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DIY Prefitteds from PFs?

So, DH and I want to CD on the cheap for any future babes. I have this fantastic sewing machine now, and I've gathered several diaper-making tutorials. We've got all the stuff we need for an older infant/toddler (two previous kiddos), so I'm looking mostly at newborn/small stage.
I really just want some advice on which PFs to use. I'd like good quality, but not too expensive. Do you realistically really need 4x8x4 for a newborn, or is 4x6x4 perfectly sufficient? Is there a brand that lends itself well to the process? Would a wider-fit PF work better/worse?
Any other advice on this?

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Re: DYI Prefitteds from PFs?

http://www.diapersewing.com/prefold_to_fitted.htm

I used this tutorial and found it very easy. I used Kawaii Baby prefolds (4 X6x4) and they are not absorbant enough for my heavy wetter, but the little doubler flap can be left open and then stuffed with a washcloth or small microfiber towel.

I would say use the largest prefolds you can find (easy to fold down a prefitted at the top), and the softest ones- Kawaii's are large and very soft (and also cheap)...then leave the flap open as a pocket and add a doubler, even a padfolded receiveing blanket.
I have several different kinds of prefolds and some are just not soft enough to use except inside a pocket.

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http://www.diapersewing.com/prefold_to_fitted.htm

I used this tutorial and found it very easy. I used Kawaii Baby prefolds (4 X6x4) and they are not absorbant enough for my heavy wetter, but the little doubler flap can be left open and then stuffed with a washcloth or small microfiber towel.

I would say use the largest prefolds you can find (easy to fold down a prefitted at the top), and the softest ones- Kawaii's are large and very soft (and also cheap)...then leave the flap open as a pocket and add a doubler, even a padfolded receiveing blanket.
I have several different kinds of prefolds and some are just not soft enough to use except inside a pocket.
Thanks!
Which ones are the not-as-soft ones? I was looking at Osocozy (Amazon has them cheaper right now), but heard they do not soften up as well so some of the others. I considered GMD, because I know they are good quality...but expensive compared to some of the others.
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Re: DIY Prefitteds from PFs?

Any other thoughts, mamas?
You think this thread might perhaps be better reposted in Extra Fluffy or Craft Chat?
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Swaddle bees is the softest I've felt, I have gmds which I also love and cotton babies these I just bought seem very durable haven't washed enough to tell on the softness yet. I've made a few prefitteds and they were pretty simple good luck!
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Which ones are the not-as-soft ones? I was looking at Osocozy (Amazon has them cheaper right now), but heard they do not soften up as well so some of the others. I considered GMD, because I know they are good quality...but expensive compared to some of the others.
Well, I only have three kinds of cotton prefolds- Kawaii, some no-name DSQ hemp preemie prefolds which are twill and very rough (but super absorbant) and can only be used inside pockets, and the old discontinued GMD dark-green edged infant pfs (not bad for absorbancy if you don't have a heavy wetter, but not very soft). I am not the best judge of prefolds as my son is a super soaker with sensitive skin, so wearing a slightly rough pf will give him a rash ( a lil prince, I know, LOL). The Kawaiis are soft (not very absorbant) but he will snuggle them as a blankie, so very comfy.

I have 7 WAHM made bamboo fleece prefolds which are the bomb for softness but too expensive to cut for a project
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I used osocozy prefolds to make fitteds and to me the feel just as soft as the gmd workhorse.
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Id go with imagine bamboo prefolds..they're very soft and very absorbent and if you want to use these prefitteds full time, it would be great to not have to add a doubler every time. Plus they're not too much more expensive than cotton pf.
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Here is the one I used. http://www.kamsnaps.com/How-to-Turn-...Diaper-42.html
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I'm making some prefitteds from imagine bamboo prefolds, I have a variety of prefolds and those are by far the softest. I have patterns from BaaBaaBaby and ones that I made by tracing my workhorses. I'm just making them simple like the workhorses, but I think I'm going to dye them fun colors and have contrast stitching!
Have fun, post pics when they're finished!
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