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Fitteds with ruffles March 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jess @ 11:26 pm

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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.

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-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

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more finished pics on flickr

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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

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    A quad-folded prefold laid inside

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    A fitted diaper inside

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    Modeled with the same fitted diaper shown above

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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.