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Ditching the disposable

January 7, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

CANBY - When a friend of her step-daughter's decided to start using reusable diapers, Lori Kollar of Canby found herself creating her own design, Love Pats.

"Some of it is coming back, especially with people 'going green,'" Kollar said.

Kollar's step-daughter, Jackie, had brought over a sample, Kollar said.

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Lori Kollar sews on one of her diaper patterns. Not only does Kollar make reusable diapers, she has delved into creating pet clothes and baby bibs.

"I drew a pattern and decided to try my hand at it," Kollar said.

Kollar said she just kind of sketched the pattern by tracing around the diaper sample.

Her husband came up with the name for the product - Love Pats.

Kollar said it took about a month before she was ready to finalize a design.

"I used practice material for quite a while," she said.

Kollar's reusable diapers use a certain type of material - polyurethane laminate - to make her product. She special-orders the material through the Internet.

"It's the diaper and plastic pants all in one material," Kollar said.

The diaper has several snaps on it, and Kollar uses a special tool to insert the different pieces of the snap - the studs, the caps and the sockets. She lines up the parts and squeezes them together with the tool.

There is also a separate lining in the center of the diaper on the inside, Kollar said, which is washed up by itself.

"It's made to fit babies 10 pounds to the time they are potty-trained," Kollar said. The diaper can go from really tiny to big as the child grows, she said.

Besides creating the reusable cloth diapers, Kollar has ventured into making baby bibs and clothes for pets. Some of the cloth diapers are at the Gallery in Hendricks and on the craft website A few of the pet items are also on Etsy.



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