Diaperkits Review

I have mentioned before that a great way to save even more money cloth diapering is to make them yourself. Whether you make your entire stash, use it to supplement what you have or make them just for fun, you will spend a fraction of the cost compared to buying them ready-made. There are a number of ways to go about making your own diapers, however, one is to buy a diaper pattern and your own fabric by-the-yard, and another is purchasing diaper kits where the pieces are all precut so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with an extra yard or two of fabric you didn’t use. Both options are available at Diaperkits.

One of the advantages of a kit is that you can get kits with all different colors or varieties of fabric, where you would have to buy 1/2 – 1 yard increments on most websites for PUL and other materials suitable for diapers so you would end up with many diapers in the same color. Purchasing by-the-yard does have its financial advantages if you are sewing diapers by the dozen and are willing to put the extra time towards cutting the pieces. The precut pieces really save time and are worth the extra money compared to cutting your own if time (or patience) is of the essence, although, the cost can be similar depending on where your materials are purchased.

When sewing your own diapers, I recommend looking for a pattern that has the basic shape or structure you prefer for you little one, keeping in mind certain structural elements of the diaper can be customized or personalized when making the diaper yourself. For example, for an all-in-one diaper you can choose to sew the soaker down or have it snap-in for faster drying time or to customize absorption. You can top stitch or not and you can sew down the elastic or make a “channel”, it’s up to you. Although the financial savings are significant, one of the limitations of diaper patterns and kits is that you will have to own or have access to a sewing machine as well as some other basic sewing supplies, so it is not an option for everyone. 

I had the opportunity to review the All-in-One Diaper Kit, and they also have kits for fitted diapers, diaper covers and overnight solutions. In addition to kits, the patterns can be purchased by themselves and package deals are also available if you plan on making a dozen or more. Do you knit or have interest in learning? Patterns from Diaperkits’ sister site, Butt Knits, are also available for purchase if you want to make wool soakers, longies or shorties. As always ready-made versions of both Diaperkits diapers and Butt Knits wool products are also available.

The directions for this kit were pretty straight forward, easy to follow and outline the basic sewing or diaper terms needed to complete the pattern. Some basic sewing knowledge is necessary to make your own diapers, but you do not have to have previous experience in sewing diapers to be successful. One of the most important things to do when making a pattern for the first time, or when working with certain materials like PUL, is to read the directions all the way through before starting. The instructions outline key points such as this and have diagrams illustrating some of the key steps. You will also want to take advantage of the practice pieces included as working with PUL and sewing elastic make take a couple practice shots to get your machine settings just right.

If you are a newbie to diaper making or to this pattern, there are instructional tutorials available on the Diaperkits website that I recommend watching before taking your first shot at this diaper kit. They also have a lot of different links to help you select fabrics, choose a style of diaper, and FAQs. The general body and structure of the diaper was reminiscent to me of a Bumkins or Kushies diaper as the body of the diaper is not topstitched and they all use a flannel interior. Topstitching can be added in the step where you sew the front of the diaper closed, and different inner fabric options are also available for Diaperkits.

I think that this kit was easy to use, and a great option for someone to test out diaper making or a diaper pattern before purchasing the pattern. My favorite feature is probably the pre-cut pieces and this is a basic diaper that would be great for someone to consider making for the first time. You will want to make an entire diaper from start to finish before making them in bulk, though, because you made decide you want to tweak it in certain ways to best suit your needs. My daughter will probably need more absorption than what the kit includes, so I would want to add a snap-in soaker or doubler to this, but the awesome thing when you are making your own diaper is that you can!


A diaper kit was provided by Diaperkits for this review. 
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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. I sewed a few covers from diaperkit.com and they turned out well (look nice and function great). The crossover tabs were a bit bulky compared to my favorite premade cover (Thirsties), but it works fine anyway. Covers can be "customized" too- you can choose your elastic color (black can't get stained!), where to place the size tag, etc.

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