Don't worry if you can't make the whole stash and you have to buy some Cding things!!!
Even if you only have time to make a few aio's or fancy fitteds or something that's totally fine!
In fact most moms who sew thier own dipes or who buy patterns, only sew a few here and there to add cuteness to their stash. Plenty of moms buy a ton of fabric, sewing machine, serger snap press, you name it! And never even get off the ground really until baby is over a year old! LOL!
Don't dispair, just buy what you need, at least you'll still be using Cloth for your baby, be saving TONS over disposables which is what you'd be buying if you didn't know about CD's and be helping out wahms in the process!!!
It took me yrs to get good at what I do, and yeah I can whip up 18 diapers in a couple of days, but that didn't come right away!! LOL!
start slow, make sure you get a good pattern, and sew a few to get yourself comfortable with it out of old t-shirts or flannel sheets or something, so you don't feel like you're cutting into your preciously expensive one-of-a kind fabric. That will make the 'testing" phase go quicker and less painless.
When you mess up, go back and take out your stitches, even though that will be very hard to do, we all do it from time to time, even ME!! LOL!
Then when youre' ready to start order enought fabric and notions for 6-12 diapers TOPS! That way you won't be sewing tons of dipes with a fabric you end up hating or a pattern that is too bulky or whatever.
Sew assembly line style:
Cut out all 6 dipes at once, mark all 6 at once
Sew in all velcro
Sew in all soakers
Sew in all elastic, serge or zigzag or T&T at once
it will seem like really slow going until you get to that last step, then watch DH's eyes pop out as you pump out 6 completed diapers before his eyes(of course he may have missed all the times you were sitting at the machine, lol)
cotton sherpa FITTED dipes with all sherpa or maybe a knit print outer are THE easiest diapers to start with! They will fit great, the fabric is a bit stretchy, but has forgivness to it, it's absorbent , and you only need 2 body layers, (don't do gussets, they are a huge waste of time!) and a 2 layer internal or external soaker!