Sunday, March 17, 2013

One-Size Squaretab Pattern Revisited

The OS Squaretab is probably my most popular template.  So, I figured I should revisit it and show some of the finer general details.  I usually only use the outer snap pairs on the wings.  I add the inset "hip snap" if it will be for an especially slender baby or toddler, or for someone who has had problems with wing-droop in the past.

 Below is a view of the inside with an Alva bamboo combo insert set inside.
 The next view shows how the width of the wings and the front are just about even, once the back elastic has been installed.  Also the highest rise setting.
 Here is a detail view showing the rise snaps, where the leg elastic casings begin, and some of the top-stitching.
 Detail of some more top-stitching.

 Back casing edges and wing.
Smallest rise.
2nd rise.
... 3rd rise.
and the rear-view...

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    1. The link on the bottom takes you to the page that links all the printable PDF files. :)

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  2. I'm hoping you still monitor these. :) I'm wondering how many fit in 1yd. I'm trying to get a rough estimate of how many yds I will need. If you can help me with that, I would REALLY appreciate it. I'm getting ready to diaper 3! :)

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    1. I just added a new layout post just for you! :) 4/10/2014

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  3. I was wondering what size of baby these have fit, in your experience. I made one, but it looked so small! My little one has yet to arrive, so I have no baby to test on. -Haley

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    1. Well, one thing newbies don't realize is that the back elastic should only be stretched about half as tight as you stretch it through the legs. In general, an OS diaper will generally fit from about 10lbs-30lbs. However, that all depends on the shape of the baby. OS diapers will not fit the average newborn. You should sew up a few of my newborn templates as well. Also, always make sure that your scale square measures properly after printing.

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  4. Hello! I'm a complete newbie to cloth, but I'm wanting to switch and make my own. I just printed out this pattern and I had a few questions. Are the double solid lines the seem allowance? So I'm assuming I cut on the outside line, correct? Also, I'm wanting to make the adorable diapers with knit on the outside, but I'm unsure of the layers that would be on the inside. Could you clue me in on those? I'm guessing maybe hidden PUL? Thanks again!

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    1. I never recommend cotton outers with hidden PUL due to wicking. Especially not for new to diapers seamstresses. Having an absorbent fabric on the outside makes it likely that the pee will get drawn/wick to the outside even when the inner absorbency hasn't been used up. However, you can make a fitted diaper pattern with all absorbent fabrics to use up your cute knits. Then you can just use a PUL, fleece, or wool cover over it.
      As for cutting. Yes. Cut around the very outside line and then sew in between the outer and second lines before turning. The second line is basically what should end up being your outer line AFTER turning. Then the dashed line is top-stitching and casings.

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    2. Hi Arfy, thanks for the fab pattern. Just wondering what material you would recommend for a hidden PUL diaper. I only have access to plain PUL but would love to make some cute covers. Thanks!

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  5. I really appreciate you putting all these patterns up for us! I love your fitted pattern and I'll be making a bunch of them for my little girl to wear. I want to make a OS wool wrap to go over her overnight diapers though and I would love to use this square tab pattern, however, I was wondering if it will have enough coverage to fit over a bulky overnight fitted? Would the OS T&T cover pattern be better? I plan to also make a fitted soaker insert for it someday using your pattern and enough absorbency for overnight (20oz minimum). I think that would be easier for babysitters to use than putting on a fitted with a bunch of boosters then a cover. All one piece for them, you know. ;)

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  6. Is there a tutorial on how to make the diaper?

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    1. You can use the basic diaper tutorial from the right side links to make an AI2 shell like shown here. You'd just use a layer of PUL on the outside and a layer of any fleece or other non-absorbent polyester fabric (like minky, suedecloth, etc.) on the inside.

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  7. I wanted to use suedecloth as a inner layer but it isn't at any of my local stores. If I use athletic Jersey wicking fabric do I need to add in a middle layer between it and the outer pul layer? I'll be using a soaker pad between baby and diaper. Any suggestions for the inner layer? I don't want it to be overly bulky or too warm. Thanks.

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    1. different retailers sometimes call suedecloth different things too. Like Alova, Buttersuede, etc. The same goes for microfleece. It is sometimes "microchamois." But, wicking jersey will be fine for an AI2 inner (what you're describing.) You'll just need to have something as snap-backing if you use snaps. It can just be small bits of another layer. You don't need a 3rd total body layer at all. The PUL outer and wicking pique inner are all you need for the AI2 shell body.

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