How to sew Fitted/Pocket Cloth Diapers with a FREE Pattern! (DIY)

How to sew Fitted/Pocket Cloth Diapers with a FREE Pattern! (DIY)


Hello my friends! This DIY is a friend’s request! Today I’ll show you how to make your own cloth fitted/pocket diapers! We ‘re going to use a pattern of a HOLY WOMAN! I wanna thank her a lot for sharing this with us! You can find the link for the pattern in the description of this video. And now some ACTION! I have here several meters of flannel fabric. White, 100% cotton. I have washed it, and dryed it at least 3-4 times. Only use a baby-friendly detergent, a diaper-friendly detergent. NO fabric softener AT ALL! Instead you could use some vinegar. First things first… You should iron your fabric before you start working with it. I’d say, if you can’t iron it all, at least iron the surface you ‘re gonna need for one diaper. Now, lay your fabric down straight, and prepare Rita’s pattern. You may find the link to download Rita’s pattern in the description of this video. Download it, print it, and stick the pieces together to make this pattern. There are detailed instructions in the PDF you ‘re gonna download. Place your pattern on the fabric in such a way, so you may gain as much space as possible. And don’t forget to leave some space as a seam allowance. I am also using a piece of cardboard on top of my pattern, so that it won’t move while I’m tracing the lines. You may do the same, if you wish. Now, take your pen, and start tracing the pattern around. Carefully… like this. Do not forget to also trace these marks here! This is the mark, where the elastic should begin. So, don’t forget about this! On the larger side of the pattern there are also marks, where the opening of your diaper should be. So, please, don’t forget about them either. You ‘re gonna regret it, believe me! 😀 Now you ‘re done with the pattern, because you only need to trace it once on the fabric. Now, cut your pattern around. This is the first of the 2 pieces for your diaper. Do not forget to leave at least 1/2 an inch (1 centimeter) seam allowance! Save the scraps to make cloth wipes, or nursing pads. Now, lay the first piece of your diaper on the fabric, and try to save some space, as I said before. Try to align it, as well as possible. Ok, I think it’s perfect. And now grab your pins! Pin down the first piece of your diaper on the second one, all around. Like this… I always pinch the line first. Be careful, not to pinch the sheet at the bottom! When you ‘re done pinning, you grab your scissors once again, and you cut. But this time, you don’t cut on the lines! You cut on the trace of the first piece of the diaper! Like this… You see? Now, that we ‘re done cutting, we have both of our flannel pieces pinned on each other. And now it’s time to… SEW! We will use the straight stitch. One more thing I wanna talk to you about before we start, is that you should always start from the large side of the diaper. And always from the right side of the opening of the diaper. So, you start from here, from this side and you go down all around. Stitch on the lines and only on the lines. So, let’s begin! … and a couple of stitches backwards… and forward again. Align it. Be careful with the pins! Don’t destroy your sewing machine! I’m not very good with the curves. Now we ‘re stitching over the point, where we ‘re gonna put our elastic later This is the next point, where the elastic ends. You see, the flannel is so soft, I can’t turn it easily while sewing. This is why I stop every time, to make sure that it’s gonna be perfect. Ok, now I am at the bottom of the diaper. This is the small side of the diaper, so, what will be on the front, on the belly of your baby. And this is the point, where the elastic starts on the other side. And here ‘s the point, where the elastic ends. Now we ‘re approaching again the large side of the diaper. Here we are again, on the large side of the diaper. Please, be careful, not to sew further than this point here. This is where the opening of the diaper starts. We don’t want to sew on this one! You see? Here ‘s the mark. And stop… backstitch… and forward… and we ‘re ready. And now is the time to attach the elastic. Right here. I am attaching the elastic always on the outer side of the diaper. So, on the seam allowance. But, if you think it’s too hard, you can do it on the line, or maybe here… but I wouldn’t recommend it. So, put the elastic right there, We change our stitch into zig-zag stitch, and make some stitches forwards and backwards, to make out stitch strong. Now you keep stitching on the elastic with the zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic as hard as you can. Well, not as hard as you can, but… pretty hard! It works better, when you hold the fabric from the back side. So, you pull and you hold. And this is the other point, where the elastic should end. At this point, backstitch, forward… a couple of times. Cut the elastic, and the excess thread. The first side is ready! Do the same thing with the other side, with the other piece of elastic. Now that we have attached the elastic on both sides, we can trim our diaper around, if we wish. I mean, ok, 1/2 an inch seam allowence may be pretty big. No matter what you do, you trim it or not, never cut between these two marks, where the opening of your diaper will be! And, of course be very careful, when you trim, or IF you trim around the elastic! Don’t cut the elastic! I’ll start trimming, just to show you what I do. I start here, from the right mark of the opening, exactly the mark, where I started sewing my diaper before. I just make the seam allowance a little smaller, because it will fit better, when we topstitch the diaper. You see? Not so big. This side is not as big as this side is. Well, it’s up to you, if you wanna do it or not. I always do it. I trimmed my diaper. As you see, I didn’t touch the opening of the diaper, and I was very careful around the elastics. Not to cut them. Now turn your diaper inside out. Through the opening… put your hand inside… and turn it inside out. Use a pen for the corners, because corners are not very easy to turn inside out. But with the pen or even the scissors, you can do it. My diaper is now turned inside out, as you see. The opening is still here. Next thing to do is to iron the diaper, which won’t be very easy! But it will help before we topstitch it. Before you iron the diaper, do not forget to turn the openings of the diaper to the inside. This will help to sew them separately later. Ok, I ironed the corners, which is the most crucial point. This is the opening (or “pocket”). Now it’s clear. It’s not easy to iron on the elastic, and I don’t think you should. Ok, now we ‘re ready to topstitch our diaper! Before I topstitch the entire diaper, firstly I topstitch the openings separately. Because we want this opening OPEN! 