Thursday, March 7, 2013

Flip-Style and Elemental-Style Diaper

This was made by request of one of my blog followers to be similar to the Flip system diaper covers by Cotton Babies.  However, it doesn't use the trim casing that they use or the stretchy tabs. You can download/print it HERE.


Cut out all your PUL pieces (including snap-backing).
 Apply your rise and front panel snaps (or rise snaps and front loop strip for hook and loop).
 Fold in the edge along the leg elastic areas and sew your casings (I use 3/8", but CB uses 1/4").

 Leg elastic casings sewn.
 Lay out your tucking pocket pieces face to face with the laminated sides out.
 Trim up your edges and turn the pockets.
 Top-stitch around your pockets.

 Sew your back elastic casing.

 Install your elastics (the casings are all open and easy to thread through).
 Stretch to desired tension and tack+trim.
 Now just apply your wing snaps.
 Finished outside:
 Finished Inside:
 Smallest setting:
 Full rise and larger waist snap setting:

And I guess, with their new Elemental being just like a Flip with the sewn-in soakers, you could easily use this to make your own faux Elementals (or easily convert Flips INTO Elementals) just by adding the SOAKER...


I was asked how I stitched the soaker into the body with no seams showing.  I just turned the cover inside-out with the pockets flipped so the shiny side of the PUL was showing, and then serged (but you could sew regularly as well) the very edges of the pocket flaps to the edges of the soaker.  :)



33 comments:

  1. This is incredible timing. I've been searching high and low for something just like this. Thank you so very much for taking the time to make this. A few questions if you have the time. I'd like to add a lining - do you have any recommendations as to how I could incorporate that? Also, I think I understand how you installed the soaker- can you give any more information about how you made the soaker, what size, etc. Thanks again for an awesome blog and for your help.

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    1. The word "SOAKER" above is the link to the soaker template. I used 2 layers of heavy bamboo fleece per segment. The one main long piece, and the short middle piece behind it. You could use any absorbent material though.

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  2. I have a Hemp Bamboo Jersey for my soaker material. How many layers do you recommend using for the elemental style? Thank you sooo much for this, I was about to download your Square tab pattern and make an aio out of it until I saw the elemental style. You are saving me a ton of time :)

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    1. For jersey, I'd say 4 layers per insert segment. So, the long one being 4 layers, and then the shorter one 3-4. The way the new elementals are, you can just slide a separate insert of any type behind them for bigger babies and heavier wetters too.

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  3. Nice! Your template/tutorial looks a whole lot easier than the flip-style tutorial I fumbled my way through a few weeks ago. Thank you very much for sharing!

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  4. Did you finish the leg edge in any way before turning it under for the leg elastic? Thanks for the template!

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    1. Nope. I just sew it down when I am sewing the casings. I use a straight stitch about 1/8 inch in from the edge of the fabric.

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  5. Sorry for all the questions. What kind of elastic are you using? Also, what is your reason for using 3/8 instead of 1/4" elastic?

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    1. I use Stretchrite polybraid. My reason for the 3/8" is because that is what I always use and thus hand on-hand. I personally prefer how it stretches and holds up in general. I only occasionally use 1/4" and only for newborn diapers if I do.

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  6. Did you just put an extra rectangle of PUL for the OS snap area? I think I'm going to try this pattern out. :) Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. It isn't a rectangle. It is just a partial height cut that is cut in at the sides a bit. You can see it in this photo: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-do-A1J8vgwc/UTl-gIcrj5I/AAAAAAAACec/edQIIbo6qvo/s1600/100_2899.JPG
      :)

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    2. Thank you so much! I'm glad I asked instead of just assuming. :) I can see what you did now. Your way you have the full flaps to tuck an insert under. I would've put all the snaps all the way through the front flap without even noticing yours was different.

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  7. Another question: Is this flip style (as in your pattern but made with the flaps like Flips?) or is it actually similar/the same as the Flip pattern? Thanks.

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    1. Flips use a binding-encased elastic around them like the Econobums do. This uses the body PUL just folded in. I tried to make the general shape and dimensions similar to Flips so that people who like the fit of them could try and make these as an acceptable replacement for themselves. They are for sure not exactly the same, but should produce a similar fit.

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  8. I am having a little trouble getting the leg casings nice and flat, is there a trick to getting them to not bunch up and have the fabric overlap?

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    1. I just go really slowly and guide it carefully with my hand while stretching the PUL a bit to the shape I want. It DOES bunch a little. Just keep in-mind that once the elastic is in and stretched, that won't be an issue whatsoever. :) Look at my photos, and you'll see that it does bunch and twist some.

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    2. This video on leg elastic casings was REALLY helpful for me. Innovative technique! http://youtu.be/dsGZ3Vylzbo

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  9. I am trying to find a simple patter for an all in 2 since I haven't made one yet, but from my understanding its like a cover with snaps to snap in a liner? Would this pattern work well for this and if so do you have a recommendation for where to place the snaps?

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  10. Thank you, very much, for sharing this pattern & tutorial. What length do you cut the elastic, both for the legs & the back?

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    1. I never pre-measure my elastics. I tack one end, then stretch to the desired tension. Then sew down the other end. Then cut and top-stitch.

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  11. I don't have snaps so I always use aplix Velcro, how would I do the front?

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    1. You'd do the front panel the normal way, but you wouldn't be able to use the snap-down rise to make it on-size. It would just be a large. Or you could keep your elastic casings open and do adjustable elastic or something to make them OS.

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  12. Sorry to repeat a question, I didn't quite understand the response.
    Mama Samweli asked if you used a rectangle shape of PUL for the snaps, and your response was it is a partial height cut..In the picture there is only the main diaper body, and the front and back flaps. Does that mean that you just snap through one layer of PUL? Thanks!

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    1. Look more closely at the photos. ;) They are the same color, but you'll see the shorter piece, if you look closely. You can click on them to see them larger and then click through the whole series that way.

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  13. What is the seam allowance for the pattern? I swear I must be missing it! :) This is an amazing help for me, though, I'm so glad I found it!

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    1. There is no seam allowance. All of my templates are cutting templates and include it, if it is needed.

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  14. Approximately how many diaper covers can you get per yard of PUL?

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    1. It depends on the width, but only 3-4 with this template. You'll get better production per yard when you work with more yardage though. Less wasted with scraps etc. when you work from 3+ yards.

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  15. Very impressive!!! Just finishing my first CD (a little green bear tuckable) and am stoked to give it another go! Most of our stash is BG and I love covers so I'm excited to try your Flip pattern. It is SO good of you to share your resources! Thank you! This is AAAaammMMMmAzing!!

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  16. Do you think a prefold could be stuffed in there vs. an insert?

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