So now that we have a pattern, lets take that puppy out for a drive.
Lets take our pattern and cut out our fabric.
I'm making my very first AIO, so I'll be using a pretty Michael Miller knit for the outside, a layer of white (the cheapest) PUL, a 2 piece zorb soaker, and sherpa for the inside.
So here is our outside
this will be the hidden PUL layer
and the sherpa and soaker
we'll pin the soaker to the sherpa
and stitch it down
now we will take our sherpa layer (the the soaker attacked now) and lay it, soaker side down
then we will add our pretty knit right-side-down
then add your PUL, shiny side UP
pin this together, but remember to use as few pins as possible b/c the more pins you put through the pul, the more holes you have to leak from
sew it all together (mental note, sherpa is slippery) leaving a gap at the back of the diaper. I normally make it about 6" long, however you want it to be open for the entire distance that you anticipate running elastic.
there's one side, all done
and the other
At this point, I normally snip a few lines in the curves of the leg holes, but don't go crazy doing it or it'll make adding elastic a real bitch.
flip it right side out
and this is what you have so far
Now it's time to start adding our elastic
See that little pin? That's about as far away from the edge as you want to stitch. You'll just stitch a line following the shape of the diaper. This will create a casing.
Once it's stitched, it'll look like this
and you'll do the same to the other side.
Your elastic should be just a hair narrower than your casing. This elastic is 1/4". I never go any smaller than that.
To determine my length of elastic, I lay out the elastic the full length of the casing, then i fold that amount in half.
From there, I use just over 1/2" of the amount of elastic needed to cover the casing.
The red arrow shows the halfway point. the green arrow shows where I would cut.
flip your diaper inside out
attach a safety pin to your elastic on one end
You can enter the casing from either side
it's difficult to maneuver the pin through the casing depending on how tight you made the casing and how many layers of material you are using. When I make fitted, it's fast and easy. With this PUL and Sherpa, it was a little more tough
Once you get to right about here, that's where you want to stop to secure the end
Sandwich your elastic between the outer and the inner
and stitch it down. I typically run a straight stitch just to hold it in place, then use a few rows of tight zig zags
Keep your stitching safety outside of your seam allowance, and noone will see it.
it doesn't have to be pretty, just secure
thread the elastic the rest of the way through
and remember how we cut just a bit more than 1/2 the length of elastic? That was b/c we wanted a little wiggle room.
Pull the pin out a little ways til you are comfortable with the tightness of the elastic.
stitch it down and you'll have this
do the same on the other side, stitch it all down.
and you'll have this
now let's finish the front
start your needle out at the edge of the casing stitch, pulling the elastic as tight as you can on that end.
and aim your machine towards the edge of the diaper. You'll follow the edge all the way around, top stitching from one piece of elastic to the other.
This will finish off your casing, and make it look like one continuous stitch
when you're done, it'll look like this
Now lets start on the back of the diaper.
Start at the elastic like we did just a minute ago, go around the tab and stop shortly after you make the curve.
This shows you were I stop. The blue arrow is the opening for the elastic. the red arrow is where i stopped topstitching.
Cut a piece of elastic 1/2 the length of your elastic opening for the back.
Take your outer materials (together and even) and stitch one end of the elastic to the TOP/RIGHT SIDE (at the VERY EDGE)
Once both ends are tacked down, fold the fabric all the way down the length of the elastic, stretching the elastic and sandwiching it between your folded-in outer and your folded-in inner.
carefully top stitch the edge, being sure not to catch the elastic
When you are done, your elastic will do what it does best, and retract, pulling itself back into the diaper.
My finger shows about where the elastic is sitting
Pull the tabs away from each other, tightening up the elastic and forcing it back to the edge of the diaper.
Using pins, create a makeshift casing.
Sew a true casing where the pins are
enjoy your adorable diaper :)
At this point you can add snaps or velcro. I'll go with velcro b/c I don't have a professional snap press at the moment, but i need to wait to hit the store and get some thicker velcro. Don't buy 19mm velcro ;)
Good luck with your diapers and be sure to post pics of yours in the comments!