Cloth diaper resources and knowledge

One of the most common questions I get in my inbox is “What are your favorite cloth diaper resources?”  I thought I’d compile a list of online stores and some tutorials here and update as needed.

Where to order specialty fabric online:

Here are a few of my favorite cloth diaper fabric suppliers (I’m based out of the US so keep that in mind):

Very Baby

Wazoodle (They carry the Zorb brand of absorbent fabric)



Cloth diapering has made a huge jump in popularity the last few years so you are able to find basic PUL in most big box fabric stores.  PUL comes in fun prints and solids.  If you find a print you like, you can always eliminate the outer print for your AIO diapers.


Since babies are all different shapes and builds, sizing for our diaper patterns is a general guideline.  Generally, sizing for our cloth diaper sewing patterns is as follows:

  • Newborn:  birth to 16lbs (Newborn Hybrid Fitted).
  • OS:  10-36lbs (OS Hybrid Fitted).
  • Small: birth – 12lbs.
  • Medium: 10 – 22lbs.
  • Large: 20 – 30lbs.

Another way of looking at it is as follows:

  • Small: infant
  • Medium: baby
  • Large: toddler

But as with most diapers, the sizing is approximate. A thinner, but heavier child can fit into a smaller size longer whereas a buddha baby will need to go up a size sooner. I include a crossover tab so you can buy the next size up and get more wear out of the diaper.

Wordless Wednesday-Newborn Minky

This week’s wordless Wednesday is brought to you by the letter M (for Minky) and the number 1 (for the #1 Photographer, evah! Joan McAlister of BellowBlue Photography in Madison, WI)

We majored in photography in college together (along with her husband, Jon) and are still super close. She did my maternity photos and Eli’s first bday photos too (I think some are hiding out in her galleries). We took advantage of her visit to us in MPLS to take some a-ma-zing photos.
So here’s a little snippet of the shoot with Adlai in her awesome Minky Newborn Fitteds!


Oi! I’ve been so busy running all over the Twin Cities today. Had to go to the post office so, of course, it’s snowing and we had to trek through all the slush. But that’s okay! I’ll trek through a lot if it means I’m sharing my diapers with the world! I tried to do paypal shipping labels but neither of my computers have the correct internet browsers on them so we go out in the elements.

Then we had to buy some more prefolds to embelish. That was all the way over in St. Paul and in the process I got the contact info for the owner of the natural baby store over there so hopefully I can set up a meeting with said owner and sell to them. It’d be nice to see my stuff in a brick and mortar store.

On our way back we ended up on the wrong highway so we meandered our way to a Target (you could close your eyes and walk 50 feet in any direction and end up running into one around here) to get baby food and then wandered through a subdivision to get to a Hancocks to pick up some embroidery hoops (for silkscreens!). All in all, it was a lovely day. Eli flirted with every lady who peeked into his carseat. He’s gonna grow up to break hearts! I’ve already started to train him “roses from the gas station for no reason mean a lot” and “don’t get her cheesy jewelry.” as I rock him to sleep at naptime.

Tony designed the diaper up there at the top of the post. He named the design “SpeedyPants.” I think the name is just super adorable! We’re working on different color combos right now. I put it up on Etsy yesterday and within 24 hours it sold! That’s amazing. Tony’s excited because something that he designed is actually in production and selling on top of that. Not many kids from his graduating class can say that. Industrial design in a tough, tough, field to break into and having something in your portfolio that people are buying is a good thing.

Oh, I have so many orders to get out today, the stack of outgoing packages is already four high and I’m not even done. My goal today is to get every order out and to get at least two more designs up on my shop. That means lots of sewing! But for now, a lunch and blog break!

New Print Diapers out.

The print AIOs are now in my etsy store.  I added them earlier this morning.  I like them a lot.  Most of my prints are pretty girly so unfortunately Eli will not be able to benefit from my hard work.  

Did I tell you I am having so much fun?  It’s like an addiction.  I have to stay away from any fabric website or store because I will spend way too much and get myself into trouble.