Diaper Covers + FREE Pattern

Hi friends!
I know you guys like making diaper covers, cause I’ve been watching you do it for years.

the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover- free pattern and tutorial by MADE

The Perfect Diaper Cover pattern was one of those first really detailed tutorials + patterns that I put up on the blog, many years ago.
So.  I decided it was time to give it a baby face lift!

I’ve listened to your feedback over the years and some of you mentioned not having enough room for the leg holes, or that it was difficult to fold the leg holes under.  And some of you mentioned the pattern running small—which is likely because I never included a square-inch printing gauge—so you may have been printing it at a scaled down size.
(Sorry.  Newbie error).

And while some of you may be used to the old post, I’ve created a whole new post here that I hope will be easier for you to follow along with and inspire you to make tons and tons of diaper covers.
I’ve taken the original pattern, added a few extras, shot some new photos, diaper covered some new babies (thanks to my good friend Katherine), and we’re ready to go!

It’s the new and improved Perfect Diaper + Nappy Cover

the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover tutorial by MADE
the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover pattern and tutorial
the Perfect Diaper and Nappy cover tutorial

The age old question I continue to ask myself is, when?
When will manufactures make plain, white, solid-colored diapers??  I will be first in line to order them by the ton.
But until that happens, I guess a simple diaper or nappy cover is the perfect thing to wear under a summer dress or with a little t-shirt or with a bare belly!  Yum.

They work for boys and girls.  And I’ll show you two ways to make them:
the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover by MADE--free pattern and tutorial
Then your babe will be chilling or cruising in comfy style.

Let’s get started!

And for more variations on the Diaper Cover, check out these FOUR tutorials by Miranda at One Little Minute:

Romper with diaper cover MADE Everyday with Dana Willard


Download the Free 4-page pattern HERE

• You’ll automatically be prompted to open the PDF document in Preview or Adobe Acrobat.
• Do not print from a pop up version of the pattern, but rather Save/Export the pattern to your computer first.  THEN reopen it and print the document to your home printer.
• DO NOT shrink or “scale to print” in your settings.  You want the pattern to print at 100%.  Check the 1-inch square box on the pattern with a ruler to make sure it printed to the proper size.
Now we need to piece the 4 pages together, which is easy to do (refer to the photos below).
• Page 1 and 2 go together and match up at the triangles marked “A” (which create a diamond when they’re put together).  Page 3 and 4 go together and match up at “B” triangles.

• Cut along the bottom line of the pattern on page 1 and lay it over the top line on page two.  The lines and triangles should match up perfectly.  Tape the pages together on front and back.  Then do the same for pages 3 and 4.
• Then cut along the line for your desired size.

The pattern comes in 4 sizes:
0-3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months
12-24 months

The pattern is easily adjusted to fit larger sizes. If you look at the way the pattern is drawn, there’s a consistent increase (or grading) between each size. So, simply draw additional lines similar to the previous size and increase the lengths of your elastic!

The biggest change to this pattern over the last one is that I’ve added some extra “tabs” at the side seams.  This is going to help when creating the casings for our leg holes.

When you’re done you will have two pattern pieces—a FRONT and a BACK.
Now we’re ready to cut and sew!



Let’s start with a basic cover—which is probably my favorite to make.  
• You need about a 1/2 yard of fabric.
• Make sure you always pre-wash and dry your fabrics before sewing, unless you’re using a specialty fabric that should not be washed.
• Cut one FRONT piece and one BACK piece from your fabric.  These should both be cut “on the fold” as specified on the pattern pieces.  This means, fold your fabric, lay the pattern piece on that fold, and cut—so that you end up with a symmetrical piece.

Pattern Piece NOTE: The BACK piece will be slightly taller than the FRONT piece.  This is to accommodate big baby bum, and also to help the diaper cover fall below their baby belly in front, for comfort.  However, the two pieces (the Front and Back) will match up perfectly at the side seams.

