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)
Leave the extra tab you cut for the elastic casing open.
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.
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. ;)
Sew on your laundry tabs. *You'll notice I rounded the edges on mine. These diapers in particular will be for a new baby so I wanted to take precaution. Pay attention to where you place the hook tape and the loop tape. Your loop tape serves only as a laundry tab and you'll need the hook or scratchy part to be able to close the diaper.
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.
With a tutorial this easy why not make yourself a few new pocket diapers with fabric combinations you've always lusted after?? Making diapers myself gives me a feel for that style of diaper and helps me decide which I want to actually buy some of and which just don't work for our ladybug.
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