Hey y’all – is there anything more adorable than a diapered baby bottom? Ok, maybe there is ONE thing – RUFFLES on that baby bottom! Sew a diaper cover with ruffles with this pattern and tutorial.
To make the diaper cover you’ll need:
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the bloomers
- 1 yard of 1/2″ wide elastic for the bloomers
- The pattern. This pattern is sized for 0-3m. If you need a different size, the Criss Cross Pinafore and Bloomer pattern is available for purchase below in sizes NB-3T.
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Here’s the video tutorial below; if you prefer written instructions, you can scroll on by. If you want to watch this directly on YouTube, you can see it here.
To make the bloomers that go with the dress, start by cutting out two strips for ruffles (dimensions are on the first page of the bloomer part of the pattern.
Sew a rolled hem around all 4 sides of the ruffle strips. Need help with rolled hems? See this post.
Gather your ruffle strips. Need help with gathering? See this post.
Sew your ruffle strips to the bloomers back on the lines on the pattern.
Place the bloomers front and back right sides together and sew the crotch and side seams.
Fold the top edge of the bloomers 1/4″ to the wrong side, then fold again 5/8″ to the wrong side. Stitch to form a waist casing. Leave about a 1 inch opening to insert the elastic.
Form the leg casings the same way, but note that you may have a hard time getting the casings to be perfectly flat. It’s OK if you have a few puckers or wrinkles – they won’t show once you insert the leg elastic.
Cut 17 inches of elastic for the waist and 7 inches for each leg.
Use a safety pin to pull the elastic through the casing.
Overlap the ends of the elastic 1/2 inch, making sure you haven’t twisted it, and zig-zag over them to secure. Pull into the casing and then sew the casing closed. Repeat this process for each leg opening.