$1.00 DIY No-Sew Fleece Cloth Diaper Cover {Video}

$1.00 DIY No-Sew Fleece Tie on Cloth Diaper Cover

When it comes to ultra budget-friendly cloth diapers flats are the easiest and most accessible option for so many reasons. They’re easy to find, cheap, and can be handwashed. When it comes to cloth diaper covers it is harder to find them locally. This video tutorial shows how to make a DIY Fleece Cover that requires no sewing, is super cheap, and takes less than 3 minutes to make! I can’t take credit for this idea- I found a great example but I really wanted to put my own spin on things and make the video a little shorter and more to the point.

$1.00 DIY No-Sew Fleece Tie on Cloth Diaper Cover

You will need fleece, new or used and scissors.  That is IT!

To create your pattern you can use a cloth diaper cover or any other diaper to get the shape, however you want the cover you cut to be larger all around than your covers. Keep in mind that you need the wings on the back of the diaper to be long enough to come around the front and be tied into a knot.


How well does it work?

Fleece is a waterproof material to a point. Certain conditions like sitting in a carseat or stroller can cause compression leaks. Since this cover has no elastic you may also run into issues with containment of BIG messes…. if you use this over fitteds the chances of it happening are less. If you are using this cover over prefolds and flats you’ll want a nice tight fold. Try the Jelly Roll for Prefolds and the Jo Fold for Flats– just make sure to roll in those legs nicely.

Even though this cover is not perfect it is a way to prevent wetness from making its way onto your furniture, bedding, and even your clothing. It is easy to make and the materials are easy to find. I got this blanket from a thrift shop for only $5.00. I made 5 covers from it, but had I really planned my cuts out more strategically I probably could have made 2 or 3 more! Even just making 5 covers made a huge return on my $5.00 investment.  If you can’t find a large fleece blanket for cheap utilize sales on new fleece at craft stores like Joanns- and if the fleece isn’t on sale print a coupon from online for 40% off one item, which includes fabric cuts.

Like flats, these covers are mostly one size and very versatile because you can either cut your own to the exact size you prefer, or make them large like the one shown in the video, and just roll them and fold them to the size you need.

You can make use of your small scraps of fleece by cutting them into rectangles or contour shapes and laying them into the cover’s wet zone for added protection against leaks.

Cloth diaper stash for only $15 using t-shirts and upcycled fleece.

Get this: if you use this tutorial and make 5 covers, and use my tutorial for .25 T-shirt flats, you can create a full stash for $15.00.  Part of the cost includes a $3.00 Snappi.

You read that correctly! 24 diapers, enough to go 2 full days without washing, and 5 fleece covers. Anyone can afford to cloth diaper, even if they only choose to part-time, for $15.00!

Have you made one of these?  Tell us how they worked for you and if you made any special changes or improvements in the comments!  Your input could help another family on their cloth diapering journey.  

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  • Maryam

    I just wanted to tell that I used a fleece cover overnight and it held up great! I did put in an extra layer of fleece, but this is fantastic! I used an ikea fleece blanket. In Europe (I’m Dutch) they are less than 3 euro’s so perhaps for you Americans about 4 dollars? I cut out 3 covers, 3 big rectangles (to double up the fleece) and some smaller liner as a stay dry solution πŸ™‚

    • kimrosas

      Thanks for checking in! I will look at the blankets next time I’m at Ikea.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Melissa Gardner

    I am so excited to try this! My daughter (just turned 2) is my chunky monkey & is outgrowing the covers we have now. I was so worried I was going to be dropping too much $$ for the remaining amount of time she would be in diapers (hopefully not even a year). This is the perfect solution! I am going to make the t-shirt diapers to for at home, less wear on her “church” (AIO) diapers =) Thank you so much!

  • Selah

    I’m new to cloth diapering, but I would like to give it a try! My son is 8 1/2 mon. and he have been using disposable diapers majority of the time. I tried Cocalo cloth diaper when he was an infant, but I wasn’t consistent. I am hesitant to buy cloth diapers/inserts/covers and also feel hesitant to try no-sew fleece diaper cover. Does it really work for 8 mon babies and up? My son is eating lots of solids, poops 2-3x a day (seems like), and pees a lot. Any help and tips from you or anyone would be greatly appreciated!

    • kimrosas

      Selah, it will work to hold in the moisture. Fleece can be a barrier as long as iti s thicker fleece so keep that in mind. Fleece is prone to compression leaks, so for car rides or anytime your son is sitting for a long time you may want a PUL cover. It is certainly not going to be as amazing as a nicely sewn cover with elastic on the legs and back so with these you will want to get a tight roll on the legs, using a jelly roll fold for your prefolds would be the best to keep in the poop since the coer itself isn’t going to be as effective as a line of defense. Roll the legs of the cover in as well.

