If you have children, especially ones who are potty trained, you know that training pants can be quite expensive. Even after my son was potty trained, we still used Pull-ups for a while. Yes, you can get deals on Pull-ups, but even with a deal, you will still end up spending about 27 cents each. Think about how quickly that will add up. Let’s say your child uses three training pants a day. In one month, with a deal, you spend about $25! Wouldn’t you love to know how to make your own cloth training pants for a fraction of the cost you would spend over the year?
There seem to be lots of options on cloth diapers, but not very many for cloth training pants. The few out there are very expensive. Purchasing already made cloth training pants will cost you about $15 – $18 each. Making your own training pants costs around $3.50 a pair. So, why not make your own cloth training pants at home?
How to Make Your Own Training Pants
Here are few different options on DIY cloth training pants.
Here’s a wonderful Step-by-Step on Making Homemade Cloth Training Pants from It’s a Long Story.
(image from It’s a Long Story)
Using Gerber trainers (or other kids underwear) with some PUL (PUL Waterproof fabric on Amazon) and a little extra fabric, you can make these cute, money saving, cloth training pants.
Here is a DIY Cloth Training Underwear from In the Know Mom.
She used tri-fold pre-fold cloth diaper inserts and big boy/girl underwear to create a template.
This DIY Toddler Training Pants tutorial from Dizzy Design Studio also uses cloth diapers and big kid underwear.
This does look to be a little time consuming, but you will save a lot of money in the long run.
If you would prefer to watch a video in order to learn how to make your own cloth Pull-ups at home, I found a YouTube video for you. Take a look at this video of How to Make Cloth Pull-Up Training Pants – Part 1 of 4. This video is a tutoring on how to make 2T-3T cloth pull-up training pants.
Finally, if you are not so crafty, here is a Semi DIY Cloth Training Pants Tutorial from Amanda Leaps. There is a great tip in the comments about using PUL. You will want to seal PUL after stitching because PUL is a laminate. When sewing, needles and pins leave little holes in the fabric which could cause leakage. In order to reseal the holes, put PUL in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. You may have to do this over time, every so often to reseal the holes.
Save Money + Save the Environment!
Although, somewhat time-consuming up front, once you learn how to make your own cloth training pants, you’ll save a lot of money. These cloth pants will not only help you with your budget, but they help the environment as well. You will no longer be throwing away a large amount of Pull-ups each month.