Frugal Diapering: Sew a Bumkins, it's easy!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, May 04, 2019 | 1 comments
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Image: Stashaios, by GirlontheWire, on Flickr

Who me... Sew?? Yes, learn to sew! You can do it!

Many women have learned to sew while making their own diapers.

They just took it step-by-step and asked questions if they didn't understand something.

There are many new and wonderful patterns out there on the worldwide web.

Also many fabric co-ops for high-quality fabrics half the price of retail.

Many women join diaper sewing groups with others online that can help give advice when they need it or show pictures of beautiful diapers they have made which helps boost confidence.

Image: Bumkins outers by dibbus1987, on Flickr
Photo credit: Bumkins outers, by Dibbus1987
I got a tip when I was just starting, to use only high quality fabrics and notions, which has proved to be very wise advice indeed.

Yes, you can make your first trial diapers out of old receiving blankets, but if you are going to put a lot of time and energy into making things, it's great to have them look beautiful, be absorbent, and last and last!

I just made my first Bumkins lookalike last night, and it only took about a half an hour!!

I put an adorable robot fabric on the outside, a waterproof PUL fabric inside, lined it with microfleece from Malden Mills, and made a soaker out of Hemp jersey that is soo absorbent!

It didn't leak at night, fits great and looks awesome.

It was sooo easy, and you can do it too.

Check out websites for fabric and patterns online, and ask around before you buy to make sure you will like the fit, as they are all different.

Image: Bumkins animal prints inners by Dibbus1987, on Flickr
Photo credit: Bumkins animal prints inners, by Dibbus1987
With the cost of ready made all-in-one diapers from $15 and up (and don't forget the shipping), it can be costly for parents to get quality diapers daddy likes too, easy for outings, when you have a baby sitter, or when granny is caring for your baby.

But with sewing your own diapers, even with the cost of shipping high quality material and Aplix (better than Velcro™)

You can make super cool diapers for about $3.00 a piece!!! I am developing a pattern for an all-in-one diaper with instructions, similar to the Bumkins, but has a little better fit!

I found has good prices on fabric, and you can get all your stuff at once to save on shipping, then you can try out diaper making and if you like it, buy more stuff from fabric co-ops.

Good Luck on your diaper sewing!

Thanks to Sarah Markie for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: One Size Diaper Pattern | Sewing your own pocket cloth one size diapers is fast and easy | Our one size diaper pattern fits 7-38 lbsShopping Suggestions:
Diaper fabrics: Diaper Flannel, Hemp, Organic, Cotton Fleece, Waterproof PUL (Polyurethane Laminate), and more.

Diaper patterns: One Size Diaper Pattern, Babyville Boutique Cloth Diapers Made Easy Book, Kwik Sew Diapers and Covers Pattern, How To Make All-In-One, One-Size-Fits-Most Cloth Diapers, Fishsticks Designs Cloth Diaper Pattern, and more.

Aplix and Velcro®

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About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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  1. The look really hard to create but you make it look so easy. Thanks.

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