Guest Author - Julie Renee Holland
Many moms choose to make cloth diapers for their babies either to save money or simply to use their creative skills to make something really cute and really practical for their little ones. The Chloe Toes Pocket Diaper Pattern makes it simple to create cloth diapers for your baby, toddler, or older child.
While some moms choose to create their own cloth diaper pattern, using a well-tested pattern such as this one from Chloe Toes largely removes the trial and error stage of cloth diaper making. I created my own patterns for Little for Now cloth diapers, and that was a very long and involved process with many false starts and unusable diapers along the way. With the Chloe Toes cloth diaper pattern, my very first attempt made an adorable and pefectly fitted cltoh diaper.
The Chloe Toes pattern was designed by Catherine Decker for her own daughter, Chloe. I have spent a whole lot of time on the online cloth diaper forums and email lists since I started selling cloth diapers in March of 2006. Over and over I saw rave reviews of the Chloe Toes cloth diaper pattern from both new and experiences diaper sewing moms. Chloe Toes cloth diapers will fit from premie to at least age 6. Moms of special needs kids who still need diapers during the day as well as moms of kids who are struggling to stay dry at night both love the Chloe Toes pattern as it is one of the very few cloth diaper patterns available that will fit beyond preschool. The trim fit makes these diapers fit well under clothing, and look more like underwear for older kids so they are less likely to be embarassed.
The Chloe Toes pattern is designed to make pocket diapers but it will allow you to quickly and easily make fitted diapers, diaper covers, all-in-one diapers, and even swim diapers. The pattern is designed for use with snaps and fold-over-elastic, so you will need access to a snap press for setting snaps and a source of fold-over-elastic (FOE). There is an adaptation possible for the Chloe Toes diapers so you can make them with hook and loop tape similar to Velcro, but Velcro does not hold up to diaper washing so you will want to find Touchtape or Aplix brand hook and loop tape. You can read about how to make the Chloe Toes diaper with hook-and-loop or without FOE at the SewYourOwnDiapers (for Babies!) Yahoo Group, also a great place to learn about cloth diaper sewing.
You can find FOE at many cloth diaper supply stores online, you will probably not find it at any of your local fabric stores. You are looking for 1 inch wide, matte finish elastic that has a line woven into the center for easy folding. Other types of elastic will not work and 5/8 inch FOE is a nightmare to work with. Using FOE to assemble your Chloe Toes diapers is the easiest method and makes for really cute diapers.
You can find the Chloe Toes pattern at Chloe Toes Boutique.
You can find cloth diaper making supplies at Little for Now.