Seam Allowance NOTE: Seam allowances are included in the pattern pieces–meaning, you do not need to cut any additional room around the pattern pieces.  Simply cut along the lines in the pattern.
When sewing, we will use a 3/8 inch seam allowance, unless otherwise stated.
When cutting my fabric I like to fold my 1/2 yard of fabric so that it creates two folds that meet in the middle (photo above).  Then I cut the first pattern piece on the bottom fold, and I cut the other pattern piece on the top fold—BUT you need to flip that 2nd pattern piece over (not pictured) so that’s the printed words of the pattern are facing down on your fabric, and cut it out flipped, so that your fabric print is going the same direction.  It doesn’t matter much with this polka dot print….but on another print you would notice if the pattern print was upside down on your diaper cover.
Sorry.  That sounds confusing.  Do it once and it’ll make sense.

Let’s sew!

Sew the crotch seam

• With right sides of the fabric together, sew the Front and Back together at the crotch (see dotted lines below)  Sew from one tab, along the bottom, and around to the other tab.

• Press the seam open with an iron.  Just do your best when you press the tabs open–they won’t be perfectly flat.
Prep the Leg Casings
I love prepping for the later steps by ironing the fabric when it’s way more convenient.  So, rather than ironing the leg casings under once they’ve been sewn in a circle, let’s do it now….while the fabric is flat!  Then we can easily fold it into place when we’re ready to sew the leg casings.

• Press the edge of the leg hole under 1/4 of an inch.
• Then press it under another 1/2 inch.
• Do this for both sides.

As you press the edges under, those tabs in the fabric give you extra wiggle room to press everything flat.  The tabs will become somewhat folded up inside of the casings, and become flush with the side edge of the diaper cover once you’re done pressing everything in place.
Sew the Side Seams
• Unfold what we just ironed and pin the Front and Back together at the side seams (with right sides of the fabric together).  Sew down both sides (remember we’re using a 3/8 inch seam allowance)
Sew the Leg Casings
• Fold the leg casings under (this is easy to do now!) and pin the casings in place.
• Leave a small opening in each leg for the elastic to come in and out.  I like to leave the opening near the crotch so you don’t notice the extra stitching when I’m done.  But you can leave the opening anywhere on the casing.  And I like mark the opening with double pins so I have a clear Start and Stop point for sewing.
• Sew each leg casing in place.  Start sewing at your first set of double pins and sew around till you get to the Stop point (the second set of double-pins).  Sew about 1/8 inch from the edge of the casing so you leave enough room to string elastic through the casing.
Now grab your elastic!

We’re using 1/4 inch wide elastic, which can be purchased at any fabric store.  It’s sold in small packages, or by the yard, or you can buy a monster roll like I’ve done here, so you have plenty for future projects (I purchased this large roll on ebay for about $15.  SCORE)

• Cut two pieces of elastic for the legs, and one piece for the waist (the amounts needed for each size are listed on the pattern pieces)
NOTE: if your child has extra chunky legs (meaning: extra adorable) you can always increase the length of the elastic.  These sizes are based on average sizes for each age, similar to what you would find in a retail store.
• Attach a safety pin to the end of the first piece of leg elastic.   Place it in one of the leg casings, and string it through the first leg till it comes out the other end of the opening.
• Overlap the two ends of the elastic about 1 inch (do your best to make sure that the elastic is not twisted inside the casing, though it’s hard to tell sometimes) and sew the elastic ends together with a zigzag stitch (so the elastic can stretch with the stitch).
• Sew the casing closed.
• Repeat these steps for the other leg.
At this point your cover should look like this….an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini:
We’re almost done!
Sew the Waistband
• Iron the waistband in place just like we did with the leg holes.  First press it under a 1/4 inch, then press it under a 1/2 inch.
• Sew the waistband in place, leaving a small opening in the back for the elastic.  Sew about 1/8 inch from the edge of the casing.
• String the elastic through the waistband, overlap the ends, sew them together with a zigzag stitch, and sew the casing closed.
And you’re done!  One adorable diaper cover.
Perfect for any baby, for any occasion.
the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover--free pattern and tutorial

