My daughter is going to use cloth diapers for her son when he comes in just a few short weeks.  When she was a baby I used cloth diapers as well.  Particularly useful were these “all in one” diapers.  The diaper, the plastic liner, and a cover were all sewn together, and little velcro tabs replaced the dreadful pins.  You rinsed out the “solids” into the toilet, soaked the entire thing, then threw it in the wash like a regular diaper.  It was the convenience of disposable, the eco-friendliness of cloth.  When she told me she wanted to use cloth diapers, it dawned on me that I could not only probably makes some pretty easy, but I could also do it cheaply using only stuff I already had on hand!

I love giving myself challenges!

So here’s a quick tutorial on how I made All in one diapers.


First, make a pattern. I copied a newborn sized diaper.








So above is the diaper, to the right is the pattern it made. NOTICE the perfect drawing…NOT.


Then, using a waterproof mattress pad from when my 10 year old was a baby, I cut out the patter and marked where elastic would need to go.

I did the same with an old flannel baby blanket, an old cloth diaper (also from when the 10yo was a baby), and some white flannel I had laying around.

The elastic was added (in hindsight I wouldn’t add this to the waterproof pad…it just put holes in the waterproof part).

I serged around the edge, leaving an opening to turn inside out.

I then sewed Velcro onto the tabs and across the front.  It came out so cute I decided to make more. This one was in denim.

And here are the finished diapers.  I hope to come back and add pix of the baby wearing them when he joins us.

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