As you all know, (oh my Lord, she is gonna bring it up again!), my kids, the earthfamily are expecting and are very frugal people. My son had pointed out to me that he found a pattern for making diapers from old t-shirts...so I ran with it.
I checked google for expectant parents on the cost of cloth vs. disposable. The range went from $1600-2400 per infant, and that is not even the carbon footprint you are starting the baby out with. I had no idea. Then I started thinking about, what do parents do in a disaster situation for diapers? I can't fix the milk issue but the nappies are easy peasy and literally free. There are a jillion places online, including ebay and etsy, that sell the "new" cloth diapers. They are made from PUL...a sheer soft plastic underlining with a pretty double knit cover. I bought 3 yards on etsy from this seller and have made re-usable breast pads. The PUL is a breeze to sew, comes in 60" widths and washes very well. My daughter has been using them with her baby and loves them. If you check etsy, you can find a lot of sellers who make these. Very tres chic...but, the baby is going to pee in it! They can be rather expensive. They are, what we older mommies from Noahs' era, used to call rubber pants. They still need the liner, hence, the t-shirt nappie.
I checked at my local favorite thrift store and asked the owner if she throws out clothing...like t-shirts. Yep, several a week. So I had her save some=free. I washed and dried them and cut all the seams out. (a typical fabric/hoarder stash...a huge box of t-shirt knit fabric minus the seams, lol!)
I cut a template out of an old piece of plastic and shaped it like what I perceived a diaper should look like.
Lets see, oh yeah, right. So pin the little dickens together and sew with 1/4" seam. I did go over a few areas with the intent to keep the wadding (am I not just getting the greatest words from my bloggy friends in the Southern Hemisphere?) from shifting.
No, it's not very pretty...but it's free and it's use belies the aesthetics. I purposely made the underside a little thicker...it's a girl. For a boy, I would have added a little more padding to the front part. This nappie is for use with the AIO cover
AIO=all in one
or a wool soaker. I haven't finished the soaker yet, still in the thinking stage, but it's cut out. I just can't decide if I need to do it by hand or machine, after all, I do have a few needles unbroken.
Now, here she is, Vanna, do me the honors please:
I have read that a lot of the AIOs don't fit the newborn, this is perfect! No plastic for the earthbaby...lol. I know this is a quilt blog, but I had a request on my blog and 2 emails asking for this tutorial. Thanks for bearing with me.