Hello to you! Tamika here from Clouds Full Of Rain. Oh baby! I’m so excited for this new season of life for Jen and her family. Children are certainly a blessing! When we brought our last little one home, who is not so little anymore, we were ready to get started with the journey of cloth diapering. I thought I would share a little bit of my experience. I am by no means an expert. I’m just sharing what has worked for us.
I absolutely love making things for my children. So, when we decided to cloth diaper I figured I might as well try my hand at making them. Shortly after I began researching what this could actually look like I became a teensy bit overwhelmed. I had no clue cloth diapering had made such a comeback. If this could really be a way to save money (like I hoped it would), I needed to find options that were free or somewhat close to free. So, my goal became to spend the least amount of money I possibly could on cloth diapers/supplies.
I ran across a pattern for a free basic fitted pocket diaper by Rita, and knew this would be how my cloth diapering experience would begin. A fitted diaper is similar in style to a disposable diaper. It has a contoured shape and elastic helps gather the fabric around the leg area. Two cuts of fabric are used for this particular pattern and a pocket is included that can be stuffed with any preferred absorbent material. This one diaper can accommodate several sizes, so that was a plus for me.
The pattern and instructions were simple and straight forward. I loved reading others’ comments and adaptations to the pattern. Since I didn’t have much of a fabric stash then, I decided to use the flannel blankets I received from the baby shower as fabric for the diapers.
And you know how many of those blankets us mothers get as gifts for our little ones. I was pretty much set using two of these 4-packs. So, with pattern and blankets in hand, I had to figure out a layout. I quickly learned that I would not be able to get two full diaper cuts out of each 30″x 30″ blanket, but with a little improvising we got the job done.
No reason to waste the extra fabric, right? I was able to get a burp cloth and cloth wipe out of the remainder of the blanket.
I went ahead and backed the burp cloth and wipe with chenille for added softness and absorbency. I didn’t think it was too bad of a deal at all to get 4 cloth diapers, 4 burp cloths and 4 wipes out of 4 baby blankets.
Oh, and let us not forget about the cutest compliment to a set of cloth diapers. Matching onesies!
Along with flat cotton diapers, prefolds and waterproof covers (these cloth diapers will leak without a cover) given to us at the shower, we began our cloth diapering experience.
I did purchase a few other covers from an online store in a smaller size since the ones gifted were a little larger. I also cut up other flannel blankets to make cloth wipes for diaper changes.
Cloth diapering can look a lot more sophisticated than what I’ve shared here, but maybe someone will be encouraged to consider it as an option for their family. Or at least see your baby blankets in a whole new light. Lol! When you start sewing, nothing is safe anymore.
Thanks so much for having me ladies! Jen, I wish you the best with your growing family.