Hey everyone! Have you ever heard of Babyville Boutique? If you’ve been considering making your own cloth diapers, but aren’t really sure where to start, I recommend you check this company out! You can find their website HERE. They sell books with all sorts of patterns for cloth diapers and other baby essentials, such as burp cloths, diaper bags, toys, aprons, and much more! They also sell everything you’ll need to make the diapers, including PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric, snaps and aplix (Velcro), elastic, etc. The fabric choices are actually really cute and many items are made to coordinate with each other. (i.e. Monkey appliqués to go with the Playful Friends Monkeys fabric.)
You can also find video tutorials on their site for several different projects/certain parts of projects, such as “How to Sew EZ Tape” and “Simply Soakers”. I don’t know about you, but this is GREAT for me because I am very much a visual learner. (I actually made my husband show me how to use my new sewing machine because I basically refused to read the directions. :D )
I bought some hemp cloth a few months ago with the intention of making some (hopefully) better night-time inserts for my now heavy wetting, almost 6 month old daughter. I had also been thinking about trying out fitted diapers and some fleece covers since they are supposed to work well for overnight, SO, since I finally bought a sewing machine and got motivated, I visited my local fabric store in search of some fleece. Why buy something when you can make it yourself, right? While I was getting my fleece cut, my husband was looking at the patterns. Then I remembered the Babyville Boutique products that were part of a giveaway I entered in February and that they are carried at some craft stores. Low and behold, they had them at mine! Moral of my boring story, I’ve gotten even more inspired to make even more diaper products!
So far I’ve only made one hemp insert using their pattern, but after trying it out 2 separate nights there have been no leaks so far! This is extremely exciting for someone who has to change crib sheets at least 4 times a week. (Funny the things you get excited about as parents, eh?) I love the shape of the pattern because it’s kind of a cross between a regular insert and a fitted diaper. There is a lot more coverage for her booty which is good since she’s a back sleeper.
I hope this has helped some of you get inspired to create something of your own, even if it’s not cloth diapers. I am no professional by any means, either, and these directions and patterns are simple to follow. A fleece cover with a PUL lining is next on my agenda along with some flannel daytime inserts. J
One of the hemp night-time inserts I made. Like I said, I am no professional by any means. I know aesthetically speaking this looks like crap, but I told my husband I don't care as long as it works! (Which it has 2 out of 3 nights. Have I mentioned my daughter is a super heavy wetter? lol)
Fleece cover with PUL inner. Still needs the elastic and aplix. (Note: Just the PUL fabric is from Babyville Boutique. It's pink on the other side. Aren't the other fabrics cute too?!)