Now let’s mix it up and add a pop of color and contrast to the diaper cover, using my favorite trim—Bias Tape.
If you’ve never used bias tape before, it’s a fun little trim with tons and tons of uses.
You can buy it at the fabric store, and you can also make your own!
I have a post here and video here explaining all the details.
Bias tape comes in Single-fold and Double-fold.  What we want to use here is double-fold, so it will bind the legs and waistband, and create casings for us.  So let’s start cutting…

• Grab the same pattern and cut your fabric the same way.
The only change we want to make here is to trim away the fabric edge that would have been pressed under to create the casings.  So…
• Trim 3/4 of an inch from the legs and from the waistband.  Use a ruler to measure and then just do your best; it doesn’t need to be precise.   Doing this will actually cut off those tabs.
• Sew the Front and Back together at the crotch (with right sides of the fabric together—just as we did in the previous diaper cover).
Attach Bias Tape to Legs
• Cut two pieces of bias tape that are a few inches longer than the leg holes.  Again, doesn’t need to be precise, but it helps to have some extra length to overhang and give you wiggle room.
• Unfold the bias tape and pin the RIGHT side of the bias tape to the WRONG side of the leg hole fabric.  I know this will feel weird to pin a right with a wrong, but trust me, it’ll work.  Leave a little tail of bias tape hanging over the ends of the leg hole.
• Then sew the bias tape in place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance—which is the same thing as sewing on top of that first folded crease in the bias tape.
• Repeat these steps for the other leg hole.
Sew the Side Seams
• With right sides of the fabric together, sew down the side seams (as we did earlier, with a 3/8 inch seam allowance) BUT stop sewing about 1/8 of an inch before you get to the bias tape.  Don’t worry if this leaves a small gap in your seam allowance, it will be enclosed in the casing when we fold the bias tape over (see the arrows and the X in the photos below).
Now you’re probably wondering why we don’t just sew the side seam and bias tape at the same time…but if you do that the raw edge of the bias tape ends will show when we fold it over. I know it sounds (and probably looks) confusing in the photos, but it will make more sense as you go.  So….

Sew the Leg Casings
• Sew the ends of the bias tape closed. To do this, unfold the ends of the bias tape and flip them so that RIGHT sides of the bias tape are together.  This means that the creases are touching each other.
Pin them together and sew them together—remember that we left a bit of a tail on the bias tape (so we had room to work with) so, you will use more than a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  You want to sew it close enough in so that the bias tape will lay smooth all the way around the leg (photos below). Trim off any excess bias tape from your seam.

• Then fold the bias tape around to the Right side of the diaper cover leg hole and pin it in place, leaving an opening for elastic to come in and out.
• String the elastic through and sew the casing closed.
Follow all these steps for both legs.
Sew the Waistband
This will be done in a similar was to the leg casings.
• Starting in the back middle of the diaper cover, pin the RIGHT side of the bias tape to the WRONG side of the diaper cover fabric.  Leave a small tail at your start point.
• Pin all the way around the waistband and when you get back to the start point, leave another small tail (photos below)
• Join those two ends together to determine where the bias tape should be sewn together, and sew the ends together so that the bias tape lays flat, and fits around the entire waistband.
• Sew the bias tape in place on the waistband, sewing with a 1/2 inch seam allowance (or by sewing along the first crease in the bias tape.
• Fold the bias tape over to the Right side of the fabric, pin it in place, and sew it in place, leaving an opening in the back of the waistband for elastic.
• String elastic through the waistband and sew the casing closed.
And…you’re done!
For added pizzazz, sew a personalized label to the back (read more about my labels here).
And then, start going crazy!
Add ruffles to the bum, maybe different fabrics on the front and back? And definitely some fun appliques…
the Perfect Diaper and Nappy Cover by- MADE
This is actually a reverse applique, meaning that I cut OUT the heart from the diaper cover to create negative space, and then sewed a patch of fabric to the wrong side of the diaper cover (rather than sewing a heart on top of the diaper cover).
I also used knit fabric for all parts of this cover, so the raw edges of the heart won’t fray.

