at least a few times a week (and anytime I recommend them) where to get them and/or how to make them. I want to start by saying I use them every day for every diaper change. I found out early in our cloth diapering journey that our Dirty Little Hippie is very sensitive to wetness. It's sometimes easy to forget, but baby skin is much different than our own. It's new, unmarred and certainly unweathered. The least amount of wetness irritation can cause devastating effects. These effects can range from a little redness to peeling or blistering raw spots. Their skin can literally be peeled or eroded away from wetness. We found out just a few weeks into our diapering days (even before switching to cloth) that our daughter was one of the super sensitive. Since that time, it's been important for us to use a barrier to keep the moisture away from her skin. Many of the common barrier "creams" and "ointments" are not cloth diaper safe. The others that we tried were either ineffective or contained ingrediets that we would prefer to keep off of her skin and therefore out of her body. The solution, fleece diaper liners.
You'll need a few things to get started:
A piece of micro-fleece (For this post I am using .222 yards of micro-fleece to make 13 liners)
A template (I use a piece of junk mail)
I get a lot of questions about the "type" of fleece. "Does it have to be micro-fleece?" The short answer is no. It really doesn't. However, I will add that micro-fleece is the best choice and will hold up the longest and withstand the most washes without repelling liquids. What you're really looking for is for the liquid to pass through the fleece into your insert/soaker. Once the liquid has passed through the surface of the fleece will remain dry against baby's skin. Thicker fleece tends to become less effective at this over time. How much time? That is dependent on the number of washes it goes through and I'm sure a plethora of other factors that I honestly haven't had time to evaluate. The
down and dirty is that these are so cost effective to make, that even if you're only using them a few times (and I am still using some thicker fleece liners two months in, which equates to around 30+ washes), you're saving money. I happen to get my fleece at JoAnn fabric for three reasons. Reason number one is that it's the closest fabric store to my home. Reason two is that they almost always have fleece in the remnant bin and reason number three is that they often put fleece on sale for 30-50% off. Here's the great thing about their sales. The remnant bin is 50% off regular price. When fleece is on sale for say 40% off, then the fleece I buy is already marked down 40% and I get 50% off what is already marked down by buying a remnant. Buying remnants also allows me to change it up more often at home. An entire yard of fleece will make a whole lot of liners!
I'll be using .222 yards of fleece for this post. The fleece is labeled "Chan Monkey See Monkey Do" at JoAnn fabric (in the event you want to find it). The regular price is $12.99. .222 yards at $12.99 came out to $2.88. Fleece prints just happened to be on sale for 50% off that week reducing the price to $1.44. I purchased this out of the remnant bin which gave me an additional 50% discount bringing the total cost to $.72 for my materials.
DO NOT WASH FLEECE PRIOR TO CUTTING. Doing so will cause the edges of your liners to curl making them difficult to cut.
I suppose you could use any scissors that work for you. I use a pair of common sewing scissors. I'll let this be your call. Fleece does not fray so there is no need for special scissors, edging or serging!
As I stated above, I use a piece of common junk mail. Once of my new years resolutions is to deal with mail as it comes into the house, but I still always have a piece of junk mail lying around. This particular one is from Dish Network. I'm sure they're wanting me to subscribe to their service no doubt. However, I doubt that will ever happen so instead I will use their junk offering as a template for my diaper liners. I find that this size (roughly 9x4) works great in our diapers. Our Dirty Little Hippie is 3 months old now and I foresee that this size will continue to work well into the future. If there comes a time that these become too small, I will use them as fleece wipes instead.
|Junk Mail 9 inches long|
|Junk Mail 4 inches wide|
If you purchase a fleece remnant, the first thing you'll notice is that you're going to get a label side. I usually just leave this on, but to make these "pretty" I cut it off. This particular piece (and they do come in all shapes) was one very long thin swatch of fleece. At the largest point, it was less than 12 inches long.
|Fleece - Label side|
|Lay out your template|
|Continue moving template to available fabric|
|Cut liner after liner until you can cut no more!|
|Completed stack of 13 liners|
You're likely notice (if you're anything like me that your liners are not perfect and they aren't all exactly the same size. I struggle with wanting them all the same size and being too lazy to be that attentive to detail. I've sided with the theory that it doesn't matter if they're not all exactly the same size, if there are some off edges or if I hacked one silly, because they're all eventually going to be pooped on. They're diaper liners. They don't have to be perfect. Just let it go. Rejoice in the fact that this is one thing that you don't have to fix as a mommy! Ok, if you're really that concerned about it, trim a few edges and have done with it! Wash liners prior to use but after cutting. You never know who touched your fabric in the store and what they may have had on their hands or the factory may have on/in it's machines.
|Completed Stack of almost the same size liners|
When using your liner, simply place a liner between the diaper and your baby and voila!
|Liner in Diaper|
Have you made your own fleece liners?
Will you be making some now?
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