Have you questioned why fitted cloth diapers (in particular) are/(can be) so expensive?
The answer is simple yet somewhat complex. Compared to prefolds they can take more fabric. It’s not so much the amount of fabric but more so what waste can result from the cut.
Secondly, the time in which is involved to make a fitted can be extensive. Different people have different ways, one of the slowest being to make them one at a time. As in, cut one at a time and sew one at a time. I myself like an assembly line style but still, it’s time consuming. From cutting the diaper itself, cutting soaker layers, sewing internal soaker layers (if any), adding elastic or sewing the diaper together then sewing elastic, then turning and tops stitching (or serging) and finally, closures. There are a lot of steps!
Third, type of material. When you’re paying anywhere from $5 to $15 per yard of fabric and your diaper contains 3 layers plus soakers and maybe a knit outer layer, the price adds up. Snaps cost, thread costs, elastic costs, time to photograph, time to describe, time to list, time to package, time to ship, paying employees (if applicable), machine upkeep & repair, etc. it’s not just as simple as buying some fabric and whatever it costs per yard is what the price should be.
I will be the first to admit that I think $15+ is a lot of money to pay for a diaper. And while I do think there are some diaper makers out there that are probably overdueing it with what they charge, the higher end materials used in some diapers really costs, add that to the other things I mentioned and it’s easy to see (maybe) why the prices are so high.
So, if you were wondering how on earth it’s possible for a single solitary diaper to cost $15+ when all it is fabric, there are some valid reasons :o).