Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Making Diaper Care Products

I've done a good bit of sewing and crafts this summer and I wanted to post on some of it. I had a huge pile of projects and have been doing my best to work on it each week. I know I will have less time for a little while when the baby comes!

So my biggest project was making cloth diapers and wipes! This took me the longest to accomplish.

Wipes: I cut 9 x 9 squares and serged around. That is it! I used all left over fabric and stained soft t-shirts. So my total was $0!

Diapers: Took a bit longer as I did tons of research to find the best quality for the best price. Once I decided I would make them - I then had to choose a pattern! After reading cloth diaper blogs and talking w/cloth diaperers I went with Rita's Rump Pocket Pattern. I used material on hand for the outer part of the diaper. At first for the inside I used some old soft "burp cloths" and then I ran out. So I went to Jo-Anns and they actually have a material called Cloth Diaper! It's the same material that women used back in the day to cloth diaper their babies and it so rocks! I totally would have used it instead of the burp clothes for the others! So for 17 diapers my total cost came to $6 (rounded up).
My first batch
Some More - later on - so better :)
Inserts: You have to make or have inserts for Rita's Rump Pocket diapers. My stepmom bought a huge pack of washcloths and I just folded them to fit and sewn! I did end up cutting off the binding and serging it because I found it to be too bulky. I thought it would be uncomfortable.
Diaper Covers: I decided for now to buy diaper covers. For a few reasons - one being that I was feeling a bit overwhelmed w/all my sewing to do and I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed before the baby came. The last thing I wanted was to not have everything finished and convert back to disposables after all the effort I was putting in. I saved the bulk of the money through making the diapers, wipes, and inserts as that is what you need the most of. You only need a few diaper covers. So I went with Thirsties diaper covers. I found them to have the best reviews with the best price. I want to purchase a wool diaper cover but I'm having trouble with the price. I would like to have one for each size and use mainly for night time. They are suppose to be awesome.
Well I can't wait until I can post on how all these products work! Soon! Soon!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those are super cute! Cloth is all the rage now,especially here in Austin. I don't think I could ever do it though. You will have to tell me all about your experience!