While this is an older post from my blog archives, the information is still valuable! If you’re currently shopping for diapers I recommend a few brands in my Amazon Shop: www.amazon.com/shop/backtocalley
Would you like to diaper your baby for FREE? You may recall a post I wrote last year where I explained how you can diaper your baby for only $50. With the state of our economy parents are finding themselves making choices between buying diapers, clothing, food, and shelter.
Even if you aren’t handy with a sewing machine there are a few patterns available that can help you diaper your baby with items you may already have around the house. If you do have a sewing machine (or know someone who does) you can make cloth diapers that function just as well as the popular diaper brands. Here is a list of some common items that you can use to make cloth diapers:
- bath or kitchen towels
- knit, cotton, or flannel sheets
- receiving blankets
- fleece blankets
- wool sweaters
The easiest way to use the fabric is to make a flat or prefold from the fabric (you may not even have to sew to make these). Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry has a series of posts on the different ways to fold flat fabric for diapers These will require the use of a diaper cover to keep your babies clothes dry. You can use fleece or wool fabric to make a diaper cover, shorties or longies. When shopping at consignment stores, thrift shops, and Goodwill stores you may also find pull-on diaper covers like the Bummis Whisper Pants for only a few dollars.
I created a Pinterest board with some of my favorite links about how to make cloth diapers using found items – Free Cloth Diapers.
Making your own cloth diapers can save you some money and allow you to provide food and shelter for your family when times are tight. Even if you don’t have laundry facilities it is possible to hand wash your diapers in your tub or using a 5 gallon bucket and a plunger.
Why did you start cloth diapering? Was it for financial reasons? Have you made your own cloth diapers? I’d love to hear your story – leave a comment below!
Have you heard about the Great Cloth Diaper Change yet? Leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd) the Real Diaper Association (a non-profit cloth diaper advocacy group) is hosting Real Diaper Week (April 16-21st) and the 2nd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (April 21st).
Learn more about how to cloth diaper on an extreme budget by participating in the 2nd Annual Flats Challenge with Dirty Diaper Laundry.