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!

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How to Make Felted Wool from Wool Sweaters

felted wool sweater

What is Felted Wool?

When the animal fibers found in yarn or wool are agitated through hot water or friction, the tiny scales which hold the fibers in place are separated, tangled and rearranged resulting in a dense, durable, and water-resistant fabric called felted or fulled wool. (To understand the difference between fulled, felted, and boiled wool, check out this great post from Pioneer Thinking.)

Here is an example of a sweater that I felted. You can see the transition from nicely knitted, well-ordered fibers to a thick mat of felted wool.

What Can Felted Wool be Used for?

Felted wool is a wonderful fabric that can be used to make a variety of crafts that are perfect for gifting and giving your home a cute, cozy feel. Felted wool can also be used to make practical things like felted wool dryer balls, hats, or mittens. You can even use it to make DIY wool diaper soakers or longies for folks who cloth diaper. (That was the reason that I originally decided to learn how to felt wool.)

Here are a couple of projects that I made:

Is It Difficult or Expensive to Make Felted Wool?

Making felted wool is easy and, if done properly, cheap! I was able to felt four wool sweaters that I bought at Savers for $35 in a matter of hours. If I had taken the time to shop around at a few other local thrift shops, I probably could have saved even more! When you’re thrifting, look for sweaters, blankets, or skirts – the bigger the better!

What Supplies Do I Need to Make Felted Wool at Home?

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Honestly, you don’t need much to make felted wool. You should have:

  • Access to a washer and dryer
  • A mild laundry detergent (I used BioKleen, our favorite plant-based, non-toxic detergent)
  • An old pillow case
  • A hair tie, string, or a rubber band
  • A wool sweater, blanket, or skirt (more on this below)

What Types of Wool Work Best for Making Felted Wool?

This is important so don’t skip it! The type of wool sweater (or other item) that you purchase matters. Some wool sweaters are chemically treated so that you can wash them as you would your regular laundry, without the risk of ruining them. These will not work for felting.

The best material for felting is:

  • 100% lambswool, merino, cashmere, angora, alpaca, or a mix of these types of wool, although some people have been successful in felting with only 70%- 90% wool
  • dry clean only OR
  • hand wash in cold water only, lay flat to dry

When choosing a wool sweater to work with, you’ll want to consider the tightness of the knit and the thickness of the yarn. Your thrifted wool item will shrink and thicken considerably when felted, but it’s still a good idea to think about whether or not it will be a good fit for your project before you buy it. You probably don’t want to choose a thin cashmere sweater if you’re planning on making potholders!

Tutorial: How to Make Felted Wool

Begin by placing your wool item in an old pillowcase and tying off the end with an elastic or string. When you agitate the item in the washing machine, it will generate a lot of fuzz. The pillowcase will help contain the stray fibers and prevent them from damaging your washing machine.

Choose a load size that will fill your washer with just enough hot water to cover your pillow case(s). If your washer is mostly empty, throw in some old towels, tennis shoes, or dryer balls because your goal is to create as much friction as possible. If the sweater is just sloshing around in there, it won’t felt properly.

Next, select the longest, heaviest cycle your machine will allow. Add a small amount of mild detergent and start the washer.

When the wash cycle is complete, remove your wool garment from the pillowcase and throw it in the dryer on high heat until it is completely dry. This will lock the fibers into their new positions.

Repeat this cycle until material reaches desired texture. It may take a few times. For me, I was satisfied with how my sweaters looked after two trips through the washer and dryer.

When you feel that you are complete, remove any large fuzzballs that remain, being careful not to cut into the fabric.

gray felted wool with colorful buttons

And that’s it! You’ve just felted your first material. Happy crafting!

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How to Make DIY Beard and Mustache Wax

Lately, my normally bearded husband has been on a mustache kick. I’m not sure when it started, but at some point in the recent past he decided to grow out his mustache (in addition to his beard, thankfully.) He’s also been telling me all about how to care for facial hair when he comes home from work, and about the special combs, brushes, shampoos, conditioners, and waxes that are required for facial hair perfection.

The other day I found him trying to wax his mustache with this.

bee bar lotion container

It’s a hand and body bar made of things like beeswax, almond oil, and “fragrance.” I probably would have let him continue using it, but I just couldn’t stand the smell of it! Not only that, but “fragrance” is always suspicious ingredient in my book and I figured he probably didn’t need any weird chemicals so close to his face.

So I decided to make him some custom homemade beard and mustache wax. He ended up liking the scent and the texture much better than the hand and body bar lotion he had been using.

If you’ve got a bearded man in your life, or if you are one yourself, here’s a simple recipe for beard and mustache wax. It’s a great DIY gift idea for men because it’s cheap, all-natural, gluten-free, and only has two basic ingredients: beeswax and avocado oil. It’s also customizable so if you like scented facial hair care products, feel free to add in your favorite combination of essential oils for a unique scent.

How to Make Your Own Beard and Mustache Wax

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The first step is to gather your ingredients and equipment.



Note: Melted wax is difficult to clean up. Use equipment you don’t mind throwing out afterwards in case you spill the wax.

Next, pour the beeswax pastilles and avocado oil into your jam jar.

Place your jam jar in the pot filled with water and turn the heat up to medium. Bring the water to a boil and allow the wax to melt. This will take 20-30 minutes.

After the wax has melted, turn off the burner. Stir the mixture with the popsicle stick until combined well. Then using oven mitts or gloves, lift the jar out of the water. Carefully pour the hot mixture into your molds. I used about a 1/4 cup per mold.

Stir in your essential oils, using 12 to 15 drops per mold.

Clove, cinnamon, rosemary and orange blend nicely together as do peppermint, grapefruit, and lavender. Sandalwood and fir with a twist of citrus is also very popular and manly scent.

Allow your beard and mustache wax bars to cool. When they are cool to the touch, you may pop them out of the mold and they’ll be ready for use!

jar of beard and mustache wax

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