Friday, April 5, 2013

DIY cloth diaper inserts



    There comes a time in every cloth diapering mummy’s life that she can use some more diaper inserts.  Maybe the dryer ate some, or an eagle flew away with a few from your clothesline to line their nest with.  Maybe they got left at Grandma’s house.  Maybe great great great granny stole them to use with her adult cloth diaper.  I don’t know.  Whatever the case, looking into buying extra inserts can be crazy expensive and the quality can be questionable at best.

  So don’t buy them.  You can make them with the bare minimum of sewing skills and time, trust me.  Here’s how:


  You’re going to need: 
  • an old towel or two (any colour, any condition – this is absorbing feces and urine after all) 
  • scissors 
  • current diaper insert to use as a pattern OR just measure out a rectangle 38 cm x  14.5 cm (14.75" x 5.5") and round off the corners to use as your pattern (this should fit most one-size pocket diapers based on my experience) 
  • thread 
  • needle or sewing machine.  

   I love to hand-stitch but I do recommend using a sewing machine for this project.  

  Trace and cut out as many diaper insert pieces as you can from your towel.  If you want to make a newborn diaper one layer will suffice, but any child older than that you’ll need to layer two pieces together (so you want to end up with an even number).

using an existing insert as a pattern piece
   Pin your layers together if need be, and set your sewing machine to the zig zag stitch.  All you want to do is run along the edge of your layers to keep them fraying away during frequent washings.  

use a zigzig stitch to keep the edges from fraying
   That’s it – you’ve just made yourself a diaper insert, recycled a towel, saved yourself some cash, and gave yourself a bit more time before your next load of diapers.  You’re so amazing!  

  NOTE: the measurements provided above have served me well with several different brands of one size pocket diapers but please use your judgement with your particular diaper brand. 

  I'm linking this project up at Small Footprint Friday, Creative HomeAcre and A New Creation- check them out for more great projects!




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16 comments:

  1. Great tutorial, Jennifer! I cloth diapered with my first child and second child, but I must confess I went disposable with my 3rd. Too much laundry as it is around these parts! Plus he's so big he would have outgrown the ones I had by 6 months. Love the idea of making your own inserts!

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    1. I've heard a few people who have also experienced the 'third child' phenomenon there must be something to it!

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    2. Ha! He's just lucky he got any diapers :)
      Thanks for sharing this post at A New Creation

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    3. pshaw, for my third I'm just putting down newspaper

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    4. I'm just starting cloth diapers with my 2nd 1.5 yrs old and my third coming in Oct. I'm late to the game, so my third will have cloth and my first is the one who used disposables! :) I am making some of these right now during naps because I just bought a few diapers with only one insert and would like another to give more absorbency!

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    5. good for you! I always use two inserts too - one is fine for small babies, but once that bladder gets bigger two is definitely safer!
      Congratulations on your 3rd soon-to-arrive munchkin!

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    6. I'm opposite, I'm expecting our fourth and our 3rd just turned one. I'm sick of buying disposables so I'm waiting on fluff mail to start baby #3 and #4 on cloth!

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    7. I'm opposite, I'm expecting our fourth and our 3rd just turned one. I'm sick of buying disposables so I'm waiting on fluff mail to start baby #3 and #4 on cloth!

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  2. Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow. :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/creativehomeacre11.html

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  3. Yes, great idea! I'm on to it this weekend.

    Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing this,
    I already feel amazing :)
    xxx sas

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    1. Thanks Saskia! LOL - so glad to hear that you're already feeling amazing!
      xoxo, Jenn

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  5. How do you clean your towels to remove the detergent residue?

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    1. great question, Dory. We have very sensitive skin in our family, so we use an all-natural soap for our laundry (soapnuts) which means I haven't had to worry about stripping detergent. But it did get me thinking, after all, thrift shop towels would be great to use, wouldn't they? I did a little google hunt for you, and this seems to be the best response I was able to find (hot water and white vinegar) - http://www.ehow.com/how_5673819_remove-detergent-residue-clothes.html . Many sites recommended the white vinegar and water method, that one just had the best directions! Good luck!

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    2. I know this response is past due, but hopefully it can help someone else. I often receive clothing from people from church or buy at thrift stores, and to remove the residue I wash the clothing with a tablespoon of Dawn dish detergent and pour in a cup of 5% white distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle. It works every time. There have been times that plain vinegar in the wash has not worked for me. That is usually when the clothing has been washed with Gain (which my daughters and I are highly allergic to) laundry detergent.

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  6. Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing this,

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