How to Make a Tee Shirt Tie Diaper

Here is a speedy little tutorial on how to make your own cloth diapers from thrift store tee shirts.  You can also use your own shirts, like the Depeche Mode, Grateful Dead, and Circle Jerks concert tees you should be too embarrassed to wear at this age.

Feel free to comment with your own ideas or questions.  There is a really fabulous how-to posted in the Yahoo Wool Soaker Group files, so you should definitely join up.  They are extremely helpful with all things cloth, not just wool covers.

$1 Tshirt from Goodwill.  Yes, it's a Pinto shirt.  The whole exploding-rear-end thing was too good to resist.

$1 Tshirt from Goodwill. Yes, it's a Pinto shirt. The whole exploding-rear-end thing was too good to resist.

Whatever part of the shirt you want to show on the tushie, place face down on the table.  In the middle of the shirt, cut a notch about an inch or two up, so it at least passes the hem.  Then turn your scissors 90 degrees and cut to the left edge of the shirt.  Repeat towards the right from the initial notch.  These are the ties.

Whatever part of the shirt you want to show on the tushie, place face down on the table. In the middle of the shirt, cut a notch about an inch or two up, so it at least passes the hem. Then turn your scissors 90 degrees and cut to the left edge of the shirt. Repeat towards the right from the initial notch. These are the ties.

Flip the shirt over so the logo or picture shows, and continue the ties until you have approximately 10" of uncut fabric centered on the shirt.

Flip the shirt over so the logo or picture shows, and continue the ties until you have approximately 10" of uncut fabric centered on the shirt.

Cut upwards in an hourglass shape from each edge where the ties end.  The top should be approximately 10"-12" wide.  Yours should look something like this now.

Cut upwards in an hourglass shape from each edge where the ties end. The top should be approximately 10"-12" wide. Yours should look something like this now.

To stuff this diaper, you can use a pre-fold or other insert, or you can cut the back of the tee shirt you used into a large rectangle and fold it up!  Easy and cheap.  With the ties in front, place your, erm, 'baby' (mine's too squirmy to diaper *and* take photos of) with his tushie roghly in the middle of the hourglass.

To stuff this diaper, you can use a pre-fold or other insert, or you can cut the back of the tee shirt you used into a large rectangle and fold it up! Easy and cheap. With the ties in front, place your, erm, 'baby' (mine's too squirmy to diaper *and* take photos of) with his tushie roghly in the middle of the hourglass.

Lay your fold the front up over the frontal area and lay the ties to the side.  Then bring the sides of the back forward and stretch them till they touch.  Then you can kind of press them down to hold them in place while you bring the ties around back then front again if desired.  Tie in a bow (or a knot for those sneaky little ones) and you are done!

Fold the front up over the, uh, frontal area and lay the ties to the side. Then bring the sides of the back forward and stretch them till they touch. Then you can kind of press them down to hold them in place while you bring the ties around back then front again if desired. Tie in a bow (or a knot for those sneaky little ones) and you are done!

Ta-da!  One cheaply diapered bear.  Don't tell my daughter I diapered her Valentine's Day present from her beau.

Ta-da! One cheaply diapered bear. Don't tell my daughter I diapered her Valentine's Day present from her beau.

The making is pretty easy, the using might look difficult but it’s not.  As soon as I can, I’ll make a short video of tying one on (heheh).  Let me know what you think!

3 Responses to “How to Make a Tee Shirt Tie Diaper”

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  2. delores Says:

    this is a really great idea. thanks for sharing.

  3. I am so glad to have found this. I love making things out of old tees, and now that I’m expecting baby #5 (after I gave everything away), I’m glad to be able to make some nappies!

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