prefold.

Prefold Diapering 101

Snappi the other side tab and once both sides are secure, pull the middle snappi down and secure.

Prefold Diapering 101

Then just cover up the prefold with a cover! Make sure to tuck any extra prefold into the cover around the legs and waist area.

Prefold Diapering 101

All done! That’s not too bad, right? The cotton fabric may not be as poop repellant as microfiber, but the quilting does a pretty good job. Often, you can just shake off the poo into the toliet, no handheld sprayer needed. And to make things easier, you can use a flushable liner when out and about. That simplifies things a lot!

And prefolds are only a couple dollars each. I honestly never saw myself this knee deep in cloth diapering, but when it comes down to it, I actually LIKE using prefolds!  I especially feel good about myself when I do a load of diaper laundry and see all the diapers that I didn’t have to throw away (both money and trash)!

Any questions?

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cloth diaper dilemma

I think all of you know now how much I love using cloth diapers. There are so many reasons why I do it: health, environment, wallet, aesthetics. . . I have offered you comparisons on different brands that I have tried and now, I’m stuck.

The red marks around Jude’s chunky thighs, around his belly and within the diapering regions have chapped, peeled and turned tomato red, only relieved by wearing disposables with a liberal applications of Eucerin and steroid cream.

At first, I thought it was the detergent, so I made the necessary changes even though I had washed his clothes in that detergent and he wasn’t showing a reaction on the rest of his body. No change. Back to disposables until it healed.

Secondly, I tried switching from the bum genius 3.0 (which I still love) and tried out the Bummis whisper wrap covers with fitted 100% diaper rite cotton prefolds. I really liked using the Bummis and they were much easier to use that I had previously anticipated. The interior diaper zone healed up. Around the thighs and belly stayed raw and chapped, where the polyester exterior met the cotton interior.

I think it’s safe to say that Jude has developed a polyester allergy. The microfiber on the interior of most of the cloth diapers on the market is made of polyester. The waterproof exteriors are made of polyester. I’m not really sure where to go from here. I know I can sell the diapers I have on craigslist and they retain a decent amount of value but I don’t know where to go with that money. I am researching diapers that have outer covers that are wool, but I’m not sure how they work. And dang, they are expensive!!

For those of you who cloth diaper, what has your experience been so far? Any suggestions for me?

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BumGenius 3.0 vs. FuzziBunz One Size

So since I did the Bum Genius 3.0 vs. SmartiPants comparison, I have tried out FuzziBunz One Size diapers. I thought it would be helpful to provide a similar discussion comparing these two diapers.The reason I compare to Bum Genius is that it seems to be the most common cloth diaper that people are familiar with and it seems to also be the most accessible and widely available.

Bum Genius 3.0 (BG)
Fuzzi Bunz (FB)
Discussion
must pull out insert after use must pull out insert after use (easier to shake out though) So far, SmartiPants are the only one size pocket diapers I’ve seen that allow you to leave the insert in when washing.
adjusts through snaps (length) and velcro (waist) uses adjustable elastic at waist and legs This is easily my favorite feature of FB. Additionally, FB will replace elastic when it wears out, easy to switch out and custom size to your baby.
microfiber interior soft fleece interior The fleece is significantly softer than the microfiber.
snaps to size insert
(plus newborn insert/doubler)
one size insert The one size insert doesn’t seem to be a problem since the sizing is adjusted through the elastic at the legs and waist instead of through snaps. No bulk is added. BG on the other hand, is bulkier when the insert is snapped to smaller sizes.
Made in the US Made in China I prefer to buy things made in the US when possible.
snaps match diaper color white snaps Not a big deal, but worth noting.
velcro at waist three snaps at waist Again, the biggest complain of BG is that the velcro wears out over time (we’re seeing this already after 4 months of use) although it is much easier to velcro a squirming baby than snap!
discount when buying more no discount when buying more This could be a deal breaker for people that are purchasing their own diapers and not putting them on a registry.
$17.95 single $18.95 single FB is $1 more per diaper.
$53.10 for 3 pack
($17.70 a piece)
n/a Would be nice if a reduced price was offered for larger purchases.
widely available (ex. target.com and local stores) available at local stores and online Could be difficult if your are registering for cloth diapers. I loved that I could register for BG on Target.com since Target is well known and widely available. Support your local shops though – I just feel like it’s difficult for out of town guests to fufill registries done in local shops.
leaks out side/back leaks until you perfect the fit Again, this is the biggest strength of FB over BG. Although since Jude has gotten bigger, leaks are not as common. Could be due to the fact that the leg holes were a little too big for him in the BG since they’re not adjustable.
9 colors 15 colors Speaks for itself
available in organic/bamboo no organic/bamboo Not a big deal for me but maybe for others. . .
more bulky less bulky The sizing system in FB is impressive at how small you can size the diaper without adding any significant bulk. The runching method of sizing is pretty clever!
more reviews new product All of the reviews I’ve read for both have been great, but there are more out there for BG since it’s been around longer.

