DIY Adventures in Diapers: All-in-One diaper

Last week I posted about my experiences making a pocket diaper for my son. I learned from the mistakes I made and applied them to an all-in-one diaper. If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly an all-in-one (AI1) diaper entails, read this post. This style of cloth diaper is the closest to a disposable.

The pattern was similar to the pocket diaper I sewed, but I added an attached insert. There’s still a pocket, so I can add absorbency, if I want, but the diaper can be used as is. Just snap the diaper on the baby, and he’s good to go!

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This medium-size diaper fits babies approximately 18-28 lbs.

Smallest Setting


Largest Setting

This AI1 diaper features a PUL outer and fleece inner. I upcycled a fleece blanket to make the lining.

Fleece Inner

A note on fleece: micro-fleece is wonderful for the inside layer of a diaper since it wicks moisture away from skin. However, regular fleece (blizzard, anti-pill) can do the opposite and repel moisture. Since I’d used pieces of this particular blanket before to make a stay dry insert, I was confident this piece of fabric would allow the liquid to pass through into the insert and keep the moisture off my son’s skin.

The pattern instructions called for two inserts to be stacked on top of each other and both sewn into the diaper. I think the bamboo batting I used for inside of the insert must have been much thicker than what was intended for this project, because there was no way I was getting both inserts sewn into the diaper. They were too thick. I also had difficult sewing just one insert to the lining, probably because the regular fleece I used is quite thick. I ended up attaching the insert on one of the shorter ends, instead of sewing it all the way down lengthwise.

Insert attached on one end
Insert attached on one end- can be pulled out to speed drying

Besides the insert difficulties, I struggled with one of the legs. I’m not sure what happened, to be honest, but somehow it turned out twisted:

Twisted leg hole

I decided to take the top stitching out around the legs and resew. The fewer holes in PUL, the better. But with the way the leg is above, it wouldn’t maintain a waterproof seal around my son’s leg anyway, so I figured I might as well try to fix it.

It was slightly improved afterwards (but still looking jacked up):

Stitching uneven but leg elastic area less twisted

My best guess is that it has something to do with how I originally sewed the elastic onto the fabric. Next time, I’ll try be more careful while sewing the elastic on.

I decided to only put elastic on one side of the pocket, the back side of the diaper. This way if I add another insert into the diaper for extra absorbency, it will theoretically come out of the pocket on its own in the wash.


I love how soft, squishy, and absorbent-looking this diaper is!


PUL can be very difficult to sew with, since it doesn’t feed well through the machine. Place some tissue paper over it (or under it), and this will solve the problem.

Tissue paper makes it easier to sew with PUL

When placing snaps, always reinforce the PUL under the snap. You want this diaper to be completely waterproof. You can either glue an entire yoke of PUL fabric on the inside, before placing the snaps; or, you can just use small squares of fabric. These can be glued on as well, if you want them to lie flat.

Reinforce PUL under snaps

There you have it! Next up on my sewing agenda: a cotton-topped pocket diaper with a hidden PUL layer.

Do you sew your own diapers? Have any tips for me?
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Blogger Opportunity! 2012 Cloth Diaper Drive to support the Tomahawk Sustainment Mission

 Fall 2012 Cloth Diaper Drive

Fall 2012 Cloth Diaper Drive – Supporting The Tomahawk Sustainment Mission. . . 

Sign ups are OPEN!

Leettle Baby will be hosting the Leettle Hands and Feet Fall 2012 Cloth Diaper Drive, which will run from November 1st – 30th, 2012. Not only will there be a giveaway for a stash of cloth diapers, but there will be charity auctions in efforts to raise money to start a cloth diapering program that will benefit at least 500 babies in the impoverished areas of the Kentucky Appalachia!

DID YOU KNOW? The Appalachia region covers 13 different U.S. states, encompasses 420 counties and includes 25 million people? Sadly, some of the most distressed areas have 150% poverty rate over the average U.S. rate.

Read more here about the Tomahawk Sustainment Mission and their cloth diaper outreach program.

Head on over to the Leettle Baby blog and sign up today if you are interested in participating in this giveaway hop event which includes a FREE blogger opportunity! The deadline for sign ups is October 30th, so don’t hesitate to sign up for this wonderful event!

Also…sponsors for the giveaway and auction are still wanted and greatly appreciated! Please contact Alanna at if you would like to help.



