Cloth Diapering on a Budget: DIY Reusable Diaper Liners

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If you're on a cloth diapering budget, you're probably scouring the web {and Pinterest} for simple ways to save money while using cloth diapers.  After all, that's one of the biggest reasons that parents choose to cloth diaper their children – the $$$ savings.


One of the easiest and cheapest things that I've DIY'ed during my cloth diapering days is reusable diaper liners.  They're not a necessity to cloth diapering, no, not at all.  But they certainly have advantages:

  • Keep baby's bottom dry {fleece works magic, I tell you!}
  • Keep stains at bay – making used diapers easier to sell if you go that route.
  • Makes clean up a bit easier.  Sometimes it's easier to shake solids off a liner than a diaper.
  • Protects your diapers from diaper creams {CD safe or not}.

And when you DIY them, they're cheap and totally worth the pennies you've invested.

reusable diaper liners pros

These liners can cost you cents, literally cents.  I purchased the above purple fleece before Sophia was born on a clearance rack at a hobby store.  It was an odd yardage amount of fleece that had been deeply discounted.  So, when I got home, I got to cutting.  There's no perfect size, just see what will work best in the diapers you have.

This is the best part – once you cut, you're done.  No sewing required.

fleece reusable diaper liners

Even after 3+ years of using my DIY resusable diaper liners, the ends haven't frayed a bit.

The main times I use my liners are with overnight fitted diapers – I like knowing that Moreaya has a barrier between fabrics so I know she's not got a wet diaper against her all night.  Remember I said fleece is a miracle worker?  It is.  Liquids pass right through it and it acts as a barrier.  So when a child pees onto the fleece, it passes through to the more absorbent diaper and doesn't sit in the fleece, which makes it stay-dry.  That's why a lot of your pocket cloth diapers are topped with a stay-dry fleece material.

I also like to use them when I am using a diaper cream, whether it be CD safe or not.  If it's not, I usually wash my liners with towel laundry.  Otherwise, the reusable diaper liners go straight into the diaper pail with the diapers!

Have you DIY'ed a Cloth Diaper Project?


  1. There is a polar fleece that is water resistant! I have some and I put it under water to see if the water would go through. It sat on top for a very long time. I put pressure on it like a baby would in the diaper and it finally went through but left the fabric wet! So yes, make sure you get the right type of fleece!

  2. Lindsey,
    Fleece? What kind of fleece? When I think of fleece, I think of a nice fleecy lamb’s pelt….but that’s not what we are talking about here. The diaper liners I have seen in the baby department look more like fabric softener sheets.

    Your page on diapering cautions to NEVER put microfiber against a baby’s skin. Is some fleece microfiber, and this is something that I have to be sure to avoid?

    If I was going to purchase fabric for diaper liners in a fabric store, what would I be looking for?



  3. I LOVE fleece liners. They are awesome and the best when you have to use regular diaper ointment to keep off your squishy fluff.

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