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The No Sew T-shirt Diaper

Updated on October 2, 2009

Free Diapers?

You can diaper your baby for little or no money, just by recycling old clothing- like a t-shirt! You probably have a few stashed away somewhere- maybe in your rag bag or the back of your drawer- that are stained, or have a hole or two, or you are just sick of wearing. You can ask your friends and neighbors, or join, and most likely get enough free t-shirts of different sizes to last your baby's whole diapering period. And if you are not the crafty type, here is a method to convert a t-shirt into a diaper without having to sew a stitch!

Step 1

Lay the t-shirt flat as shown.

Step 2

Grasp the top and bottom, 1/3 of the way from the front side, and bring this to the opposite side, thus folding the t-shirt into equal thirds. Smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 3

Bring the top of the t-shirt towards the center, so that the sleeves are folded in half.

Step 4

Fold the bottom up to meet the top as shown.

Step 5

Place baby on diaper and bring the front up to her belly, tucking the edges in between the legs, and stretching the top across the front.

Step 6

Bring sleeve tabs around tightly, overlapping them in the middle. Grasping firmly, with your fingers behind the cloth, pin into place. To prevent sticking yourself, insert pin down slowly until you feel the pressure, not the point itself, against your fingers. Bring the point back up through the top and fasten.

Here is a close-up of the freshly pinned diaper. Notice the gusset-like tucks between the legs to contain the messes.

There are several inexpensive options for a diaper cover. Wool bum sweaters can be made from thrift store finds, simply sewn from a triangular piece of wool. Another favorite of mine are the nylon pull on pants. They are inexpensive, lightweight, breathable and hold up well with repeated washings, unlike their vinyl counterparts. See the links below.


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      5 years ago

      I'll try to put this to good use imydieatelm.

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      6 years ago

      Wow you just saved us! Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Superb idea.. I just love it! tried too :)

      thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago

      What an awesome idea! Dh has tons of t-shirts that I've been dying for him to get rid of. Somehow I'm thinking if I used one as a diaper, he might now want to wear it again. Ha! ;) Can't wait to try it!

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      9 years ago

      Shut the front door. This just blew my mind. woah. GENIUS!

    • Sara W. Harding profile imageAUTHOR

      Sara W. Harding 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      It depends on the fabric. If it has been treated with fabric softener it will repel liquid. These work well with a more absorbent insert, such as a prefold, small towel or washcloth.

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      9 years ago

      how much pee can it soke up?

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      10 years ago

      Amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing.... I can't wait to show my friends!

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      11 years ago

      if you slip a pad in this it would work like a diaper and you wouldn't have to wash it!

    • Sara W. Harding profile imageAUTHOR

      Sara W. Harding 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the tip!

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      11 years ago

      Great idea! You should totally enter this into the diaper making on a budget contest:

    • Sara W. Harding profile imageAUTHOR

      Sara W. Harding 

      11 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks! They really work too. I've used them on my son when I've run out of our other cloth diapers.

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      Christa Dovel 

      11 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      What a great idea! I love it. Most thrift shops in my area don't even bother selling t-shirts, they toss them or use them to wrap breakable items.


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