DIY Cheap and Easy T-Shirt Flats- Make Two for .50!

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DIY Cheap and Easy t-shirt flats

In the spirit of budget cloth diapering this month I wanted to pass on this great tutorial inspired by a reader (Kelly S.) who posted to my fanpage. I’ve seen other t-shirt diapers but, being a lover of flats, I really loved the idea of cutting a shirt down to make flats! And the best part?! You can make 2 entire diapers from one shirt which means you could spend as little as .50 for two diapers. I bought several t-shirts from my local thrift shop on their 50% off day making each shirt’s $1.00 price only .50!  Whoa!

You will need:

1 XXL or larger 100% Cotton T-shirt. (Must be all cotton, blends won’t be as absorbent.)
Scissors

The tutorial video will explain the best fold for this type of diaper (other than the pad fold which would be great too!) since it is pretty darn easy to figure out how to cut it. I left the cutting video out; it was just too boring and I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence!

Imagine this: You could have an entire stash of 24 diapers for $12.00 with this method!

Or even less if you can score some shirts for cheaper or free! You will need waterproof covers to use over these diapers and a snappi (or pins). These can be purchased relatively cheaply online through Amazon or a cloth diaper store. Some baby stores do carry covers and other cloth diapers. To learn more about buying cloth diaper supplies locally you can read my post- Find Cloth Diapers Locally. If you are really handy you can DIY your own fleece or wool covers to lessen the cost using old sweaters or inexpensive fleece.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Desiree S.

    Okay, so, this is the best idea, ever! I have so many t-shirts between me and the SO! Time to make flats this week! Thank you for the idea!

  • Maggienificent Mee

    This is such a great tutorial! We used our old tshirts to make flats and wipes for our newborn while we were building our OS stash.

  • Philomena

    Genius! I’m going to do these t-shirt flats so I can buy wool covers with the money saved!

  • Krystal

    This is really neat! I’m very new to CD (‘only have one BG pocket, one Thirsties snap cover, 15 prefolds [all gifts from mom], and an 8 week old pretty much in disposables).
    • How would one make their own covers with sweaters?
    • And is fleece waterproof, where it would actually keep mess in?
    Also, is it easy to tell when thu need to be changed?


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