Erik and I have decided that we want to cloth diaper the little baby Olive for a number of reasons. Whatever you think is best for your family is fine by me, but we think it’s 1) better for her 2) better for the environment and 3) better for our wallet.
So I did lots of research on what brands are recommended, what types there are, etc. etc. I determined that pocket diapers would work best for our lifestyle. So I registered for those.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate each and every one of you who got me a gift. But no one (except my sister-in-law) checked out my registry. When they found out I was cloth diapering, they all got me the old-fashioned kind that you need pins for and everything.
But I’ve decided to make the best of it. There’s no sense wasting perfectly good gifts even if they’re not what I wanted. I may decide once we start using them that I absolutely can’t stand the hassle of it or that I’m tired of pinning myself. Until then, though, I figure thousands of women have used these, I can too.
I still needed diaper covers, though. I had some PUL from when I was going to make a bunch of pocket diapers. Since I now have these other kind, I didn’t need to make those anymore. I decided to use the PUL for diaper covers.
Enter this tutorial from made. Most of the other diaper cover patterns I saw used FOE, but I found that to be an impossible hassle when I had made my single pocket diaper. I was really hoping to not go that route. Dana’s pattern and tutorial uses regular old braided elastic inside of casings. Now that’s something I can get behind.
The trickiest part, I thought, was serging around the leg holes after you’d already sewn the sides together. I would think you could do that before sewing the sides, but I followed her tutorial exactly just to be sure these turned out okay. A couple of times I also accidentally opened up my safety pin while threading the elastic. There’s another trick: trying to close it without ruining anything.
All in all, I felt the pattern was simple and quick to follow. These turned out cute, and I hope they do the trick for my little Olive’s old-fashioned diapers.
Here’s a couple of close-ups of some adorable patterns:
Do you cloth diaper? What system do you use?