Sewing your own cloth nappies can be easy and fun with just a little preparation. These directions are for making a simple fitted nappy with hook and loop closure. ; What you will need for each nappy
;2-3m of fabric, depending on the size of your pattern
Cardboard or paper to make your pattern
Pen or sewing chalk to draw the pattern and then trace it on to the fabric
Pins (to hold fabric together when its time to sew)
A sewing machine
Thread – I prefer 100% cotton
Elastic – I prefer 6mm elastic
Hook and loop – you will use 3 times more loop (the soft type) than hook (the firmer type)
Step 1 – The pattern ;There are several places on the internet to download and print a free pattern which can be adjusted to your preferred size. Another option is to draw one of your own or trace around a nappy you already own (as long as you don’t intend to use the pattern for profit). For the booster draw a rectangle that will fit into your nappy (see picture). I like to make mine about 1 – 1.5 cm from the legs and then about 2cm from the back. ;
Step 2 – Choosing your fabric ;There are many options when it comes to fabric but the easiest, cheapest and most readily available is flannelette. It comes in a range of colours and patterns and usually retails for around $2 – $4 at the local fabric store. Old flannelette sheets can also be used. Other popular nappy fabrics are hemp, chenille, jersey, burley knit terry – basically anything with a high percentage of cotton, but 100% cotton fabrics are the best. ;Some fabrics have a tendency to shrink and darker colours may run in the wash. For these reasons I always recommend pre-washing the fabric before you start sewing. ;
Step 3 – Deciding on the layers ;These instructions are for a nappy with 10 layers of flannelette. You will need 4 layers of body (the large pieces) and 6 for the booster (the rectangle pieces). Once you know how to make a nappy don’t be afraid to experiment with different fabrics and layers. ;
Step 4 – Time to cut it all outLay out your fabric on a dry, flat surface and trace around your pattern. Then remove the pattern from the fabric and start cutting. With normal scissors you can cut 2-3 layers at a time but if you have a rotary cutter (like a blade wheel) you can cut all the body pieces and then the booster pieces out at the same time.
Step 5 – Time to start sewing Take all your booster pieces and pin the layers together.
CONGRATULATIONS. You have now finished your nappy. Trim off all the excess thread and then sit back and admire.
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