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Date: 3/16/13 1:11 PM

My niece is expecting her first baby in July and she is planning on using cloth diapers. I would love to make her some along with those cute covers I've seen. If you have made any of these can you please give me suggestions on where to get patterns, what type of fabric is best and where to find such fabric? She's having a girl and I can just see all the ruffles!!!

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Date: 3/16/13 2:29 PM

Do you know if your niece has decided on a diaper style? There are SO many cloth diapering options these days - all-in-one, pocket diapers, classic flats...the list goes on! Here's a website with links to a ton of different diaper patterns to give you an idea of what's available.

As far as diaper covers go, this pattern is the closest I've ever found to my favorite purchased covers. I LOVE that it has gussets at the leg opening - a feature that you don't find often on homemade covers. It's easy to add some fun ruffles to the back or around the legs to "girly" them up a bit, too. For the fabric, you'll probably want to use PUL, which isn't always available in local fabric stores, but is widely available online (Fabric.com has a nice selection of colors here). By the way, I'm not sure if you knit (your name seems to hint that you do), but if you do, wool soakers are excellent for smaller babies too. You can find loads of free patterns for soakers on knitting sites like ravelry.

For what it's worth, I tried out a lot of different styles of cloth diapers when my daughter was first born and, surprisingly, my overwhelming favorites ended up being the basic cotton flats (yes...just like grandma used to use!!). They are extremely absorbent, easy-care, and inexpensive to make. To make flats, all you need is some birds eye cotton (a Google search will lead you to a number of online fabric stores who sell this). You cut the fabric into squares (mine are around 30 inches square) and finish the edges with a serger (or a simple zig zag stitch on your sewing machine). You can use bright colors of thread if you want to add a bit of pizzazz.

Hope this helps!

Edited to add: if you'd like to add leg gussets to another diaper cover pattern, this tutorial is quite helpful.
-- Edited on 3/16/13 2:49 PM --

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Date: 3/16/13 3:33 PM

Here is a link to a review of a diaper cover I made.diaper review
You might look at Joanns, their Babyville line has a really nice book with patterns, that would be really helpful to someone starting out. They also carry PUL, which is the laminated fabric used for covers or all in one.
I have personally used this company and really like them.Kids in the Garden diaper fabrics

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Date: 3/16/13 8:57 PM

I don't have a lot to add, but I've read you can use old cotton t-shirts to make flats, or the old style prefolds.

My husband goes through cotton undershirts like tissue, so I always have plenty of old used ones to cut up for other projects.

FYI - JoAnn's will have all the Babyville stuff on sale 50% off starting Sun. the 24th according to the flyer that was in my bag today.

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Date: 3/16/13 10:43 PM

I have made Poo-Pockets for the grandbabies and they are still being passed around. Gusseted legs help keep everything in and separate inserts so the diapers can dry quicker. I made the pul cover separate instead of including it as it does not hold up long in the dryer.

















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Date: 3/17/13 8:45 PM

Quote: sugarduck
Do you know if your niece has decided on a diaper style?

.......uhm........ Style??? Boy do I have my work cut out for me. I had no idea there were different styles!
Thank you all for the resources. I'll definitely have to do my homework. I was going to surprise her but perhaps I should talk to her first.

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Date: 3/17/13 8:54 PM

I don't knit, but I'm planning on learning so maybe now is a good time to take a lesson. What are wool soakers?
And I chose my name because I love to sew with knits

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Date: 3/17/13 9:00 PM

OMG! Sooo cute!!! I'm learning how to use my embroidery machine. This could really be fun!

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Date: 3/17/13 9:13 PM

I have made literally hundreds of these things. ;)
Parents get excited initially about covers and all the different types of diapers. However, I have noticed that the covers, (especially one size fits all covers that snap out to larger sizes) quickly become utilitarian and taken for granted, whereas the actual diaper inside gains importance. I won't go into detail about all the types of diapers here.

A lot of people have contoured soakers they use, but a simple tri-fold simply set in the cover is by far the winner if it is made from the right materials.

Once people get into quite a few months of cloth diapering the absorption, rash prevention and the fibre or fabric itself holding up as hole and stain free in the wash as possible becomes the most important thing.

A great gift would be going online and buying the $13-$15 yd 16 oz bamboo fleece. Prewash it and dry it several times to preshrink. Create your own tri-folds from this (just like old fashioned) or flats as mentioned above, and the happy recipient will be thrilled.

No bleach these days - use vinegar and clean rinsing detg.

The diapers you make from bamboo (if you buy from Diaper Sewing Supply or Nature's Fabric will be from sources that reclaim almost all chemicals used in the process and are environmentally friendly compared with other rayon manufacturers) will be antibacterial, anti-fungal (virtually eliminates diaper rash) long lasting and strong (no bleach) not smelly and helps prevent leaks because of high absorption compared to all-cotton diapers.

This gift will end up being the "thing" even if at first the recipient doesn't grasp the import. They soon will be begging you for more.

Trifolds/prefolds are easy to sew too...
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Terri


Edited to add: I buy a lot if yardage to account for shrinking. If you want them fancy, add colorful bamboo velour as the top layer. When prewashing use a tiny amount of detg and dry between washes. After the first wash, just use plain water for each successive washing.
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Date: 3/18/13 8:10 AM

I know! I started researching cloth diapers while I was pregnant and was so overwhelmed by all the choices! But as I said before, and as Terri also mentioned above, classic flats are wonderful and so useful - even after the need for diapers has passed, you can use them for so many other things. A stack of flats (or prefolds) would be a great gift.

To answer your question re:wool soakers, a soaker is like a little pair of knit bloomers (they can also be in the form of shorts or pants) that act as a diaper cover. The wool is breathable, naturally antibacterial, and can sponge up a great deal of moisture without even feeling damp. You don't have to wash them after every wear, as air-drying is usually enough to get rid of any wetness or odor. I found them to be great for nighttime use, once the baby starts sleeping for longer stretches of time. I've seen some with applique and embroidery that are very cute. If you're interested, you can do a Google search or take a look at the patterns available at online knitting communities.

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