Sewing modern cloth nappies is becoming more popular as some brands of MCN are quite expensive, so if you have the time and your own machine – why not? I’ve ordered in the Jalie nappy pattern, and since adding it to the store there have been a few questions about them, so I thought I’d have a quick chat during kids sewing week about modern cloth nappies.
Firstly, I’m not a raving hippie, and I am busy. Yet we still manage to use MCN’s with very little fuss. We’ve saved heaps of money already, even only using them 3 days a week. They’re in use when we’re out and about, but never overnight. We started using them as our weekly garbage bin was full of disposable nappies, and knowing it was all going to landfill was starting to frustrate me, not to mention the crazy cost of nappies. If you’re paying nearly 50 cents per nappy, it adds up really quickly. We’ve been using them since April, and our weekly shopping bill has greatly decreased.
Personally, I didn’t make my own, as I was skeptical about how well they work, and I was unsure what type to make as there is a giant range of styles to choose from. The ones shown above are from Greenbubs, and are the organic nappies at the very reasonable price of $120 for 10. That’s only 4 boxes of huggies nappies. If we decide to have another baby, I will be making some as they are very simple, and the only tricky part is sewing the elastic into the legs (oh and picking colours to cover those cute little bums)
Oh its very simple. The nappy has a big thick insert, which is just layers of absorbent bamboo fabric sewn together, which you stuff into the middle of the nappy. I then use a nappy liner like this and put the nappy on.
At changing time, nappy comes off, the liner gets flushed (with any contents) down the toilet and the nappy goes into a pail dry. At the end of the day (or after two days if it’s the weekend) all the nappies go into the washing machine. Rinse cycle, then a wash cycle. I’ve got a little peggy drying thing which I peg them up on, and they dry reasonably quickly as the liner is separate to the nappy itself. For winter I have spare liners as they take longer than the nappy to dry. DONE.
If I’m out and about, I take a kayaking dry bag (about $17) which is air-tight so I pop any used nappies in that, and it keeps everything outside the bag dry, and not a whiff can ever escape. What about leakage you say? My nappies are done up quite tightly around the leg. That makes a huge difference, but it also really depends on how chubby your baby’s legs are. More chubb = less leakage.
You can buy everything you need to make them off ebay (PUL, bamboo, microfleece), or if you still aren’t sure, you can do trial runs from ecotushies in Melbourne which convert most people I know! Sorry to hardcore clothes sewists, we will return to normal programming shortly. It IS kids clothing week though!