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Faux G’s Part One: Sewing diapers with knit ribbing May 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jess @ 1:54 am

Make your own G Diaper style fluff! In my next post I will show you how to create the snap in waterproof “holster” to go with these, using FOE and PUL. But for today, lets start with step one, the rib legged diaper. These save a TON of fabric as opposed to a traditional contour shaped diaper and the fit is great. They can be used as a fitted diaper with a snap-in, hidden layer or lay-in soaker or even as pull up training pants.

(modeling courtesy of our life size newborn doll, a retired baby care class model)




You will need:

  • 3/4″ velcro or other hook and looptape
  • 1′ waistband or non roll elastic
  • knit ribbed fabric for leg cuffs
  • knit fabric for 2 body layers
  • knit fabric for waistband
  • if desired for a fitted style diaper: asorbant soaker fabric and extra knit fabric for hidden layer



Now that you have an idea of what were looking at, let’s talk about sizing.  Since this is just a bunch of rectangles, getting a custom fit is simple to do. First, measure the rise and waist of your baby. Basically, for the body, you can just use the baby’s rise for the length and half of the baby’s  waist measurement for the width, subtracting the waistband thickness.  For the waist band length, one end will be flush with the body layers, and the other end will extend 2 inches past the body layers on each side. In case that’s clear as mud, here’s a breakdown: (measurements in black are standard, red measurements are dependent on size)

short waistband: width: 2.5″ ,  legnth: divide baby’s waist measurement by 2

long waistband:width: 2.5″ ,  legnth: add 4″ to short waistband measurement

leg cuff ribbing: width: 2.5″ ,  legnth: body layer legnth divided by 2 (this will vary depending on the amount of stretch in your fabric and how snuggly you want the legs to fit)

body layers: width: baby’s waist measurement divided by 2, legnth: baby’s rise measurement minus 2″

hook tape (scratchy side):

loop tape (fuzzy side)

*be sure to position your velcro so that the grain is going the same direction on the hook and loop pieces, or else it will not fasten as securely*

Fold the leg band ribbing in half legnthwise. Position it on top of the good side of one body layer. Leave enough ribbing extending above the top to grab from behind the presser foot, just as you would when working with elastic.


Position the other body layer, good side down, on top of the ribbing.


If you want to add a hidden soaker layer, it would go on top now. I reccomend using a stretch layer the same size as the other body layers, with a smaller soaker pad sewn to the middle. This way, you will maintain the stretch and not add too many layers to be sewn through.



With the needle down, stretch the folded ribbing tight and line it up in between the unstretched body layers. Zig-zag stitch through all four layers, all the way down the side. Since the body layers stretch only in the other direction, this is not as difficult as it sounds. Go slow and stop only with the needle down. Be careful not to let the any layers shift out of line. I like to stretch the ribbing all the way down and then take hold of it just a few inches from the top, sliding my grip down as I sew.


Here’ s what one attatched leg band looks like from the inside…


And from the outside


Now repeat with the leg ribbing for the opposite side. It should be a mirror image of the other side. Folded side inward of the ribbing, all four cut selvages lined up on the edge.


Inside out with both leg bands attatched


Right side out with both leg bands attached


  • Go ahead and slice off any extra seam unevenness on each end, since the end seams will not be hidden like those pretty leg cuffs are.


  • Now for the waistband…


  • Fold the waistband peice in half legnthwise, good side out. You will position it on the good side of the body peice.


  • line up all cut edges. For the short side leave just  a teeny bit of waistband (like 1/8′) extending past each side. You can always trim it up after sewing if it turns out to be more than you need.


  • Use a zig zag stitch to sew on the waistband


attatched waist band folded up properly


  • For the longer waist band peice, you will want to match up the middle of the banf with the middle of the body to ensure an equal amount of overhang is left on each end. I’m not a big pinner but I reccomend using at least one pin to secure the middles together here.


  • You will then need to close up the open edge on each side. Tuck in the cut edge and sew it shut as close as possible to the edge using a straight stitch (dont worry, these little ends will not need to stretch since the velcro will be attatched here anyway)
  • Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and insert it into the waist band. Use the pin to pull the elastic through to the other side. Reapeat this for the other waistband as well. Be sure to use the right length of elastic for each side.


  • fold over the end and stitch down on top of the elastic with a straight stitch



  • Before sewing on the velcro, round off all the sharp corners so there is no risk of scratching the baby.


  • sew the two hook tabs to the inside ends of the long waistband piece, using a straight stitch
  • in the same way, sew the (longer) two loop tabs to the outside of the shorter waistband piece
  • (more pics to come)

Fitteds with ruffles March 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jess @ 11:26 pm

Are these cute or what?! The ruffled look is achieved with a modification to the elastic. Here’s how to do it:

– Baste stitch the perimeter of the outer diaper layer to another absorbent layer that will be hidden inside. I am using a flannel print outer and a recycled flannel sheet hidden layer in this example. The good side of your outter fabric should be facing out.

-Mark the elastic placement on the hidden layer as shown on the pattern, then move in about 3/4 inch toward the center of the diaper and mark again. Lay the pattern on top of the inner marks and trace the edge on to the fabric between the marks. (repeat for each elastic marking)

– To sew, position the elastic over the line and place under the presser foot with enough extra behind the foot to hold on to. Pull the elastic taught as you sew using a 3-step zigzag stitch directly ontop of the elastic and through both diaper layers.



