Mothering Forums - Reply to Topic

Thread: Quick diaper advice please! Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
12-21-2005 08:23 PM
boscopup
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeosMama
if it's something you can make with your hands, he can do it (except he doesn't seem interested in knitting so far, but if i asked him to help, he would probably teach himself). He doesn't seem to be concerned about what any other man would ever think of him.
Are you sure you aren't married to my dad?!?
12-21-2005 05:50 AM
Seie I have sewn 4 CDs in my life - I only just started last week. But I have written down my favourite pattern. I have copied it off a onesize kind of diaper so this pattern should fit a wide range - and is very easily adjusted for bigger or smaller babies. It is T-shaped - a shape I really like for the simplicity and the way it is so easily adjusted to a good fit. Another good thing is that it is easy to draw and sew.
I have tried to make the instruction as simple as possible - and the diaper can be made of an old towel (preferably a soft one) and some flannel (could be old sheet or duvetcover) or jersey (I used an old sheet). If you are out of fabrics then find a secondhandstore and look for old towels or sheets - those usually sell very very cheap.
Take a look here for the pattern
12-21-2005 02:52 AM
Jes'sBeth I have a wife and you think that might be helpful with things like sewing... not so much here. She was banned from the sewing machines in gr 7 or 8 home ec because she kept breaking needles after 6 needles, she had her priviledges revoked!

She's VERY enthusiastic about the diapers I make though and she does let me know when she likes or dislikes a material and she gives me good suggestions for what does and doesn't work which have all made my diapers better.

She also keeps me fed. I'd starve or have scurvy if it weren't for her!

so, that's way off topic.

To get back on topic... I use chalk on dark colours and marker on light colours. I usually use something permenant (i hadn't thought of crayolas being washable! what a GREAT idea!) and cut inside or turn and topstitch.

when you're sewing the curves, just feed the material into the machine the way you want it to go (move the fabric around so the machine takes it in as if it were going in straight.) it won't take you long to get it right.

You have to do the same with a serger. In fact, I find things trickier with a serger than my sewing machine, but I've had my machine for 8 yrs now and the serger is borrowed from my neighbour.
12-20-2005 09:23 PM
muttix2 And that is so cool that your dh sews! Mine won't so much as help me pick out fabric
12-20-2005 09:22 PM
muttix2 I'm going to have to find ds' markers so I can use them next time, that a good idea. (we learned that "washable" isn't so washable when applied liberally to carpet ).

How do I sew the curves of the diaper? I've got it all pinned together ready to sew (have already sewn the soaker in and am very proud of myself ) but I don't want to mess it up on this step. I'm using my sister's machine and it doesn't have fancy things, just a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch function. She doesn't have the manual. So, should I just go straight and then move the fabric? And if that's so, I can see why people buy sergers!
12-20-2005 08:53 PM
LeosMama if it's something you can make with your hands, he can do it (except he doesn't seem interested in knitting so far, but if i asked him to help, he would probably teach himself). He doesn't seem to be concerned about what any other man would ever think of him. He has his own standards of what is masculine and manly. I like his version better than the standard cultural expectations.
Sorry to gush, can't help it sometimes.
12-20-2005 07:46 PM
beepsmnms
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeosMama
why would you need to take a sewing class?! read the email i just sent you about everyone doing it differently and one way not being better or smarter than another.
you know how to do what works for you.
personally, i can't stand pins and don't use them when making diapers. hate pins hate them hate them hate them. dh thinks i'm nuts not to use pins as he pins everything when he sews. he says i need to take a sewing class! (he taught me to sew, so what does that say about his teaching? )
your husband sews? Maybe I don't need a sewing class, maybe I need a husband.
12-20-2005 07:41 PM
LeosMama why would you need to take a sewing class?! read the email i just sent you about everyone doing it differently and one way not being better or smarter than another.
you know how to do what works for you.
personally, i can't stand pins and don't use them when making diapers. hate pins hate them hate them hate them. dh thinks i'm nuts not to use pins as he pins everything when he sews. he says i need to take a sewing class! (he taught me to sew, so what does that say about his teaching? )
12-20-2005 07:34 PM
beepsmnms Trace? I don't trace. I cut out around the diaper, pin the diaper together and sew it up. UGH, I really need to take a sewing class.
12-20-2005 06:59 PM
LeosMama i use my son's washable crayola markers usually. sometimes i use a sharpie and make sure to cut inside the line or that it will be a T&T diaper (I use a pale color too) or on the inside of the layer. but the washable markers is the best.
except one time i put the diaper on him right after making it and carried him around the house (no cover on, dumb) and after awhile dh said "What happened to your shirt?" the orange marker which is water soluble had bled all over the diaper and my shirt!
now i'm sure to wash them first and no more orange problems!
12-20-2005 06:32 PM
muttix2 I'm glad I checked back in here before doing my cutting. I haven't tested the dipe on the baby yet. So, no more cutting for me today, I'm going to try and get the one I have cut sewn together when they go to bed tonight.

