Monday 8 March 2010

Cloth Diapers

Did I mention that I'm converted? I made the switch a few weeks ago and so far so good! Thanks for all the advice, tips, and tricks! I was really considering making my own diapers, but then thanks to Nancy, I realized that I really didn't want to mess with that. Yes, I could make a diaper exactly like gdiapers, but it would probably take a couple tries and in the mean time lots of messes possibly. So, I just decided, well gdiapers already has it down to an art, I might as well pay them to save me from a head ache!

While I did buy the gdiaper little g pants, I decided to make my own doublers. I knew I could make those pretty easily and it isn't much of a science. And today I'm being featured over at Sew Much Ado for this great tutorial on making your own doublers! Go on over and check it out!

If you already do cloth diapers or decide to switch, here's a FAST and EASY tutorial on how to make a doubler*

* A doubler is a second cloth you put in with your regular cloth diaper insert to increase absorbency. This is great for nights, long outings, or other long periods of time so your child won't soak through the diaper.

Description: This tutorial will guide you through making one 6" X 12" fleece doubler.
Materials Needed: 2 pieces of fleece 6" X 12".

1) Cut 2 pieces of fleece 6" X 12".
Fleece works great because it wicks moisture away from the baby's skin to keep them comfortable and rash free.
2) Place the 2 pieces wrong sides together. You'll see the outside of the fabric on both sides.

3) Serge the 2 pieces together around all 4 sides. If you don't have a serger you can zig zag, blanket stitch, or even just straight stitch. Fleece won't fray.

4) Sew 2 lines lengthwise down the doubler 2" in on both sides.

Tip: If you want to sew a straight line but don't have a 2" mark, just put a rubber band around your machine at the 2" mark. You can also use masking tape. These make great guides!

Tip: If you have fabric bubbling up in front of your presser foot, try lowering the amount of pressure on your presser foot. Mine is normally set at a 4, but for this project I lowered it to a 3.5.

5) You're DONE! That was so easy! And it only cost me $2 to make 10 doublers and I have 1/4 yard left!
That was so easy, you should make more!


  1. Great idea, Jen! I don't plan to make any diaper doublers (since my "baby" is 23!), but I appreciate the tips about loosening pressure on the presser foot, and using a rubber band as a guide for wide seam allowances.

    Fleece! What a concept. Too bad that wasn't around when my babies were little. Maybe ammonia build-up in home-washed diapers won't be a problem in the 21st century, but if it ever does start to affect your baby's bum, just add a "glug" or two of vinegar to the rinse cycle - it really helps a lot.

  2. We got the I-spy bag! Maddy loves I am feeling even more guilty that I haven't mailed your may have to settle for dipped caramels.

  3. Buh-rilliant!!
    We are completely diaperless, and yet, this is just great!

  4. Quick and easy! I did attempt the diaper sewing - turned out... okay. I agree, just easier to purchase and sew the extra inserts that one always needs. Kudos for CD'ing - my hubby and I love it too!

  5. you are so awesome Jenn great job and one of these days I'll have time to ring my sewing machine out of the closet and i'm calling you to come over and help me out!!! I wish maybe when that time comes it will be possible.

  6. I found your blog and I have been going back and fourth abour cloth diapers and these look great! I have two year old twins and did not do cloth diapers so with this single pregnancy, I am going to do it. I think I am going to start out with the newborn pack that has the smallest diapers and the next size up. Thanks for the info


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