No-Sew T-Shirt Cloth Diaper

by Amanda Hearn · 20 comments

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New Sew DiaperNeed diapers? Emergency or no cash?

No problem!

I saw this method shared a while ago and had to do a video demo – it’s genius and oh-so-easy! Additionally, this is truly attainable for most any family. T-shirts can be found for next to nothing, or even free possibly from some organizations.

To make this easiest you’ll want a Snappi (or diaper pins) and a waterproof cloth diaper cover. These items should run about $15-20 max, and you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.

Another option is to buy used – you can even make your own cover from fleece or wool (buy something from a thrift shop and repurpose it!)

If you’re really in a pinch, you could forgo the Snappi and use large safety pins or even use a ribbon or scrap fabric to tie around baby’s waist like a belt.  Just be sure to keep it loose enough for comfort.

Wash them as you would any cloth diapers to increase absorbency.  My DIY recipe is very economical and can even be used on clothes (more $ savings!).

If where or how to wash is a problem (no machine or not allowed at facilities), there are multiple ways to simply hand-wash. Dirty Diaper Laundry has a wonderful bucket washer tutorial that should cost under $10 to make! Another option is the bathtub – just be sure to clean it when you’re done.

If any family reading this is in need of help, there is a great list of cloth diaper banks here, who may be able to help you.

Do you have other ideas?  I’d love to hear them!

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Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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Cyndel April 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Awesome! I posted this on facebook! I have lots of friends who have kids in diapers and this is an excellent back up system for sposies or cloth! Thanks for sharing!

Megan April 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

WalMart sells cloth-dipe pins that are tot-safe for very cheap! You find them in the craft section for $1!

The Eco-Friendly Family - Amanda April 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

That is great to know, thanks!

Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I wonder if you could fold them, then sew them that way for good.

Raeann April 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Oh, thank god I found this, I forgot to get pullups when I went to the store tonight, and we live far from the store, so I couldn’t go back. Yay! Thank you so much!

Beth May 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I just LOVE that you filmed it using a Bum Genius t-shirt 🙂

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Jillian Jacklin February 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

Love this!!! I was in a pinch, with only having one car and my husband left for work…he forgot to get diapers. So this is wonderful!! Thanks. Can wait to share this video with my mother, so I can hear her say, “well, that’s what the hippies did.” Lol

Katie M November 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

This is a great idea! I think it may be essential for emergencies or if we have to wait for a load of prefolds to be done in the laundry.

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