Thanks for the links, I downloaded a few of them and will look at them when I have more time. Took a quick glance though and they seem cool. The cardboard idea is a good one, I'm going to try it out when I find the pattern(s) I like. What would I use to trace it, a fabric pencil? Or would just anything work since I'd be tracing outside of the part that I'd be using? Kids are up from nap (not that my older ds ever actually napped he's just "up" from quiet time ), I'll check in later.
12-20-2005 04:41 PM
LeosMama once you get a diaper pattern shape that you like and plan to stick with for awhile, i recommend tracing it onto cardboard and using an exacto or box cutter to cut it out. this way you can skip all that pinning and just trace around it then use scissors to cut it out. so much faster! i use my son's washable markers to trace with.
12-20-2005 04:39 PM
tuffykenwell Here is a link to a bunch of PDF downloads for cloth diapers including "draft your own diaper pattern" (third on the list) which I think is excellent!

Good luck!

Steph
12-20-2005 04:03 PM
Jes'sBeth it gets faster after you have more experience too. I like to work in blocks. I'll trace 5 or so diapers, then cut them all out then pin, taking each diaper to the next step as I go and then starting on the next step. I'll only do this though If I know I like my pattern first.

Everyone has a step they don't like much. I'm not a big fan of cutting out. icky! But what can you do?

About the fleece... yep, it works like a charm. You'll probably want 2 layers of fleece for a good overnight cover unless it's really thick to start with.
12-20-2005 03:18 PM
muttix2 Thank you so much!

I didn't know that you could use fleece as a cover. I'll have to look around and see if I have any.

I've got the pieces cut out to one diaper for my baby (trying to potty train older one so his dipes are less priority), I didn't realize that it would take so long I though that I could make at least 2 diapers on Sunday but it ended up taking longer to trace/pin/cut out than I thought Today I'm cutting out a couple more and once the boys go to bed I'm going to try to sew a diaper!

Thanks for all the links, I'm on my way to check them out.
12-20-2005 01:52 PM
LeosMama Oh yeah, and also check out Inca's diaper pattern, it is in the sticky at the top of this forum. It is super-simple and she says it contains poopies very well.
12-20-2005 01:50 PM
LeosMama Beep finds PUL jackets at thrift stores and can get one cover per coat. You have to look for the tag inside it that says "polyurethane" and "polyester" it must say both of these things.

But really, you can go to the thrift store and buy wool sweaters or 100% acrylic sweaters or sweaters that are a blend of wool and acrylic (stay away from cotton or other plant fibers). Acrylic has to be washed more often than wool, but it is machine washable, so no big deal.

You can also try using fleece baby blankets or old fleece sweaters (100% polyester fleece, not cotton fleece). Use two layers to make covers from these.

In a pinch, I have a friend who would use a plastic produce bag from the grocery store and cut out the corners for leg holes and use this as a cover. Looks funny, but it works.

Your entire household will begin to look like diaper making supplies when you get a bit more comfortable with what fabrics are good for which parts of the diaper.
12-20-2005 01:27 AM
deliarose http://www.tickleturdle.com/wrappattern.html
This is a free soaker cover that is crocheted. It is more of a wrap style, but I think it is cute. This is another style http://www.angelfire.com/biz/mothers...s/crochet.html
This is one may need some adjusting, but it is crocheted.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/proj...chproject.html
HTH!
12-19-2005 12:16 AM
deliarose There is not much for me to add, but good luck! All the pp said it all. You can do it!
12-18-2005 06:46 PM
Jes'sBeth The right side is the side you want to show. If you're using an old t shirt and you want the label out, the label side would be your right side. Some other fabric has better colour on one side than the other. That's your right side on that fabric. Other fabric, looks the same on both sides. It's your choice what you want. Often you stitch things right side together (good sides in) and then flip it inside out.

acryllic will work you just have to wash it more.

