Cloth Diaper Column - Free Cloth Diaper Patterns

Issue #16, May 2014

Welcome to our our May 2014 edition of Cloth Diaper Column!  This month,  we're talking about free cloth diaper patterns and more! Plus, we've got a giveaway, other news, and new articles too!

"Live in the sunshine,
Swim the sea,
Drink the wild air."

-- Emerson

Summer is coming!  In a few weeks, school will be out, and since I'm at home right now on maternity leave, I'm looking forward to some fun activities and outings with my boys!  I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather, too!

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This Month's Feature

This month, we're talking about free cloth diaper patterns.  Many of our newsletter subscribers found us through pattern and tutorial searches, and we're happy to feature a round-up of some of the most popular free patterns for a variety of cloth diaper styles!

There are lots of great free and paid cloth diaper patterns available on the internet, but they are sometimes hard to find via search engines.  Pinterest can be hit or miss too, because patterns may or may not have a pinnable image!  With that in mind, we've pulled together a list of 5 popular patterns that offer variety in the style of diaper, too!

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Featured Free Cloth Diaper Patterns

  1. Rita's Rump Pocket Diaper Pattern and Tutorial
  2. Cloth Revolution Side Snapping Diaper from The Tutu Mafia (can be used to make a pocket, all-in-one, or all-in-two)
  3. Katrina's Quick Sew Diaper Cover (suitable for fleece, upcycled wool, and wool interlock, and also for trainers)
  4. Aquarius Little Swimmer Pattern and Tutorial from Sew Mama Sew
  5. Tuckable Cover Pattern and Tutorial from Prefold to Fitted (this site has a ton of different patterns)

Looking for more options and styles?  You can find even more patterns (both free and paid) for cloth diapers, accessories, and even pants that fit over cloth diapers here!

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Hot New Articles This Month

This month, we've continued with article updates, including a big overhaul to our section on How to Wash Cloth Diapers.  Please check it out to see how we've pulled all of our articles together into an 8-part laundry series made up of our most popular posts.

Over the past month, we've also added the following articles to Thinking About Cloth Diapers:

Current Giveaways

We're grateful to our site sponsors that allow us to offer you more chances to win cloth diapers, gear, and other awesome prizes!  We've got 2 giveaways currently going on:

News from the Cloth Diaper World

  • Limited edition prints are all the rage!  From Applecheeks recent release of Riptide to Ella Bella Bum's new exclusive wing-to-wings, the "hard-to-find" (HTF) print market is hot!  Even BumGenius has hopped on the bandwagon now with their Jules and Audrey prints!  Do you have any HTF prints in your collection, and do you know what they're worth? :)
  • Were you there?  The unofficial results from the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change are in!  The NEW record for most people changing diapers in 24 hours is 8,459 across 18 countries!  There were 270 locations - absolutely amazing results to help #makeclothmainstream!
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  • Coming Soon! #madeincanadababy we're currently working out the details on our third annual Made in Canada Giveaway Event, which is set to run from June 22 to July 6.  I can't wait to share all of the wonderful Canadian-made cloth diapers and baby gear we've rounded up with you!

NEW! Deal of the Week!

Nicki's Diapers has a huge sale on right now!  Save up to 75% on their Best Bottoms Diapers and Planetwise wet bags during their Seconds and Overstock Sale.

Like these? You can subscribe to our cloth diaper sales round-up to get deals just like this one delivered to your in-box (just click on the weekly round-up link above and then fill out the sign-up form at bottom of the article).

Keeping Up

As a working parent, I know how busy life can get!

I love homemade cookies, but I seldom make them because they are time consuming.  Here's a quick and easy recipe so you can bake up a batch of cookies in 15 minutes.

Icebox Cookies

1 cup margarine

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs (beaten)

2 tsp vanilla

3  1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

Add ins such as chocolate or butterscotch chips, glace or dried fruit, candy, or sprinkles

Add all the wet ingredients and mix together. Add add-ins to taste and mix in the dry ingredients.  Roll into log shape and wrap in wax paper. Freeze for about 1-2 hrs and slice and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees until the bottoms are starting to brown. Don’t over bake, or they will go hard.  This recipe will make 4 logs that can be kept in the freezer for a few weeks or more - ready whenever you need them!  You can also roll the logs in sprinkles before freezing for decorative edging.

That's all for this month! 

Thanks for hanging out with me!

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