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Those of you who make your own fitteds

post #1 of 12
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How do you layer yours and what fabrics do you use???
I'd like to make a fitted that is absorbant enough that it doesnt leak everywhere when first pee'd in BUT is thin enough I can tell it is wet. I dont want him sitting in a wet dipe. I like the absorbancy of kissaluvs.
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post #2 of 12
I personally like flannel for fitteds--I use 7 layers & that will contain two pees for my DD (but I can *tell* that it's wet after one, so I can change as soon as possible, she has sensitive skin). Not everyone likes flannel, because some flannels get really pilly for a while (if you keep washing, it will loose the pills and soften up even more), and it's hard to tell sometimes what one will do. I like to use Killington flannel (a thicker flannel, normally cream-colored) inside with a cute print on the outside and I make them with three full body layers & a snap-in (or sewn at one end) rectangular soaker of 4 more layers.

If you want to duplicate the KLs on your own...you could try using the same fabrics & playing with layers a little I have two kinds of KLs...a fitted that looks to be a baby stretch terry (I think it's a 90%/10% cotton/poly blend?) and some contours that look like a heavyweight cotton fleece or possibly sherpa

HTH, good luck!
post #3 of 12
I used a prefold and flannel outer. The prefold was kind of hard to work with and bulked up between the legs after the topstitching due to all the layers. I am thinking of trying terry. It was my first diaper, so maybe I will get better at it. I sewed in an extra soaker pad but only on one side so it flops for a quicker drying time. It works though, because the moment I put it on my daughter she had a pee and BM. She is 2 1/2. The elastic legs, back and Thirsties soaker worked together beautifully.
post #4 of 12
I use cotton knit (old t-shirts work great) with 3 layers of french terry. They work overnight, but you can tell when they're wet and they're not bulky.
post #5 of 12
Generally speaking I use three layers in the body and 3-6 for the soaker, depending on the fabric.

I don't love flannel for fitteds, but it works. With flannel I usually do four layers in the body and 7 in the soaker. My favorite fabric combination for fitteds is knit outer, hemp {either hemp french terry or hemp fleece, or even hemp or cotton jersey works well} hidden and velour {cotton or bamboo} inner with a trifolded snap or lay in soaker of one layer velour and one layer hft or microfiber {which turns into six layers when folded}. These aren't very thin, but they are absorbant, a must have for me when my daughter the super soaker was in diapers. If I'm doing a contour soaker I usually do three layers hft or mf, one layer of the outer fabric {unless it's a poly} and one of velour.

For a thinner diaper with a good absorbancy you could do two body layers {I do three just because I think it feels a little more stable and sturdy} and a two layer trifold soaker. Dries fast, goes together easily and is still nicely absorbant.

Any absorbant fabric will work well for a fitted though. Old tee shirts work well, terry, anything.
post #6 of 12
My latest diapers, I've made 3 layers for the body, and 4 for the soaker. The body was flannel for the inner, terrycloth, and then a cotton print for the outer. The external soaker was terry outer, and recycled receiving blanket for the inner. They work decently well. I'm going to make the next batch with a thicker soaker. I just need to pick up more terry cloth first.
post #7 of 12
I modify the RRP pattern with cotton/flannel inner and outer and sew four/five layers of cotton inside and then make a flat diaper out of flannel or soft cotton to fold up as an extra soaker. Very absorbent when put together but it doesn't take forever to dry.

http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2...t-pattern.html
post #8 of 12
The dipes I have made for my youngest were all made from recycled clothes, so mostly old Tshirts, some old flannel pj's. 3 layers for the body, with an internal soaker of terry (old towel, one layer). I used the free Ottobre pattern found online...somewhere, don't have a link handy.

Then I use one lay-in soaker, made of 4 layers of flannel, layed over top of a super-absorbent shammy type material (like Shamwow, but whatever generic version I find, cut in soaker-size strips). Super absorbent. Layer of vaseline on her butt to keep the moisture away...haven't had a diaper rash yet .

And it all dries super fast, as it's all separate layers .
post #9 of 12
I do three layers for the body and 6 layers for the attached soaker when I use cotton knit or flannel. More like a two layer body with a six layer soaker when I'm using terry & cotton velour. I haven't had any leaking issues yet.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by scrapadoozer View Post
I do three layers for the body and 6 layers for the attached soaker when I use cotton knit or flannel. More like a two layer body with a six layer soaker when I'm using terry & cotton velour. I haven't had any leaking issues yet.

Just to clarify, you use a layer next to baby, an inside layer with the attached soaker, and then the outside layer?
post #11 of 12
i do two layers of flannel for the body (one outer and one inner), and then two layers of terry (cut up bath towel) for the absorbent middle part.
post #12 of 12
For a fitted (I use the Chloe Toes pattern), I do:

1) Outer Flannel (facing out)

2) Middle:
Unbleached cotton
Well-used Terry soaker - 4ish layers because it's worn thin
Sew the terry soaker onto the cotton so it's centered and won't travel

3) Inner Flannel (against baby skin)

They've never been tested for absorbancy... but they're darn cute! :
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