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EMGlad 02-03-2008 11:40 AM

Cloth diaper newborn through small for $17
I have cloth diapered 4 kids using all different diapers during both feast and famine, and I always come back to this method. Here's what you will need:

3 18 packs of plain white washcloths from walmart $3.88 ea
(can also get a good deal from sam's or costco)

1 or 2 100% wool sweaters
(I got an xl cashmere/merino blend from amvets for $4.99)


FFS nb/sm covers from DS. $4.60
(keep your eye out while you're pregnant, and you can really score, I might even have some for ya, :giggle2: )

2 packages of Coats and Clark pins from a dollar store 99 cents ea
(these are just like Dritz but with a bit of a curve, which I like, and they come in cute colors. 4 pins per pack)


2 second hand snappi's $1 ea

So here's what you do:

take 2 washcloths and tri-fold 1 and lay it lengthwise down the other. Now you have a tiny prefold! Just fold in the sides like you would a prefold and pin or Snappi it on baby.

Next you can either keep an eye out for those FFS covers or sew 1 pair of longies and 2 short wool covers per sweater. I used these free patterns.
This time around, I got elastic for the waist from some underwear that my oldest son had outgrown/worn out, works great.

I'm not a very good semstress, but these were super easy. After I was done, I also made up my own pattern to use the turtle neck of my sweater (any crewneck will work):

Cut out the neck and the back of the sweater down towards the waist about 16-18 inches long. You may have to include a bit of shoulder in the width, you want it about 8-10 inches wide , so that you have a ring with a long flap attached. Fold up the flap and stitch it to the front of the neck. You see, the neck will become the waist of baby's cover. Now cut diagonally across the 2 bottom corners about 4 inches long each to make leg holes. Stitch together the sides that will be along baby's hips from waist to leg hole. You're almost done! Cut 2 strips from the remaining waistline of the sweater about 8-9 inches long each (this all works real well if you have a large sweater) and however high your sweater's ribbed waistline is. Stitch the ends together so that you have 2 rings and sew them on to the leg holes of your cover. There, you're done! 3 covers. Took me about 2 hours to do them all.

After you LO outgrows the washcloths, you can use them for doublers and wipes! Or trifold them into bigger microfiber cloths ($15.99 for a 32 pack from the auto section of Costco) for medium dipes.

Here is a photo of my DD at 10 weeks (11-12 lbs) in a washcloth dipe.

And one of her modeling her covers.

HollyS 02-03-2008 12:36 PM

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Wow! That's a great stash for so little money! I love the terrycloth diapers.

Mom2EandA 02-03-2008 12:49 PM

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:wub: great job. You should be so proud.

Robin 02-03-2008 01:47 PM

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Great idea!

kocho 02-03-2008 02:17 PM

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Great tips!! That washcloth makes an adorable fluffy butt too!!!

I didn't start CDing until past that size, but I'll show the thrifty way I started out in a bit.

wahlaworld 02-03-2008 02:29 PM

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Thanks for sharing such great tips! I already use those very washcloths as wipes, so when the next baby comes I'll take some to use as the "outer" cloth, with a cut-up microfiber towel in the middle under fleece. Thanks for saving me the cost of buying preemie prefolds!
I started cloth at 3 weeks with dd; we waited for her stump to fall off, but next baby I want to do cloth even with the stump still there. Your idea sounds perfect for making tiny diapers!

hssusie 02-03-2008 02:45 PM

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Cool! :thumbsup:

Are the C&C pins as sharp as Dritz, or just look like them but with a curve. Do they have plastic or metal heads. The new Dritz have plastic heads and a bend in the pin. Just wondering how they compare. TIA!!

DivineNature 02-03-2008 03:55 PM

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That has got to be the cutest picture I've ever seen! Love it!

I've been using washcloths as doublers since Salem is wetting more at one time. Works great. I really don't want to buy anything when what I have works just fine.

I did get 1 dz newborn pf's that I used the first 6 weeks. I really loved them. Now they are used as burp cloths, but would work as doublers, too. They are very useful and fairly inexpensive.

EMGlad 02-03-2008 04:05 PM

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The C&C pins are sharp and have metal heads. I think they are just as good as Dritz.

zonapellucida 02-03-2008 04:21 PM

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Love the washcloth idea :)

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