$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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  • KD

    I need to make a few of these for my LO’s stuffed animals!

    I always love your videos. They are informative and well thought-out.

    Thank you for crediting the source of your original idea. That shows integrity.

    • kimrosas

      The teddy idea is a great one!

  • Heather

    Hey Kim would you reuse the fleece covers since you said 5 is enough for 2 days or are you saying we would need to handwashing in between? Just wondering Thanks

    • kimrosas

      If you lay them out to air dry between uses you can reuse a cover a couple of times before washing. Fleece isn’t like wool and needs to be washed way more frequently but you can make it work.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Jessica

    Can I just say that the implications of what you have laid out right here could quite seriously change the world?!? It is a shame that many people have blinders on when it comes to how practical, realistic and rewarding this can be. Great work, as always, Kim!

    • kimrosas

      I don’t know about that, but after I did this tutorial video I realized that this combo is probably the cheapest I’ve seen yet that takes into account buying every item to make it versus just recieving free diapers. Beyond cloth diapers people will need a way to store the dirty diapers (or can use plastic grocery bags or a bucket for a free option) but regardless, the cost is extremely minimal this way. Not a perfect stash but effective enough to do the job for sure. Thanks for the kind words! I’d love to see this post empower mothers to take charge of their diapering situation.

  • Whitney Opfar

    This is perfect timing. I have been using cloth for a while but just recently I sewed my first flat. My husband was super proud of me but I told him I can’t really use it until I get a cover. Lo and behold you post how to make covers! Love it! P.S. watching your diaper reviews is my guilty pleasure to pass the time while baby is napping and I am pumping milk.

  • Rachael

    T-shirt flats are really good at getting a tight fit to contain #2s because the jersey is (usually) really stretchy. I used them for the week of handwashing flats and kept them in my stash until my son’s bms solidified. If you leave some of the arms on, you don’t need a snappi and can tie it in the front. You could do the same thing with wool sweaters… I bought one (for $1 = 2 covers), fleeced it in the dryer & cut it similarly to the fleece above so you could safety pin it. You’d need lanolin to waterproof it though… if you have some left over from nursing, it would last a while! I’d recommend cutting a couple covers larger than the others to fit a nighttime or double stuffed flat.

  • Morgan Carpenter-Panuski

    I might have to give this a try.. I’m skeptical of how well the fleece will retain moisture. But then again, my little guy is a pretty heavy wetter. Worth a try tho! Revolutionary!

    • Chastyn

      If you have a heavy wetter, putting an extra layer in the wet zone helps a ton! But fleece works great! I use a fitted with an extra bamboo insert (which obviously will hold more than a flat but same concept) then put a fleece cover on and my son sleeps 12+ hours at night and his bed is dry!!

  • Debsch

    I’VE DONE THIS! When I switched from prefolds & PUL covers to flats, I cut out a fleecy no-sew cover from a charity shop fleece blanket. Worked very well… but then I decided to go ‘coverless’ as I wanted to know exactly when bub peed/pooped and the cover hid that info from me.

  • Liesal Hoffman

    This is amazing! Like seriously, my mind is blown by how amazing this cover could be. I can’t wait to try this out!

  • meljc

    That’s awesome! The scrap bin at Joann is your friend — I once got ~2yd of fleece for $0.76 πŸ™‚

    • kimrosas

      Excellent point!

  • BoiseFamily

    Kim, I liked your scrap idea. If one knows how to sew a tiny bit they could make these fleece sleeves I just saw and put them inside of your fleece tie cover. =) Here’s a pin for the sleeves I mentioned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/88523948899310615/.

  • kelsey

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Definitely going out to get some fleece to add to my stash.. especially for night-time! πŸ˜€

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  • Abbie

    I can’t wait to try this! We’ve recently discovered my little one is allergic to elastic and desperately need an alternative! If this works for him it’ll be amazing for all involved, even if it’s just for around the house that’s a lot less elastic he’ll have to live with!

  • Liz

    You just blew my mind! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am still fairly new to cloth diapering (my son is 4 months) and he’s out grown so many of his diapers that I wasn’t sure how this investment was going to save us money! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Maryam

    I posted my comment at the wrong topic…but here I am again πŸ˜‰ To make the fleece covers more water resistant, you can treat them the same as wool covers πŸ™‚