I usually review cloth diapers you can purchase, but I decided to mix it up a little and add in some of my reviews for cloth diaper patterns. When your life revolves around cloth diapers and sewing them, you naturally want to try out any patterns you can find to see how everyone else is doing things. The picture above is my finished tester of the Celtic Cloths Medium All in One free pattern. At first I was sure the tabs would be too wide and I was not at all sure that having the leg elastic roll in was a great plan since I was using a laminated cotton print. Sometimes cotton prints can wick moisture if the legs roll in. To my surprise, we have had great luck with this diaper – no leaks, even overnight - and it is actually one of the first diapers I reach for.
The wide tabs make it easy to adjust for Eva’s tiny waist and chunky thighs, since I can snap the wait and legs on different snap settings. The sizing is perfect for a medium diaper. The directions were easy to follow. You do need a snap press or snap pliers to apply plastic snaps if you choose to use snaps (metal snaps are not recommended for diapers since they can rust, are hot from the dryer, and don’t tend to work well with cloth diaper fabrics). You can also use Touchtape or Aplix (hook and loop tape, similar to Velcro), but the snaps are one of the things that make this pattern work so well for us.
If you prefer to have a quick dry all in one cloth diaper, you might want to consider making an attached soaker flap instead of putting all of the absorbency into the middle of the diaper as it can take a bit longer to dry that way.
This is a good pattern for an intermediate diaper maker, though a beginner can also have good results.
You can get the free pattern here:
Celtic Cloths Medium Cloth Diaper Pattern