How to Make Adult Cloth Diapers

by Sidney Johns ; Updated September 28, 2017

When it becomes necessary for adults to wear protective garments, or adult diapers, concerns over cost and allergies may arise. Disposable adult diapers can run into high costs and some people are allergic to the chemicals added to the diapers for absorbency. Making your own simple cloth adult diapers can alleviate the worry.

Items you will need

  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Disposable adult diaper
  • Flannel
  • Bath towel
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or pen
  • Fabric marker
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
Step 1

Find a disposable diaper that fits well. Select the open type as opposed to the underwear shaped diapers.

Step 2

Lay the disposable diaper on your cardboard. Measure 1-inch out from the edge and mark the spot on your cardboard. Repeat this process completely around your disposable diaper until you have drawn its shape on your cardboard 1-inch larger.

Step 3

Cut out your cardboard pattern. Be carefully to cut the curves precisely.

Step 4

Lay your cardboard pattern on to a piece of flannel. Use a fabric marker to trace and cut out the pattern. Repeat this process for a total of four pieces of flannel.

Step 5

Cut two strips of bath towel the length of your flannel but half the width. The towel will act as an absorbent shield for your diaper.

Step 6

Place two pieces of flannel face-down on your work space. Center your two strips of bath towel. Cover with two pieces of flannel face-up. Be sure all ends of the materials are aligned.

Step 7

Tuck 1/4-inch of the flannel material inside. Do this completely around the project for the top and bottom layers. Pin the tucks in place.

Step 8

Sew a seam around the outer edge of your project securing the tucks. Sew a seam directly up the middle of the project to secure the towels in place.


  • You may substitute any quilted cotton material for flannel in this project.


  • Colored material will not withstand being cleaned in chlorine bleach. Choose whites or material that is colorfast.

About the Author

Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.