Onto the fleece diaper covers. After finding that I really didn't have the time nor the inclination to continue wool covers, I needed to find a more affordable way to cloth diaper. At this time, we were suddenly without an income, so I couldn't go order material online. PUL was also very expensive as well. I found out about fleece covers from this blog. I had already sewn a lot of the pocket diapers, so I decided to give fleece a try.
Fleece is breathable and a little water resistant in itself. It does need a little different treatment from the prefolds though. To keep the water resistant properties you need to add fabric softener, so you can't wash them with your cloth diapers. The great thing about these is that you could just buy a bunch of fleece pants and use them with a fitted diaper such as Rita's pocket diapers. I had prefolds that no longer fit and no money with which to add to my diaper stash.
I found a free pattern from Celtic Cloth. With a gift of money from some very lovely Christian folk, I bought some pretty cheap fleece from Wal-mart. I had some notions left from a previous purchase. So I sewed 8 fleece diaper covers with TouchTape closures. These covers were turned and topstitched with 2 layers of fleece. They were very thick and bulky. They were a little big on Rockbiter, but they fulfilled their purpose. I wanted a wrap style that I could easily use with my existing prefolds.
So here is what it comes down to in my opionion:
- Readily available
- Can be inconvenient to wash separately
- Needs fabric softener to stay water resistant
- Does not work very well with a heavy wetter
Stay tuned for my newest cover made from PUL!