There are so many different cloth diapering systems out there. With all the AIO, pocket, AI2, hybrid, prefold, flat cover, fitted methods that are available it may be difficult to decide which ones you would like to mix into your own stash. If you’re like me then you’ve probably come to love certain fabrics over other for diapers as well. These two things are what led me to making a lot of my own diapers. I can mix and match the features I like from different diapers to make diapers that work well for my specific ladybug.
I’m hoping to be able to provide a tutorial every week for the next few weeks for making a different style of cloth diaper. The pattern & tutorial here are meant to make a basic pocket style cloth diaper and I’ll explain as we go where all your options are.
Inner fabric –Popular options are velour, suedecloth, minkee and microfleece.
Outer fabric -PUL
–You can also choose to do a hidden PUL with a knit, minkee, or cotton outer print.
–There is also the choice to do a non PUL diaper and choose instead one of the above fabrics. You will then need a cover for the diaper. =)
Elastic (Cut 2 of each)–I personally like 3/8″ width
NB: Back 4 1/2″ Leg 5″
SM & MD: Back 5″ Leg 5 1/2″
LG: Back 5 1/2″ – 6″ Leg 6″
1 1/2 inch Wide Aplix or Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro)
- (2) 1 1/2 inch of hook & loop for laundry tabs
- Loop tape for front of diaper — NB: 6 inch SM: 7 inch MD: 8 1/2 inch LG: 10 inch
–OR Plastic snaps & tools to apply
Sewing Machine & Supplies
Okayy..I haven’t quite mastered the whole downloading all pages in one doc (If you can walk me through it please email me!) =) So until then, you’ll have to download the individual pattern pieces.
Small: A & B
Medium: A, B & C
Large: A, B & C
Tape together where indicated. =)
Cut out 1 pattern piece in your lining fabric and PUL (also the outer fabric if you’re choosing that route). *For the rest of the tutorial I’m not going to mention the optional outer fabric but just keep it layered on top of the PUL.
Sew strip of velcro across the front on the outside of the PUL. (The non-shiny side)
Place fabrics right sides together and pin around edges. Because the PUL is waterproof you want to be very careful about keeping the pins along the very edge of the fabric. You want to keep the number of holes you have to poke to a minimum.
Sew 1/4″ around edges leaving back elastic flap open. For the tutorial diaper I used a PUL and a cotton velour fabric by request. I had to slow down quite a bit when I was sewing because the velour wanted to move around so much. I also found that if I faced my PUL up while sewing that the velour bunched less. On some machines you may need to use a piece of scotch tape on the presser foot to keep the PUL from sticking.
Use the X marks on the pattern to determine where to stitch your leg elastic. Only stitch the 3/8″ on the very ends.
The diaper will kind of bunch up like this when you lay it flat.
Turn right side out and your diaper will look like this. Don’t worry, you’re almost done and it’s starting to take shape as a diaper now. =)
Next thing you will want to do is fold the back elastic flap in and stitch in place. *If you’re using a fabric known for fraying, be sure to zig zag the rough edges before folding in to make the casing.
Here is where you get to make the choice of whether or not you want to topstich the entire diaper. this diaper in particular I didn’t need to because I’m making a dozen and the mama needs them quick. (Her little man is trying to come early.) She told me not to worry about it so because of the velour, I’m taking her pass and just making the leg casing. Begin stitching just above where elastic starts and sew 3/8″ – 3/4″ casing. This allows the elastic to bunch.
Stitch one end of back elastic at one end of PUL back casing. Pull through with safety pin and stitch down. Repeat with the inner fabric.
You’ve almost got yourself a diaper now.
From the outside.
When you do your laundry just put your sticky tabs like so on the laundry tabs to avoid snagging and pilling.
These tiny little diapers have me wanting another little one just so I can make a newborn stash. Lol.