Originally Posted by ascher21
Oh, i have the darling diapers newborn pattern! How many layers would you suggest for a newborn diaper and of what? I kinda need help in that department. I sew, no question, but never having done cloth diapering before it's hard to know what works. I have PUL, organic french terry (so one side is smooth/flat, not rough), more of the organic flannel, and I have pre-cut bamboo french terry inserts I was planning on stitching outside the inner layer (kinda like how bumgenius sews their inserts on the outside, not in a pocket) so they dry faster. I was thinking...PUL outer, french terry inner, with insert of: three layers of terry, perhaps in between two layers of flannel?) I'm wondering if that is overkill?
We are planning on getting the bumgenius elementals, so I was hoping to have something that would fit our baby until he gets big enough to fit them. :) They don't seem to be terribly thick, so perhaps I don't need so many layers?
For newborn diapers, I actually usually like a two-part system (aka, fitteds and covers). Newborns are notorious for crazy, explosive poo. Breastmilk is some amazing, easy/quickly digested stuff and I swear it's so perfectly designed that it just rockets through their little baby systems and shoots just as quickly out the other end ;) So, I don't do a lot of pockets or AIOs with newborns (or smalls always, but sometimes a bit more anyway). For newborn diapers, I don't load up on absorbancy. They poop or pee A LOT. They don't save it up and then flood a diaper, it's just lots of little bits. So, I don't worry too much about much absorbancy for newborn diapers. In the diapers I posted above, they have velour for the outer/inner layers and internally have a soaker of just two layers of organic cotton terry. I tend to err on the side of too little absorbancy anyway and just make extra lay-in soakers that can be used at any time anyway! If you're worried, just use baby washcloths or wipes for extra absorbancy!
Hope that helps some... if I'm missing a question or something, just ask again and I'll try to help! I love making cloth diapers and toying with absorbancy/fabrics/etc!
AFM, I've been in a boy-sewing kind of mood after getting some of the most adorable fabrics in the world (according to me). I HAD to have this elephant fabric. I was browsing flickr looking at some outfits people had made from other patterns I have and saw this fabric on some pajamas and I swear, I got weak in the knees. I was On. A. Mission. I scoured etsy and found a seller with the fabric. It's a Japanese print and I got it from a seller in Beijing -- quite the international adventure ;) And then I had to get the fabric in a pink/red colorway as well (since I'm 90% sure we'll end up with another girl ;) ). It wasn't cheap fabric, so I tried to use it in various ways (and still have small pieces to try to play with) and got two nice 0-3 month shirts out of this. I have a few ideas for scraps already too!
Here are the shirts (in terrible late-night, indoor lighting). If I find our main camera, I'll get better pics because the fabric is really so vibrant and cute!!