Cloth Diaper Pattern
Considering the fact that most parents cloth diaper, in part, to save money, itís not surprising that the cloth diaper patternmakes it way into many cloth diapering parentís repertoire. After all, if purchasing already-made cloth diapers is economical, taking the time to make your own brings the potential to save even higher. Many people who have only basic sewing skills find that they can learn to make a cloth diaper. Following the cloth diaper patternusually isnít difficult and a bit of practice makes this project second-nature.
What You Need
There are several things that you will probably need to successfully follow your cloth diaper pattern. Of course, the pattern itself is a necessity. Patterns are available in all sizes, shapes and styles. Many can be immediately downloaded, but you may prefer the ease of a print pattern. Downloaded options are available right away, but there is some tracing involved. You will have to wait for a print pattern to be shipped, but it is likely ready to use right out of the package. You should also order absorbent diaper fabric, such as cotton, bamboo or hemp. Many cloth diaper patterns are written specifically for knit fabric, so check the pattern requirements before making your final selections. If you are making covers, order a waterproof fabric, such as PUL. Finally, you will need some basic notions, such as elastic, Velcro or plastic snaps. Look at the back of the cloth diaper pattern, or at the pattern purchase page, for a listing of notions and the correct quantities.
Sewing Your Diapers
The process of cutting out the various cloth diaper patternparts will probably take almost as long as the sewing portion of the project. Cut carefully, as the quality of your pattern piece will affect the finished look of your cloth diaper. Your pattern will indicate how many of each piece is needed to complete the cloth diaper. Most patterns have a body piece and a soaker. The body makes up the bulk of the cloth diaper pattern, with the soaker offering the absorbent core. As you are cutting, mark all necessary spots of the pattern. Things like elastic placement, snap placement and the soaker setup should be indicated with a clip, notch, pen mark or straight pin.
Once you have your pieces configured, you can begin the sewing process. If your cloth diaper patternhas an internal soaker, it is usually attached first. You will then sew the elastic to the inside of the diaper body, usually at the waist and legs. Finally, join the diaper outer to the diaper inner. If you are serging the diaper, lay the pieces wrong sides together. For a cloth diaper patternthat is being turned and topstitched, the diaper bodies go right sides together, leaving a small opening for flipping the diaper right side out. Once the diaper pieces are joined, and topstitched if indicated, you are ready to add the closures. Thatís really all there is to it.
It can be frustrating to learn the nuances of using a cloth diaper pattern. Give yourself permission to practice before you become too frustrated. Of course, the quality of your pattern also makes a difference. Using a quality cloth diaper pattern, like the Little Comet Tails line that is available at Kellyís Closet, can increase your chances of a successful project.