These 4 things will help you create a product that fits as you want it to and provides the protection you need.
To make cloth items, you need fabric. Absorbent and waterproof fabric in particular. There’s a huge variety of fabrics to choose from and while not all are readily available depending on the country you live in, some like cotton flannel are easy and affordable to come by.
While flannel may not be the most absorbent or softest of the options out there, it has long been a staple in cloth incontinence products.
Seriously, sometimes I’d like to bash on flannel for its tendency to get stiff and pill over time, but I’ve read so many stellar reviews of products made from flannel that I can’t justify giving it the boot. Plus, if you’re going for affordable, it doesn’t really get any more affordable than flannel!
See my post on 16 Types of Fabrics Used in Cloth Diapering.
Of course, to sew an adult cloth incontinence item, you’ll need a pattern. You can either purchase a pattern or make your own for free by tracing an existing item.
You could also “size up” a baby diaper pattern, but keep in mind that adult and children’s body shapes are different. This is critical because the construction and proportions of a pattern need to change to accommodate these differences.
If you are looking to purchase a tried-and-true pattern, you can check out my Absorbent Collection and Moderate Collection of sewing patterns available as PDF downloads.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sewing a project, I have a tendency to overlook the “notions needed” part. However, notions are an essential part of many sewing patterns. For example, there are 7 Types of Elastic for Sewing Cloth Diapers and Absorbent Underwear. Things like using the right type of needle or thread, elastics, and fasteners will help sewing your cloth incontinence item go smoothly.
So make sure you have everything you need before beginning a project. Check out Sewing Notions Needed for Adult Cloth Diapers for more specific notions needed to sew your own cloth incontinence products.
Find Your Size
One of the perks of creating your own products is definitely getting the sizing perfect. Though sometimes, it also takes more than one try to get something right.
I find that I like to make something 3 times to get the process, fit, and measurements perfect. Obviously, some things you make you don’t want 3 of or want to make 3 of. Honestly, some patterns are complicated or require lots of fabric and aren’t something you want to put yourself through multiple times, haha!
But I’ll guess that if you’re making items to manage incontinence, you’ll be making multiples…still it helps to get your size right the first time around. For an in-depth look at finding your size, check out my post on How to Find Your Size and Check Fit for Incontinence Products.
Sewing your own cloth incontinence items is easy and affordable. With the right tools, you can create your own stash of products to fit your needs and lifestyle and say goodbye to disposables and expensive cloth products. Even if you don't know how to sew, you can still learn to make your own incontinence product. Just start with the fundamentals -- a basic element of sewing your new custom product is the zigzag stitch.
The zigzag stitch is easy to use when sewing cloth diapers and reusable underwear. Sewing machines typically come with the option for both the zigzag and 3-step zigzag stitch, which is also easy to use for beginner sewers.
Also remember that sewing machines allow you to adjust the stitch width and length, which may be necessary to create your perfect item.