When doing this…
• Be liberal with your pins so everything stays in place
• Go slowly around the curves of the heart and stop periodically, leave your needle down, and lift your presser foot to allow the fabric to relax and bounce back.
And just like that, you’re a pro at the secrets of diaper covering.
Your baby will thank you one day.

But for now, she’s escaping….
Happy sewing friends!with

  1. Love these diaper covers, so cute! Thanks for the detailed pattern and tutorial! I love Seventh Generation diapers, they are plain white, I’ve never had a blowout, and they are better for the environment! 🙂

    • 2) Dana

      Ah! I’m totally out of the diaper stage now (as of this week! :)) but that’s so great to know about Seventh Generation Diapers. Thanks for sharing Audra!

    • 3) Erica

      I have been using 7th gen diapers for about 7 1/2 years now and I too loved how they were plain. They just changed them though 🙁 so dissapointed with all the new artwork on the diapers!!

      I’ll have to make a bunch of cute covers to hide them!!

    • 4) SaPh

      What fabric do u think would work? What kind of cotton? Stretchy one or what?:(

  2. 5) Chassity Hudgins

    No further complaints…LOL!

    I LOVE adding ruffles to them. Could be a Southern thing 😉
    I didn’t have the cut lines across the BACK for the height so I had this monster sized back (NB size) & a smaller front. It was cute racing the clock. LOL!
    Alls well. I survived & the ruffle bottom cover was PRECIOUS!

    • 6) Dana

      Haha. Fantastic!
      One of these days I’ll do a tutorial for adding ruffles to the bum 🙂

      • 7) Samara

        Hi Dana,
        Just wondering if there is a tutorial somewhere on your website of the ruffles on the bum? 🙂

      • 8) Ingrid

        Yes please do asap I would love to know how! 🙂

  3. 9) Michaela

    Thanks so much for updating the pattern. I love this cover. I made a few for my daughter when she was a baby. I just had baby number 2 and he defiantly needs his own.

    As a side note, seventh generation diapers are completely white. They’re a bit stiff, but they are white!

    • 10) Dana

      No way! Good to know thanks!

  4. Thankfully, I’m pretty much done with needing diaper covers – I”ll forward this to my sister when she has her next baby. Just wanted to jump on here really quick to ask if you’ve seen the new issue of Stylo – I noticed that your First Day dress is in there at least twice, and I’m not even halfway through yet. http://www.stylomagazine.com/magazine.html

  5. 12) Penny

    Hi Dana – LOVE your diaper covers! I have the original pattern that I’ve made over the years but am looking forward to making the new revised edition!! I want to sew new baby gifts for two babies I know of coming this summer and I am now inspired to stop procrastinating and start sewing for them! This pattern will be great and so (or sew!) much fun, both to make and to give. Thanks for blogging – you truly ROCK the sewing world!! Have a good day……….no, have a great day!!!

    • 13) Dana

      hahah. Thanks Penny!
      Have a great day as well!

  6. 14) vero

    really gorgeous! both babies and covers!

  7. This is so great…I was looking at the old tutorial the other day (looking for baby shower gift ideas) and now I’ve got this new one! So cute and thank you!!

  8. I made these before and going to make some more but the only issue my DIL had was that she uses cloth diapers and needs the waist to be higher to cover the diaper. Otherwise very cute! Thanks for the update Dana.
    I also sew for the Indian Reservation in SD and the moms love them as use disposables. Holds the diaper on and they like how cute the fabrics are. Thanks

    • 17) Dana

      Thanks Carol!
      Yes, if you’re making these to go over cloth diapers, just add an extra inch to the top of each pattern piece.

      • 18) Hilde

        If you make a cover for a cloth diaper, make it’s made from PUL (PolyUrethane Laminated) and make sure it doesn’t leak at the elastics.
        All-in-one diapers don’t need a cover, they are usually nice enough without.