-Now pin the elasticied layers to the inner diaper layer right sides in, pulling the elastic straight to align the edges.

-You will now turn and topstitch the layers, pulling the ealstic tight as you sew.

finished diaper


more finished pics on flickr


The CR diaper as a waterproof cover March 2, 2009

Filed under: Tutorials,Uncategorized — jess @ 5:23 pm
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Modifying the Cloth Revolution diaper pattern is simple to do with fold-over elastic (FOE).  The additional space from the unused seam allowance creates just enough extra room to cover a fitted diaper, prefold or whatever absorbent layer you may be using under the cover, so there is no need to size-up. Just cut the desired size from one layer of PUL.

In this example, you will see how to create a side-snapping cover.

  • Cut a single layer of the diaper pattern from your PUL and mark the elastic placement.  Use the scraps to create snap reinforcement panels for the wings. This will prevent the snaps from ripping out with heavy use, as well as protect the baby’s skin if the layer underneath does not provide full coverage. To create these, just trace the wings onto the scrap fabric and cut out.
  • If  desired cut a small piece of FOE to use as binding on the end of the reinforcement panels. This is optional since PUL won’t fray. The binding just adds a finished look. Stitch the binding to the inner edge (wide edge) of  each reinforcement panel, without stretching.
  • With the diaper cutout shiny side up, position the reinforcement pieces soft side up on each wing and stitch along the diaper wing perimiter to hold it in place. (do not stitch through the wing)  Alternatively, just use washable glue stick to hold it in place.  This part will be covered with FOE.
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  • Now choose where you want to start the FOE. I like to begin at the on the back of the diaper, right at the corner of one wing.  Fold the FOE in half along the line and sandwich the PUL in between.
  • Begin sewing without stretching the FOE. A 3-step zig-zag stich is great to use if your machine has one but if not regular zig-zag is fine.  Even a straight stitch will work since you will be stretching the FOE as you stitch the “stretch zones”.
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  • When you reach the first elastic mark, stop with your needle down and stretch the FOE toward you without stretching the PUL (this is the tricky part). Use your other hand to pull tight the FOE that is past the needle so it doesnt snap back toward you as you sew.
  • Continue sewing slowly in the stretch zone, being careful to keep the PUL tucked in between the FOE as you go. Release the stretch when you get to the other elastic mark. Resume sewing without stretching untill you come to another stretch zone.
  • When you make it back to your starting point, cut the FOE with a little extra peice to tuck under. Fold this part over the raw edge where you started.
  • Now mark your snap placement and apply snaps!

Outside of finished cover


    A quad-folded prefold laid inside


    A fitted diaper inside


    Modeled with the same fitted diaper shown above



Countoured Insert- Free Pattern March 1, 2009

Here’s free bonus insert for the Cloth Revolution Diaper pattern! In addition to the simple flap soaker included in the CR Diaper pattern, I wanted to provide another option. There are an unlimited number of ways to add the absorbent element to a cloth diaper. This pattern can be used in many different ways and in combination with many diaper patterns. The download is available to anyone.

Click here for the insert pattern

Instructions: Download and print the PDF, the cut out the desired size. Bold line should be placed on fold of fabric. 1/4 inch seam allowance included.


Foldable Insert Ideas December 21, 2008

Filed under: Tips — jess @ 8:04 pm

First I’d like to discuss cloth diapering terminology a bit. One thing every diaper needs is some sort of absorbent element. Generally, in the cloth diapering world, we refer to this part of diaper anatomy as the soaker pad, or  just the soaker. This is highly confusing due to the fact that pull-on water resistant diaper covers, to be worn over a non-waterproof diaper, are also refered to as soakers.

Pull on soakers can be made from fleece, wool or kintted yarn. Check out these  blog links for pics, explanations and free patterns for each:  (to sew) Katrina’s Sew Quick Soaker (to knit)   SnapDragon Soaker

Now, an absorbent soaker, on the other hand is something completely different. This is simply a pad of asorbent material, to be sewn in to/snapped in/ stuffed into a pocket/ or simply laid inside the diaper. It can be cut and sewn from a pattern, or just a folded piece of fabric. To ease confusion, I am taking it upon my self to rename this as the ABSORBENT INSERT. makes sense…self explanitory…feel free to join my campaign to rename.

Finally, we reach the point:

Here’s a few ideas for folding various types of absorbent inserts. Prepare to be blown away by my professional photography 😛

For Medium to Large size diapers

  • Flannel Receiving Blanket

Adsorbs great and you probably have a ton of them at home already


  • Prefold Diaper, Quad-folded

When a trifold is too long and/or too wide, try a quadfold


Shown stuffed into a medium CR pul pocket

  • Tri-folded Microfiber Towel

These super absorbent towels can be found in the automotive section of many stores. Should not be placed directly next to baby’s skin for long periods of time, as they tend to cause dry skin and irritation.


  • Tri-folded Microfiber Towel/Flannel Combo

A popular choice. Quik asorbing power of microfiber paired with cozy flannel.


In this example. the flannel layer was cut to the same size as the premade towel. Wrong sides were palced together and stitched around the perimiter, leaving a small hole for turning. Once turned inside out, perimiter was topstitched. A zig-zag stitch was used to seure into the trifold position. Snaps, for attachment to a diaper, were added through the bottom layer only.

For Newborn to Small size diapers

  • Corners in trifold

Shown here on a flannel receiving blanket


  • Corners in trifold

Shown here on a microfiber towel

Stuffed in a newborn pocket