Friday, April 17, 2015

Reversible Heavy-Wetter T-Shirt Fitted Diaper


One of my husband's work shirts got a few holes and stains on it, and this morning he said to me, "you can do whatever you want with it."  Muah ha ha...  So, I'm sure you all know immediately where my mind went!

More T-shirt diapers!!!

I also got a free Seahawks T-shirt at one of the home games last Winter, but they only had large sizes.

So...  How about a reversible 2-T-shirt fitted diaper? Great for older heavy-wetting babies or overnights.  :)

 I used my M/L fitted template for this. I cut off the sleeves to begin with.
I traced it on the first T-shirt, and used scissors to cut out just one layer.
 View with the shirt opened up.
Really, the T-shirt is just like cotton jersey fabric yardage. 
 Then, I used my rotary cutter to cut out all the other layers.

 2 layers of one shirt, and 2 layers of the other.
 Faces inward, and from here you just follow my basic diaper tutorial for the shell.
 Next, just cut up the remaining yardage into your soaker/insert.
I decided to use my non-serged insert/soaker method.  It seemed the most practical.
I had enough fabric for a 7-8 layer soaker/insert out of each shirt.
 Everything all ready to stitch up.
All sewn up! A walking foot is your best friend with jersey fabrics.





 For smaller size babies, you can fold down the rise and just use one of the inserts.

 Then add the second when they start to pee more or move up to the higher rises.

16 comments:

  1. I love this! I have a question about covers. I know cotton outer is bad for diapers, but how do you make a successful diaper cover with a cotton outer and what pattern would you use for this? Does FOE stop wicking if it is for a cover only?

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    1. This would require a waterproof cover. It will not be waterproof on its own

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  2. Hi, can you tell me where I can find the pattern for this diaper? I like the diaper you made and can t wait to make one myself. Thanks.

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  3. This looks great! How do you attach it though and keep it double sided? I don't see snaps or velcro, so are you using a snappi/pin? Thanks!

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    1. Yes. It is a closureless fitted. So, you would use a snappi or pins.

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    2. If I were to put snaps on this diaper would I put them before I sew it together and add elastics or when it's all done?

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  4. I have a very heavy wetter (14 months) and am wondering if this will work well for her.

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  5. Hi Arfy. Im new to cloth diapering..Im planning to cloth diaper my second child this NOvember...I have a lot of those 100% cotton wrap sheet for baby and 100% polyester baby blanket where you can find at walmart, target..just want to know if i can make use of them to cloth diapers??

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    1. 100% cotton anything can be used for absorbency for just about any type of diaper or insert, but the poly blankets aren't likely useable for much. You could recycle them into garments though. I prefer cotton fitted made with stretchy fabrics more than flannel, gauze, etc. that most baby blankets are made from (hence T-shirts etc.) but they'll work just fine. Just won't be as squishy and soft, and won't fit for quite the same range.

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    2. so for absorbency, 100% cotton stretchy fabric is better..how about fabrics for fitted diapers? any recommendation on a budget? Im srry, if i am asking so much questions, im so confuse because there are so much type of fabrics out there....for fitted, can i use a wicked fabric for the inside??

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    3. It isn't that stretchy means more absorbent. But stretchy fabrics stay softer and will have a better and more adaptable fit. Fabrics like flannel will get harder/rougher with time and will limit the fit range on a diaper because they don't have any stretch. Plenty of non-stretchy fabrics work just fine/great for diapers. Cotton gauze is woven and non-stretchy and that is what prefolds are made from, and I LOVE prefitteds. So... ;)
      You can totally use a wicking/stay-dry inner on a fitted. This tutorial isn't trying to tell you what you can't use. It is merely showing how old or unwanted T-shirts are a great option for those who can't afford to by new diaper-sewing fabrics.

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  6. where do I find the patrern/tutorial for this? it looks aweosme

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    1. Any template or pattern will work to make this type of fitted diaper. I used my M/L fitted template. It can be sewn with or without ruffled leg elastic.

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  7. I think it's totally adorable and my husband has some really old t-shirts that would be fun to turn into little diapies. Thank you! I am new to cloth; I am a convert. So this whole world of diapering is so exciting to me. :-)

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  8. What is the length and width of your soaker?

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    1. The completed soakers look to be about 14.5"x4.75" wide based on the photos. You're only limited by how much fabric you have available in your T-shirts after sewing the diaper body though. You can really make the soakers any size or shape. I made a more square folding soaker in another T-shirt diaper. There is no size or shape requirement. Just don't make them TOOOO thick so they wash and dry easily and are easy to sew through.

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