Friday, September 9, 2011

Multiple Use Cover All-In-One Diaper Tutorial

FINALLY the completed tutorial. I've tried hard to test this and explain it well. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments.
The great plus of a multiple use cover is you need to make less covers total. Covers are the costly part of cloth diapering and they take a bit of time to make. PUL isn’t cheap. With this diaper you can get multiple uses out of a cover with just easily replacing the insert after each use. The flaps at the top and the bottom let you drop out the insert into your dirty diaper storage without touching it and then just put in a clean one. Toss the cover to be washed when you feel it’s time.
**Note this diaper has a leg gusset that is optional to do. In our household we've found it be really helpful in containing things within diapers but it's a bit tricky to sew on. It has taken me a few tries to master it so if you want you can leave it off entirely.
  • PUL (~1/rd a Yard minimum to make 1 diaper. You'd have enough for at least 2 in that I believe)
  • 1/4" Elastic
  • 17" of Loop side of Hook and Loop tape (Velcro brand tape is known to not hold up well in the wash)
  • 6" of Hook side of Hook and Loop tape

  1. Download Pattern from the Facebook Fan Page. You must be a fan to access it. Once you are a fan click the app in the left column that says “Like for Free Pattern”
  2. Cut out all pieces of PUL, including optional Gusset if desired. Note which side is the right side of the fabric and which is the wrong side. The right side isn’t shiny.Fabric_RightSideWrongSide
  3. From the Hook and Loop tape cut out these pieces.
    1. 1 - 8" Piece of Loop Tape
    2. 2 - 3" Pieces of Loop Tape
    3. 2 - 3" Pieces of Hook Tape
    4. 2 - 1.5" Pieces of Loop Tape
  4. Making the Tabs:
    1. Place one piece of the hook to one piece of the loop tape.
    2. Use something laying around (like a round handed pair of scissors to draw a semi circle on one end of the tape.            IMG_9172IMG_9173
    3. Cut along that one end.
    4. Sew 3" pieces of hook to back of 3" pieces of loop (back to back).
    5. Sew the 8" piece of Hook to the right side of the PUL on the smaller end. Tabs_CutandSewn
    6. Set aside until later.
    1. Hem front inside flap B where indicated on the pattern. HemmingFlaps
    2. Sew 8” piece of Loop tape to the right side of the main piece of PUL where indicated. I use a zig zag stitch but a straight stitch will work too.SewtoFront
    3. Sew the 2 1.5” pieces of Loop tape to the right side of flap A. These are the laundry pieces you adhere the tabs to when you wash the diaper cover.SewLaundryTabs
    4. Add elastic and hem the back inside flap A where indicated on the pattern.
      • How to sew on the elastic and hem at once: Gusset_ElasticandHematOnce
        1. At the start fold over the fabric 1/4", right side down. Place the start the the elastic on top of this fold.
        2. Begin stitching (Use a zig zag stitch about 2.5 wide and 2 long) going forward and backing up to make a secure beginning.
        3. While stitching pull the elastic tight as you feed everything through the machine. Go slow if you need to. You'll see the fabric as it passes beyond the pressure foot gathering up. In the picture you can see the gather on the left as the fabric leaves the machine. SeeGatherLeavingFoot
        4. Continue to the end. Sew the 1.5" hook pieces to the right side of the PUL on the large inside flap B piece.
    5. Mark the places where both of the inside flaps will end on the wrong side of the main piece of PUL. MarkforElastic
    6. Sew elastic between those 2 marks on each side. Use the same method as described above. SewElasticHere one side has elastic and the other doesn’t. Elastic1Side
    7. Optional: Gussets:
      1. Add elastic to gussets, hem in the same stitch. Don’t pull it all the way tight while you are sewing. I did so on my first one and Wee Rose is a bit chunky. It’s a tad on the tight side on her.
      2. Add gussets to diaper sewing right sides together. The gusset is not symmetrical so ensure that you have the part that on pattern is marked Flap B towards the Flap B side, and the other towards Flap A. Make sure to stretch out elastic on diaper while sewing. This here is a bit tricky. If you have no experience sewing two curved pieces together do a few test runs (that don’t involve elastic) first. The trick is to not pin anything down. Just sew slow and make sure to line up the pieces as you go.AddingGussetFinalGusset2                                             Gusset Done
    8. Stitch Flaps to top and bottom of diaper, right sides together. This is the step where we learn have difficult PUL can be to work with. When the wrong side (shiny side) of PUL is directly on the feed dogs of your machine it will stretch and do nasty things. PUL-UckyThe picture shows how it will pucker.
      • There are a couple good tips on how to work with PUL I found at Celtic Cloths
        • Use a roller or walking foot.RollerFoot
        • On the bottom put a piece of tissue paper or paper towels. After you are done stitching just rip it away. If you don’t have a roller foot you can sandwich the fabric or just be very very careful.
    9. Sew elastic to wrong side of seam of back inside flap A of diaper where marked on pattern.
    10. Turn diaper right side out.
    11. Stitch on Hook and Loop tabs to back. The loop part will be facing up. SewingonTabs
    12. Top stitch diaper where the flaps where sewn. There is no need to top stitch where the gussets where attached.  TopStitching
    13. Add vertical stitching to the back flap A. This helps to create a channel for the insert so it stays put a bit better.ChannelsforInsert
    14. Voila!! Complete Diaper. Now just make a few inserts.
      • I like to use 5 layers of fleece for a single insert. The big plus is that fleece doesn’t fray so no worry. Just cut and stitch them together.
      • 10 layers of knit t-shirt material works also. There you have to worry about fraying though. Make a pillow with 2 layers, put the other 8 inside and then top stitch so they stay put when you wash them.
      • A if you want to use a different material I know a google search will quickly get you the answer. As I experiment with more I’ll share them.
    Whew!! This took quite a bit of effort to get together from my first idea to making the pattern and putting together the tutorial. Please if you have any questions ask them in the comments or if something isn’t clear. I’ll edit this as needed.

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