I started out to save money too, even though I really didn't *need* to... I mean, I can afford Pampers Cruisers, which DS was wearing for almost a year. But cloth is fun and addictive. I started with FBs, but didn't like the fit. I decided to make my own so I wouldn't have to pay $15-20 for an AIO. And it's true, I don't pay that. I can make it for about $5 with the same materials - hemp, velour, etc. So I'm getting diapers with awesome materials, and they fit great. But yes, I keep spending money on fabric, and I absolutely refuse to add up how much I've spent.
Actually, I started out by selling off FBs to pay for diaper making fabric. That worked well, and mostly what I've been making has been from those diapers that I sold. And as I make diapers for friends and charge them basically cost of materials, I still pay for my materials, so I'm good... Until the databases close for the sherpa, BKT, khaki velour, and bamboo french terry that I orderd in two different co-ops.
But I did order small amounts!
Just 11 yards total, and the most expensive of those was $5/yd, plus I pay two shipping bills (one for 6 yards fabric and one for 5 yards). You can make alot of fitteds and AIOs with 11 yards of fabric...
I will be able to pay for some of that with PP balance, but I will probably have to pull out the CC (that gets paid off every month) for the rest.
Jenilee... I'll have to remember the drag racing argument for my DH!!!! He's spending $1500 on a racing transmission to put in his Grand Prix (and that's a really good deal - it's a $4k transmission!). I know I haven't spent NEAR that much on my diaper sewing hobby, even if you include the sewing machine (already had it), serger, snap press, and fabric!!!!
Thankfully, DH hasn't complained about the fabric purchases YET... He's not seen most of the payments anyway, as it's come from my PP account. But everytime I get a package now, he's like "That's probably more fabric, isn't it?".