How to Make No-Sew Fleece Liners for Cloth Diapers

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If you are a cloth diaper mama looking for a solution to overnight cloth diaper leaks or diaper rashes due to wetness or chafing, this tutorial for making do-it-yourself fleece liners is for you! These cheap and easy-to-make fleece liners were the solution to our daughter’s wet bedding and persistent diaper rashes. I hope they will prove just as helpful for you.

What is Fleece?

Fleece is a soft, warm material with a napped texture. While typically made from synthetic polyester fibers, fleece can also be made with natural fibers like bamboo or cotton, or even a blend of man-made and natural fibers. These fibers are woven together to make a lightweight fabric, which is then brushed to create the soft, fluffy texture that we are all familiar with.

What Kind of Fleece is Best for Cloth Diaper Liners?

With all the different types of fleece available, you might be wondering what kind of fleece is best for cloth diaper liners. Thin microfleece is the best choice for cloth diaper liners due to its ability to wick moisture away from the skin. This type of synthetic fabric is commonly used for performance athletic wear for this very reason.

What Kinds of Fleece Should I Avoid?

While polar fleece and natural-fiber fleece both have their place in the cloth diaper world, they should not be used for making stay-dry cloth diaper liners. Here’s why:

  • Polar fleece is a thicker variety of synthetic fleece typically used to make water-resistant outerwear. It should not be used for cloth diapers (unless you are making a water-resistant diaper cover), because unlike microfleece, it repels moisture. If you use thick polar fleece for cloth diaper liners, you will experience leaks.
  • I don’t recommend fleece made from natural fibers for making stay-dry liners. The reason for this is because natural fibers are great at absorbing and retaining moisture, but not for wicking moisture away from the skin. If you make your liners out of a natural fiber fleece, it will not solve your moisture problem and you will probably continue to deal with rashes.

Where Can I Buy Fleece for Cloth Diaper Liners?

The good news is, you might not even need to buy any fabric! Take a look around your home. Do you have any old fleece blankets lying around? Fleece blankets, as long as they are thin, are an excellent choice for making stay-dry cloth diaper liners on a budget. You can also try asking your family and friends if they have any blankets they’d like to get rid of. That’s how I got this beauty here:

hibiscus print fleece blanket

If you can’t track down any free fleece, try a local sewing shop or craft store like JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s. Some Walmarts even have a fabric section. Wherever you go, be sure to check the discount bin. The patterns might be crazy, but the deals will be great!

No-Sew Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

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The great thing about these stay-dry liners is how easy they are to make! There is no sewing involved and all you need is a pair of scissors and a pattern to get started. I’ve got two pattern options for you. But, before you begin, be sure to wash and dry your fabric a couple times to eliminate the possibility of shrinkage.

Option 1: Basic Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

This liner is very simple to make. It is great for stuffing inside pocket diapers. To get started, grab a diaper insert or a piece of standard junk mail and lay it on your fabric. This is your pattern. Carefully trace around your pattern with a marker. Then, cut around your pattern with scissors and, voilĂ ! You’ve just made your first homemade cloth diaper liner. Repeat until you have enough liners.

Option 2: Winged Cloth Diaper Liner Pattern

This is my favorite variety of liner for our overnight cloth diaper arrangement because they stay put! (We use the large Thirsties covers with four of their hemp inserts for our overnight cloth diaper solution.) Though these liners take a little more effort and fabric to make, I think they’re worth it because the wings wrap around your inserts to help hold the liners in place. Or, if you don’t wrap the wings around your inserts, and instead lay it on top of your pocket diaper, it will provide you with extra coverage and moisture protection.

For this style of diaper liner, you will use your pocket diaper or other diaper cover for a pattern. I used one of our Kawaii diapers for a pattern and then trimmed the sides a little. To make this stay-put, stay-dry liner, all you need to do is lay your pattern on the fabric, trace around it, and cut it out. If you want, you can customize the fit by trimming where you see fit. Obviously less fabric means less bulk, but also less staying power, so keep that in mind when you trim. Additionally, if you have too much overhang, you create the potential for moisture to wick onto the fabrics outside of the diaper.

So there you have it. Now you’re an expert on how to make your own no-sew fleece liners for cloth diapers. Happy crafting!