  9. yeah! New tutorial! I used the new pattern on the old post last month to sew two diaper covers for flower girl dresses I made. Love the new tutorial though. I’ve been out of diapers for more than two years, but we are going back as we are adopting from China in two weeks…. ahhhh excited for baby, not for diapers, but maybe diapers will be more fun if I whip up a few covers ;o)

  10. thank you. i ll make some soon. they re so cute.

  11. 22) Emilee

    Great tutorial! I’m curious if I make this out of PUL fabric, would it work for cloth diapers? Hmm, I might have to try.

    • 23) Dana

      Sure! Give it a try!

  12. 24) Nicole

    I cut out the fabric a few weeks ago with the original pieces. I cannot access the old instructions. Are the allowances the same?

    • 25) Dana

      Yep! Everything is the same. Sew it with the same steps….it will just be a little harder to iron the leg casings under than it is with the new pattern.

  13. 26) Michelle

    Ok, idk what I did wrong, but the back of my diaper cover goes up higher than the front. Was that supposed to happen?

    • 27) Dana

      Yes, the back goes up a bit higher than the front to accommodate big baby bum….and also so that the diaper cover hangs better below their baby belly (for comfort). However, the two pieces (the Front and Back) will match up perfect at the side seams.

  14. 28) Michelle

    Thank you, I must not have printed them wrong because they dint match at all 🙁

  15. 29) nikky

    if you used cloth diapers you would have no need to use a diaper cover as they are fab and cute on their own! and last but not least they are (unlike their plastic cousins in the article above) breathable!!

    • 30) Amber

      I use cloth diapers and still LOVE diaper covers! Yes, the cloth is cute on its own, but how adorable it is to have a matching diaper/dress set! They’re just so fun and I love seeing a sweet little cover peak out when she bends down or topples over. Ruffles are always a good addition, too. 😉 I’d love to see your take on how to add them, Dana!

      • 31) Kerri-Ann

        Hey Amber, do you know if these diaper covers fit over cloth diapers?

  16. Thank you so much for this revision. I’ve been using your old pattern for over a year now and made lots of nappy covers (as we call them). You can see them on the posts on my blog. I also use the pattern to make a romper suit – see this post: http://newgrandmawantstosew.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/romper-suit-from-danas-diaper-cover.html
    However, you are right that on the old pattern the legs are fiddly. I’ve got round this by mostly using a double fold bias trim as the elastic casing. So I will definitely have a go with your new pattern. I’ll let you know how it works out.

  17. 33) mary kay

    Just made this diaper cover for my grandson….we only have Joanne’s Fabric in our area and I couldn’t find any cute plaid fabric for the diaper cover. So, instead I headed to our local outgrown children’s store and found a large older boys shirt in a cute plaid and cut the fabric from the old shirt – came out looking very fashionable! Cost was less than 1/2 yard of fabric. Free if you are lucky to receive hand-me-downs! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  18. 34) Lonneke

    They are so nice!
    What kind of fabric do you use? I couldn’t find it in the text.
    Love to get started.

    • 35) Dana

      You can use standard cotton, or knit fabrics, or denim….you can really use almost any fabrics!

  19. 36) Isabelle Gulick

    I am making this pattern as part of a baby gift for a friend, but am having extreme difficulty turning the leg seams under at the tabs. Any suggestions or have I just done something wrong? Other than that I am super excited to see how it turns out because it is already looking super cute. Thank you for the pattern!

    • 37) Barbara

      I’m having the same problem, doing size 6-12 mo size and for the life of me I cannot get them to turn so I have any room for the casing, esp at the seams. Let me know if you figure it out.

      • 38) Karen

        Getting the leg casings turned in os really stressing me out. Thought I’d have it whipped up in a couple of hours instead it’s been thrown across the room agh!

