Make reusable nappy liners

Wanting to make reusable nappy liners, but don’t know where to start?  Not even sure why you’d want to use reusable nappy liners? Then read on.

Why use washable nappy liners?

Many cloth nappies, such as our dinky pocket nappies, have a built in liner, but having a separate liner can be quite a good idea.  Flushable liners are great, as you can flush them away with any solid waste, but reusable nappy liners are also a good option.  Usually made from a polyester fabric which allows liquid to pass through easily but acts as a stay dry layer against your little ones skin.  It also makes dealing with solids easier, as in many cases you can simply stretch the liner over the toilet and any solids should drop off fairly easily.

How to make reusable nappy liners

Make reusable nappy liners

You can buy reusable liners from a number of places, but it’s very simple to make them yourself.  All that you need is a suitable polyester fabric that will allow liquid to wick away. I would recommend using something like suede cloth or fleece.  Microfleece and suede cloth are often used as the inner layer in pocket nappies, and make good washable liners.  I often see people asking if they can use polar fleece and what the difference between polar fleece and microfleece is.  While using polar fleece to actually line a pocket nappy would be a little much as it would be too warm, it actually works fine for washable nappy liners.  Polar fleece is just a thicker version of microfleece, and will work in the same way.  You can see a video showing this here:

Polar fleece and microfleece

You may find if you plan to make reusable nappy liners, that polar fleece is a cheaper alternative, and that you can find it more readily than microfleece or suede cloth.

Polar fleece washable liners

Cutting reusable nappy liners

When you make reusable nappy liners, the size and shape that you decide to cut them to is down to personal preference.  Some people prefer a basic rectangle shape, whereas other people like to use an hourglass shape.  The main thing to make sure of is that the liner does not stick out of the sides of the outer of the nappy.  If you are using a pocket or all in one style of nappy then you will probably need a fairly small liner that is cut to fit the nappy that you are using.  If it has a separate cover, then you can use quite a large liner that you can wrap over the edges of the fitted nappy or prefold, as long as you can contain it within the cover.

Hourglass shape reusable liner

How many liners do you need?

Generally you will not need as many liners as you have cloth nappies, the nature of the fleece or suede cloth means that it drys very quickly, almost instantly, so that as soon as it’s washed you can use it again.  As it is fairly quick and easy to make reusable nappy liners, having a few extra won’t be too much problem.

Do you make reusable liners for your cloth nappies? How have you found them?

5 thoughts on “Make reusable nappy liners

  1. Thank You for the very informative post on how to sew liners

  2. Hello,
    I am a grandmother who would like to make some reusable liners for a couple of young mothers & don’t have access to a modern cloth nappy to work out dimensions. Are you able to provide basic dimensions for the different sizes, or a pattern that I could adapt.
    It has been a mission to find this info as the online tutorials seem to be aimed at motherswith babes.
    Thank you

    1. Hi June
      Thanks for getting in touch, I would usually suggest making them around 30 cm long by around 15 cm wide as a starting point.

  3. I went hunting for Microfleece at spotlight the other day. Couldn’t find anything that said Microfleece. Heaps of polar fleece and other types of fleece. How do I choose?

    1. I think that spotlight do sell a micro-polar fleece. I would suggest getting it from an online company that stocks products for cloth nappy use. Our sister company sells microfleece in a range of colours:

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