How to Make a Diaper

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Things You'll Need

  • Flannel fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Terrycloth fabric
  • Serger sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

Cloth diapering your baby can be a cost-effective option, if you choose simple diapers such as prefolds or flat diapers instead of the fancier pocket or all-in-one diapers. If you possess basic sewing skills, you can also make your own diapers to reduce your diapering expenses even further. Choose fabrics in colors and designs you enjoy, and your homemade cloth diapers will serve your baby’s diapering needs well.

Measure and cut a piece of flannel fabric 27 inches by 18 inches. Fold the fabric in half so it’s 13 1/2 inches by 18 inches.

Sew around the raw edges of the two layers of fabric with the serger, positioning the fabric so you do not cut off any fabric, but stitching the overlock stitch neatly along the fabric edges.

Cut a piece of terrycloth fabric 5 inches wide and 18 inches long. Stitch around the four raw edges of the terrycloth fabric with the serger to finish the edges. This piece creates a center layer for more diaper absorbency.

Position the terrycloth strip on the sewn diaper, centering it evenly between the two long edges of the diaper. The 18-inch sides of the terrycloth fabric should match the 18-inch sides of the diaper. Pin the terrycloth fabric in place securely on the diaper.

Stitch around the four edges of the terrycloth strip with the regular sewing machine to sew it to the diaper. Position the line of stitching about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the terrycloth fabric.

Place the diaper on your baby with the terry cloth strip against her skin. Pin the diaper in place or place it inside a waterproof diaper cover that fastens with hook and loop or snap enclosures.


  • If you prefer to make flat diapers without the terrycloth center, cut a piece of flannel fabric 36 inches by 18 inches. Fold the flannel into thirds to make a diaper 12 inches by 18 inches. Sew around the edges with the serger sewing machine to finish.


About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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