DIY Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper Tutorial

DIY Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper Tutorial

THE TALES OF A WANNABE SEAMSTRESS PART TWO



After writing my “Tales of a Wannabe Seamstress” stories and posting them on the facebook groups, Fluff Love Sewing & No Mama Drama Sewing, I was asked by many of the obviously disoriented women for a tutorial on how I made my functional, but lopsided diaper, so here it is! 

I do have to say I appreciated the hundreds of likes & comments filled with positive support! Y’all are obviously ma bitches


I started out my journey by downloading and printing a pattern from the prefold2fitted blogspot here.  I would love to say that her tutorial was easy to follow, but I had a rather hard time because 

1. I’m dyslexic and 
B. The instructions weren’t as straightforward as I would have liked them to be. 
*she does have a simple tutorial which is awesome, but I’m obviously a dipshit

I then grabbed the most intimidating pile of fabric I would lay my eyes on.

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The materials I used for this project included
-flannel 
-windpro fleece
-bamboo fleece 
-microfleece 
– 3/8th inch elastic 
-sewing machine (unless you’re a fancy pants and have a serger. then you’re gonna have to just put a serger in place of some sewing options) 
-cutting mat
-rotary cutter
-wine


I want to break down the fabrics for a moment and explain their uses, reason being, I have yet to find a tutorial that explained EVERYTHING TO ME. 
I like answers thrown at my face, and for some reason, no one has done that which means I have to work for myself. 
#momprobs- who has time for that shit?


1. I used FLANNEL for the outside of my diaper because it was cheap and looks cute, but you can also use cotton interlock and other shit as well. Or nothing… you don’t need to use one either of these

2. Reason that you don’t have to use one of those is because if you don’t use WINDPRO FLEECE like I did, you can use anti-pill or blizzard fleece for the outside and that works the same was as the windpro–
BUT, I used windpro because it’s a heavier duty fabric and it is less likely to leak out any pee or poop juice. 
Anti-pill and blizzard fleece comes in many adorable colors and patterns & is water resistant! 

3. BAMBOO FLEECE was used as my absorbent layer in the diaper.  
One part that confused me on the website I bought this from was that there are three(?) different weights that were available.  The “lighter” the weight, the more layers you need for absorbancy.  I bought the lightest of the weights for practice (just kidding, I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing), but because it is lighter, in theory, you need more layers of it. 

(There are other options for absorbency, but I read that hemp and others can easily hold onto stink & cause problems.  I cannot attest to that issue, but I figured I would just skip out on this. Zorb is also an option, but was told it’s like “fancy microfiber” and I hate microfiber in my diapers.  Shit stinks and compression leaks are imminent.) 

4.MICROFLEECE was used as the stay dry layer next to baby’s bum.  I chose the color grey, which I now regret because it looks like charcoal bamboo & I seriously dislike that fabric, so it just bugs me when I look at it. 
*note to self, just fucking buy the white color. 



NOW ONTO THE SEWING AND SHIT!! 

I spent more time than I would like to admit cutting all of these out.  I really didn’t want to mess it up, so if you’re a shit sewer like I am, take your time. 

Once cut, I took my flannel & windpro fleece, & grabbed my snaps! 

With windpro fleece, one side is flat and the other side is fleecey.  In order for windpro fleece to work, you need the FLAT SIDE against the area that will be wet. 

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID- 
Flannel right side up & lay it down against the fleecey side. 
Then Snap. 
Take 10 female snaps to place across the top to create a row. 
*There isn’t a second hip row for this pattern, & honestly, for my next diaper, I’m not going to use this one.  Not that there’s a problem with it because it works just fine, I just like the extra reinforcement & fit of the hip snaps.

Below will be the rise, where your snaps penetrate each other for that perfect fit.  (I really like to use the word “penetrate” whenever I can.)
3 male snaps across with 2 rows of 3 female snaps below that.

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Alright, snaps and shit done.  Now just admire what you’ve done so far because that is what I did.  YOU ALMOST HAVE A DIAPER.  
Just kidding, you have way more shit to do. 

Next we go onto sewing layers together. 
You’ll take your snapped together layer & lay it with flannel facing up, the microfleece on top of that, & the bamboo fleece on top of that. 
PIN THAT SHIT TOGETHER. 

Fitted Cloth Diaper Tutorial

You’re going to want to do an overcast stitch around the edges of this diaper and leave the bottom area (which you snapped) open so you can flip right-side-out & add the elastic casings.

I went around the edges twice with the overcast stitch.  I find that when I only do it once, I end up missing something, or it just doesn’t hold up well in the wash & dryer. 

(this is where you surge if you have a fancy pants serger. OR IF YOU WANT, just have the layers out the correct way and surge around the whole diaper without doing it inside out) 

Flip right-side-out.

 


 DIY Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper Tutorial

I may have done this part in a backwards order, but I went around the diaper & did a top stitch, without closing the bottom area.  It just seemed easier to do the next step if I did that first. 


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Next was the elastic casings. 
One on the back, one on each leg. 

I then added a female snap for my snap-in-soaker. 

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Adding the elastic was kind of a pain in the ass & I’m quite sure there has to be an easier way, so if there is, please drop a comment below so I can make it easier on myself- AND OTHERS. 

*In theory, you connect a safety pin to the end of your elastic to feed it through, but I don’t have any & forget the purchase them while at the store, SO I ALWAYS USE A BOBBY PIN, which fucking sucks because it gets stuck onto fabric and catches onto the thread.  