So now for the visual part of the comparison. I didn’t do a breakdown on the different sizes that you can snap to because it is essentially limitless for all the sizes available on the FBs. . .

You can see that the BG are overall larger and a fairly different shape than the FB. You also have to be careful to tuck the extra bulk in the interior pocket when securing on your baby with the FBs . . . otherwise the fabric will wick moisture and it will leak.

The front panel is especially more of a different shape. The BG front wraps around a bit more than the FB. You can see even more clearly the fabric that hangs over the back waistband that must be tucked away on the FBs.

A clearer illustration of the size difference:

Here is the incredibly innovative sizing method for the FBs. The excess elastic tucks into a little pocket once you have use the buttons to size where you want it. The number make it easy to make each size the same.

You can see the back leg elastic sizing and the sizing around the waist here:

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Two Months: Thoughts

I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, time is just flying by. Jude turned two months old yesterday so we did a little photo shoot. . . The photos below aren’t actually from the photo shoot, I’ll share those a little later because Jason is still editing them. Well, actually this first photo is from yesterday because I wanted a new picture with my two month old little boy (and my new haircut yay!) 🙂

We are working on getting our closing date on both houses and in the meanwhile, we’re packing up as much as we can and moving it into the garage. The house is starting to look sad and empty but soon enough we’ll be working on making the new house feel like home. I’m excited about some of the ideas that I have to try in this new house!

Jude is doing so well – he’s such a happy baby! I’ve loved seeing him develop and grow – he’s starting to make eye contact with us now and he will look at me and just give me the sweetest smile! It’s neat to see that he’s starting to recognize me and react to my smiles. He’s starting to get a bit more independent, he’ll hang out in his crib or swing for much longer periods of time and amuses himself by making baby noises. It’s so much fun to watch. It’s amazing I get anything done at all! He’s sleeping for longer stretches at a time now – four to five hours and then about three so we’ll slowly but surely starting to get more and more sleep. It’s also nice feeling like I’m capable to rejoin the human race and go out in public! I still have some fears about breastfeeding in public (even with a nursing cover) but it gets easier each time I do it. He’s also beginning to go longer between feedings which gives me freedom to go out for longer periods of time. And to top it all off, I know that it just gets better from here too.

I will say that it’s amazing how quickly things get easier with a baby. It was so difficult in the beginning – recovering from birth, learning how to breastfeed, trying to learn how to comfort the baby, wondering if you’ll ever have a full night sleep again or even just a few moments to yourself . . . there were moments where I really wondered what I got myself into. It is certainly a difficult life change to have a baby. But it is such an amazing reward to see this baby grow and smile, I wouldn’t trade any of the difficulties for what the payoff is!

In cloth diapering news, I LOVE the Bum Genius 3.0 diapers. We’re mastering the art of using them when out and about and I really feel like we’re saving so much money and reducing our trash output by using these. I also tried the Smarti Pants cloth diapers and I’m going to write up my review of them here soon, I just need to take some pictures to show the comparison between the two. We are going to try and enter Jude in the Smarti Pants baby picture contest. . . the winner receives a three pack of the cloth diapers! What do you think, is this a winning picture?

More pictures to follow!

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway

I’m about to buy some of these Smarti Pants diapers and found that they are also having a giveaway on Centsible Sawyer and on Snellings Stories. . . I wanted another entry on both (I know, I know . . . using the blog to try and win things . . . ), so I’m passing on the word about the giveaway to all you that might be interested in winning a cloth diaper! Once I’ve tried them, I’ll give a review of how I think these all in one pocket cloth diapers compare to the ones I’m using now (I must say, I am excited about not having to pull out the insert since they claim to just come out in the wash. . . )!

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