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Sweet and Simple Diaper Covers

June 14, 2013 in Projects

What’s more fun than having a girl? Dressing a girl!! Baby H. has a closet full of dresses but I really wanted to make her a diaper cover for her sweet baby pictures! They are simple, fast, and oh so adorable!

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

SUPPLIES
– fabric
– thread
– 1/4″ to 1/2″ elastic
– safety pin, pins, iron, scissors
– Baby Lock sewing machine

I had an old pattern from some I made for a friend but you can use a diaper cover you already have to make a pattern or do a search for free diaper cover patterns.  The patterns are usually adjusted in size by age which is helpful. My measurements are for a 0-3 month diaper cover. Remember that babies come in different shapes and sizes so adjust accordingly!

1. Create or find a pattern…

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

 

…and cut out the front and back of the diaper cover.

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

2. With right sides of fabric facing each other, line up sides and bottom and stitch together. Finish off your edge with a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying (or if you have a serger, use it! It will save you lots of time!). Iron out your seams.

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

3. Next, iron each leg hole and the waist under so that the raw edge isn’t exposed. At most fold under 1/4″. This is the most tedious step.

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

4. Now fold each leg hole and the waist under 1/2″and iron. You will have wrinkles in your leg fold. That’s okay and totally normal. You won’t even notice it once you add the elastic. This is the casing for the elastic.

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

5. Stitch around each leg hole and the waist, making sure to leave an opening to thread the safety pin and elastic through (I marked them off with pins in the above picture).

6. Thread elastic through each leg hole casing by attaching one end of the elastic to the safety pin. Make sure to hold on to opposite end so you don’t accidentally pull it through and have to start over. Overlap the two ends of the elastic and secure together with a zigzag stitch.

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

7. Repeat step #6 for the waist.

***For the 0-3 month diaper cover I used 10″ of 1/4″ elastic for each thigh and 14″ of 1/4″ elastic for the waist. This included room for a 1″ overlap to secure the ends of each piece of elastic together.

8. Stitch each casing the rest of the way closed and your diaper cover is complete!

Totally Stitchin': Diaper Cover Tutorial

You can keep it nice and simple or add bias tape to the legs and waist to spice it up a bit. You could even add a cute embroidered monogram to the diaper cover. The great thing about sewing your own diaper cover is that you get to personalize it to exactly what you want!  I wish I had a picture of this on a Baby H. but we will have to wait a few more weeks for her to get here!!

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