Not all of the cloth diapers we found were exactly what we had in mind. They're also hard to find in stores, unless you want flats or pre-folds. Most of the all-in-ones we found in stores require the use of disposable inserts, which seems to defeat the entire purpose of cloth diapers. There also seems to be this trend of diapers that is in between cloth and disposable. Not what we wanted.
So, I started searching online. We bought a few that were okay. But, adding up the cost, I knew that in order to stock enough to be worthwhile, we'd have to spend a lot of money. Being the frugal person I am, there's no way that was happening, no matter the diaper option we chose. Cloth is still cheaper than disposable when adding up the cost over time. But I wanted to save even more.
I also wanted to come up with a unique design that would avoid the use of liners, rubber pants, pins, and the like. My homemade cloth diapers are used just like disposables, except they don't need to be thrown out. The unique design prevents leaks without the use of extra bulky accessories that are uncomfortable to the baby.
We had a ton of fabric and other sewing materials just lying around, so I figured I would make good use of it. I don't use patterns because I like to make each diaper completely unique. However, for those who need one, there are tons of free cloth diaper patterns all over the web, if you simply do a search. Be sure to check for all-in-one designs for the easiest time changing baby.
If you just don't have the time or energy to do it yourself, once I'm done making Nova's cloth diapers, I'll be making and selling super unique ones at a fraction of the usual cost, under the brand name, Mommy2Lots.
Pictured above is one of my unique all-in-one cloth diapers. Look at the gallery below for more.