Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Ultimate List of Cloth Diapering Patterns

When I first thought to sew my own cloth diapers I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I'd be lucky to find one page about how to make them. Boy, was I wrong! I discovered a whole community of moms just like me who sew and cloth diaper. There are tons of sites about how to sew diapers and just as many that offer free patterns. I spent months looking through them all so I figured I should compile a list of what I've found. There are other list around that are missing some pages I like, and I'm certain I will forget some too. If this can save someone months of searching, though, I think it's worth it. Beware though, making diapers is ADDICTIVE!!

First, read the basics on using cloth diapers:
Why use them at all? thenappynetwork
This link has all the info on how to store dirty diapers and how to wash them: thediaperhyena
This is a great site telling how to care for wool diaper covers and it even has a great video on how to lanolize them: greenmountaindiapers

Patterns and tutorials:
This is a great site! It has info on the fabric used in diaper sewing as well as tutorials and patterns for both diapers and covers. diapersewing
These are all tutorials.
Diapersewingtutorials
basic all in one
very baby
This one also has diaper measurements which come in handy for drafting your own pattern. diapersewing
This is one of my favorites! It shows how to recycle old clothing into diapers and covers. fernandfaerie
Fleece and pul pocket diaper: fauxfuzzibunz
T-shaped diaper: Inca'sClothdiaperingsite
How to sew a fitted: Dianna'sJournal
Pre-folds and ideas on finding fabric: pre-folds
diaperfabric.com
Adding gussets: diaperfabric.com
Draft a pattern: dutchgirldiary
thepeacefulpeacock
Fleece pockets: diaperpages.com
Printable patterns:
goodnessgraciousdiaper
ottobredesign
celticcloths
thenappynetwork
rita's rump pocket

Fleece covers, soaker, wraps, etc.:
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/httpwww.html
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/1126/sewfleece.html
http://diaperfabric.com/snug-wrap-cloth-diaper-cover-tutorials/

Training pants:
http://www.easterbunz.com/free-trainer-pattern/
http://mama-or-minx.livejournal.com/12349.html
http://www.geocities.com/songshirah1/

Wool cover patterns:
Bum sweater: http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2.html
Sweater pants: http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331
Knit/crochet:
http://www.borntolove.com/pattern.html#Down_Under
http://www.fernandfaerie.com/freesoakerpattern.html
http://www.needlebeetle.com/fionasfriends/free/soaker.html
http://home.comcast.net/~tchaudhury/Index.html
http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/pdf/wool_diaper_cover_en.pdf
http://www.xanga.com/The_1932_soaker_pattern
http://www.dunmani.plus.com/knitting/patterns/soaker.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20050204193539/http://www.angelfire.com/biz/mothershelpinghands/crochet.html
http://tierra-verde.8m.com/soaker.html
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/baby/fancy-pants-baby-pattern.html
http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/soakers/pattern/
http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/organicwool/woolpants.html

These were not intended for cloth diapering, but made with wool they will work fine. http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/granny_smith/granny_smith.html
http://www.craftown.com/knit/knit23.htm

Wipes: http://myhappycrazylife.com/make-your-own-cloth-wipes/

Fold over elastic and other sewing issues: http://diaperfabric.com/other-diaper-sewing-tutorials/

Whew! That took longer than I thought it would. If I think of any more I'll add them.

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