A Few Tips on Sewing Your Own Cloth Diapers from Babyville Boutique

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You want to sew your own cloth diapers? That’s awesome! I want to help, I really do…but I cannot even get a button sewn on right! So I enlisted a little help from someone that actually knows what they are doing to give you a few great tips and get you started off in the right direction.

This post is written by Ellie Joos of Babyville Boutique. She also posted with us back in 2012 for their one-year anniversary! Click here to check out their website for more great project ideas!

Ellie wanted to help us celebrate our 15,000 Facebook fans, but in the meantime we have gone over 17,500 fans! Thank you so much to all of you for all of the amazing support! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. And now over to Ellie…

 

Congratulations to All About Cloth Diapers on reaching over 15,000 Facebook Fans! We are delighted to help celebrate with a Babyville Boutique® giveaway for one lucky fan.

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You want to sew your own cloth diapers! You are in great company with the thousands of families that have made this choice for a number of reasons:

1.     $$$  – Start a college fund with the money you save

2.     Mother Nature – reduce your impact on the environment

3.     Good for Baby – chemicals in disposables may be harsh for tender baby’s bottoms.

4.     Bragging Rights – express your creativity by selecting adorable products to make baby’s diapers and coordinating accessories

Sew – let’s get started.  First, dust off the sewing machine and if necessary have it serviced to be sure it is in good working order.  You will need some basic supplies:

  • Good quality polyester thread – at Babyville, we have been very pleased with the results from thread by Gutermann
  • Sharp scissors – fabric scissors, and a second pair for cutting paper patterns
  • Patterns – Babyville’s “Cloth Diapers Made Easy” book guides you step by step with a pullout pattern, instructions, and full color photos. The Ultimate Pocket Diaper pattern by Krista Tracy is complete with pattern, tips, and techniques. There are also a number of good free patterns on various websites.
  • Ballpoint needle #9 or 11, ballpoint pins

Now that you have your basic supplies, read the pattern books and directions carefully for guidance in selecting your fabrics.  If you have not already joined a Facebook cloth diapering community, we suggest you do.  The gals (and guys) there are so helpful and supportive, especially to cloth diapering newbies.

Of course, we believe that our products are the best for DIY cloth diapering, and we know that there are many other fine products from which to choose. Now, some tips on sewing with Babyville PUL and other products:

  • Start with a simple project such as a diaper cover, then try other styles to see what works best for your baby
  • Prepare your fabrics as directed in your instructions
  • Pin only in the seam allowance of PUL fabrics
  • “Read twice, cut once” – take your time
  • If sewing fold over elastic, stitch with a Three Step Zig-Zag

Once you have made your first project, it is time to expand your creativity with all of the cute appliqués, labels, ribbons, and other embellishments that will make your project stand out. Why not make matching apparel to go with the diaper? Baby bib and placemats, changing pads, and wet bags are very easy projects you can make in no time. You can even iron-on the Babyville appliqués and iron-ons onto cotton fabrics to add fun and personal decorations to your projects.

To win your selection of girl (shown above), boy or gender-neutral products from Babyville Boutique with a retail value of $100, enter the rafflecopter below! Open to US and Canada. Good Luck!
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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jennifer is a 33 year old SAHM to one beautiful little girl named Sophia. She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her. Jennifer fell in love with cloth diapers even before Sophia was born and searches for ways every day to share the love!

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171 Responses to “A Few Tips on Sewing Your Own Cloth Diapers from Babyville Boutique”

  1. Julianne Wiebe Says:

    I would love to try the chevron or bird print PUL!

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  2. Billie Jo Hayes Says:

    Would love to try mixing the coordinating PUL, prints and FOE

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  3. Emily Says:

    I would like to try the rainbow chevron PUL

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  4. Jessica k Says:

    I’ve just started sewing my daughter cloth diapers! I would love to win this!!

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  5. kristin Says:

    Have made about 4 newborn and 5 small babyville cloth pocket diapers so far, a number of bibs, and a couple of changing pads. All gender neutral, due April 15! Would love to win and make gender specific items!

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  6. At Says:

    I would like to try the new bird pul fabric. It’s so lovely.

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  7. Laranda Says:

    Just started making my own cloth diapers to get ready for our 3rd little one and I am hooked. I am loving all the Babyville products and patterns! Can’t wait to make more and to use them all when my little man gets here! :)

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  8. Sara Johnson Says:

    I would love to have extra supplies and make diapers for a friend who is having twins! I love the bbv products that I have used for my baby.

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  9. jami c Says:

    I would like to try their supplies to make a few diapers. It would be fun!

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  10. melissa Says:

    I really want their new pul fabrics, just don’t know if I need boy or girl yet

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  11. April Stutzman Says:

    I would love to try the snap pliers and snaps.

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  12. Gretchen McCullough Says:

    I don’t actually know hot to sew :( but my mom is willing to try and make some so I guess I’d need some PUL (girly) and some snaps and elastic and well, everything you need to make a diaper, except the books because I have those ;)

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  13. Lisa Says:

    I love the pul packaged fabric!! It’s so cool to be able to make a few diapers that coordinate with each other.

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  14. Melissa Johnson Says:

    I would like to try the pul packaged fabric.

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  15. Jolene Kirk Says:

    Would love to get this, so I will be able to make my own diapers. Hubby not a fan, but if I make them he is alright with it.

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  16. Christin Huether Says:

    I would love to try the PUL, and the adorable elastics for headbands!

