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Ok, so I have about $50 to spend on some diaper making supplies. I think I want to earmark about $15 of it for some more FOE, but that leaves me 35-40 bucks to play with. I already have (or have at least tried) flannel, microfiber, suedecloth, PUL, aplix, and snaps. To be honest, I don't even know what I want to make. I think I want make a few inserts and maybe some fitteds, but I'm not really sure.
Spam me! What do I NEED to try? Materials, patterns, etc.
You're good with what you have on hand honestly. For inserts, try 3 layers microfiber sandwiched in between flannel or stretch terry. I do my inserts from a zorb 2 tri fold, but not everyone likes that stuff.
As for patterns, I started out with the DDU (Darling Diapers). But, my sister is a pattern designer and has a ton of wonderful patterns (Rocket Bottoms | Facebook). It all depends on what you're looking for. And, what pattern fits one person's baby, may be totally wrong for you. This is why I have almost every diaper pattern known to man in my collection. >.<
I would get some bamboo fleece. Easy to work with, trim and so absorbent! I've been making my AIOs with a double layer of OBF, wrapped with cotton jersey. Then I stitch it in the center so it folds over, they are very trim and hold a lot, and dry pretty quickly.
Also, have you considered trying your hand at upcycled wool longies? They are fun to make, you can use different parts of the sweater. I did a tutorial once on a pair I made using the neck as the waistband, they came out so cute and were very easy.