DIY Pre-Fitted Cloth Diapers
Want to know a secret? I like prefolds. A lot. They’re inexpensive, easy to clean, made of natural fibers, and I think learning different ways to use them is kind of fun. All these virtues aside, getting a prefold on an active toddler with better things to do than have his diaper changed can be a bit tricky! May I present a perfect solution? The Pre-Fitted!
I looked at quite a few online tutorials before deciding on this one. Each pre-fitted diaper takes about an hour to make from start to finish (for me, anyway). I was a little nervous about creating my own template, but I went for it and am quite happy with the results! I’ve been using organic unbleached cotton prefolds (orange/standard size) from Jillian’s to make O’s pre-fitteds. I imagine as long as you avoid the super thin department store prefolds, any brand should work just fine.
- I use a zig-zag stitch on the whole diaper, not just the soaker part. I think this makes it look more finished and creates stronger seams.
- I’m considering making the “soaker” part of the diaper mostly seperate and only attaching the soaker at one end so that it dries faster.
- For the most comfortable fit around the waist, I leave enough slack in the back elastic so that I can still pull the diaper flat.
- For the legs, I pull the elastic as taught as I can to make sure it creates a nice snug fit to prevent leaks.
- We like to use Snappis with wool covers over O’s pre-fitteds.