I used to try to measure my elastic before inserting it into projects, but it never turned out how I wanted, so for elastic, I just feel it out to how I think is best. 
I threaded through & sewed in my elastic on the top back casing first. 


Next I did the left & right legs. Same thing. Didn’t measure it, just felt it out & it turned out how I wanted it to. 

*If you do want to measure, I did read that one women just takes the elastic, puts it up against the length of where she will have it, and marks the halfway point, so the elastic is half the length. When I tried this on other projects, it was too tight & relaxed quickly, so I quit measuring. 

 



Once you’ve finished your elastics, you’ll flip in the open area to do a topstitch. 
*Because I did a topstitch around most of the diaper, I just started it at the ends that were already completed. I personally cannot tell, or care, but if you want to hold off on the topstitch earlier, this is where you’ll do it around the whole diaper. 



Lastly, you’ll put in your wing snaps. 
I placed two male on each side because I knew that no newborns would be using there for the need of an overlapping outer snap.
*but in theory, two male snaps facing inside and two female snaps facing outside one after the other. 


At this point, your actual diaper is finished. 

topstitchedandfinished


For the second portion of your diaper, you’ll have a soaker.  

For mine, I used
-1 piece of flannel at the bottom
-2 pieces of bamboo fleece for the inner  
-1 piece of microfleece for staydry portion.  


I also didn’t have a pattern for this.  I made in 3.5 inches wide & about 15 inches long.  This you can play with to your liking- unless you find a soaker pattern online somewhere or you can trace a soaker/insert you already have
You can adjust the layers by using more or less absorption for your Little. 

I put my layers together in the correct order & did an overcast stitch around the edges 3 times- 4 in some other areas- because it was lopsided as a motherfucker & some parts didn’t get stitched… like the flannel for instance. 

After you sew it all together, add your male snap in the top. 
I put the snap in first and then did the sewing which fucked mine up, so make sure you snap last.  

*This was my very first hybrid/fitted, so I used lightweight bamboo fleece as I stated earlier.  So far, when Kalani wears this diaper, he can have it on for 3 hours (probably more but he usually shits in the fucker before I can see how long it’ll go) & it doesn’t leak in that time frame.  
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THE TALES OF A WANNABE SEAMSTRESS PART TWO

If you’ve followed this tutorial and made a diaper of your own, let me see your creations! Email me photos & I would love to feature them on my Instagram account AND/OR if I get enough submissions, I’ll make a post with them all! 

I want to thank all of my subscribers for the support I’ve gotten in this last week! It’s been amazing seeing my blog boom as much as it has. 

If you want to see more from me, sharingpinningtweetingfacebooking– all of that– helps and supports! (: 

Also, if you have any questions on steps or want to see tutorials for other projects, drop a comment below! 

13 Comments

  1. Candice

    January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I love love love your blog!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. bipolauren

      May 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      thank you so much!! (:

  2. Rebecca k

    May 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Nice tutorial! I use the method of elastic you did, but I know some people like the tack elastic to seam allowance prior to turning diaper, then sew casing around it while top stitching.

    1. bipolauren

      May 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      I’ve tried it that way, & every time I try, I end up sewing over the damn elastics! It seems so easy, but for me it’s just so hard haha

  3. Norma perris

    August 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Thanks so much for this…I’m just about ready to throw away all my supplies I’ve spent a ton on, I haven’t had a successful diaper yet. Let me give this a try one more time 👍🏿😬

    1. bipolauren

      August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      I’m so glad you came across my page, then!! How has it gone? Did you try again, following my steps? I sure hope you were successful! <3 Keep me updated, I would love that! <3

      1. Norma Perris

        August 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

        Hi Lauren! Unfortunately, no. I feel like such a loser lol. I seriously need to get on this because my son will be 3 soon and is outgrowing the one size covers and diapers. Then I have this chunkster 10 month old.

        1. bipolauren

          May 2, 2017 at 6:19 am

          Did you ever give it another go, Norma? (:

  4. Kris

    September 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Very informative tutorial. Love your writing style 😉

  5. Juliana Kiser

    December 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hey! Just wondering where you ordered most your fabric from and about how much it came to per diaper? Thank you!
    Super adorable by the way!

    1. bipolauren

      May 2, 2017 at 6:26 am

      I’m so sorry Juliana! I haven’t been on the website in a few months due to some hectic stuff going on at the home!
      To answer your questions,
      I get my flannel and stuff like that from Joanns, but microfleece and other specialty diaper fabrics, I would order from http://www.diapersewingsupplies.com (:

      I’m going to be honest, It has been so long since I have sewing diapers because I had to give my sewing machine up for a move & never bought another one, that I don’t remember the cost per diaper. I want to say that it ended up only being $4 per diaper after I had made a few, but I’m not 100% on that. It may have come out cheaper.

  6. Sara

    December 31, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hi! I love your tutorial, I am hoping to start making a stash of my own and had a few questions:
    1. Do you use a cover with these, I’m having such a hard time with PUL covers and leaks through the fabric.
    B. Does the micro fleece stay dry layer next to the butt cause dryness? Do you use cotton or polyester?

    1. bipolauren

      May 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Oh my goodness Sara, please don’t hate me- It’s been such a hectic few months & I didn’t even realize I had comments on here. I haven’t been on the website in a while!

      So to answer your questions & I’m so so sorry it took so long,

      1. With these, I could get away without using a cover for a few hours, or when we were at home so I could feel it out, but when I used these in public, I would throw a cover on just in case. But generally, I didn’t need to.

      2. I hadn’t noticed any of the polyester microfleece causing any dryness in the skin (:

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