Why Do We Love Fleece Diaper Liners?
One of the cheapest ways to diaper your baby is cloth flatfold (which I hate) and prefold (which I don’t) diapers. Four to six diaper covers, two to three dozen prefolds, a wetbag, and bam! You’re in business.
But, with this set up, you’re missing one of the best features of pocket diapers: the fleece (or other wicking fabric) liner sewn onto the cover. The fleece layer goes against baby’s skin and wicks moisture (you know: pee) down into the insert. Ta-da! A dry bum for baby, and you didn’t even have to use chemicals.
You can still get this with your cheaper prefolds and flatfolds – just add a fleece liner on top of the diaper, then add your adorable (or ugly; I’m not judging your child) baby on top of that.
What’s it Gonna Cost Me?
You can buy pre-cut fleece liners for about $1 a piece. If you have two dozen diapers, that’s $24. Well, I’m way too cheap for that! Go to your local fabric store and check the remnants for fleece. You don’t need a lot – just a quarter to half a yard or so depending on what size liners you are making and how many you want to make. For about $2, I got enough cream-colored remnant fleece to make two dozen small liners.
The 5 Minute Tutorial a 6 Year Old Could Follow
Wash the fabric first on hot, dry it, and then just cut to size. I measured out 10 inches on the short side and cut a long strip. I then cut the long strip every 4 inches or so to make 10″ x 4″ liners. Ish. I have wider ones for my daughter’s prefolds and the last batch were the set I made for my son’s smaller diapers. Confession: I didn’t really “measure”. I held the diaper up to the fabric to figure length and width, so mine aren’t straight and pretty. For something that gets pooped on, I’m surprisingly unconcerned about it.
Oh, and guess what? No sewing! Fleece won’t fray. Just don’t get confused and buy flannel (which is great for making your own wipes, but does need to be sewn to prevent fraying) instead.