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Local Fabric Stores: *Some* cloth diapering materials can be purchased from your local fabric stores.  Be sure to buy only the brand names listed here to be sure that your materials will work properly.  For a more exhaustive list of diapering fabrics, benefits and uses, visit the Cloth Diapering Fabrics Page.
Flannels: All flannels sold in local fabric stores are good for cloth diapers.  The heavier flannels (sometimes called super flannel) are better, though.
Velour: Most local fabric stores will have some type of velour.  Many will carry 80% cotton/20% polyester velour which works well for cloth diapering.  100% cotton velour is a very nice inner, but harder to find locally.
Suedecloth: This is a stay dry fabric that is well loved in the cloth diapering community.  It is a 100% polyester fabric.  At Joann Fabrics purchase their "Alova Suede".  At Hancock Fabrics purchase their "Butter Suede".  DO NOT PURCHASE "Microsuede" as this will not let liquids through it and will cause rashes when used as a diaper inner material.
Birdseye: Sometimes Joann Fabrics carries a material called birdseye which is suitable as a soaker material.  It is 100% cotton.  It can usually be found in the utility fabrics section of the store.  Sometimes they also have a material called diaper makers material which is the same thing.

PUL: Recently, JoAnn fabrics has begun selling PUL.  So far, women who have sewn diapers with it are pretty happy with its ability to hold up in cloth diapers!  It runs around $14 per yard so save those coupons!
Fabric/Supply Coops:  These can be a great resource for people who want to make their own hand crafted items. Fabrics can usually be purchased for 20-50% less than elsewhere with coops. This is how they work: many people come together to purchase certain items each month. Because they buy in bulk they get a cheaper price than individuals would who are just buying small quantities. The downside to cooping is that you have to wait a while (usually 1-2 months) for the materials to be ordered, to come in, get cut, and then be shipped to you. 

You pay by Paypal for the your materials when the moderator orders it, and then you pay for shipping once it is cut and packaged for you. Almost all coops will charge a fee of $1-5 for each order to offset their time put into collecting money and processing/shipping orders. 

Many coops are run on Yahoo! Groups You usually need to request a membership to enter the group. Most good coops wll approved your membership in 1-3 days. You receive email updates about what is going on with the group. You can set your preferences to have individual emails sent, a daily digest of the messages from that day, or you can go on "Special Notice" and receive only very important group related emails. 

When you enter the coop homepage you will see links to your left side. The database link lists all the materials that are currently being cooped. If you click on the link to the database that you are interested in, a table opens. If there is a link at the tops of the table saying "Add record" then the database is open for orders and you can add your name, information, and what you want to order. Prices, shipping, the last date to order, payment, and and other information is usually located under the "Files" link on the coop homepage. If you are interested in entering an order into the database and it is closed (no "Add record" option), you can leave a message on the board by clicking the "Message" link on the coop homepage. Sometimes the moderator wants to enter orders manually (when it is close to closing) or sometimes it is closed and you will need to wait to order again from that group or find another group that is offering the item. 

Once the database closes (the minimums have been met for ordering) the moderator will call for payments and give an estimated date of arrival. Once the materials get to the moderator's house, they will call for shipping payments. Payments are made via Paypal. 

There are two kinds of paypal payments...funded and credit card (cc). Funded means that you currently have money in your Paypal Account and you just send it over to the moderator's address (free of charge to you and to the moderator). PayPal charges the moderator if you make a Credit Card payment, so the moderator asks that you pay the credit fees with your payments. Calculate these fees by taking your total payment amount and multiplying it by .03 and then adding .3. For example, on a payment of $15 you would add fees like so: ($15x.03+$0.30=$0.75) so you would send the moderator $15.75.

Never be afraid to ask a question on the message board...someone is always happy to respond! 

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