Hi everyone. I had my baby and he surprised us by being a boy! So all I had made were flowery diaper covers and I knew I needed something special for this little guy. I was struck by inspiration: Superman! Unfortunately I couldn't find an applique at the store, so instead I bought fabric and made one myself. I have to admit I was even kind of surprised at how well it turned out.
(And yes, I waterproofed it so it really does work as a cover).
Check it out!
And here is Super Sebastian modeling his hip new diaper cover.
Thanks for looking, I had a lot of fun making this!
You will need:
*Fleece in Blue and an attractive lining color (you can use the same if you're in a hurry).
*Fuzzy fabric in red and yellow. Can be fleece, or any other fabric that's handy and doesn't bleed.
*1/4" wide elastic, at least 21" in total length. 6" for each leg and 7" for the back, and extra for cutting.
*Very wide velcro. The cheap stuff is all you need, it's at wal-mart but I couldn't find the cheap at Joann's.
*Nikwax waterproofing for fleece. I found it at REI in the shoe section. Check backpacking stores or online.
*Red thread a shade darker than your fabric
*Dark thread, preferably blue to match fabric or somewhat darker
Make the Applique:
Cut the red fabric out in the S shape. The pic below should be about the right size for a newborn-ish diaper cover. Sorry about the beveled edges, you can look up a better pic if you want and just use this one for a size reference.
Cut the yellow fabric out any sloppy way, as long as it's larger than the S. Pin the S on the yellow and sew ONLY the inside spaces using a zigzag stitch (you'll have to use the handwheel a lot to keep everything lined up right). Trim the yellow fabric very close to the stitching around the outside edge.
Set up the Pattern:
The following two pictures, overlapped, form the pattern half. Hopefully you can see 3 dots over the entire pattern. Dots indicate where the elastic goes in. The pics should line up pretty closely with each other, and as you can see you will want to enlarge them until they are 15" of total length and 6.5" at the narrowest width (for the whole pattern, not just the half shown). It doesn't have to be exact but it should be close. The pics are at 75% of actual size.
Attach the Applique:
Trace the pattern onto the wrong side of your outer and inner fabrics, making sure to mark the dots on the inside edge before cutting. Take your blue fleece and center the applique on the right side of the back edge (the back is the widest part), about 1.5 to 2 inches down. Measure both sides of the applique from the back edge to make sure it's even. Pin it down and sew it onto the fabric using the same zigzag stitch as before.
Sew the diaper cover together:
Turn the pattern pieces right sides together and pin. Turn a pin backwards to mark the dots.
Leave a wide enough gap at the front edge (narrow end) to turn the fabric. Sew around the rest with a straight stitch and 1/4" seam allowance EXCEPT at the dots. At the dots, secure the thread by going back and forth and then lift the foot and bring the fabric forward about 1/4" before engaging the needle again. Secure the thread again and resume sewing. After I finish this part I go back and trim out the slack threads, but I'm not sure if it's really necessary.
Turn the cover right side out and poke out all the corners and edges thoroughly. Turn the fabric at the open edge in with the rest, and sew a seam as close to the edge as you can on that side only. Now sew a seam with about a 1/4" (or a smidge more) seam allowance around the entire cover. Do NOT leave gaps for the dots this time.
Sew in the elastic:
Stretch the elastic. Put a safety pin into the end of the elastic, and put another safety pin in at 6" (for the legs). Thread the elastic through from dot to paired dot. Sew a short seam perpendicular to the edge to secure the elastic on each edge. Cut the elastic as close to the fabric as you can (I try to cut between the safety pin and the fabric). It should retract what's left of the elastic into the hole. I don't bother securing the holes b/c I hate handsewing and I don't know how to make it neat with the machine. Use the remaining elastic in the same way for the other leg and the back. The back should have 7" of elastic.
Finish the diaper cover:
If you want to make the front edge look a little nicer, you can stitch a line on each end to join the parallel seams (left from securing the open edge and making the seam around the entire diaper cover).
Sew a strip of soft velcro with blue or black thread across the front edge snug up against the seam. You might want to round the edges like I do, but it's not necessary. Sew a very narrow piece (it can be less than an inch) of hard/sticky velcro on the lining side of the "wings" on the back. Trim at the top corner to fit it into the seam.
Waterproof with Nikwax for fleece according to directions except you don't need more than 1/2 oz per diaper cover (measured shot glasses work great). Waterproofing your hands is uncomfortable, use gloves if you have any. I've washed and dried some of my covers in the machine, but I'm not sure how long they stay waterproof. Either way they need to be allowed to air out between diaper changes to prevent them from wicking moisture through.
Wow, that was kind of long. Sorry if it was too simplistic, or confusing. I've never written a tute before. Putting the diaper together is actually really easy. The applique is the hardest part. Let me know if you guys need anything else. Have fun!