If you have decided to cloth diaper your baby, then you know that name-brand diapers can be expensive to say the least. All you need is a few simple supplies and some basic sewing machine skills to make your own fitted cloth diapers.
The diaper in this Instructable is a fitted pocket diaper with hook and loop fasteners. I like pocket diapers because you can remove the absorbent liner for laundering so it gets cleaner and dries more quickly.
Of course prices will vary, but these diapers cost us about $2 or $3 USD to make. It sure beats paying $15+ per diaper! Also with these diapers you will need a waterproof outer layer, either PUL or wool.
Step 1: Materials List
You will need:
1 yard of flannel (any kind, color, or style) OR 1/2 yard of flannel and 1/4 yard fleece or 1/4 yard of waterproof PUL (if you use waterproof fleece or PUL you won't have to use a cover over the diaper.)
16" of 3/8" elastic
4 3/4" Loop side of hook and loop fastener
2 pieces of hook side 2" X 1 1/2"
Ruler or Yardstick
Tailors chalk or fabric marking utensil
1 Prefold diaper (for pocket insert)
NOTE: There are many ways to make your diaper template. You can trace a disposable and add 3/4" to all sides. There are also many websites dedicated to helping you draft you own pattern. For our pattern, we used a store bought sewing pattern for a diaper cover and modified it a bit.