  20. 39) Linda Hydrick

    Dana, thank you so much for your tutorials and everything!!! It’s sooo refreshing to see someone giving information instead of charging a fee. You are refreshing n selfless. I live outside of Nashville and love to hear you talk. I can’t imagine where you’re from. Thank you again for making such a difference in “a sewers life”!!! Linda

  21. 40) Chiharu Indri

    can’t download the pattern 🙁

  22. 41) Mrs Jones

    Thanks a million for the pattern and tutorial. I love the step by step photos. Made one this evening and cant wait to make more.

  23. 42) Jayse

    I just love this pattern! Thanks for sharing! May I ask what the name of the cute floral fabric is that is in your last pic? It’s just what I’ve been looking for. Thank you! Jayse

  24. 43) EmmyA

    I made a diaper cover for my daughter when she was a newborn, but I’m so excited to try your new pattern! She’s a skinny 3 year old who needs “bloomers” under her dresses (since she will ONLY wear dresses right now) and they don’t sell them with dresses at her size. 🙁 Since I’m still using the ones that came with her 18-24 month dresses, I bet your pattern will fit her, especially since they don’t have to cover a diaper.

  25. 44) Suzanne

    Thank you for this pattern – I’m wondering if you could help with a request. I don’t have grandchildren yet (someday, I hope) but I have friends where grandchildren are popping out left and right. I’d love to make ruffles on the rump of the girls diaper covers – any suggestions on how to do so? I understand that it can be done with slicing open the back and putting in the ruffles, but I”m a bit uncertain as I’ve never made these type of things before….

  26. 45) Elena

    Lovely pattern. I just made the first one and looks gorgeous!! And I think it’s addicting! Go crazy to the second one!! Thank you very much.

    • 46) Dana

      Awesome! I love addicting sewing projects 🙂

  27. 47) Errin

    I am going to make this for my daughters first birthday outfit, for under her dress.
    Do you have a tutorial on the ruffles yet?

    Thank you!!

  28. Thanks for sharing this great pattern! It’s adorable! And may I ask where did you get those bias tapes? I’ve been sewing for a long time and I’ve never seen those colors before.

  29. 49) JKB

    Having now made two pairs without bias tape and one with bias tape, I have to say I find bias tape easier for the leg holes, and no tape easier for the waist. So I guess I’ll be making hybrids!

    The genius of this pattern for parents is that it can be done bit by bit over many days. I have a five-month-old son, and I find that some days he’ll only let me do one thing — iron the waistband or pin a leg hole or sew a side seam. No one part of this take longer than five minutes to do. Perfect! Thanks!

    • 50) Dana

      Awesome! Hybrid projects are are totally cool! 🙂

  30. Hey Dana! I love your patterns and am about to make a teeny diaper cover for my friend’s new baby! If I am using knit fabric, do I need to use a zig-zag stitch throughout, or straight stitch like you showed in the video? Thanks!

    • 52) Dana

      well, either would work in this instance because the fabric is gathered together with elastic….but typically, I try to use a zigzag type of stitch with knits just in case it stretches, so your thread doesn’t break

  31. 54) Amy

    Any suggestions for making one with a serger instead of having to double fold it all?

    • 55) Dana

      You could trim about 3/8 inch from the leg and waistband, serge the edges, and then just fold/iron everything over once to create casings….similar to the bias tape version.

  32. 56) Keri

    I cant get the pattern to open. Any suggestions?

  33. 57) Nancy

    While I have sewing experience, want to compliment you on your great tutorial for the diaper covers. I happened on this pattern last week and decided to make one to include with a baby shower present. So, I never used the old pattern but I did have some difficulty with the notch for the casing – think I would just prefer and totally circular pattern for the leg openings like for a sleeveless armhole. I found the extra fabric at the notch bulky to tuck in and I had difficulty getting the safety pin to slide through the casing at the seams of the leg openings. So, when I did the waist casing, I basted the seam allowance down loosely before making the casing which allowed the safety pin to slide right through an them I just pulled out the basting. Would be interested in the old pattern without the notches added for the casing.

