Before I started sewing diapers for my son, I had a sewing machine but had never used it. It sat for years in it's box, waiting for me to get over my fears and learn to sew. It was intimidating to think about, I knew nothing about sewing and had no one to learn from. All my learning was by trial and error so I kept putting it off.
Eventually I decided to give it a try. I bought some PUL fabric and some fleece for an inner lining. The first diapers I made were from scrap material. Old shirts that were destined for the trash took on new life as I struggled to learn the basics of sewing. Before long, I had a workable pattern and some usable (if not pretty) diapers.
It doesn't take years of sewing experience and a fancy machine to make your own cloth diapers. All you really need is a machine with a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. Your local sewing machine retailer will often have traded in machines for a fraction of the cost, or check around at yardsales and estate sales. Start out simple. If you decide you really love sewing you can upgrade later on to something with all the bells and whistles.
For fabric, use what you have around the house. I used my husband's old tee shirts, but that may not have been the best choice. Knit fabrics like tee shirt material is stretchy and harder to sew. Flannel is easier. It doesn't stretch much while you sew, and you can use old sheets, receiving blankets, flannel shirts, or find some flannel on clearance at your local fabric store. This will give you the feel of sewing basics and will produce usable diapers once you get the hang of it!
It won't take long to get the hang of diaper sewing, and you'll experience the joy of creating something your child can wear and use.
Before you start using PUL, read through our tips for sewing on PUL fabric section for some pointers to make it easier.
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