Originally Posted by gruver
i bookmarked the Very Baby diaper pattern because my mom has said she will make me some cloth diapers. do i need covers for those? i did a cloth diaper service when DS was little (he is now 10) and it was just prefolds and plain white covers, so i know little about accumulating my own "stash"
Depends on what type you make. You can make fitteds, which are just absorbent fabric (cotton, hemp, bamboo, etc.), and you put a cover over those. Fitteds have elastic and snaps or Aplix (I don't recommend Velcro that you get locally - it won't hold up, and it's actually cheaper to get Aplix online). They tend to hold poo in better than prefolds, so you don't have to change your covers AS much. I love fitteds/covers for the newborn/small stage when the poo is so runny.
You could also make AIOs (all-in-ones) where the cover and the absorbent fabric are all sewn together and you put them on like a sposie. The drawback here is that it's hard to make them absorbent enough while still allowing them to get clean and dry well. There are pocket diapers, which are like an AIO, except the soaker portion is made separately and you just leave the front or back of the diaper open so you can stuff it. Pocket diapers are very popular. The main issue with a newborn and AIOs or pockets is that they are more likely to leak poo, unless you bind them with fold-over elastic (FOE), like covers often are bound. There are other types of diapers as well, and you can find out all about them in the diapering section.
I used the Very Baby fitted pattern (the original pattern that is a serged diaper with ruffles) for my last baby, and it fit very well, but the newborn size didn't last very long. There was really only one usable snap setting. The Very Baby AIO pattern (that uses Aplix) also fit very well. I made one pocket out of that, but newborn size pockets are VERY difficult to stuff. The diaper did fit well though. You could make fitteds with that pattern. Standard covers like Bummis, Proraps, etc. usually fit over the VB diapers. In fact, the VB Snugwrap pattern fits almost exactly like the Bummis SWW cover.
You can also check out free patterns out there. The Darling Diapers Newborn pattern is free at http://darlingdiapers.com
. A lot of folks like that one, and it supposedly lasts longer than the VB newborn size.
Have your mother join Diaper Sewing Divas
. There are a few grandmas on there that sew diapers for their grandchildren.