How to Make Cloth Training Pants (Like Pull Ups)
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This DIY post will teach you how to make your own training pants or homemade night time Pull ups to help you save money on potty training.
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?
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How to Make Your Own Cloth Training Pants
There seem to be lots of options on cloth diapers, but not very many for cloth training pants for toddlers. 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 Cloth Training Pants For Toddlers
Here are a 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 for the training pants pattern, you can make these cute, money-saving, cloth training pants.
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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 tutorial 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.
How To Make Your Own Reusable Training Pants
- Sewing Machine
- Toddler Training Underwear
- Flannel Fabric Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Wal-Mart and Amazon all sell this by the yard.
- PUL (Polyester Urethane Laminate) Hobby Lobby and Joann's sell this by the yard. You will need ¼-1 yard
- Straight Pins
- Wax Paper
- Loosely pin the Wax Paper to the training pants. Trace outline of the training pants for your pattern. The back side is a little higher than the front, this is normal
- Label your wax paper patter with an F and B to indicate front and back.
- Cut 4 layers of flannel and 1 layer of PUL. Using the wax paper pattern.
- Flip the training pants inside out
- Pin Flannel pieces to the inside of the training underwear.
- Zig Zag Stitch 1 flannel piece into the inside of the training underwear.
- Flip the training pants right side out and repeat.
- Pin PUL to the outside of the training underwear
- Zig Zag Stitch the PUL to the outside of the underwear
- Dry your new homemade training pants in the drier on high for 20 minutes. This will reseal the holes in the PUL to help prevent leaks.
Save Money + Save the Environment!
Although, somewhat time-consuming upfront, 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 number of Pull-ups each month. Give DIY training pants a go.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.