Upcycled Diapers

upcycled diapers

Upcycled Diapers

Demonstrated by volunteer Lily Giddings


  1. Cotton
  2. Hemp
  3. Flannel
  4. Bamboo
  5. Muslin

Here are some examples of material that is not suitable for diaper flats:

  1. Dry-fit
  2. Fleece

Items to consider

  1. T-shirts, any size
  2. Cotton sweatpants
  3. Cotton sweatshirts
  4. Cotton/ jersey/ microfiber bedding
  5. Muslin blankets
  6. Receiving/ swaddle blankets
  7. Fabric scraps
  8. Towels


(add one inch x one inch – or more – to your templates)


Small: 12 x 15 in.

Medium: 15 x 18 in.

Large: 18 x 21 in.

XL: 21 x 24 in.

Note: If you are using something thick like a towel, try making your second layer a thin, soft t shirt (to rest against baby’s skin). You can stray from the normal dimensions by creating a 5 x 10, 6 x 12, or 6 x 14 rectangle.

The Process

Step 1

Create a cardboard, paper, poster board, etc. template for your diapers based on our recommended dimensions.

Step 2

Lay out your ironed t-shirts or other household items and cut around your template (see video), or mark your template size with marker on your t-shirt.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 with all of your items, until you have a number of “fat quarters” to work with in the sewing process.

Step 4

Layer your pieces together to fit your desired thickness, pin the fabric, and head to the sewing machine.

Step 5

Sew your fabric together in any fashion.

You've made a diaper flat!

Next steps: fold to fit the width of your diaper cover, place in cover, put on baby, and enjoy your free & easy-made diaper flat (with the same quality, if not better quality, as your $10+ counterparts).

Published by Madelaine Martin

empowering parents and promoting self-sufficiency through sustainable, reusable options.