Thursday, April 03, 2014

{Tutorial} How to Sew Newborn Inserts for Cloth Diapers



This tutorial is designed so that you can sew your own newborn inserts for cloth diapers spending the least amount of money possible. This is why we have created three different styles of newborn inserts - #1 is a sandwich style insert using Zorb. #2 is a prefold style insert using Zorb. And #3 is a prefold style insert using all scrap material (this being the cheapest way to make an insert).

When I was in the planning stages of making these inserts for our little one I wanted to purchase some awesome material for the outside of the insert - bamboo interlock. Then once I figured out how much the fabric was going to cost + shipping, plus all the other things I wanted to purchase for our new baby, I decided to make these on the cheap. I already had the Zorb (purchased from www.Wazoodle.com) from making other projects. I found an old flannel sheet and some old 100% cotton T-shirts to use on the outside of the Zorb (Zorb is an interesting fabric - it is an interlining material that looks almost like cotton batting, it must be sandwiched and sewn between two layers of fabric or it will not hold up to repeated uses). If I were making these again, I would still use the Zorb, even if I had to purchase it just for making inserts because I really like how it performs. Please do not use cotton batting in place of Zorb, it might look similar but I promise you will not be happy with the results.

This tutorial is going to be a tad different from ones that I have posted in the past. Let me explain.... I keep a sewing binder. Whenever I create something, I keep a record of what I made, what materials I used, the pattern, etc. I slip each project's information page and pattern in a sheet protector and put it in my sewing binder, this way I can go back and make the project again if I want to. For these newborn inserts I scanned my notes and I will post them for you to view on google docs. This was much easier for me than trying to transfer all my notes to a word doc, then creating a PDF, then uploading them here, etc.

I have included some pictures that match up with the steps in my notes. Once you download the notes, the pictures will make sense.


Here is the old flannel sheet that I up-cycled

Variation #1 - Sandwich Style Insert using Zorb

The finished insert


Size comparison to a Huggies Newborn size diaper

Size comparison to a Huggies size 1 diaper
Size comparison to the pocket diaper we made using Ericksonand Co. tutorial - Diaper is set on the smallest setting



Variation # 2 - Prefold Style Insert using Zorb
Variation #2 - Step 3
Variation #2 - Step 4

Variation #2 - Step 5

Variation #2 - Step 6a

Variation #2 - Step 6b

Variation #2 - Step 7 
Variation #2 - Step 8 - The Finished Insert



Variation # 3 - Prefold Style Insert using Only Scrap Material


This insert is pretty much the same as variation #2, the difference is this one does not use Zorb, but only uses layered scrap material to make the absorbent layer. Follow the pictures for Variation #2 from step 1-4

Variation #3 - Step 6

Variation #3 - Step 7b
 
Variation #3 - Step 8

Variation #3 - Step 9
The Finished Insert Unfolded

Variation #3 - The Finished Insert Folded









41 comments :

  1. Great tutorial! Wish I had this when my little guy was in CDs...would have saved me a fortune! Sharing and pinning for my mom friends!

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  2. Wonderful! Thankfully I have a full stash right now but if I ever need more, I'll be giving this a try!

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I actually need to make some of these and was going to look one up. Thanks for saving me some time. I love the prefold one!

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  4. This is a great tutorial because it allows you to customize the diaper's fit to your baby's size.

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  5. Great tutorial! Cloth diapers might be a lot of work but they really save you a lot of cash and i've heard that they are better for babies!

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  6. Those are so awesome!! I can't believe that you have the time to make those. It's so awesome that you are able to do that!
    Tiffany

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  7. Great tutorial!! Loving the stripy fabric you used, so pretty

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  8. That is an awesome step by step tutorial! This makes me miss my boys being babies so much :(

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  9. I used cloth diapers when my Daughter was young because she was allergic to the throw aways. I wish I would have had this great tutorial back then.

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  10. This is great! Very handy for those wanting to use cloth diapers for their little ones (Kim)

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  11. Great tutorial! The only cloth diapers I ever had experience with were back in the early 80s and they were nothing like this.

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  12. great tutorial! wish I had this back when my kids were little

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  13. Wow. Love the colors. You are so talented.

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  14. I am thinking of using cloth diapers with my next child. This is great information!

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  15. This is a great tutorial. I never thought to use clothes diapers. Where I'm from that's what we use 99.9 percent of the time.

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  16. Great tutorial I tried using clothe diapers with son but they just didn't work out as well as i wanted them to.

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  17. Great tutorial! I love how easy you made this seem.

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  18. This is a great tutorial. My DIL plans on using cloth diapers and she likes to sew. I'm going to share this link with her.

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  19. This is a great tutorial. My DIL plans to use cloth diapers and loves to sew. I'm going to forward this post to her.

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  20. A great DIY project to make cloth diapering even cheaper. Thanks, I will be sharing with my tribe of moms!

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  21. What a great tutorial, if I hear of anything using clothing nappies I'll be sure to send them this way :) x

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  22. This would be a great use for leftover fabric or recycling old clothes. I like recycling, it saves so much money and helps out the environment. It's the perfect craft for replacing diapers that aren't good for our landfills at all.

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  23. What a helpful tutorial. I bet these would actually make great baby shower gifts!

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  24. Very cool-- I love that cloth diapers are back in style..so much better for the baby, the environment, and the bank account.

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  25. Great tutorial! I definitely have to keep this for when I have a kiddo cuz I wanna cloth diaper :)

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  26. Those look almost too cute to be diapers. Great tutorial!

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  27. This is a real creative and craft idea. Will def help parents looking for creative ways to save and get the most out clothing diapering.

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  28. Thanks for the tutorial! I need to practice more on the sewing machine! Maybe give this one a try!

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  29. They look so cute. I love the stripe fabric. Beautiful

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  30. I didn't think I would be able to maintain my sanity if I did cloth diapers so we stuck with disposable. I hated all the waste but there weren't cool tutorials like this available back then!

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  31. What a great tutorial. I wish I would have cloth diapered!

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  32. Great idea! I am going to show my friend this tutorial. She can definitely save some money by making them herself!

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  33. This is a great tutorial and it looks amazingly simple! How do these compare to bought inserts? Do you reserve these for just daytime use?

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  34. That is a great tutorial. Definitely a great way to save money. Amber N

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  35. Thank you. Thank you for the pattern. Thank you for the clear instructions. Thank you for saying where you bought your supplies. Thank you - So Much!!!!!

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  36. I just bought/ordered a bunch of supplies to try my hand at making my own cloth diapers (via your other tutorial). This will come in super handy!

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  37. Love the tutorials , when you used zorb did you find one layer of zorb between the flannel was sufficient ri woudl you suggest using two ?

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    1. I used one layer of zorb so I could easily surge the edges. I always stuffed 2 or 3 inserts in the diaper because one was never enough. So if you want to make less inserts use more layers of zorb :)

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  39. I love your tutorials and have made 5 diapers from your pocket diapers! Now I want to try your prefold instructions out, but my boys are older than newborns. The width looks fine but how long would you think the insert would need to be to make it toddler sized?

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