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#1 of 12 Old 02-28-2008, 05:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Another question for the CD divas in this DDC:
If you've made your own CD before *and* bought some from a store, do you find your own have the same absorbancy as the ones from a store? If so, what's your favorite fabric?
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I like to make pockets and fitted out of fleece or flannel then I fold up a prefold and put that in the pocket and put a cover over it, but for the soaker part of the fitted I will use terry or a cut to size prefold. Microfleece is also good. I think the ones I make work just as well as "store bought ones".

I actually just got done making my first PUL cover. It's not perfect, but it is cute Here is a pic.
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I'm someone who can make just about anything. I don't make dipes. The ones I've tried to make (and I've used high quality diaper-making fabrics) never turned out as nice as the ones I've bought from "the professionals". Once you buy fabric, patterns and make several samples to test size/absorbency, I honestly think it's almost a wash as far as money goes. I'd rather spend my money on something I know I'm going to use.
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I suck at making diapers. period.
but my friend makes diapers as a WAHM and I think she does a pretty good job, so I'm ordering from her instead of from a "company". Shes making me something similar to fuzzi bunz, which I loved with DD.

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I'm a terrible sewer, so that option is out for me - but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Muttaqin diapers. They're hard to get hold of, and not cheap, but I plan on getting as many more of the 3SR for this kid (one size diaper - comes in both all-in-one and fitted) as I can. I buy them used on diaperswappers.com when I can, and I'm on the Muttaqin stocking email list, so I try to get one or two whenever she stocks hyenacart. With the fitteds I use a fuzzy bunz as a cover and it's bulletproof! I have a newborn stash as well that's a little more varied - a bunch of Mutts, some WAHMs and some others, but I figure the one-size Mutts will carry me from about 10 or 15lbs. through potty training! I do plan on buying different size fuzzy bunz for covers. Fuzzy Bunz alone worked great while my dd was still chunky, but when she went through a growth spurt her legs thinned out a bit and they started leaking out the legs. A lot of people swear by them though! Welcome to the addiction that is CDing!

I do have to say, even with the money we've spent on CD (a lot of trial and error and then I fell in love with the pricey ones!), we've done the math and we're STILL saving money over disposables!

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my friend how has a two week old baby is having problems with the cloth diapers covering the belly button so she had to switch temporarily. I there a cloth diaper that doesn't cover the belly button?
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my friend how has a two week old baby is having problems with the cloth diapers covering the belly button so she had to switch temporarily. I there a cloth diaper that doesn't cover the belly button?
I've never, ever bothered with keeping the belly button dry (or free from the diaper) - it's terribly hard to do, especially when cd'ing, and, IMO, not necessary. All of our kids have had their cord fall off within a reasonable time period with absolutely no infection. We've never used alcohol, swabs, goldenseal, etc.
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I didn't have any problem with the cord either, but I was using ProRaps which have an indention for the belly button in their NB size.
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This place has some cool free patterns on making homemade diapers from old clothes!

http://fernandfaerie.com/frugaldiapering.html

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It is not hard to make a diaper that works as well as a store-bought cloth diaper. My favorite fabrics are cotton fleece and velour, and hemp/cotton fleece and french terry. A diaper can work well without being the prettiest diaper on the block.
It doesn't take a huge investment to come up with something that works. I did use that Fern and Faerie free pattern when I sewed my first batch of fitted diapers. I made two dozen fitteds with clearance knit terry and flannel from Joanns, and some jersey that I found at the thrift store. I used the terry smooth side out for the outer of the diaper and this enabled me to use a snappi instead of snaps or hook/loop. It was super simple and all I needed to buy ready made were covers.
That said, it is almost two years later. I have invested in a snap press for myself and I have come to appreciate some fabrics over others. I do have patterns that I bought because I like the way they look when I make them. I make my own covers now. My end products are definitely a lot prettier than when I first started making cloth diapers. It takes practice if you want something to look like a Hyena made it.
What I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't discourage yourself from making your own diapers because it doesn't look like a Mutt when you're finished. And don't expect something to be perfect on your first try, because really, is anything a snap if you've never done it before? If you are intent on saving money you can make it work. They can be just as absorbent as a store-bought CD if you use the right materials. And it is so rewarding to make them yourself!
Here is a link to a great website I belong to. You may have heard of the Diaper Sewing Divas. There are tons of ladies with all levels of experience sewing diapers, even those who have never used a sewing machine before, willing to help each other with any questions they may have. New members are always welcome.

http://diaperdivas.proboards57.com

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Thanks for the great tips and website references :
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Here is a link to a great website I belong to. You may have heard of the Diaper Sewing Divas. There are tons of ladies with all levels of experience sewing diapers, even those who have never used a sewing machine before, willing to help each other with any questions they may have. New members are always welcome.

http://diaperdivas.proboards57.com

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