Start out with your inner, outer, 5 inch x 6 inch hip rectangles, and some fold-over elastic (FOE). If you'll be making a pocket diaper, have the pocket opening prepared on your inner, or have your flap prepared depending on the style you'll be using. You can also make them AIO or AI2 style.
Sew your FOE along both sides for the leg openings. Start sewing about 1 inch inset, and stop about the same distance from the final edge. Do not sew all the way to the edges.
I don't pull the FOE stretched as much as I do for diaper covers.
Fold the sides of the front inward on themselves as shown:
I use clips to hold my folds in-place.
Sew the FOE loosely-stretched across the front, and trim the front ends of the leg FOE pieces.
Sew down the edges of the FOE while top-stitching the sides.
Now for the stretchy hip panels.
Sew one side (they will be 3 inches by 5 inches) and turn.
Sew your elastic casings. I use 3/8" poly braided elastic. Don't stretch the elastic very tightly.
Feed and tack your elastic. Use the first completed panel to measure the elastic for the second.
Fold in the sides and lay the hip panels inside. Pin to hold the front even with the back
Sew down the FOE edge and top-stitch to affix the hip panels to the body.
Trim the top or panels to even them out with eachother.
Sew your FOE across the full length of the back. Here I pulled it with about a 3/4 stretch.
Trim and sew down the edges and add your snaps.
Larger snap setting.
Smaller snap setting.
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