Cloth diapers save money, they are great for the environment, and best of all they are healthy for your baby.
The hardest thing about deciding to use them is the up-front cost. It can be killer depending on the type and brand of diaper you decide to use.
If you are even a novice seamstress you can save well over half the cost of cloth diapers by making them yourself. When you are done with them, a quick post on eBay or Craigslist will allow you to recoup most of the rest of the cost.
Basically, you can diaper your baby for next to nothing when all is said and done. I happen to know this because I used cloth diapers for my kids, I made them, and I sold them for almost the entire cost I had incurred making them.
Babyville Boutique’s website has everything you could possibly need to make adorable cloth diapers. You can also buy their products through brick and mortar outlets like JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart.
A few weeks ago, they sent me a kit with a variety of the supplies needed to make a diaper.
- Fold over elastic in coordinating colors
- Boutique style buttons
- Three coordinating designs of waterproof PUL fabric
- Coordinating diaper pins
- Hook and loop tabs, all ready to be attached to the diaper
- Coordinating labels
- An easy to follow pattern and instructions
There were several more books with other projects that can be made from the waterproof fabric. It looks like you can use this cute PUL to make everything from diaper bags to place mats and dog jackets.
If you are new to sewing, you might find that patterns can be hard to follow.
These patterns and books have simple patterns made from a heavy paper. The books have easy to follow instructions with step by step photos. There are supply lists, tips on how to prepare the fabric, how to make casings, and a lot more. These instruction manuals were made with the person who is not experienced in mind.
If you have some, or a lot, of experience sewing diapers, you will love the variety of waterproof PUL fabric that they have. The leopard print with pink dots that they sent is adorable. It is a high quality PUL – lightweight but seriously sturdy.
The website is well designed, attractive, and easy to navigate quickly. You can browse by the product’s themes, such as cowboys, or you can browse by the project you want to do. There is also a blog. They don’t seem to update it much, but what they do have is interesting and informative.
Basically, if you are even thinking about making cloth diapers, Babyville Boutique is the best place I know of to start.
I wish they had been around twenty some odd years ago when I transitioned from buying cloth diapers to making them. Back then, I cut my own patterns and figured out how to put them together myself.
Finding the right weight fabric for the various components meant an hour or more searching the web. I was always happy to find what I was looking for, and if it was cute, that was just icing on the cake!
Give the site a look and see what you think.
Image: Marye Audet