In the mean time, today has been spent in the sewing room working on cloth diapers for my daughter's first child due early in the new year. She was given some hand-me-downs from a family member and they are a whole lot more complex than what I made when she was a baby. I spent the first part of the afternoon replacing worn out elastic and velcro on the hand-me-downs which was a good opportunity to see how commercial cloth diapers are put together. Then I spent a crazy amount of time making my first prototype - the million dollar diaper based on how long it took me to put this together! lol The pattern I had bought was for a pocket diaper but it turns out she prefers the ones with a snap in soaker. To be fair I didn't realize it was a pocket diaper pattern when I bought it but I figured I could make this pattern work. I used the size small and it turned out to be the same size as the all-size diapers I had just repaired. So instead of making diapers in all the different sizes I added adjustment snaps and we will play it by ear. I can always make bigger ones down the road if needed. The snaps and applicator tool are very expensive so I buy them when my local fabric store has its 50% off sales.
I tested that fabric to see which side needs to face out. This fabric is amazing! When you pour water on the one side the water pools, but when you pour it on the other side it completely soaks through leaving that side dry. I am tempted to use a layer of this on the side against baby's skin to keep a dry bottom but it is a plastic type of fabric so for now I am sticking with the soft goodness of flannel against sensitive newborn skin. I will have to discuss this with daughter and get her input.
Edit: I tried to recreate this experiment to show my daughter and the fabric is waterproof from both sides. As a breathable waterproof fabric it should be perfect for backing the soakers but would not be appropriate as the layer against baby's skin.
I've got about 4 months or so to get this project done, but I know that will fly by with all the other projects and hobbies singing their siren songs.
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