Learn How To Make A Beautiful And Trim Side Snapping Diaper

Learn How To Make A Beautiful And Trim Side Snapping Diaper

Before I start with the tutorial, please read a couple notes:

  • This diaper works great on my LO and can be adjusted to a VERY wide range of babies, but of course, it might not fit every child
  • You will need snaps and snap pliers for this (you might be able to use velcro, but snaps work much, much better). Let me tell you that I love my snap pliers, I use snaps on everything, not just diapers, so if you are a little crafty, they are definitely worth ordering
  • If this is your first diaper, start with this tutorial first
  • If I add links- I am not a sales person, nor am I affiliated to any of these websites/companies
  • This diaper is great for babies with chunky legs- NO red marks! The way the elastic is set up makes it super comfy 🙂

Ok, so lets get stared on the materials.

You need:

  • snap pliers & snaps (12 sockets, 4 studs, 15 caps) (you can also purchase them here)
  • PUL Fabric
  • I recommend microfleece as inner fabric- there is a big difference in fleece quality and if you want a true stay dry fabric (and the only microfleece my son is not allergic to) only get Malden Mills Polartec 100
  • You can also use Sudecloth (stay-dry) or any absorbent cotton/bamboo/hemp (not stay dry) as inner
  • Sewing Machine & Supplies
  • Ball Point Needle (Size 09-11 NOT LARGER)
  • Sewing Machine Walking Foot (optional- but very helpful)
  • Fabric for the Insert, such as Microfiber Towel from the Dollar Store
  • The Pattern– print it out here (make sure it says “Page Scaling: None” on the printer set up)

beautiful and trim Side Snapping Diaper

Lets get started!

Part I

  • Take PUL and trace pattern with washable marker (Crayolas) on it. You can draw at the non-shiny side if the PUL is see through
  • Cut generously around it. I am very generous, but you do not need to leave such a large seam allowance. I would recommend maybe 1.5- 2inch.
  • Take a couple pieces of scrap fabric and put (or glue with washable glue) on the shiny PUL side- where the wing snaps are.
  • Mark the snap point and add snaps.
  • TIP: If you want to use studs and sockets evenly, just make one side with studs and the other side with sockets. Just make sure that in the end, you will put the opposite snaps on the front
  • Now take your inner fabric and also trace the pattern onto it and leave a generous seam allowance

Part II

  • Cut rectangle out of scrap fabric (about 7inch) and fold 1/3 over
  • Pin on the inner fabric
  • Sew on the fabric in the middle. Sew a long, narrow rectangle. The upper side is on the first third and the lower sides sew the folded over third together.
  • Cut in the middle and then fold the upper third under and the lower over
  • Now sew on the sides of the folded up fabric

trim Side Snapping Diaper

Part III

  • Pin them together, make sure the pretty sides face each other, as in above
  • Sew on the drawn pattern line all the way around. You turn through the pocket opening, so no need for a turning hole!
  • Tip: Sewing on the shiny side of PUL can be a PITA, if you have a walking foot, use it. It will be much more easy. If you do not, you could lay (or glue with washable glue) paper towel on top of it a sew on that
  • Cut the bulk from the edges and inner fabric, but make sure you leave the PUL on the sides and on top!

Part IV

  • Fold over the PUL on the sides and sew right on the line where you already sewed both layers together (this will be your elastic casing)
  • You probably notice the little casing after the space. It is called the “Adjustment Casing” on my pattern. This piece is very important and needs to be able to withhold tug and pull. To make it more sturdy, you can cut a small piece of additional fabric and sew it on it.
  • If you add front elastic, tack one side of the elastic on the tacking point, stretch it as much as you can and while you do that, sew over it with a zig-zag stitch until you reach your other tacking point.
  • On the opposite of the Adjustment casing (in front of the long elastic casing), sew on one side of the elastic. Make sure you sew a few times back and forth.
  • Take a safety pin and pin the loose side of the elastic on it.
  • Guide the safety pin through the fabric
  • When you come out on the other side, stretch it and make a knot through the adjustment casing

Part V

  • Turn the diaper through the pocket hole
  • Top stitch around the front and wings. I also did a wide zig zag in the top middle UNDER the elastic casing. Make sure your zig zag is only in the middle and does not cover the adjustment casing.
  • Add front snaps

If you wonder how this diaper is OS- the adjustable Elastic is the key! If you worry that you will have to go through this hassle all the time with making and opening the knot- dont!! You will most likely only have to change it 3 times: Small, Medium, Large. Because of the side snaps, you will only move up a row of snaps if your baby grows, but you do not need to mess with the elastic!!! – /