😀 You shouldn’t sew on both of them, but on each of them. I’ll show you! Through the opening… put it on the sewing machine. This is where the opening begins. So, this is where we’ll start from. Don’t forget to turn it back to straight stitch again! … and back… … and forward… You see? We are approaching the closing point again. Don’t forget, do not stitch over this point! So… backstitch… … here… You see? We have topstitched only this side of the opening. Now, we ‘re gonna topstitch the other side of the opening. Exactly the same way we did with the other side. This is where the openings are becoming one. … and backstitch, and forward… Careful… … backstitch, forward… READY! And now the opening is topstitched and still open And now we can start topstitching from this side here to the entire diaper. Be careful not to topstitch on both of the openings here, but topstitch after that point. … and backwards and forward… You see how beautiful it looks now, that we have topstitched it? Now, continue topstitching BUT be very careful not to topstitch on the elastic! Feel with your finger where the elastic begins, and bear in mind. Now that we have approached the point where the elastic begins, we will pass it by. We will stitch CLOSE to the elastic, but NOT ON the elastic. We got to be very-very careful! So, we do this… … for a couple of stitches… … and then again to this direction, and we pull the elastic, so we can have a straight stitch, a clean stitch, and feel where the elastic is with our finger. And this is where the elastic ends. So, we go back… … and we keep topstitching like we did before. You keep topstitching the whole side here, the small side of the diaper, and then, when you go back, where the other elastic is, you will repeat what I just showed you. Well, I topstitched the whole smaller side of the diaper, and the second elastic, and this side here, and now I’m back at the big, large side of the diaper, where my pocket opening is. So, while I will be topstitching, I will be very careful not to topstitch over this point here, where the opening begins. … and backstitch, and forward… … and THAT’S IT! Now, this is the point, where your diaper is actually ready. Because, check this out: You see? This is your diaper! Now, how are you gonna fill this diaper? I have a small towel here. The dimensions are… … about… 42 centimeters… … or… 17 inches, and… 28 centimeters… … or 11 inches… approximately! This is not obligatory. I mean, you can use a smaller towel, but, for a larger… I wouldn’t recommend this. Because you wouldn’t be able to fit the towel into the diaper. Now, you can fold the towel in thirds, like this… Or you can fold it in quarters, like I do. I like doing this… and then fold it once again. And now the towel is ready to be put in the diaper. Put the towel into the diaper through the opening, hold here the top, so it won’t unfold or something, and put it inside the diaper. Arrange the things in there a little bit. 🙂 Ok… And now the diaper is PERFECT! You could also just put the folded towel onto the diaper. Not through the opening or something. You could just… put it here, inside the diaper, and fold it. That would be easy, too. Right? Now, how does this diaper work as a one size diaper? I’m using velcro. I’ll show you how to do this on an other video. But you could also use pins or something. But, I don’t like pins so much. Babies don’t like pins either! :S So, I’m showing you how to put velcro here on the top of your diaper and you could also put some snaps on this side here, to make your diaper shorter for smaller babies and newborns. But I won’t do this step, because I have bought some one size covers and they have snaps on them and I don’t think I’ll need any snaps on my fitted diapers. Now, when you are ready with this video, click on the link and go check out my other video about the velcro, how to attach the velcro on your fitted diaper. So, why make your own cloth diapers? First of all, cloth diapering is more hygiene for your baby’s skin! Secondly, it is the best thing you can do for the environment! Think about it, only for one child you ‘re gonna need THOUSANDS of diapers! What if you have a second one? What if you have a third one? BUT, with only 24-30 cloth diapers you can cloth diaper one… two… or even three children! Not to mention all the money you’re gonna throw in the garbage! Less rash on your baby’s booty! Last but not least, cloth diapers don’t smell like HELL, when they’re pooped! Don’t forget to check my other videos for cloth wipes or cloth nursing pads, and other things! Thanks for watching! Thanks for cloth diapering! Now, ask me all the questions in the world! Bye-bye! See you! 🙂

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6 Replies to “How to sew Fitted/Pocket Cloth Diapers with a FREE Pattern! (DIY)”

  1. Thank you! Your video was simple. I did not hear any sound for most of it, but I just turned the captions on.

  2. So easy! Will this size fit a newborn? How can I adjust the size to fit 8-14lbs? I think your pattern is 15 lbs and up
    Thank you!

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