When I started cloth diapering Cakey, I realized it would be pretty easy to make my own inserts for her diapers. This would give me more diapers but would save me from having to shell out more money for them.
I did some research and discovered you can use just about any kind of material to make the inserts. I decided to use old T-shirts, receiving blankets, tri-fold cloth diapers (that I found way too bulky), and old towels.
- Once you have gathered your materials (t-shirts, towels, receiving blankets, etc) you should make a pattern. I took one of the current inserts and traced it on newspaper to make my pattern. My insert measured 6”x13”.
- Then cut stacks of soon to be diaper inserts.
- Assemble your inserts (if you are only using old t-shirts you’ll probably need 6-8 or more layers of t-shirts). I decided that the bulky tri-fold diapers (that I cut into thirds) would go in the center. My inserts looked like this a single layer receiving blanket, 1/3 of the bulky tri-fold diaper, followed by a single layer receiving blanket. When I ran out of receiving blankets I used a double layer of t-shirts on top and bottom. When I ran out of bulky tri-fold diapers I used a double layer of old towels in the middle.
- Next pin them together.
- Then, sew all around the insert edges until all edges are sealed.
- Finally, sew a line or two down the middle of the insert to make sure everything stays in place.
And now you’re done! Easy-peasy DIY cloth diaper inserts. I love how simple and pretty they are. So functional and a great way to reuse old T-shirts and towels.
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