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I am on a diaper making fest right now, but I have one question. I am doing all external soakers because I hate waiting for the internals to dry. What are the advantages of having sewn in vs. loose soakers? I know there have to be good parts to both because everyone does them differently. If you sew them in, do you prefer to sew down the middle or tack it on one end?<br><br>
If it helps, I am making a batch of hemp diapers now, but I have about 10 cut out of various fabrics. This is also for nb and small diapers.<br><br>
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I don't like how a separate soaker flops around when trying to diaper a wiggly toddler, and I don't like how long it takes for a sewn-in soaker to dry.<br><br>
So, I comprimise. I make pocket fitteds, so I can put the separate soaker *inside* the diaper - quick drying, with no flopping around!
 

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I like internal soakers if I'm using flannel or birdseye. They dry quick enough for me. I also make absorbent pocket AIOs (a pocket dipe without the microfleece). And when I make trifold soakers to be external I like to put snaps on one third so that I can snap them in.
 

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I really like pockets for med and large diapers, but will they work as well for small diapers? These diapers seem really small (as was my first child), and I don't know how easy stuffing a small pocket would be.
 

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My newborn size diapers are 7 1/2" accross the front. The easiest way I've found to make pockets is to leave the entire front waist open. So, minus the seam allowance, this still leaves me with a 7" opening. Wich is plenty for my hand. DH's hand might be a tighter fit, but I usually do all of the diaper folding & putting away. I put all of the lay in & trifold soakers with thier respective bodies before I put them away. That way dh can just grab whatever is on top without having to figure out if something needs to be added. I even put the fitteds inside of thier covers.
 

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Do you use elastic in the front, or do you just leave it alone? I think I like that idea!
 

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I just leave it without elastic. You need to add your waist loop (if you're using hook & loop) before you sew the layers together. Then when I've sewn it all together I turn under about 1/4" - 1/2" seam allowance.<br>
Here are some pics of one I made recently for my dd. They are a Size 3.<br><a href="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/377825516_9473d8813b_o.jpg" target="_blank">http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/3...73d8813b_o.jpg</a><br><a href="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/140/377825514_e0a58c9da4_o.jpg" target="_blank">http://farm1.static.flickr.com/140/3...a58c9da4_o.jpg</a><br><a href="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/343549569_5f7ac3b0ac_o.jpg" target="_blank">http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/3...7ac3b0ac_o.jpg</a>
 

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I have been using the diaper kits (and love them!) to make AIO but have noticed that the internal soakers do take a few dryer cycles to dry well - this pocket style is a great idea...I think I will try it with my latest order of diaper kits! One question though, from your pics love2bmom, it looks like 1 layer PUL and 1 layer of ???, and then what is your trifold soaker made from?
 

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I used one layer of PUL, 2 layers unbleached birdseye & 1 layer of velour for the inner and also for the trifold. We'll have the new trifold soakers up on the site late this week - I hope. They're arriving on Wednesday.
 

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Hi form your DDC Mel! I like external sewn on soakers because I don't have to do any fussing with them, and they dry quick, and I don't have to worry about whether dh shook the soaker out if the dirty dipe.<br><br>
That being said, the no elastic in front idea looks like a good idea, and like it wouldn't matter if the soaker wan't taken out as it would probably agitate out in the wash. Hmmmmm.
 

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I haven't even used a cloth diaper yet, so can only speak about what I've seen so far.<br><br>
I am making a fitted pocket diaper right now as it makes sense that it would wash better and take less time to dry than if it was internally sewn in. But I also just received a package of Kushies Classics that have an external soaker that is sewn in the back (so it folds out but doesn't flop around). Without actually trying either yet, I like the style of the Kushies external attached soaker.<br><br>
My son will be getting his first cloth diaper when he wakes from his nap, hopefully I'll have a more educated opinion later!
 

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I love sewn-in quick dry soakers. Internal generally take forever to dry, and if you have hard water it's *really* hard to keep them clean and fresh smelling, IME.<br><br>
one of my favorite designs is <a href="http://www.mudpiebabies.com" target="_blank">www.mudpiebabies.com</a> I love how the 2 soakers are sewn-in at either end to create lots of absorbancy w/out being to thick!
 
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