  • Esther

    I am super excited to try this!! Total newbie here! Prego and doing lots of research πŸ™‚ I know it will vary with size of baby but what would you say is approx size you would cut to? I don’t have any diapers at the moment to measure. I am trying to decide if buying a $22 fleece blanket that’s 90″x90″ on Amazon would be a good deal πŸ™‚ Thanks!!!

    • Brooke

      I just got some remnant fleece from Hancock, it runs $3 a yard. I got half a yard and can make 3-4 covers from it. You can also get coupons from retail-me-not so I could have spent even less than the $1.80 I spent. Good luck! As far as the size, I would see if someone you know has a size 4 or 5 disposable diaper and you can just trace that.

  • Sarah L

    I love this idea! I’m trying to help a few friends and family members who don’t have room in their budgets for much and I know that cutting the diaper costs out would make a HUGE difference. I know that even cloth diapering part time, at home and overnight has cut close to $40 a month out of her diapering budget as well as practicing elimination communication.

  • Amanda Lea

    This is an amazing money saver tip and an awesome solution for those days when the laundry isn’t done in time!! Thank you so much!

  • Alyssa Saquimux

    I sewed my first prefold today for $free.99 . I used a sweater that was given to me by a friend. It didnt fit her anymore and it didnt fit me either. Then i asked my little brother for an old cotton t-shirt. I cut it and sewed it and am very happy with it. I need to buy a snappi. I plan to make different sized prefolds for almost nothing using what we have at home. Im due in August. Thanks for great 411.

  • Desiree B

    Soo, I did this with some scrap fleece I had left over..I even added a second layer through the crotch area with a pocket and elastic at the waist…the first tester worked great at nap time…yay no leaks! nice and breathable…but then after I made a few more and tested overnight with great expectations…She slept great, but when she woke up in the morning, the diaper was still tied around her waist but the rest was flapped down over her bum and there was poo everywhere! I tried the next time during the day when she was up…the majority of the diaper again fell off while the tie stayed. The next time I tried with fasteners both on the prefold inside and on the outer fleece layer…She managed to lose the outside fasteners outside with daddy. Daddy brought her back in with the diaper hanging.
    not sure what I am doing wrong, but this is definitely not working. I have plenty of other diapers, but this was to be a nice breathable option.

    • Brooke

      Did you make sure the stretch goes side to side and not length wise?

      • kimrosas

        Yes that is ideal… if the stretch runs up and down the diaper is likely to sag.

      • Desiree B

        I did, I followed the directions completely and even added elastic around the legs and an extra layer in the crotch. I think that she is just too mobile. She was fine the first attempt, which was naptime, like I said before the overnight attempt was a fail. She is a very active toddler, so I tried securing with boingos too hoping that would help, all she did was lose one forever in the backyard.

  • Crystal

    Just FYI, Joanns recently changed where they get their fleece and it is no longer remotely water resistant. Any moisture soaks right through. :/ I would try Hancocks or fabric.com for fleece πŸ™‚

    • kimrosas

      Good tip, thanks for letting us know

  • Nancy B

    Is this micro fleece or polar fleece? Because I know there is a difference and I want to make sure I get the right one!

    • 3knottedhorses

      Use polar fleece. Microfleece is great for liners though because it lets liquid pass through and helps keep the skin dry.

  • Jennifer

    Would this work just as well on a newborn? We’re on a very limited budget and so are only buying one size covers and flats. I know that the one size don’t work as well on a new born and I don’t want to spend money on covers that won’t be used for long. Can it work well on a newborn or only for older babies?

    • 3knottedhorses

      Yes but because these ones don’t have elastic they may not hold in newborn poop as well. If you use flats with a Snappi or pins that will help keep the mess to a minimum. (Some people lay a folded flat in the diaper cover which is fine if it’s got elastic to hold in the mess.)

  • Jessica Johnson-Gammon

    So I think I see what Desiree was talking about while back. Not saggy, but that the front slid right out from behind the tie. And it got me to thinking. It needs… Belt loops. Cut 4 slits where I put the red marks & thread the ties through before tying.

    • rebekah

      Now THAT is brilliant. I’m so glad you shared this idea!!

    • Anji Green

      Glad I read the comments… Genius! About to try this πŸ™‚

  • Kisha Harris

    You just gave me the perfect way to make a cover out of my favorite sleeper my son has outgrown! You could also add snaps to make it a one size cover and keep it on better and those aren’t that expensive either. Thank you for doing these!

  • rebekah

    Hi there. I’d like to try this, but what kind of fleece is necessary? As far as I know, there’s microfleece, anti-pill fleece and blizzard fleece. What’s the best?

    • Jordyn

      You want to avoid microfleece for these covers. Microfleece allows pee to pass through easily so it works much better as a liner! πŸ™‚

  • Irish

    I have a one month and 10 days old son, I’m a single mom. I am really searching for ways to save, especially for his diaper. This is one way to save, thanks for the tip.