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May 27, 2011

Diapering for the cost of covers - Tutorial

Yes, I think I have found a way to use cloth diapers full time on a child and only pay the cost for a few good covers. If you are lucky you might not even have to pay for those (Freecycle.org is a great place to start).

How can you cloth diaper full time without paying anything? Easy. Do you have old t-shirts that you no longer wear, but don't want to throw away as they still have some kind of use left in them? If you are like many people, you do. If you don't have enough, you can always ask family and friends for their shirts.
How does a t-shirt = a diaper? Let me show you!
Start with a t-shirt (the larger the baby the larger the shirt)
I can use youth mediums and larges on my newborn
If there is a picture, put it facing down 
(you will want the blank area towards baby)
Fold the shirt into thirds
Fold down the top so the sleeves are folded in half
Fold up the bottom of the shirt to length
I make the top of the shirt and bottom meet when folding in prep and then just fold to the correct rise when putting the diaper on baby.
A shirt diaper all folded and ready for the next change!

It really isn't difficult to do and I just fasten them with a snappi if I really want to, but I have found that as long as the cover fits well, you don't have to fasten it (at least not on an infant). 

In no time at all you can go from

to .

Now all you need are some covers from stores like KellysCloset or DiaperJunction and you are set for diapering full time! Buying one size covers makes it even cheaper.
I have been blessed by a lady that I met through Freecycle that has given me her unwanted shirts to the tune of over 250 shirts and counting! Not only can I diaper my little girl, I can offer "diapers" to friends and family that also want to use cloth, but cannot afford the cost of modern cloth diapers upfront. I also still have more than enough left over for sewing projects for my business.

What ways have you found to diaper on a tight budget?

Until next time... Happy Diapering!

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