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I didn't start CDing DS until he was several months so I have no newborn dipes. We are tight on the money aspect and I have looked around at tutorials but which newborn patterns do YOU like the best?

I plan on repurposing old fabric and will probably make a run to goodwill for more fabric.

Hit me with all the newborn dipe info!!

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What type of diapers are you wanting to make? Fitteds, AIOs, etc?

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my new favorite for NB diapers (as I am just in the NB stage myself, having started with DS at 6 mos, but 4 week old DD is cloth only since birth) is the Hippy Hippy Snap pattern... that assumes you can do snaps, of course. It fits great... the NB size looks so small, but fits perfect from day one, and if you do it in knits... DD can still fit in her knit HHSs on the first snap setting... and she can now also just fit into her small diapers, to give a reference... they were huge and swimming on her when she was born. she was 7 lbs 12 oz, and the HHS fit perfect.

If you do nto snap... I'm not sure... I think all but one of my NB diapers are snap diapers, lol. I have a Fattycakes Diaper that was done with aplix, but they are normally a snap diaper too... and aplix doesn't seem to work as well with FC diapers.

a pattern you may be interested in is the Dear Darling Unlimited... it is a PDF pattern, so you get it within like 24 hours (sooner if she is online at the right time, lol, and it has options for practically every size and type of diaper you will ever be interested in. literally, the reason it is a PDF is because it is like 50+ pages, or something like that, and would be way expensive to print and ship. I understand that most people just print the pages they need only.

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Hmmm, what type of dipes.... we did prefolds and covers so I have a huge stash of those and got used to using those.

Which is easiest to sew? I'm not an expert at sewing and I do not have a serger I sure wish I did but those suckers are expensive!!!

What do you all think of this pattern? http://www.buriedtreasureln.com/phsn.htm
It looks fairly easy.

tschecter- thanks! I'll look into those patterns

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Take a look at the Mama Bird pattern. I admit I haven't actually tried it yet (I've been making the Dear Darling newborns from the DD free pattern), but it's next on my list.
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FYI the mama bird pattern fits LARGE. I've tried it and the crotch seems a bit big. I really like Shar's newborn pattern with the umbilical scoop or the Wee Weka pattern (both free on the Nappy Network). I've also made the free Darling Diaper pattern since it works so well with knits (t-shirt material). Also, you might want to try the Not So Flat Wrap since it's so simple. I also don't have a serger or a snap setter, and the patterns listed above all work well topstitched and turned with touchtape.

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Uh oh, topstitched and then turned with touchtape? I'll have to learn what that means!! Maybe I'm going in over my head!!

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Heh, turned then topstiched - sew your pieces together right sides facing, leaving a hole, turn so the right sides are out, then topstich around the edges of the whole thing to finish. Touchtape is a type of velcro, but way better than the stuff you buy at the fabric store because it stands up to a lot more washing/abuse. Another good brand is called Aplix.
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Hehe, yeah turned and topstitched All I know is that it's not serged!

There's this whole debate about what's best : touchtape versus aplix. I honestly just bought what was available to me at Fabricville and avoided Velcro altogether cause I heard it didn't stand up well to washing.

FWIW, I learned a whole lot on the diaper divas board....so many useful picture-based tutorials for total dunces like moi
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I had no idea what turning and topstitching was until I started sewing diapers! the whole concept of topstitching was a revelation, let me tell you! I'm actually a much better seamstress since I started making diapers - for example, I've finally learned the value of using LOTS of pins, rather than just slapping things together and figuring I can wing it. 3 minutes spent pinning actually saves so much frustration and gives a much better finished product! And I've learned so much from the Divas.
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Hmmm, what type of dipes.... we did prefolds and covers so I have a huge stash of those and got used to using those.

Which is easiest to sew? I'm not an expert at sewing and I do not have a serger I sure wish I did but those suckers are expensive!!!

What do you all think of this pattern? http://www.buriedtreasureln.com/phsn.htm
It looks fairly easy.

tschecter- thanks! I'll look into those patterns
hmmm I do not see a pattern that link took me to a vitamin ad
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hmmm I do not see a pattern that link took me to a vitamin ad
my bad,
http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2...t-pattern.html

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well I have te same question and so far Ive been making ritas rump pockets which someone else posted a link to. But considering that I have never actually seen a newborn baby in real life (or for that matter anyone under the age of 6weeks or so...) I am not sure how it will fit.. it does appear to be very adjustable though
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Aurora...if you're making RRPs for newborn, consider shrinking the pattern down to 85% and lengthening the wings back out again. From everything I've read on the divas' board, RRPs might be a bit big for a newborn.

Here's a comparison shot between a Shar's newborn and a shrunken down RRP...pretty much the same size:
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...dsmallRRPs.jpg
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