DATES:  November 1st – 30th (Giveaway will run from November 1st – November 30th), 2012

COST:  FREE with announcement post, $5 for 2 links, $1 each additional, & $10 for host follow pages

GIVEAWAY PRIZE:   A cloth diaper stash & accessory package…and more! Click here to view prize listing & sponsors


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Review: Fitted Diaper by Rockabilly Baby

Rockabilly Baby diapers are the creations of Bri, a long-time WOHM (work out of home mom) turned SAHM (stay at home mom) to two boys. Bri started sewing diapers for her youngest son when he was too chubby for most of the readily available brands. After sewing her own, Bri wanted to share her love of cute prints with everyone. In addition to boy and gender neutral prints, Bri sells “a lot of girly diapers, which is super fun for me having two boys.” Bri says the best thing about her diapers is that they are great for chubby thighs!

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I received a gorgeous one-size, hybrid fitted diaper to review.

Hybrid Fitted by Rockabilly Baby

Because it’s a hybrid, there’s a hidden layer of poly fleece that deflects moisture back into the attached soaker. The outside of this diaper has a beautiful, trendy knit print. The inside layer that touches baby’s skin is made with soft, cotton velour. Although this diaper must have a cover to be completely waterproof, the hybrid design makes it water resistant.

The snap-in soaker is made with two layers of cotton velour and two layers of bamboo velour. That’s a total of eight absorbent layers when folded over and snapped in!

Inner Layer- Cotton Velour


Soaker- Unsnapped and Unfolded

With the folded soaker, the diaper is about an inch thick in the middle. I found it to be very absorbent!

This diaper is considered one-size but does not have snaps up and down the front to adjust the rise. It features a fold-down rise instead. The regular waist has 12 snaps, and the fold-down rise has 11 waist snaps.

The backs of a couple of waist snaps on each side of the soaker are not covered and do touch my son’s skin, but that doesn’t bother me. Baby J doesn’t appear to find it uncomfortable, and they do not leave marks on his skin.

Fold-down Rise

This diaper gave my son plenty of coverage. At its narrowest point between the legs, it’s about 5 1/2″ across…which is equivalent to the Kiwi Pie fitted diapers I usually put on my son at night.

In the below photo, my son is wearing the diaper on the smallest setting without using the cross-over tabs. It’s actually a little loose like this, so if I were to use the diaper without a cover, I’d use the cross-over tabs/snaps.

5 months, 1 week: 18 pounds

As you can see, my son has plenty of room to grow in this diaper, which I consider a good thing. Since he’s large for his age, I’m concerned he may grow out of some of his diapers early, but I don’t have that worry with his Rockabilly Baby!

The photo’s blurry (couldn’t get him to hold still), but you can see that the fit is a little loose around his legs. My son’s legs aren’t particularly chubby, so that’s not surprising. Using a cover over this diaper on Baby J’s “poop days,” ensures there are no leaks.

No thunder thighs here!

This diaper would probably be very large on a small, young baby or newborn which could be an issue for some, but there are newborn-size diapers available at Rockabilly Baby. Additionally, Bri is currently working on a trimmer-fit, one-size diaper.

Our Experiences with the Diaper:

Because it’s a hybrid, I first put it on my son without a cover. After 3 hours, I changed him. The front half of the soaker was soaked and the inside of the diaper was just starting to feel damp. The outside felt completely dry.

I also tested it overnight with a Flip cover overtop. Twelve hours later…no leaks! My son is still pretty young, and I wouldn’t consider him a heavy wetter. With this in mind, eventually, I may have to use this diaper with a doubler, but that goes for any of his diapers.

This diaper will become even more absorbent over time, since the soaker is made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo blends need at least 10 washes before they reach their full absorbency.

My favorite thing about this diaper is how incredibly soft it is. I’ve talked before about soft diapers, but this is truly the softest, squishiest diaper I’ve felt. I couldn’t wait to try it on my son, and I felt good about doing so. I know he’s comfortable wearing it.

Overall, I would give this hybrid fitted a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for a comfortable, absorbent hybrid-fitted diaper at a reasonable price, I recommend visiting Rockabilly Baby.

Like what you see? Purchase a Rockabilly Baby diaper on Hyena Cart or Etsy! Check out Rockabilly Baby on Facebook and see available prints!

You could win your very own Rockabilly Baby diaper! Bri has graciously agreed to sponsor a diaper for the Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop, Oct. 25-31. Are you excited yet?

Note: I received a sample product to review. I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

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