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Has anyone seen/used the nylon fabric used for some pull-on diaper covers? If you have seen it for sale, where? And does it go by a brand name? If you have used it, how has it worked for you? I really like the nylon pull-ons I use and wonder if it would work to make AIOs. I would also like to try to make some covers with it so I can adjust the rise on covers.

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ive wondered a couple times about this kind of thing. it seems like the huge fabric from joanns would be okay. the stuff for like plastic tablecloths, its a little fuzzy on the inside and waterproof.
anyone know??
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I'm thinking that would be vinyl - vinyl has never seemed to work well for me for covers, they crack and tear easily. I really like the nylon covers I use though.

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I know what you mean. I don't use vinyl anymore, either. I bought a dozen Indisposables nylon pull-up covers off ebay maybe 5 years ago, and they still work well, three kids later, even though they are discolored. These were bought from Canada.

I found some fabric for you through a search, though...http://www.sewbaby.com/diapers.html
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i made a couple of aio dipes for my babe with some thin vinyl (used for tablecloths)from wal mart $1.47 a yard,and it works just as good as her pul aio.it is kind of fuzzy on the underside of the vinyl,just sandwich it between the diaper shells.works great.
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I've found some waterproof nylon for sale on websites that sell hiking/camping fabrics. I think one was called seattle fabrics. Another I think was thruhiker.com. I've not tried any of these fabrics, but I think you could get swatches.

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found this 'ripstop' fab. the wee weka pattern refers to it for a waterproof layer. i havent seen it but i think its maybe like kite material. says waterproof.....tent repair and such.

have you ever woken up with your face against the wet inside of a tent?? or wet sleeping bad near the walls of the tent? i wonder if it wicks with pressure?

anyone ever tried this?? pretty inexpensive too
http://laceandfabric.com/ripstop.html
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i made a couple of aio dipes for my babe with some thin vinyl (used for tablecloths)from wal mart $1.47 a yard,and it works just as good as her pul aio.it is kind of fuzzy on the underside of the vinyl,just sandwich it between the diaper shells.works great.

I'm surprised! I have used vinyl tablecloth fabric (to make tablecloths) and had problems with it tearing and separating from the fuzzy part. Maybe it was different stuff from what you used.


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found this 'ripstop' fab. the wee weka pattern refers to it for a waterproof layer. i havent seen it but i think its maybe like kite material. says waterproof.....tent repair and such.

have you ever woken up with your face against the wet inside of a tent?? or wet sleeping bad near the walls of the tent? i wonder if it wicks with pressure?

anyone ever tried this?? pretty inexpensive too
http://laceandfabric.com/ripstop.html
It was the Wee Weka website that made me think that maybe I could find some. Did they actually have a link to some that I missed??? My nylon covers are not the same texture as tent fabric, and don't seem to wick at all through the actual fabric. They do leak at the legs or waist if the child is very very soaked and/or the legs are gaping a bit. I think I will try other types of waterproof layers, too, but those nylon pull-ons just work so well for me.

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p.s. I had wondered about the Indisposables covers but never tried them. Glad to hear that they work well!!
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I tried some nylon after reading about it on a site by Meghan Wyant
http://www.geocities.com/meghanwyant/
Meghan talks about it on her pattern for a cover, she says that she can't understand why more people don't use nylon because it's cheap ($1 at Wal-mart) it's breathable, you can dye it with food coloring like an Easter egg.

I made a cover out of a nylon windbreaker that I had with nylon on the inside and a cute cotton on the outside, my little guy isn't a very heavy wetter but I think it works pretty good.
I bought some of the $1 nylon at Wal-mart but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.
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I'm surprised! I have used vinyl tablecloth fabric (to make tablecloths) and had problems with it tearing and separating from the fuzzy part. Maybe it was different stuff from what you used.




It was the Wee Weka website that made me think that maybe I could find some. Did they actually have a link to some that I missed??? My nylon covers are not the same texture as tent fabric, and don't seem to wick at all through the actual fabric. They do leak at the legs or waist if the child is very very soaked and/or the legs are gaping a bit. I think I will try other types of waterproof layers, too, but those nylon pull-ons just work so well for me.

Jada


p.s. I had wondered about the Indisposables covers but never tried them. Glad to hear that they work well!!
didnt see a link to the ripstop fab, but i didnt really look. i googled ripstop and thats one of them i found.
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They also sell ripstop at Joanne's, at least they do here. At the store here, it's in the same area as the fabric that lap pads are made from (which, I've heard you can actually use that fabric for covers, too). Just ask someone though if they have waterproof fabric, and that's probably what they'll show you.
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Thank you so much for your suggestions, all! I have a lot to experiment with! :

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Why not just get PUL? It's not really that expensive as yardage goes...

If you do use nylon, I would recommend using coated nylon because it's much more water proof than regular rip stop nylon. It's really important to keep nylon covers out of the dryer too. The dryer will break them down faster and they will lose their water repellant qualities.

I used dermoflex for my first diapers because I wanted a Canadian source for fabric. I bought it from Wazoodle http://www.wazoodle.com/cgi-bin/cats...abrics;Barrier It works quite well though it's a woven so no stretch to it (the diapers won't be worn quite as long since they don't have that stretch) and it did compression wick a bit (thus meaning I had to make sure I had enough absorbancy in them) but they did work. I imagine the coated nylon they have would work fine too (you can probably find it locally too) Wazoodle has good PUL now though (only white but the other colours will be there very soon) so I'll just get the real stuff there. PUL makes really nice diapers. After I made my first one I swore I'd never use a 2nd string fabric again!
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I haven't made diapers but I have some experience with this fabric.

The ripstop and camping stuff works well but is meant to be rewaterproofed quite often. We would recoat our tent ( a super high end tent) every year and it saw far less moisture than your babies butt. It is lightweight but as it ages it can crinkle up. I doubt that would happen though as on your kids heiny it isn't getting the sundamage our camping stuff does. If you have good waterproofing techniques to recoat the stuff then it should work on the outside.

As afar as the table coth stuff. That is called oil cloth. It can crack if you put it in hot dryers often and I am afraid that after you put all that effort into sewing them plus the other materials you might cry if your diapers got hard and crackly on the inside.

I did notice that joannes has this camoflauge stuff that is just like pul only thicker. I think it would work but be a bit heavy and I am pretty sure it was around the same price as pul.
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