I had some flannel on hand and decided to make some diapers for her.
Here is the pattern I drafted. The instructions follow.
- Wash the flannel in hot water before you start to cut out or sew. Flannel will shrink. If you cut and sew before you wash the fabric, your diapers will shrink the first time you wash them,
- Cut out both pattern pieces and overlap where indicated. Tape pieces together.
- Cut out (2) diapers on fold.
- Cut out (4) 3” x 3 ½” squares of flannel for the absorbent pad.
- Zig-zag or serge around the edges of the absorbent pad.
- Place absorbent pad on dotted lines on diaper and sew around the edge to attach it to the diaper.
- Place other diaper piece on top of the one with the pad (the pad should be on the inside) then serge around the entire edge of the front and back of the diaper to make one diaper.
- Mark placement for tail hole and sew a buttonhole there. Cut buttonhole open.
- Pin velcro where indicated--strap pieces should be on one side, tummy pieces should be on the opposite side of the diaper. Before you sew, make sure that you can fold and the diaper and the velcro will come together to hold the diaper on.
- Sew velcro onto diaper
- Match dotted lines for darts. Serge or sew along dotted lines. You do not have to do this step, it makes the diaper fit better, but the diaper will still work if you don’t sew the dart. I serge the dart, you can also zig-zag at the dart and trim the excess.
The diapers last about 2-3 hours before we have to change them. I need to make a few more to last us a few more weeks. They only take about 10 minutes to make. Finding the 10 minutes can be a problem some days!