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  17. Amanda Says:

    I would love to get some of the chevron pul:)

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  18. Rebekah Drapeau Says:

    I want to try their PUL fabrics.

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  19. Katy M. Says:

    I would like to try the PUL

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  20. Jen Wilson Says:

    Little Birds and Chevron printed and solid PUL packaged fabric

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  21. amanda w Says:

    I would definitely need to start with a how to book!

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  22. Tosha P Says:

    I’d love to make several diapers from each of the girly prints of the PUL. I’m getting addicted to cloth diaper & matching my baby girls outfits to her diapers ????

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  23. Ashley P. Says:

    I would like to try the snap pliers. I have a few cloth diapers with broken snaps and some odd things around the house that I would like to add snaps to.

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  24. Rebecca Says:

    I love the pirate and monsters pul

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  25. suzanne marble Says:

    I would love to get some materials to make my own cloth diapers.

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  26. Alexandra Pitcher Says:

    Love the PUL prints especially the pirates and the monthly iron ons!

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  27. Chris Mattatall Says:

    i have the cloth diaper book and would love to have a snap press and anything else to try to make my own!!!

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  28. shannon Webb Says:

    I have used the PUL and pliers. I would like to use size tags and the wicking material.

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  29. Michelle H Says:

    I have used many of their products, love them! I haven’t tried the PUL yet, and would like to get the size tags as well.

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  30. Jen T Says:

    I would like to use the patterns.

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  31. Jeannette Says:

    I would LOVE to get their simply soakers pattern booklet and some of their adorable PUL prints!

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  32. jenny Says:

    Thanks, I would love to get the Little Pirates Monthly Iron Ons.

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  33. Jessica M. Says:

    I would love to get the Simply Soakers Pattern booklet…gotta start somewhere!

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  34. Beth Rees Says:

    I love the Little Birds and Chevron prints! They are so cute

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  35. Raina Hood Says:

    I love the Little Pirates & Skulls!

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  36. Kasey Waxman Says:

    I’d like to try their snaps and pliers!

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  37. Julia Says:

    I would love the snaps pliers! So many ways to create.

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  38. josi Says:

    I would like to try the snaps and snap gun, wicking fabric, and pul. i don’t care about the patterns so much…

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  39. Patricia B Says:

    I want to get their books and try to make one of everything lol

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  40. Bryanne Says:

    I’d love to try their PUL!

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  41. Michelle Says:

    I would really like to see how well the ruffled elastics held up in a cloth diaper.

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  42. jessamyn Says:

    I would like to give snaps and the snap pliers a try!

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  43. Amanda Alvarado Says:

    I love the Mod Girl Flowers and Dots assorted PUL packaged fabric!

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  44. Marie Says:

    I actually bought the book and loved it. Need to get the supplies though. Lol

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  45. Rachel N Says:

    I like the little birds and chevron PUL package

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  46. Gina Says:

    Love the chevron PUL!

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  47. jessica fletcher Says:

    I’d love to try their PUL!

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  48. Brittany Crews Says:

    I want to give their snaps a try!!

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  49. Amanda Boerst Says:

    I love the Little Pirates Pul!

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  50. Allison Says:

    I love all their PUL! I would love the Pirate PUL:)

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  51. Allison Says:

    I love babyville. I have the book, but I would love more items to play around with. The stores near me don’t sell them anymore :(

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  52. Danielle B. Says:

    I would like to try out their snaps.

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  53. Lindsie Nygaard Says:

    I would love to try the PUL. I have two of the pattern books, but haven’t made anything yet. I’m a little nervous!

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  54. Samantha L. Says:

    I would love to try their colorful snaps and pliers! Also patterns and books.

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  55. Bonnie Says:

    I have sewn all my cloth diapers (economic necessity!) and I love Babyville. The pattern books are really easy to follow and the fabrics are so cute–and available at my local craft store–huge plus. I borrowed a few of my friends store-bought cloth diapers to compare, and they were very similar. I got brand-new diapers for about $5 a piece–not too shabby!

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  56. Lauren Says:

    New to cloth diapering and have been researching making my own cloth diapers. This would be wonderful.

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  57. Elizabeth Godschalx Wisniewski Says:

    I would love to get and try the Dinos and Monsters printed and solid PUL packaged fabric 3 count package

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  58. Shanna M Says:

    I like the books they offered. I’d like those :)

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  59. Laura Says:

    I would love to get my hands on some snaps and pliers, they would give my home sewn diapers a nice “professional” touch

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  60. Kadie Says:

    I am very fortunate my mother-in-law loves to sew and has been practicing making cloth diapers for us to try. So far, she has done very well and I’d love to help make it easier on her! This monster fabric: http://www.babyvilleboutique.com/products/monsters-printed-pul-bolted-fabric is ADORABLE!

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  61. Nicole Bear Says:

    Little Birds and Chevron printed and solid PUL packaged fabric

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  62. Rachel E Says:

    I am going to need to try the chevron pul.

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  63. Christina Says:

    I’d love any of the above packs!. I’ve uses BB fabric to make some cloth trainers for my 2yo, and am toying with the idea of making a few new dipes for #2 due in Sept!

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  64. Angela Says:

    New to cloth diaper sewing. Woild love the girly pack for the my first little girl due in September :)

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  65. Jennifer Says:

    I love the playful pond fabric. I’m a monster fan of duckies!

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  66. Corrie K Says:

    I want to try their Chevron printed PUL!

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  67. Fidiya Says:

    I’d love to use the appliques on baby clothes.

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