crocheting will totally work. I don't have a link for you but I'm sure there's a free pattern somewhere online...
12-18-2005 06:35 PM
muttix2 What does "right side up" mean with fabric? I am using both fabric from old shirts and stuff and some store bought fabric.
12-18-2005 06:18 PM
muttix2 Thanks. I have a pattern from when I was going to make dipes awhile ago. I just didn't know if I could use acrylic instead of wool. I've found something that says that it should be ok, not as absorbant but ok which is all I need.
12-18-2005 05:54 PM
beepsmnms I'd just browse the internet for a crochet pattern for them, I'm sure theyre out there, dont know if they are free or not though. You might try other posts too.
12-18-2005 05:13 PM
muttix2 I saw that and it looks good but I don't have any wool sweaters or any access to any right now. I'll likely try that when I have more time to get materials but right now I have the yarn in my closet so I figured if I could use it I would.
12-18-2005 04:56 PM
beepsmnms
Quote:
Originally Posted by muttix2
Can't believe I didn't think about this, but what about the waterproof layer? I don't have/can't afford PUL right now, is there anything else I can do? I do crochet and have some acrylic yarn that I was making dh a blanket with for Christmas, could I make a soaker out of that? Would that keep my kids dry when they need to be (outside the house, naps, etc)? Or would I need to actually get wool? I'm going to ask this question in the yarn crafts part also.
I finally this last week splurged on some PUL because the place had free shipping and cheap PUL by the yard. But.. before that I had been using the vinly pants form walmart, they suck but they work also, did you look at that butt sweater link I sent you to make them out of recycled sweaters? Once those are made up THAT is your waterproof layer. If you dont want longies, dont put the legs on it and just hem or finish the edge of the short legs with a large zig zag stitch. Do you know how to felt the wool sweaters? Wash and dry in hot, as hot as you can get it, do it before you make the covers so the covers themselves dont shrink too much ( i made that mistake). Also, that grid thingy from the store, its expensive IMO, I just got a large piece of wall paper and drew 1"x1" squares on it, and acutally I don't even use it now that all my patterns are cut out, I just cut out on my table now. You can make one of those grid boards out of cardboard too if you really want one.
HTH
ps: ive only seen a very few of the croched soakers, most I've seen are knitted or made out of recycled wool sweaters.
12-18-2005 04:34 PM
muttix2 Can't believe I didn't think about this, but what about the waterproof layer? I don't have/can't afford PUL right now, is there anything else I can do? I do crochet and have some acrylic yarn that I was making dh a blanket with for Christmas, could I make a soaker out of that? Would that keep my kids dry when they need to be (outside the house, naps, etc)? Or would I need to actually get wool? I'm going to ask this question in the yarn crafts part also.
12-18-2005 03:53 PM
muttix2 Thanks. I'm getting ready to cut out my first diaper now. I'm going to use a mix of the diaper sewing fitted pattern and the fern and fairie fitted pattern. Basically, I'm using the directions from both and where I don't understand the directions on one, I'm cross referencing the other I think I may have to run to the store to get one of those sewing grid pad things before I can start though. I'm going to try one w/out it though b/c the bus doesn't run today so I'd have to walk to the transit center or pay through the nose at the fabric store near me.

Off to make my first diaper! Hopefully the next time I post it will be with pics!
12-18-2005 12:17 PM
beepsmnms There is a sticky on the front of this forum called Diaper Pattern Resources there are several free patterns on there. My favorite one is the Mamabird and there is another one for a One Size. http://www.geocities.com/myfreediaperpattern/ It turns out super cute too. You'll get the hang of this diaper sewing, I've only been doing it a lil over a month and its very addicting. All the free patterns are pretty easy to sew. I can give you a couple pointers that I didn't bother researching when i began... I found that if you use polyester thread its stronger and if you're making an AIO (all in one) pee doesnt wick thru the thread for the most part. Also on the the sticky of the pattern resources, the ottobre pattern runs big so it works great for us as a Diaper Cover. If you have any old wool sweaters you can turn them into covers or longies really cheap. The link to that is here http://www.bumwrapdiapers.com/pages/pattern.php PP is right, everyone tweaks their patterns differently so make one then tweak it til you like it and cut out a bunch. I need to get to sewing more myself. HTH
12-18-2005 11:26 AM
Jes'sBeth Those are just weights holding it down. Don't worry, you don't need those ones. You can pin the pattern down or trace around it and cut it out. I trace and cut since that's how I get the most accurate results. Lots of people just cut around the pattern though, especially if they're using a rotary cutter (looks like a pizza cutter) You can use soup cans to weigh down as well.

I think it's easiest if you don't have a rotary cutter to either trace and cut or pin and cut. tracing allows you to use the same pattern over and over before you cut. Pinning can put a lot of holes in your pattern too. It's really up to you. My mom always used to pin her patterns down and cut so that's how I started. I don't like rotary cutters yet... I'm not very good at curves and find I have more control over my scissors. Really though, I find tracing easiest.

Hope you have a lot of fun! Remember, make 1 first, make any changes you need and when you have one you like, THEN cut out and sew a whole bunch!
12-18-2005 09:41 AM
muttix2 Ok, that diaper looks much easier. I'm looking at the fitted pattern. I don't know what those things are that are holding the pattern down on the shirt, can I just pin it down? Also, do I trace around the pattern or just try to cut around it with it pinned to the fabric?
This thread has more than 30 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off