So basically are there any tips to make sewing them easier. I am an experienced at sewing. I just have NEVER sewn diapers :LOL
I made 4 diapers before even getting anything usable, and sewed another 10 or so before getting something that then became "my pattern."
Read as many free diaper patterns as you can find. If you haven't already join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sewyourowndiapers/ and read the archives. Lots of people have tried lots of various things and have lots of advice to share. I read forums and patterns for 2 months I think before I every tried sewing my first diaper . And that way I was able to quickly evaluate why something worked or didn't.
Mostly, it becomes what YOU like when you sew your own diapers. I take a little longer to sew my diapers because I don't like FOE, because I want tabs on my diapers because I hate tab curl, and because I wanted my pockets to have elastic on both sides. I spend way more time than necessary but have a diaper that I can't find anything to improve on when I put it on my son. (for me, I'm sure other people have different things that drive them crazy).
Besides reading the links Gethane offered , I would look at wahm versions of what you think you would like to make. What they offer is as important as noting what they don't offer, because their products *have* to work.
One last thought. I love my teflon foot. I hate sewing PUL without it.
I have been looking for about 3 months. I decided on the pockets because I can adjust the absorbancy need while it is still as easy as a sposie for DH & my teens.
I am new to CDing in the essence that 16 & 14 years ago I used a diaper service. Unfortunately there is NONE that service my area. I was also to ill to keep up with the demand after baby #3 and #4. But I am a SAHM and I will be able to keep up with it now.
I will look into the teflon foot. Thanks for that Idea
Jayne, sewing up a storm mama to ds1 9/03, ds2 2/09, and 2 sweet furbabies.
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
Anyway, I was going to use the Huggies as a pattern, too. But I never got to that. I am an experienced sewer, but was new to diaper sewing like you. I have NOT tried most of the other patterns, so I cannot speak to them. I made pockets using the Honeyboy pattern. We LOVE them. My husband loves them, too. He likes a prefold in them b/c he does not care about the bulk - he just wants to KNOW that he will get no leaks when he has the baby. I know the heavy/light times of day, etc, so I can change the stuffer how I want. I stuff the diapers after washing and stack them according to insert (prefold stacks, and microfiber or hemp stacks - which are a little less absorptive). The fleece in a pocket is a LOT easier to clean in the toilet than the few other diaper styles we have. The "velcro" (Aplix 800) truly does make it as easy to put on the baby as a disposable. Snaps were harder to use during that extra wiggly baby time. But now that my 15 month baby is not wearing as many clothes - it's getting a little warmer, and he likes to be "free", I am using more of the Fuzzi-Bunz b/c he has not figured out how to unsnap them yet. I am mentallytrying to figure out if I can alter the HB pattern to use snaps and keep the great fit. I made mediums for him when he was 4 months old, and he will soon be ready for the larges. This pattern does NOT have gussets -- and the Huggies do. At first I thought that I would get leaks in my cloth ones without the gussets. But we do not. In fact, I used to get poopy leaks all the time with the Huggies, and we VERY rarely do with the HB style.
If you can afford it, I personally would go for buying or finding a pattern. You say you are also an experienced sewer, so I know you can make your own pattern from the Huggies (and get satisfaction from doing so). But you may waste a lot of time doing that. I never had a trial - every diaper I made from the HB pattern has worked great. So buying the pattern was worth it to me. I got it from SewShoppe.
I would definitely go with the previously mentioned teflon foot if you can afford one. I have a Huskvarna and when I tried to sew scraps with the regular foot (with the PUL side facing up), it would not glide smoothly and my stitches were very irregular. I tried a scrap with the PUL side facing down, but the feed dogs ate it up, and therefore it would make sense that there would be many tears in the PUL (and leaks when wearing). So if you are making pockets, fleece goes down and the PUL side goes up against the teflon.
Also, remember one of the first sewing steps will be to put your velcro or snaps on the tummy area of the PUL/outer layer (and facing)-- BEFORE sewing the PUL and fleece together. Otherwise your insert will not be able to go all the way to the top of the front seam.
You probably picked this up also from looking at many sites (to see what they do and do not recommend, etc, as was previously mentioned) -- make sure to wash your cotton or hemp inserts/fabric separate from the fleece UNTIL they are no longer producing lint in the dryer. Otherwise, that lint tangles up with the fleece and causes *worse* pilling.
I do have wool and other materials that I have not had time to work with yet. I need to get to it, b/c sewing is my "me" time. But we do have a system that works for us, and I really don't want to get too many different things going b/c it is too hard for my husband to keep straight when he has the kids.
Right now we're in fleece wraps that I made and pf's, so I'm just planning on using the wrap pattern and stuffing with the pfs we have, plus some pads that I've been making from extra flannel.
I hadn't thought about having to put the velcro on before putting the layers together. I would have done that and then Thanks.
Any-who: this thread from a few days ago has some good links w/ directions on how to draft your own pattern.
ETA: Ok, I must have spent too much time in the sun today because it was a totally different thread I was thinking of and I did reply to that one last night. Maybe I just need to go back to lurking...
Trish~mama to Kaelie 5/03, Amelia 12/13, and someone new coming 11/15, surro mama to Aidan 2/08 & Ellyss 6/09,
There has been much wonderful advice here . i just got my PUL today in the mail. I have a few other projects to finish up.. (that I am getting paid for.) and then my Mom and I will be sewing up a storm for my Little Missy.
I was thinking 3 dozen would be enough to last us through about 1 year??? What do you think??
BabySackMom - I have had 2 dozen in the past and that was about right for a laundry cycle (4 days for me). It would depend on what you stuff them with (how much they can hold) and how many diapers you change in a day. I usually have one extra in the diaper bag in the car. 20-ish covers and inserts fills my washing machine about 3/4 of the way which for me is just right to give them room to get clean. It also fills my two small pails just right. Then I have a few diapers left over for using the day after washing -- I hang the covers to dry and also any thick prefolds that did not completely dry in the dryer. And I don't have to stuff them all right away. So I guess I like to have a washload + 1 day's worth of diapers. We have been using the current stash (mediums) almost 1 year now. I started with prefolds and wraps, then switched to pockets when we discovered *how much* we liked them. A pp mentioned she thought she would like pockets but found she likes wool and fitteds instead. If you have not used pockets yet, you might want to start with 6 or 8 and use those for a few days. Then make the rest when you know that is what you like.
I got a little delayed. We had to take our Little Princess to the Hosp by ambulance yesterday for a head injury . She is fine now. I am just exaughested from the whole event.
Just been hugging and cuddling her so much..
Originally Posted by paquerette
... shouldn't the inside layer be absorbant? I guess I can't see why the pee will go through the inside fleece but not through the outside? Wouldn't the pee just run across the fleece and out the legs, at least some of it?
she is doing okay we have to watch her for 2 weeks.. thank you for asking.