Sewing your own diapers is easier than you might think! There are many patterns out there that are perfect for beginning seamstresses!
There are three kinds of absorbant diapers you can make - fitteds or pocket fitteds, contours, and prefolds. For the waterproof part of making diapers, there are covers, and pockets. You will need a basic sewing machine. You don't need a fancy one since you don't need any fancy stitches to make a diaper. It is handy to have a 3 step zig zag if you are applying Fold over Elastic (FOE) as the elastic and trim. Sergers are nice for contours and some fitteds, but turn and topstitch works well too.
Diaper Sewing Boards.
Both of these boards are incredible resources! Well worth your time!:
Diaper Sewing Divas: http://www.diaperdivas.proboards57.com/
Sew Your Own Diapers: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sewyourowndiapers/
The most common pattern in use right now using FOE is Catherine's Chloe Toes. This kind of diaper can be made in about 30 to 40 minutes once you get the hang of applying the FOE. Yes it does cost for the pattern, but its a good one that most people are very happy with. It has great rear coverage, and the tabs have an under belly fit. You can make both fitted diapers, covers, or pocket diapers with this pattern:
Darling Diapers Unlimited is another one that is similar in popularity to Chloe's Toes. They do offer a free newborn fitted pattern, and the pattern you pay for has a LOT of options:
Faux Fuzzi'stutorial. Free! :
Sewing trainers!Free pattern:
Rita's Rump Free patterns:
Drafting your own pattern by Dutch Girl! Free! Love this one!:
Goodness Gracious patterns. Some free some not.:
Mama Bird pattern. Free! :
Fern and Faerie's Free! Dirt cheap fitted diaper pattern:
Sewing a fitted diaper free:
Mile High Monkeys pattern. Pull on cover:
MiaLa patterns. Some Free, some not.:
Great tutorial on recycled wool shorties:
The Nappy Network DIY has free patterns too! :
Making longies from a sweater:
How to sew your own longies!!!
Tutorial for FOE:
Another fitted diaper tutorial: