Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cased Elastic Trainer

Here is the pictorial for my all-cased elastic trainer.
The templates are here for the Small and Large sizes.

Start with the (prepared pocket or pocket AIO) inner and outer laid faces inward.
Sew together close to the edges EXCEPT at the sides/hips of the back.
Turn through your pocket opening.
Sew all of your elastic casings.
Feed your elastics.  
75%+ stretched through the legs, 50%+ across the back, and 25%+ across the front.

I use binder clips to hold my raw edges folded in.
Now for the stretchy hips...
Turn and sew your casings.
Pop just a few stitches across the middle to help with feeding.
Sew closed that side close to the edge after sewing all your elastics in.
Pin your hip panels into the body side openings.
Sew them in-place with your top-stitching.  I also add a second seam for strength.
Add your snaps.

Here it is with a "China cheapie" insert inside.  ;)

15 comments:

  1. Love this! Thank you so much for spending so much of your time to help the rest of us out. I already have like 7 patterns downloaded and printed out. I'll be making this for my 2.5 yr old who is a heavy sleeper at night but potty trained during the day. My question is, can you tell me what the dimensions of the elastic hips are? That was the only thing missing.

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    1. From http://prefold2fitted.blogspot.com/2014/02/pull-up-trainers.html
      "All templates utilize the same 5 inch wide by 6 inch tall microfleece w/ cased elastic sections for the stretchy hips." :)

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  2. I'm new to sewing cloth diapers. Do you have a suggestion on which type to start with? I also do not have a snap tool yet so .... Thanks for your patterns and tutorials. I've wanted to start for a while but I've always been afraid to tackle it. Now I think I'm ready after looking at your site.

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  3. I need help how long do u have to make a template for a 37pound toddler girl21/2yr old?

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  4. How do I figure out how many inches to cut my elastic?

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    1. If you notice, I never pre-measure or pre-cut my elastic. I do it by feel because every thickness and brand of elastic is different. For diapers, I pull to the max and then relax the very end just a tad to hold and sew down. For the trainers, it only needs to be about 50%-75% that stretched out because you want it to be easy for the child to pull up and down themselves but still contain. Take a length of elastic in your hands and pull apart. Get a good *feel* for what it feels like stretched all the way and various amounts less. Once you have a good feel for the elastic you will be using, then it will be easy for you to gauge how tight to pull it and where to sew it down to get the ideal fit.

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  5. This is awesoem! thank you for taking the time to make this post I can't wait to try this out! ♥

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  6. What's the measurement for the stretchy hip pieces and how many elastics are put in them?

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  7. How do you know the percentage the elastic is stretched?

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  8. Hi! Just trying to figure out if your patterns for the encased have a seam allowance? I'm thinking no but just wanted to double check before I started cutting :)

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    1. Did you actually click on the link to the templates for the cased elastic trainers? Because the seam allowance is drawn right in. The outermost line is the cut line, while the inner solid line is the once turned line. You should be sewing them together between the two, and somewhere closer to the inner line depending on how thick your layers are.

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  9. Hi Arfy
    thanks a bunch for this :) but i see the first sizing is 12-24m, can we add rise snaps alone to make it fit from say 0-12m? or do we need to add hip snaps too for 0-12m?
    Thanks!

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    1. These are not designed for EC use. They're designed for when the toddler is capable of pulling up and down their own trainer. There are specially designed diapers and covers for EC training. I am not experienced with that though. I've seen some where you basically use a trifolded prefold in a sort of sling-type holder so it is easy to just slip it to the side when needed. Etc. If you just have a really small child, then maybe use a smaller swim diaper pattern and add in a pocket or a snap-in soaker.

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