I finally did it!  I made my first cloth diaper. 

I recently started using cloth diapers for Logan while at home.  I have been using the same six BumGenius (all in one) diapers on nights and weekends for a couple of months now.  They are really nice, but are a little pricey at $25 per diaper.  I want to start using cloth full time, but am not thrilled about making such a huge investment.      

From a recent journal on the popular list I found out that it is relatively easy (and inexpensive) to make your own pocket diapers (no cover needed).  I invested in a sewing machine, made my own pattern and bought the necessary supplies that I would need.  I also joined a diaper sewing group to help me learn some of the basics before I began.  A resource from the group gave me the idea to use materials from around the house for the outer fabric and inner stuffing to keep the cost per diaper down.      

Last night I sat down and tried my hand at my first diaper.  It took me a while since it was my first time sewing.  It ended up being a flop!  The elastic wasn't doing what it was supposed to, and I used the wrong needle which resulted in missed stitches.   

My second try produced a workable diaper, but the elastic was still not right.  I referred back to the directions, and realized that I was not supposed to be sewing through the elastic...duh!!   

I just finished my third diaper and I am very impressed with it.  The stitching turned out okay, and the elastic was a huge improvement from the first two.  It is obvious though that I need to improve my general sewing skills.  I guess I should probably join a beginner sewing group.  

Here are some pictures from my project: 

Supplies

Pattern

Material

Finished product (interior)

All ready to go!!

In action!

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Rebec...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Great job!

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Gaia_...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:04 PM

That looks awesome, Lorel!!  Good job!

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logan...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Thanks, Kristin.  I have to say that you are the one who got me interested in doing this.  I used to envy Will's homemade diapers!  I am so happy that I have finally learned how to make my own.

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Ooftacat
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:21 PM

I'm so proud of you!  You did an awesome job!  I suck so bad at sewing!! 

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amile...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Nice!

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clean...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:34 PM

He looks much happier in that one than he did the green one he had on in another picture I saw that you posted.  It must be very comfortable.

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DestM...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Wow, you did a GREAT job!  Good for you Lorel! I know you're going to make tons of diapers and then who knows what else!!

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singe...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM

WTG Lorel you did an AWESOME job.. much better then I could have lol.. Now it makes me want to get my patches cut out for maknig my quilts...

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logan...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Kim, you crack me up.  Although you are probably on to something.  The homemade diaper's interior is made of soft fleece.  It is super comfy.

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logan...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM

I'm so proud of you!  You did an awesome job!  I suck so bad at sewing!!  Ooftacat

The last time I touched a sewing machine was when my mom showed me the basics as a little girl.  Believe me, it is easier than you think.  The only thing that frustrated me was screwing up the first two diapers.  I am okay with it now though because I realize that is how we learn.

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