Like always I started trying to think of how to make my own or at least cut the cost in some way. I will be keeping my eye out for training pants and underwear at yard sales but until I hit that jackpot, I was lucky enough to have received about 3 packages of the flat prefold cloth diapers as baby shower gifts with Grant and have been trying to figure out how to turn those into waterproof training pants. I thought if I could make cloth diapers why couldn't I make training pants.
Of course I packed all those prefolds in boxes during the move and they have remained in boxes since I did not think I would be needing them until another baby came along. I considered buying another package and starting with those however when I added up the cost of cloth diapers (about $12), waterproof PUL fabric (about $9/yd with a 40% off coupon), and elastic, it averaged out to be about $2 a pair. So it would have been pointless and my husband's honey-do list got one more thing added to it: Find prefold cloth diapers!
I have been looking for free patterns online and tutorials and after a couple late nights surfing the internet (oh the things us wives/moms will do to save a little cash or find an excuse to craft) I found 2 that I really like and seemed to suit my needs.
This one is my favorite and the one I think I'll go with since I really want the waterproof layer to avoid having to buy the rubber pants.
(Are these cute or what?)
Here is the other one I found and I would probably use it with an added PUL layer if I already had one of those things to put snaps on (have no idea what their official name is so I'll just call it the snap thingy). I want to buy one eventually, especially before we have baby #2, for cloth diaper making but for now I want to avoid that expense.
These could also be used as a regular cloth diaper if you put a waterproof layer overtop and then you could graduate into potty training with them. I am always trying to get more than one use out of everything. It's a sickness.
I'm hoping to get started on these this week. They are added to my craft to-do list that continuously gets longer and longer. But maybe I'll have a few to show off my finished masterpieces, haha.