2 - 1 yd peices of Flannel fabric (you can also use cotton for the outer part of the diaper, but for this tut, we're sticking to flannel!)
1/4 or 3/8 in elastic.
Small Safety Pin
1 prefold Gerber Diaper (sold in a 12 pack at Walmart, trust me, you'll use em!)
Velcro or closure of your choice
Pattern (I'll explain that in a sec.)
Usually, fabric is sold already folded in half, selvage to selvage. So you'd have 45 inches of fabric by 36 inches of fabric, but since it's folded in half....you should have about 22 inches by 36 inches. First we are going to make the inside, or the lining, of our diaper. Choose one of your flannels, preferably a solid color. I used white for the inside of my diapers this time.With the fold facing up, you're going to fold the sides together to touch. Then you'll place your hand drawn pattern onto the fold of your fabric that you created. (Remember, we only drew HALF a pattern on the paper, so we need to have it on a fold.)
|The store fold is at the top, my fold is at the left.|
Now, I have made several diapers with my pattern and have discovered that my daughter needs longer tabs (in the above photo, these tabs I'm referring to are the ones at the top of the pattern). So when I cut out my diapers, I made my tabs longer when I cut. You can do this too, just cut a couple more inches out from the pattern.You'll notice in the picture below that the tabs (now on the bottom) are longer than my paper pattern.
The red square above indicates the fabric we will use to create our mini liners. Now...unpin your pattern from your fabric and unfold. You should have TWO pieces.
Next what we're gonna do is cut out our EXTERIORS. Take your other yard of fabric and lay your diaper lining on top of it. Since it's flannel it should "stick" to it. This means you probably can lightly pin it down without much movement while cutting. My daughter has requested a purple diaper and a Scooby Doo Diaper (Scooby is gonna have to wait! LOL!)
|Diaper liner laying on top of my exterior fabrics.|
|Interior liner, Purple exterior, Scooby exterior, cut to size of interior liner.|
Savvy baby is a girl, so I know better than to think that this straight rectangle is going to catch all her peepee. So what I did was fan out the sides of the folds on the prefold diaper to create an hour glass up front.
Being that your prefold liner is too long, simply eye ball how far back you think your lil one can go, and snip it off....
I pinned that down. Now is where we sew. Grab one interior piece and one exterior piece and head to the sewing machine. Set your machine to a zig zag stitch on a very wide width. You're going to need to make sure the edges of your liner pads are caught just INSIDE the stitching. See photo below.
|See how the stitches are right at the edges of my liner pads?|
|Do the same to your exterior with the prefold. Get as close as you can to those edges.|
|See my purple peeking out?|
|Reminds me of Popples. Did you ever have one? Love the early 90's toys, but I digress!|
The red arrows in this photo indicate where your casings are. Notice how I stayed right near where my pins are. This is important because you don't want your diaper to end up being too small.
Another pic with arrows to indicate your casings for reference.
Grab your elastic and a small safety pin. Cut your elastic to the length you need it to be. You'll need three pieces. For a newborn it'll be small. My daughter wears a size 4 diaper and I made her elastic pieces 8 inches each. Allow a little extra room because you'll need some over hang.
Now please, on this part bear with me because it's tricky to show so I have to try to explain. Put your hand inside that opening that you used to turn the diaper right side out. Push your hand all the way up to the back of the diaper.
The first piece of elastic will be installed in the casing at the back of the diaper. Using your other hand, guide the safety pin into the casing and continue to push it through. Make sure you use your hands to feel where the elastic is. When you feel the one end of the elastic getting shorter, pin it down. Then continue to push it through. Then pin the other end when you have a little extra hanging out of the casing.
|The red marks indicate my extra elastic. Can you see where my pins are? I'd say there is an extra 1/2 to 1 inch of elastic hanging over.|
|Leg elastic pinned down.|
When your elastic is all installed, remove your safety pin. Don't wanna leave that bad boy inside the diaper! Double check for other pins too, just to be sure.
Next, flatten out your diaper and close up your opening by tucking the raw edges of your fabric down inside the diaper, and pinning it together. You can press the diaper with an iron for clean lines. Then with a straight stitch, you're going to stitch that front opening closed, but start at one side where your elastic casing is, and stitch all the way around the front of the diaper (short tabs end!) to the other side where the other casing is. This method will catch that opening and close it up. It should look like this all the way around the front end of the diaper.:
Enjoy my daughter's tush!