A very green way to deal with your diaper needs is to make your own. This guide is about making cloth diapers.
Now your diaper is ready to use. When you wash your diapers do a rinse cycle and then wash and rinse again using the hottest water setting possible. Do not wash your diapers with your regular laundry and never ever use fabric softener. This makes them lose their absorbency. You can either hang them up to dry or through them in the drier. AIO will do better air drying.
Very cool. Thanks for the info. I'm 5.5 months pregnant and just started making my own. Made one with some flannel my Mom gave me. I went looking for the PUL and couldn't find it and discovered that I could use a dollar store table cloth as the plastic layer. The clear tablecloth seems to be exactly like the PUL listed on other sites for making diapers. I was careful to only pin it at the edges and I found that sewing the plastic to the outer layer in a couple spots around the edge before sewing the outer to inner layer helped keep the slippery plastic in place... This is fun. What inspired me was when I read that one baby from newborn to potty training sends one ton of diapers to the landfil... I"m going to do my part to not send that ton!
Very cool. Thanks for the info. I'm 5.5 months pregnant and just started making my own. Made one with some flannel my Mom gave me. I went looking for the PUL and couldn't find it and discovered that I could use a dollar store table cloth as the plastic layer. The clear tablecloth seems to be exactly like the PUL listed on other sites for making diapers. I was careful to only pin it at the edges and I found that sewing the plastic to the outer layer in a couple spots around the edge before sewing the outer to inner layer helped keep the slippery plastic in place.
This is fun. What inspired me was when I read that one baby from newborn to potty training sends one ton of diapers to the landfill. I"m going to do my part to not send that ton!
Has the shower curtain liner been tested at the high temperatures recommended for the AIO. Do diaper covers that are made with the said shower curtain need to be washed at such high temps because they aren't in direct contact with the mess?
I just wanted to comment really quick, your idea while incredibly frugal and fabulous needs to be revised a bit. Please please do not make diapers out of table cloths or shower cutains, that kind of *plastic* isn't approved for children's products and it cannot stand up to the heat of the washing and drying routines of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are the equivalent to underwear you wear only for a baby....would you wear shower curtain underwear?
not to mention, shower curtain does NOT hold in urine and feces, only decent grade PUL does which can be purchased online at many fabric stores.
By Ruth from UK
Editor's Note: Ruth posted this a while back but has just sent us a photo so we thought we would update the post.
If there is anyway that I could get my hands on a pattern for potty training pants that pull up that would be so great. I don't have much money so I am unable to buy one. If I could get it for free that would be great. Please sent it to my E-mail (searasmom AT yahoo.com)
Hi Ruth. This is wonderful! I wonder if I might also get the patterns, etc. for this. I don't have much experience sewing either, but recently got a sewing machine so that I can start. I have 6 grandbabies now, and who know how many more will come, between my 4 kids! Anyway, I would love to make some for the ones that are still in diapers....it costs a fortune for the disposable ones, plus the other issues with them. My email is dellajo55 AT yahoo.com. Thank you
Hi Ruth I have a sewing machine andI would love to make my own cloth diapers. What a great idea. I would be thrilled if you could send me the pattern. My e-mail is vickishane AT shaw.ca Thanks so much.
Hi Ruth and girls,I just wanted our thriftyfun family to know I received my pkg.with several different size patters and the cute nappie you made.Your girls are too cute.Thanks for a new friendship....
Where can I find a pattern for adult-sized diapers? Possibly pull-up style. I have a 38" waist and 42" hips. I need something that would be pull up style because of leakage at the sides. Disposable diapers run me over $300 a month and I can no longer afford them.
This is the best I could come up with online and you would have to alter for adult size, but this is how one woman made them for her family member.
The best suggestion I can offer you is to find a comfortable pair of underwear and deconstruct them to make yourself a pattern to use. Follow the previous posting for nighttime toddler training pants for suggestions of what and where to place the absorbent panels. Here is their web page again incase you did not see the url http://blog.ecoetsy.com/2012/03/how ... -or-training-pants-eco-tutorial/html
Does anyone have good cloth diaper patterns that have really easy instructions? I'm sewing challenged! I need to make cloth diapers for my grandson. Any suggestions and information would be extremely helpful. Photo instructions would be helpful too. Thanks.
Phyllis from Grand Prairie, TX
Editors note: Here is a link that might helpful:
This link has some helpful stuff:
I don't even have kids but if I did I would definitely try this. You are so clever AND thrifty. Thanks for sharing!
Making cloth diapers is a great idea. Unfortunately, I didn't have that option when my kids were born (1963, 1964, and 1969). I bought clothe diapers for the first child, thinking that would be enough. 11 months later the second one came. More purchasing of diapers. They were handed down to the 3rd. child. Finally they all were through with them and then it was MY time to really enjoy them. Oh my - what grand cleaning cloths I had. And they lasted for so many years, they certainly paid for themselves! (03/28/2006)
Great way to recycle! Thanks for sharing this...thank goodness my kids are teens!
I never made my kids cloth diapers but if I was doing the baby thing all over again today, I would definitely purchase bulk flannelette from the fabric store and make my own cloth diapers. I just used store bought flat fold cotton diapers, rubber pants, and diaper pins. (04/05/2006)
Wow! You are quite the entrepreneur! You should consider going into business for yourself and market your "homemade diapers"! I have nine grandkids, all under 6 yrs of age and the babies go through the Pampers like crazy! Great idea! (04/18/2006)
Great idea to use old t-shirts! I can't wait to surprise my husband with one made with his favorite sports team logo! love it. (02/18/2007)
You can find high quality waterproof material
Today's Cloth Diapers are amazingly easy to use now. If you haven't checked them out in the past couple of years, just do a search on google for cloth diapers, you'll pull up thousands of sites!
NO pins, no dunking, no leaks, no rash, no bulk, no toxic chemicals, and no waste for the landfills.
And best of all no $2500 price tag! And that's if you don't change the disposables very often and let baby sit in their own waste, ewww! Cost more if your baby goes past 2 till potty training, about another $1000 every year.
If you sew you can get enough cloth diapers to last for 2 years for $70. Even if you don't sew, the cost for 2-3 yrs worth of high quality easy to use cloth diapers goes to between $100-300. Just to get enough to start out using cloth is as low as $30-50.
Compared to $2500 or more for disposables, and your baby will be healthier, happier and your wallet fatter, there is just no comparison!
email me for more info! hi_eagle AT hotmail.com
This is the best idea ever. Thank you. (07/01/2007)
By Mama Bobi
Great idea! When I have kids, I will defiantly use this! way to cute! (12/24/2007)