Sewing diapers is fun and fairly easy if you have basic sewing skills. And watch out because it's also sooo addictive. Your baby will have far, far more diapers than he needs in no time at all.
You can easily make a pattern by taking a diaper (cloth or disposable) that fits your baby well and tracing around it. If you prefer to use a pattern created by someone else, you can find patterns available for purchase listed on our tools page , or a listing of free diaper patterns below.
Mama Bird Pattern.
My Free Diaper Pattern. I love this pattern, and have made a few dozen diapers using it.
Ottobre pattern. I've not used this, but have heard many people mention that it's confusing.
Free Diaper Patterns.
DiaperSewing. I have also used these instructions before and found they were quite good.
Pocket Diaper Pattern. This is a pretty good set of basic instructions. Simple!
Diaper Sewing Instructions
We had originally planned to offer here some instructions for sewing diapers. But we also firmly believe that there is no need to reinvent the wheel. So we are instead providing links to several wonderful sets of instructions.
Free Diaper Patterns.
Cyndie's Cloth Diaper Site.
Diaper Sewing Tutorials.
DiaperFAB Diaper Sewing Tips
Sewing with PUL:
- If you choose to use pins, pin only in the seam allowance
- Try to avoid mistakes that require you to remove stitches - the holes you make are permanent!
- Dry your completed items on Hot for a few minutes to seal up needle holes
- Use high-quality 100% polyester thread to avoid the problem of moisture wicking to the outside through the thread.
- The laminated side of PUL can be "sticky" as it runs through your machine. Use a teflon presser foot, or simply turn your project over so the PUL side is facing the feed dogs.
Fabric for Home Sewers:
- Pretty much anything that is cotton will make a nice absorbent diaper. Flannel, broadcloth, velour, jersey, terry, twill. Old T-shirts, towels, pants, etc. can also make nice diapers.
- Covers can be made from PUL, wool, or fleece. If you're going to use fleece, use Malden Mills fleece (you'll need to buy it online). You can use the fleece you purchase in stores, but it will not perform as well.
- For more about fabrics used in diapering, we have a glossary.