diaper dawgs, diaper sprayer
shop for cloth diapers

DIY Cloth Diapers: How to make your own fleece cloth diaper liners!

[ 9 ] October 3, 2011 |
Guest post by Bert
If you’re new to cloth diapering many things can seem daunting such as the new kinds of detergent you should use, getting use to having to wash diapers every other day to every two days, and especially diaper rash creams. There are creams that are made specifically for cloth diapering; however, if you have non-CD friendly creams laying around that you want to use up you have to use a fleece liner between your baby’s skin and the diaper. The reason it’s so important to do this is because the oils that are in diaper rash creams will ruin the way your cloth diaper holds and absorbs wetness. Now you can buy liners if you want or if you feel like you’ve been spending tons and tons of money on cloth diapers already you can make your own!
You can use any kind of fabric such as fleece or flannel. I choose to use fleece because it wicks away the wetness from your baby’s skin and because of I have a lot of old fleece blankets lying around.
First what you’ll do is either take a newborn insert or measure out 14.5” by 4.75” on your fabric. I just use my insert as the guideline for the fleece by laying it out on the blanket I’m going to use.
Then simply cut around the insert or outline you’ve drawn up.
And voila! Wash your liner first before use and remember to wash them separately from the diapers so that the oils won’t mesh with the diapers.
If you need to purchase fleece or another fabric for making your own liners or you’d like to try your hand at sewing cloth diapers, visit a shop like Celtic Cloths Wholesale for your diaper sewing supplies, patterns and tips!


Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels – a little girl!  Even though she’s newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a “first time mom” because there’s a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


Category: DIY Cloth Diapers, liners

About Julie ()

I'm Julie, a former cloth diaper retailer who discovered a passion for the industry. Now, instead of selling cloth diapers, I advocate them and promote small businesses I love who sell and manufacture them. I'm the wife of a fireman and mother of three. I have a 13yr old daughter and identical twin sons who are 9yrs old.

Comments (9)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. 1
    Stacy says:

    hey just to clarify, do you mean MICROfleece? because anti-pill fleece, the kind jackets and those cute tie/no-sew throws are made of, is water resistant (not quite water proof). microfleece wicks great, but anti-pill will make the pee run off itself if you kwim

  2. 2
  3. 3

    Just what we needed for a back up, thanks!

  4. 4
    carina says:

    Would any receiving blanket work, like the ones you get from the hospital? I used those to make some cloth wipes, but I still have tons.

  5. 5
    Leettle Baby says:

    I used my son’s old receiving blankets, and they have worked well as liners, but fleece does a better job at keeping the bottom dry 😉

  6. 6
    Rachel A. says:

    This is a great idea, I was considering using store bought ones, but I like the idea of flannel receiving blankets.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    I buy remnants from the local fabric store (good price, especially when it is an extra 50% off)… it is often already a good width, and I just need to cut across for the length. I don’t worry too much about exact fit, I just tuck away any extra inside the cover. Perhaps size is more important with all-in-ones?

  8. 8
    Laura Beth says:

    Do you always have to wash the liners separately?

  9. 9

    she did mean microfleece, i’m assuming. i plan on making my own, so much cheaper than buying them

Leave a Reply