Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Baby Doll Cloth Diaper Tutorial

library-8295Part of my plan for Christmas/birthday/new baby season is a new set of gear for C’s baby.  Actually, she has asked for a brand new baby with eyes that close.  That’s part of the plan too.  But this is scrap buster month over as Sew, Mama, Sew which got me thinking.  I made a couple of diapers a while back but nothing too fancy and got to thinking about how to make them better.  As a result, I barely slept last night but I did come up with an idea.  

To make this diaper I used a tiny piece of flannel and an old cloth diaper.  We never actually used these ones as diapers because we used Bum Genius but they sometimes got used as burp cloths or a quick place to change a diaper.  I wish I could show Chase but I’m determined to keep it a secret and to make her a few more before I run out of time.  Is it too much to hope that I might be able to make enough to stock a few sets in the shop?  Probably.  In the meantime… you can try it yourself.  I put up the new scrap busters button in my sidebar that links to the page so you can check it out.  

To Make:

Get the pattern here.  Fits my daughter’s baby Cabbage Patch that measures about 13″.

  • 1 cloth prefold (you could also use a piece of old towel, fleece or anything else diaper-like)
  • A contrasting fabric of your choosing (I used flannel)
  • About 5″ of 1/4″ elastic.  
  • 2 sets of self adhesive velcro tabs (although this is really up to you, I used what I had on hand)

library-8272Cut your elastic into one 2″ length and two 1.5″ pieces.  

First, layer the fabric and diaper right sides together.  Then pin the pattern piece down on top pinning through all layers so there’s no shifting.  

I don’t cut out the diaper.  With either side facing you, just stitch through all layers using a zigzig stictch around the perimeter of the pattern leaving 2/3 of the front edge open for turning.  Begin stitching on the front edge with only a little less than 1/3 of the edge remaining, turn the corner and continue to stitch around to the leg.  End stitching in the same place on the other side.

2009-2938Start and finish stitching the short lengths of elastic at the dots in the leg wells.  When you reach a dot, with the needle down, raise the presser foot and slip a length of elastic underneath.  Stitch a few stitches to hold it in place and begin stretching as you stitch.  Stretch and turn as you stitch to follow the curve of the leg ending at the library-8281dot at the other end.  Gather the back edge the same way between the dots using the 2″ length of elastic.  If you find you have a little too much elastic stop stretching and cut off the extra.  If you find it’s a little too short, join another piece and continue stretching as you otherwise would have.   It will look something like this when you’re done.  Then cut off the excess fabric close to the stitching.  

library-8297Turn the diaper right side out taking care to turn the tabs all the way.  Close the front edge by closing the edges to match and top stitching all the way around the edge of the diaper.  

Now all you have left to do is add the velcro.  I had adhesive tabs on hand but sew in velcro would be fine too.  Cut and affix pieces using the pattern as a guide.  

Now you’re all set!   Who’s a happy baby?!



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