How to Make Cloth/Reusuable Nappies

So with a Little Girl due in April (7 weeks to be exact lol), I knew right from the beginning i wanted to give cloth nappying/diapering more thought and effort. I did briefly use them with our second son Ashton, but i did just sort of jump head first into the cloth nappies without researching what we needed/didnt need and what was available etc. The cost of nappies at the time where expensive, i remember going into Toysrus and picking up some Tots Bots bamboozle nappies with outer wraps, just for 5x nappies it was £49.99… Considering you need around 20-25 if i continued to buy more packs of the nappies i would of had to of paid out £200+, Money of which we didnt have.

Now nearly 6 years on from using those nappies with my son, there have come a very long way!, there are now more like disposable nappies although price tags for these lovely cloth nappies have also rocketed up. Some All in one nappies i have looked at have been £15-£16.00 Each! OUCH… could you imagine buying 20-25 nappies at £15.00, in total thats: £300.00 :/

With me being quite skilled on a sewing machine, i thought to myself there must be a way of finding out how i can go about making these nappies for myself at a fraction of the cost.

I found Free Pattern’s Here: http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/diy.php
I used this Pattern: http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/images/shars_newborn_fitted.pdf

So after finding my pattern that i wanted to use, i researched up on all the different style of nappies that there is available. I decided to go for the All in One or known as AIO, which basically is as it says, its a all in one nappy that doesnt require any outer wraps, pins etc. I decided to go with Popper fastening rather than the velcro this is because i found with ashton the velcro on his Totsbots nappies would dig in and rub on his belly.

My costs per Nappy is: £1.50!!!

I couldnt be any happier to how they turned out and here is how i made them.

Things you will need:

Download and cut out Paper Pattern
PUL Waterproof Fabric (to go in the Middle so Nappies dont wick)
Fleece for Inside and Out (you can use the same Colour or Both, or 2x Different colours)
Elastic (I used Swimsuit elastic at 6mm wide)
Poppers or Velcro for Fastening (I used size 20 4x Part Popper set)
Scissors
Thread
Sewing Machine
Pins
Pen/Marker

Heres How i done it:

Print and cut out your pattern.

Print and cut out your pattern. The pattern as it is will need the straight edge to be placed on the fold of your fabrics, but if you print out 2x copies of the pattern and join together then you can place the pattern anywhere on your fabric, which will probally help with elminating fabric waste.

Bits cut out

Each Nappy will require 2x Fleece’s and 1x PUL Layer. If making your nappy using the same coloured fleece for inside and out then cut 2x Pieces. If using 2 different coloured fleece, then simply cut 1x piece out of each. The Image shows 2x Nappies Cut out and waiting to be sewed together.

Cut out

Lay down your Outer fleece Fabric Piece with wrong side facing up. Then place your PUL fabric layer ontop of your Outer Fleece with wrong side facing up (Shiny side).

Poppers and Popper Tool

Here is the Poppers and Popper Tool that i used. The poppers are called Kam Snaps and the size i used were 20.

Mark Popper Position

I marked my popper positioning after i cut the fabric out, but you could mark the position whilst the pattern piece is on the fabric. Its entirely upto you how you do it. I also used a couple of pins around the edge to keep the fabrics together whilst setting the poppers.

Set your Poppers

Set your Poppers

The front should have the Socket of the poppers showing

The front should have the Socket of the poppers showing

Pin your fabrics together, lay down your inside fleece with right side facing up and lay your outside fleece right side down, so that both fleeces are touching with right sides together. Pin all the way around

Pin your fabrics together, lay down your inside fleece with right side facing up and lay your outside fleece right side down, so that both fleeces are touching with right sides together. Pin all the way around so that when you sew your fabric pieces are aligned up nicely. I tend to pin my fabric with my pins horizontally going vertically up the fabric (i think ive described it correctly haha) you will see what i mean by the image, but the reason i do it like this is because i can sew all the way around the fabric without having to remove each pin before i get there.

Start sewing from the front of the nappy and remember to leave a gap/dont sew at the front of the nappy so that you can pull the nappy through once sewed.

Start sewing from the front of the nappy and remember to leave a gap/dont sew at the front of the nappy so that you can pull the nappy through once sewed.

All the way round should be sewed

Remove all the pins, your nappy should be all sewed up apart from that little gap you left at the front of the nappy.

Cut your elastic to 11cms in length, you will need 3x lengths of elastic for each nappy

Cut your elastic to 11cms in length, you will need 3x lengths of elastic for each nappy, one for each leg and one for the back.

Sew the very edge of the elastic down on both edge's

Align the end of your elastic to the elastic points on your nappy, Sew the very edge of the elastic down on both edge’s.

On my sewing machine i have a specific 3 step zig zag elastic stitch. If yours doesnt using a normal zig zag stitch will do the trick

On my sewing machine i have a specific 3 step zig zag elastic stitch. If yours doesnt using a normal zig zag stitch will do the trick.

Stretch the elastic while stitching

start at one end, put your foot down and place the needle in. Then by holding the other end of where you have attached the elastic, pull the elastic so its flush with your fabric. When sewing make sure that you dont sew over your straight stitched line.

Heres how the elastic looks on the reverse

Heres how the elastic looks on the reverse continue to do the other leg and the back elastic.

Pull the nappy all the way through the gap that you didnt sew

Pull the nappy all the way through the gap that you left when sewing around the nappy.

Heres the gap

Heres the gap.

Pin the fabric together

Tuck in both fleeces and pin the fabric together.

and stitch it close

and stitch it close making sure to stitch as close to the edge of the nappy making sure you catch both fabrics together when sewing.

mark position for where the poppers need to go

mark position for where the poppers need to go on the arms of the nappy that go around the waist. Again you may want to mark out your popper positioning when cutting out your fabric rather than mark them at the end… I mark at the end so i can make sure there aligned up properally.

and Taaaa Dahhhh its done, heres on the smallest waist size

Finally Its done!, heres the nappy on the smallest waist size.

here is the largest

here is the largest

look how soft that looks! :)

look how soft that looks! 🙂 This nappy will require a soaker pad, unless you have sewn one onto your inside fleece… If you have a sewn in soaker pad your nappy will take longer to dry, if you have a seperate soaker it will be quicker to dry as its thinner. So its entirely upto you on what you want.

 

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