Ruffle Diaper Cover Materials
- quilting weight cotton
- skinny elastic
- 1/2″ single fold bias tape
- saftey pin for threading elastic
- serger (optional, I recommend this one if you’re in the market)
Diaper Cover Measurements
*ruffle strip: 40″ by 3″
*elastic for top*: 13″
*elastic for legs*: 8 1/2″ each
*You might have to adjust this based on the stretchiness of your elastic or the width of the baby’s legs/belly.
**I forget how big babies are, so I think these will fit until around 3 months! If you need them bigger, simply print the pieces enlarged.
Cut out your pattern pieces and ruffle strip.
Sew the front and back together, right sides together, at the sides and crotch. Then finish the seam allowances.
Also serge or zigzag one long edge of your ruffle strip. Turn and press over 1/4″ and finish the hem by topstitching 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric.
Sew two rows of baste stitching through the top edge of the strip, about 1/2″ away from each other. The first one should be 1/2″ from the top and the second 1″ from the top. Gather the strip by pulling the ends of both sets of threads so it matches the width of the top of the diaper cover.
Sew the short edges of the ruffle strip together and match it to the top of the diaper cover, pinning as you go.
Baste it on and serge or zigzag the top edge. Then, flip over 1/2″ of the top edge (including the ruffle) and pin it in place.
Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing.
After you’ve inserted the elastic, pin the casings shut and sew them up. Unpick any baste stitching that you don’t want.
For the leg openings, open the bias tape and pin the edge to the opening edge. Pin all the way around then sew on at 1/4″.
Flip the bias tape to the inside of the diaper cover and pin.
You shouldn’t see any bias tape from the front. Sew it on at 1/2″, again creating a casing for elastic.
Insert the elastic and close the casing. Repeat for the other leg and you’re done!
So much gathered cuteness!
See you next Monday for more belly + baby!
Try putting tired layers on the butt. Soooo cute!
Adorable. She’s going to be the best dressed baby around!
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
So super cute Kate!!! Love your fabric choices, they look so soft – cotton is my absolute favorite for baby!
i may actually need to attempt this cuteness with my basic sewing skills. wow, do i need a little girl!!
oh Thanks for this tutorial I really need make a diapers for my little Alice!
Hugs From Chile! (ñ.ñ)!
Jess@craftiness is not optional
These are so stinking adorable! I cannot wait to see how stylish your little girl will be dressed. ;)
Very cute!! Tengo dos hijos varones, pero voy a hacer un diaper cover para mi sobrina, thanks!!!
way way way too cute. I like also how you use fabric up until its gone !
I love these! I am not all about the ruffles all over the bum, (except for a few pictures maybe) I love the subtle beauty in the single ruffle, and how cute would this look with a onsie underneath so you can really see all the cute ruffle goodness? Oh man I am now cursing the winter baby… to wait until summer ah! (and now I am babbling)
These are so cute Kate! I think they’ll be perfect for gifts. :) Thank you for sharing the pattern and tutorial!
These are precious!!!!! Wish our family or friends had babies ….
I love it. I made some for my daughter using Dana’s pattern and tutorial from danamadeit.com. Her pattern goes up to 24 months if needed. For gathering, I was watching PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and she had a great way of gathering fabric for ruffles. If/when I can track down the video again I will pass it along. It is worth checking out. I tried it the other day when I was working on a bubble skirt for my daughter and it is so much easier.
soooo cute!!! i must try :)
I am making these today. thanks so much for the free pattern. this is adorable and perfect for what I was working on.
I’m looking forward to making these. So cute!!
I’m a grandmother who’s not too savvy about cloth diaper covers. Doesn’t the wet diaper soak through the diaper cover? I think I’m missing something. :-)
joselita Maria Jesus de Souza
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love love love!! probably missed it, but what are the seam allowances?
I loved this! I love the bias tape for the elastic casing, so much easier than trying to turn the edge under. I’ll have to re-read when I make another one because I had a hard time making the elastic casing for the waist with the ruffle there – maybe I missed something. Anyway I linked to you from my blog! Thanks again…