I have customers ask me about once a week if they can alter my cloth diaper pattern to have a cute cotton fabric on the outside of their cloth diapers. As much as it would be adorable, you simply don’t want to do this!
“If I get the one size pocket nappy is it possible to sew it without the pocket? I’m wanting to make one size nappy covers, hopefully covered with cotton fabric on the outside, but can’t find any covers that specifically do this. Is it likely to leak every where?”
“Is there any way that I can add cute quilting fabric to the outside of my diaper, as a layer, so that the PUL doesn’t show? I have some really nice prints that I want to show off!”
“Do you think a diaper cover with a printed cotton fabric on the outside would be doable? Do you have a tutorial for this?”
” What if I put a layer of cotton quilting fabric on the outside, sandwiching the PUL fabric in the middle of the diaper so that the outer layer of fabric is cotton and is what shows instead of the PUL?”
Seriously. People want to do this. And I understand! In fact, with my second baby, I was certain that I was going to have an entire stash of cutsie fabric covered diaper covers. I slaved away and made at least 2 dozen adorable diaper covers. I showed them off to my friends and family proudly. Then came time to use them on my sweet pumpkin. When I started using them, although they were incredibly adorable, I was in for an incredibly unpleasant suprise. They leaked like nothing else.
I used polyester thread, thinking that wicking wouldn’t be a problem.
***Side note: “wicking” is a term used in the cloth diapering community for “leaking” where it isn’t supposed to.***