How to Sew Cloth Diapers with Babyville Boutique


How to Sew Cloth Diapers

Have you ever considered sewing your own cloth diapers?  About a year ago I heard about a new company, Babyville Boutique, that sold cloth diapering supplies at craft stores.  I looked a few times at our local Jo-Ann’s craft store but never found them.  I only make it to the craft store a few times a year so I quickly forgot about Babyville.  A few months ago I finally stumbled upon an entire aisle of PUL, snaps, hook & loop, fold over elastic (FOE), appliques, and instruction books on how to make cloth diapers, covers, and accessories.

I finally decided to pull out the sewing machine again this past week and try my hand at some diaper sewing.  Thankfully, Babyville Boutique has some great instructional (and inspirational) books complete with patterns and lots of pictures.  I’ve thumbed through the books several times trying to decide which project I should start with.  Being that my supplies were limited I decided to make a simple FOE diaper cover with hook & loop closure.

The patterns are really easy to follow (even for a novice seamstress) and are available in one-size or sized patterns.  Each pattern gives you the option for a trim or wide width in the crotch.  This can be helpful for skinny and chubby babies to ensure you get a good fitting diaper.

Next step – sewing!  The Babyville books provide you with a quick lesson in sewing terms so if you are new to sewing it’s quite helpful.  The instructions also include step-by-step directions complete with pictures.  I decided to use a coordinating thread on the FOE but now wish I had purchased matching color thread – so you couldn’t see my sewing mistakes.   Mistakes?  Remember that I’m a novice and can’t really sew a straight line very well!  My stitching isn’t exactly pretty but it works!  By the second diaper cover I finally got better at working with the PUL and FOE.

I wish I had invested in snap pliers and snaps so that I could have avoided the hook & loop.  It’s a personal preference but I really enjoy the smooth clean look of snaps on my diapers.  When you are finished with your project it’s recommended to heat the diaper in the dryer to seal the small holes left from the stitching.  After about 20 minutes in a warm dryer the holes were gone and it was safe to try out the diaper.

Just add your favorite prefold or flat (or sew an insert with the Babyville instructions) and your diaper is ready to use on your baby!

How to Sew a Diaper Cover

As you can see by my finished product my sewing skills are not exactly the best.  I should have moved the hook & loop a little closer to the edge to prevent the wings from curling.  If you want to get really cute you could add a label using some of the Babyville accessories.

Baby Doll Diaper

I used some of the smaller scraps to make a few doll diapers as well.  You could cut use the newborn diaper pattern from Babyville and make it slightly smaller.  I used a doll diaper pattern that I had found a few years ago and added the FOE.

Babyville Boutique

Babyville Boutique

In addition to cloth diapers, the Babyville Boutique Baby Essentials Made Easy book has directions for how to make some really cute projects like a reversible placemat.  This one was fun and super easy to make!

Where can you find Babyville Boutique?   Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann’s Fabric, and Hobby Lobby all stock the Babyville products.  The display at my local Jo-Ann’s was really cute and full of creative ways to enhance your projects with appliques, labels, buttons, and other added accessories.

Babyville Giveaway

Want to win a gift bundle from Babyville Boutique?  You can enter their 5,000 Fan Giveaway on their blog where you could win a $175 prize package!  You can also enter to win a $75 Babyville Boutique prize bundle right here!  Follow the directions below in the Rafflecopter application (may not be visible on all devices or feeds) and you’ll be entered to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Babyville Boutique products to complete the projects you’ve seen here.  No other compensation was received for this review.  



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51 Responses to How to Sew Cloth Diapers with Babyville Boutique

  1. Testing! See this is a comment! It’s really easy to leave one!
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    • Lindsey Dawn says:

      I like all the prints, but for the reason behind this entry, the sassy girl polka dots will be the big winner ! Thanks :)

  2. Danyl says:

    I like the owls and dinos

  3. Christena says:

    I like playful friends best ;)

  4. Amy S. says:

    I like the sassy girl collection…..some of my little girls favorite patterns!!!!

  5. Heather says:

    We love Babyville around here! The owls and monkey are my favorite- I love making cute wet bags with them. Super, super simple :)

  6. I love the sassy girl collection
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  7. domestic diva says:

    Playful friends is cute.

  8. Leigh says:

    Dinos & Monsters

  9. Kate Becvar says:

    mod flower…monkeys…owls… :)

  10. kimberlee says:

    Sweet stuff

  11. Janie says:

    dinos or owls

  12. Marilyn says:

    I love the Playful Friends collection, especially the owls. I am just a teensy bit obsessed with owls these days – my little guy’s room has owls all over the place!

  13. Nicole says:

    Mod girl flowers

  14. allison says:

    definitely the owls!

  15. hollie n. says:

    i like the dinos and monsters collection :)

  16. Felicia R says:

    I like the mod girl collection

  17. Sarah Jane says:

    I like either Sassy girl or Dinos and Monsters.
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  18. Kristal S. says:

    I love the dinos and robots collection

  19. Kristal S. says:

    I mean the Dinos and Monsters…lol and the robot print as well

  20. Huei Chun C. says:

    Sweet Stuff Butterflies and Cupcakes!

  21. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love the Sweet Stuff collection and the Playful Friends collection

  22. jessica long says:

    I Love Monkeys and I am a total owl freak!! I collect them!!!

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  24. judi says:

    I like the sweet stuff collection best.

  25. Sarah J says:

    I love the robots!

  26. Jodi J says:

    I like the Mod Girl Flowers and Dots collection

  27. Kenda Wathen says:

    It would be a toss up between the ducks and the cheetah print.

  28. Sarh S says:

    I love the Playful Friends, mainly for the Monkeys! :)
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  29. Sharon says:

    Monkeys and dinos are so cute

  30. Jessica Haines says:


  31. Jazmon says:

    I would LOVE to try out this stuff!

  32. Carolina Neiderhiser says:

    I liked the butterflies, but the dinos, monkeys and some of the combo packs were cute too. :)

  33. i am totally loving the monkeys..
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  34. daniel parker says:

    Playful friends looks super fun!!!

  35. Susan K says:

    I like the playful pond fabrics, both the ducks, and the turtles/frogs. Very cute but can easily be gender neutral!

  36. Jazmon says:

    Oh and I love the mod girl dots collection!

  37. Kathleen says:

    I just started sewing and have been looking into making my own CD’s!

  38. Amber T. says:

    I love the playful pond collection!!

  39. Elizabeth Volker says:

    I think the playful friends collection is super cute :)

  40. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    I like Dinos & Monsters

  41. auschick says:


  42. Libby says:

    The cowboy fabric is adorable!

  43. Cindy Prince says:

    Would LOVE to win this! My daughter is adopting and we want to try the cloth diapers-these are so cute!

  44. crystal a says:

    Dinos and monsters! Boy prints :)

  45. Sarah says:

    I love the playful friends collection!

  46. Kelsey says:

    I havtwo little girls, so I love Mod Girl collection!
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  47. Kelsey says:

    I have two little girls, so I love Mod Girl collection! I have never tried sewing diapers, but I would love to try! Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  48. Katy Emanuel says:

    I like the dinos & monsters
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