DIY Diaper Cover Tutorial with Free Pattern!
Why is it so impossible to just buy a diaper cover? Why?? If they sold them, say in packs of three in various seasonal colors, would we not purchase them? I don't understand it, and neither do our readers, judging by the number of emails we get asking for a pattern. Your wish is our command...
Get the DIY for the matching Sweet Shirred Summer Dress here, and the full tutorial and free Diaper Cover Pattern after the jump...
DIY Diaper Cover
To sew this diaper cover, you'll need our Diaper Cover Pattern and 1 length of 3/8" thick elastic for the waist, and 2 lengths of 1/4" thick elastic for the leg holes. This pattern fits about 18-24 months depending on the size of the booty you are working with. I used a piece of 3/4" elastic 18" long for the waist and 2 pieces of 1/4" elastic 11" long for the legs (you can measure the waist and leg circumference and add about 2.5" to get your specific measurements). For a smaller baby you can use the same pattern and smaller lengths of elastic and just have a poofier diaper cover, or you can shrink the pattern. As with any pattern, double check your print settings to make sure they are not set to "shrink to fit". The fabric here is the almost-sold-out Anna Maria Horner Dobby Voile Pastry Line in Coral (which is 15% off along with ALL Anna Maria Horner fabrics at Fabricworm right now, eek!)
1. Pre-wash and iron your fabric, then download, print, and cut out our diaper cover pattern:
Diaper Cover Pattern - Front
Diaper Cover Pattern - Back
2. Trace the pattern onto your fabric and cut out:
3. Pin the two pieces right sides facing along each side edge and the bottom (crotch) edge. They won't line up flat as the back is bigger then the front, so it'll look like this when you pin:
3. Sew together along the three edges with a straight stitch and 5/8" seam allowance, then finish the edge by serging, sewing with a zig zag stitch, or cutting with pinking shears:
4. Create the waist casing by folding the top edge under 1/2" and ironing, then another 1/2" and ironing. Sew in place, leaving a hole to feed your elastic through near one side seam, back stitching at beginning and end:
5. Create your casing on one leg hole, this time only folding in 1/4" and ironing, and another 3/8" and ironing, then sewing in place leaving a hole to feed your elastic through:
Repeat on the other leg:
6. Use a safety pin to feed one piece of your 1/4" elastic through one leg hole:
Overlap about 1" and sew together flat:
Push the elastic back into the casing and sew the hole closed:
Repeat on the other leg:
7. Repeat on the waist, this time using your 3/8" elastic: