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Types of Cloth Diapers and Covers.
  1. Prefold diapers consist of several layers of fabric sewn into a rectangle. Click here for Prefold Sewing Instructions.

  2. Fitted diapers usually have elastic sewn in to provide contour and have wings that wrap around and are securred by pins, snaps, or hook and loop (Velcro or Aplix). Usually a soaker pad is sewn inside the diaper for absorbency. Click here for tips on making a pattern.
    Click here for sewing instructions.

  3. Pocket fitted diapers have a pocket where a fabric pad may be inserted for wear and then removed for washing.

  4. All-In-One (AIO) diapers have a waterproof outer layer of PUL (PolyUrathane Laminate).

All but the AIO's require some type of diaper cover.
Below are a variety of diaper covers.

Fleece Cover with gussets--To make this cover I used one of my diaper patterns and added gussets. I used two layers of fleece with the stitch and turn method.
ProRap Classic--Commercial PUL diaper wrap
I recommend that you get Proraps from Proservices (800 397-8594). Call and ask for “seconds”. They sell for about $4.75 each and they are great. You probably could not make them for that. We have never found anything wrong with them, maybe just a washable smudge or two. Start with about 6 small size and 6 medium size.
Hand Knitted Wool Soakers--These are fun when you get the hang of knitting but they take a long time when you are learning. There is a helpful and active discussion group on Yahoo Groups. I suggest you join if you are interested in using or making wool soakers.
Yahoo wool_soaker_group
Wool "Butt Sweater"
I got these instructions from the Parents Place Diaper Board (posted by Phan in 1998)

Butt Sweaters are easy to make without a pattern. Felt a recycled soft 100% wool sweater by washing in hot water and drying two times. Once your sweater is felted, cut off the sleeve cuffs (just a few inches of them if they’re really long) and the neckline (from a crewneck) and save these. Cut 2 big triangles from the front and back of the sweater, with the waistband of the sweater being one side, and the point being up near the neck. Fold the corners so the point is in the middle and meets the waistband. The waistband of the sweater will be the soaker’s waistband. Sew from the waistband down about halfway on each side. This will connect the 3 points, and leave leg holes. Sew the cuffs in the leg holes as you would any standard sleeve. Trim the leg hole seams if needed. Cut the neckband in half and sew the ends of each half together so you have two circles. Sew these into the leg holes of the second soaker.