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Making Your Own Prefold Cloth Diapers

I recently bought a copy of Amanda Blake Soule’s amazing book titled “Handmade Home.” She is also the author of The Creative Family and the blog Soule Mama. You should look her up. She is gentle, creative, and extremely inspiring. “Handmade Home” contains instructions for assorted projects that you can make from fabric that you may already have laying around your home, or that you can purchase at a thrift store or even yard sale, or that you can repurpose from some other item already in your house. The subtitle of the book explains its theme: “Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.”


One of the projects in this book is making your own prefold cloth diapers. Although I no longer have children in diapers, when I read this section of the book, I found myself fantasizing about making diapers nonetheless.

Her instructions are very straightforward and accessible. As a novice sewer, I found them quite easy to understand. She suggests making diapers from old T-shirts, flannel sheets and shirts, jersey baby blankets, or any other cotton fabric. For complete instructions, you should pick up her book – borrow it from your local library or purchase it.

While you’re here, check out our DIY Cloth Diaper category. You’ll find tutorials on making your own cloth diapers – from prefold cloth diapers to fitted cloth diapers to all-in-ones – and various styles of diaper covers. Each tutorial contains detailed instructions with photographs. The instructions are easy to understand and the photographs are very helpful for those of us who are visual learners.

For a slightly different approach to sewing a prefold cloth diaper – and one which requires that you start with a large piece of cloth, so making it out of smaller pieces of fabric, or repurposing other items may not work here – check out this youtube video:

This really shows how possible it is to make your own prefold cloth diapers, even if you have little experience sewing.