Cloth Diapering Trends that I Don’t Get

Chevron seems to be among the latest cloth diapering trends

Chevron seems to be among the latest cloth diapering trends

As a self-professed addict, I tend to pay attention to the latest cloth diapering trends. I like to have the latest and greatest fluff. I want to try everything: cloth diapers, cloth diapering accessories, and all the manufacturers, including WAHM diapers. I study the latest cloth diapering trends with more fascination than I ever had for Vogue.

It seems like the greatest place to spot cloth diapering trends is Etsy and Hyena Cart. At least, when it comes to prints. These smaller businesses are more able to set and follow cloth diapering trends: they can decide on the fly what colors and patterns to use since they do it all, from the designing, the buying, the sewing, and right down to the shipping. They decide how many to make. Every decision is in her hands.

That’s pretty powerful when you think about it.

That being said, there are some cloth diapering trends that I just don’t get. The biggest one? Chevron prints.

It seems that there are a plethora of WAHM diapers that are being made with the chevron print. It’s also showing up on cloth diapering accessories like diaper clutches, diaper bags, changing pads and covers, and more.

On one hand, I suspect that perhaps that trend (and the fact that it’s showing up in more mainstream things like iPhone cases) has to do with the trend of throwing things back to the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Maybe the people who love the chevron print are fans of the period.

But when I look at it, I don’t see clean lines and contrast.  I’m actually reminded of the afghans my grandma used to crochet.  She made dozens of them over her lifetime.  Some were throws, some were big enough to fit a king size bed, and others were a size in between.  Sure, they were warm and well made.  My sisters still have some of them.  However, I never thought that they were particularly lovely to look at… and that’s because I never quite felt the love of the chevron pattern.  Then, of course, there’s what the word means to me.  I associate the word chevron with gas stations and with Stargate SG-1.  (Yes, I’m a geek.)  I don’t think about fabrics or cloth diapering trends.

Are you a fan of the chevron?  What do you think about the 1970’s and 1980’s design trends that are returning in style?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Love chevron! I don’t have any diapers in it YET but I just love the way it looks.

  2. I just ordered a tiny chevron print diaper the other day that is so cute. We had those afghan blankets too, forgot about those and their chevron prints! he he!

  3. Actually I love the chevron print diapers! Very different

  4. I’ve never used cloth diapers on my daughter but boy the trend itself seems to be huge. Now I see tons of different styles, prints, colors, etc out there. I didn’t know you could do so many different things when it came to a cloth diaper!

  5. I don’t cloth diaper… but I do think some of the simpler chevron prints are nice. I can see how some would look too 70s like!

  6. I am a HUGE chevron fan, and I actually just ordered a WAHM-made diaper in a chevron print. I’m so excited! I’ll have to sell a few other prints to justify the purchase, but I don’t mind 🙂

  7. I actually love Chevrons, but only in pastel colors like the one posted above, I don’t like them in black/red/orange/neon. I think it can be cute, but I wouldn’t want it for my entire stash!

  8. I don’t get it either and I think of Stargate SG-1 and fire trucks (proud wife of a firefighter) when I hear chevron.

  9. I like chevrons in tone on tone decor – like a gray wall with a shinier gray
    On a diaper it almost makes me dizzy

  10. I like some chevron prints. I really like the more subtle chevron, like grey and white and I also LOVE rainbow chevron:)

  11. My grandma did those knit blankets too, but I love the chevron in simple colors! Like grey and white or aqua and white. 🙂


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