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Where do you get the patterns? What are some good ones? (Fairly easy yet effective) Do you need a serger or can a regular machine do the trick? (DH keeps pushing me to get a serger so having one is not a detterrant... I just don't feel I should get one, it seems an unnecassary expense...)
 

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Hi there! For easy to follow instructions with pics online, go here: <a href="http://www.diapersewing.com" target="_blank">http://www.diapersewing.com</a><br><br>
I think either McCalls or simplicity has patterns you can buy too, but I've never used those. It is also easy to just model after your fave diaper you have around your home-just lay it flat, stretch it out and trace around it. You can even take your child's measurements and wing it. Oh, and you surely can sew diapers and covers on a regular machine.<br><br>
I <i>wish</i> my dh would encourage me to buy another serger!! You lucky dawg!
 

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<a href="http://www.onestopdiapershop.com" target="_blank">http://www.onestopdiapershop.com</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> JESS IS GREAT I have the PooPocket pattern and LOOOOOOOOOVE IT. For me it was very easy, and it CAN be t&t, but serging goes MUUUUUUUUUCH faster and I feel makes for a more durable diaper. GET THE SERGER lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I get chamois flannel (imo the most durable flannel and soaks up super great and is a super trim diaper (I use 4 soaker 2 or 3 body depending on my mood) at Joann Crafts (fabrics) in the adult section, the kids chamois isn't quite as sturdy but it's a second/tie with killigton flannel. You can usually find 100% cotton knit (white or natural, black and some other colors) there as well as I use the cotton swimmers elastic. You can use terry for a long tab along the back and a rectangle tab in the front and use a snappi to close it. Othewise there is the side snapping pp's which are sized and you can use a dritz plyer (gotten locally) instead other hammer tool to apply snap source snaps (dritz are too short pronged imo) or aplix instead of snaps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> which I personally like side aplix or side snaps. I would use old second hand aka cheep fabric for practice diapers before jumping into the fancy fabric. Also look into her links for free patterns, I've used the octobre (sp)design and love it *it's in german but just use the pattern, take the picts as guidance and go to the link where she has instructions for to put together a diaper adn you'll get the idea. You CAN faux-serge if your machine has an overlock stitch, but it's sooooooooooo slow. Just don't forget ot add seam allowence or your dipes will be too small lol. I hear tell the Diaper Cover delux is great, I just make my covers a tad bigger than my diaper pattern and make them that way with foe or serging depending on how many layers. Also there is a yahoo list for diaper sewing support <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sewyourowndiapers/?yguid=102913504" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sewyou...guid=102913504</a> Hope this was some help to you
 

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Errrrr... ummmm... that's one way to look at it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I really wish DH was a little LESS eager to drop large sums of money on things... I guess I am something of a tightwad... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you both for the tips! I will check them out, and hopefully more will be coming!
 

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I've made lots of fitted dipes and some covers, mostly using the guidelines at <a href="http://www.diapersewing.com." target="_blank">www.diapersewing.com.</a> First I traced a sposie and used that for a pattern and then modified it from there. Now I have my pattern perfected so it fits from about 15 lbs on up to potty learning. But I choose not to use fasteners on my fitteds for various reasons, mostly to get a larger range of use, but also since when we use these we usually use a velcro cover anyway so why bother. Plus it's faster to make them without. I usually use secondhand flannel sheets & towels from the thrift store unless I can get some flannel new dirt cheap. I use the 1/4" elastic from Walmart. These dipes have lasted me almost 2 1/2 years and still going strong which is great considering they are from secondhand materials!<br><br>
On covers, I tried to just trace my Bummis and that worked ok. I bought a Honeyboy pattern and didn't really like that at all, partially because I felt the fit was large/baggy and it required a lot of modifications. I had problems with finding a binding that would look nice but wouldn't wick (FOE didn't work for me), so I just concluded that it would be easier and more economical for me to buy cover in excellent secondhand condition.<br><br>
As far as getting a serger, it might be nice, I don't know since I've never used one but certainly not necessary. I used my regular Kenmore sewing machine for everything and have always turned and topstiched my dipes. It works great. Good luck and happy sewing!<br><br>
Jenny<br>
SAHM to Noah (4), Joshua (2) and c-section 10/16/03 Sarah
 

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I also have some diapering sewing instructions on my website. I'm a novice but a few people have found them helpful.<br><br><a href="http://www.baby.darshani.com" target="_blank">www.baby.darshani.com</a><br><br>
Darshani
 
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