Howdy ADISC. After reading through a good amount of cloth diaper threads I've decided to make my own out of old teeshirts. I know it's not the ideal diaper material, but i have 10 or so old tee shirts that are way to small/ripped/unwearable for other reasons. I decided that making my own cloth diaper would :
A) Be better for the environment.
B) Although i have gotten goodnites once, the idea of buying diapers still wigs me out.
C) A lot thicker and give me more of a "waddle" feeling.
At this moment in time i have 2 tee shirt "soaker pads". Basically what i did was take 2 tee shirts, cut off the sleeves and neck piece so i have a rectangle of cotton. I then folded it in half long ways once. Put all of the "scrap pieces" from the tee shirt in there evenly folded it one more time and then sewed it up. It's thickness is around a quarter of a inch.
One of the soaker pads goes from the top of the crotch area to a little bit higher then the butt and the other is basically the same, maybe a half inch or so shorter on both sides because it was a a older tee shirt, and thus smaller.
Now, out of the progress i've made i've come to a few questions. I know there are some other threads open about this topic at the moment, but i felt i had to much to ask to hijack someone else's thread.
The first question would probably be, how to i make a outer part of the diaper. I've seen some designs made with teeshirts but when i tried to replicate on a larger scale i screwed it up. Another thing is, i would still need some sort of water resistant material incase the outer layer of cloth gets wet. How would i go a crossed either making making the outer layer or cover of the diaper and what materials are "ideal" to making said cover. I'm not looking to go to a store if i don't have to, and i can't order from off line.
Another question, how much do you think one of my soaker pads can take? I was planning on making any where from 4-8 of them. Does anyone have any special design in lining them up? I was planning on just making a "pocket" on the inside of the cover once i have that made stuffing all of the pads inside there and then sewing it up.
Thanks in advance for helping a noob out