    • 58) Dana

      Thanks for the feedback Nancy!
      You can always trim that notch off the pattern piece if it bugs you. That’s really the only change from the old pattern!

  34. 59) Katja

    It’s great pattern. Had no trouble following your instructions. Just made two standard covers for my 15 month Eva. She loves it, lifting her skirt showing it to everybody. She’s so cute. Thank you for sharing!

    • 60) Dana

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
      – Dana

  35. 61) Virginia

    What about a liner for those of us using cloth? My grandson is in cloth and he has the skinniest legs ever. Any thoughts on what to line it with?

  36. Thanks for the updated pattern. I am going to make them as part of a Robin costume for my 18month old. I just loving seeing his little legs!

  37. 63) Lynn

    Could you use fold over elastic instead of casings? Thanks for the great pattern.

  38. 65) Jessica

    At what step would you add the ruffles? I was thinking before sewing the crotch together. Or should I finish the whole bloomer before adding the ruffles?

    • 66) Nat

      Hi Jessica

      It is way easier to add the ruffles prior to sewing the whole bloomer. When you have the back piece flat you can pin the ruffles and then sew. When you sew the side seams of the front to the back you can trim away any excess ruffle back to the s/seam if that makes sense?

  39. 67) Mary

    I found your pattern last week and have since made three diaper covers. I used a mans dress shirt for one of them (this provided ample fabric for this project), at t-shirt for another and yardage from my stash for the last one. Each one came out perfect. Thanks so much!!!

  40. Thank you SO much for this tutorial! This is my first “garmet” sewing project. I am making a Pebbles Flintstone constume for my 1 yr old daughter and had NO idea how to make the “bloomers” for it. My stitching isn’t perfect, but it will work! Thanks again! I look forward to finding more projects on your site!

    • 69) Dana

      Awesome! That’s really great to hear!
      Have fun sewing 🙂

  41. 70) Joyceane

    Amei o tutorial….obrigada…

  42. 71) Mary Campa Reid

    I totally recommend this bloomer pattern it is so easy to make! I feel so grateful that you posted this pattern and it’s available for anybody to use.. how sweet is that! Thank you so much for sharing and your creativity! this pattern is fabulous..
    Mary Campa Reid

  43. 72) Jennifer

    I read where if you want to increase the size it’s easy to do by following the amount increased each time … if I need to make it a preemie size do I decrease the same way?

  44. 73) koreena

    Just wondering, I want to make this out of a different fabric and itll fray, how would I go about serging this pattern?

  45. 74) BrOdie

    Hi Dana, I love you your patterns and tutorials. Thanks for making the free. I just made the diaper cover for he first time. It turned out well except the back fit perfectly, and while the front fit, it seemed quite puffy, like a little too much fabric. How would I adjust the pattern to avoid that. Cut the rounded part of the front leg holes a little higher and reduce the length of the side hem so it’s a bit shorter it the front? Maybe it’s because the sit under her belly so the fabric puffs out more..

  46. 75) Jackie

    I have tried this pattern and instructions twice….neither one is working. There aren’t good enough pictures here of how the tabs should be folded for the elastic around the legs. I have no idea how you are folding your seams…are you just folding once or are you folding twice to make a finished edge? There isn’t enough room in the pattern for a finished edge. I am SO frustrated over here.

      • 77) Dana

        Or you might try binding it with bias tape instead. Then you don’t have to fold anything under!

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  48. 78) Cat

    I used this tutorial to sew a furry diaper cover for my baby boy’s He-Man costume last Halloween. It turned out wonderfully, even with the challenge of working with faux fur. Thank you for sharing the lesson, I wouldn’t have been able to make his costume without your help!

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  50. 79) Jen

    Hello! Do you have measurements for each size or does it size match ready to wear clothing? Thanks

    • 80) Dana

      They match ready-to-wear sizes that you find in the store.

  51. 81) Carol

    I got the pattern But I an’ seem to copy the instructions on making the diaper covers. My niece just had twins and
    I would like to make her these covers. Hope you will help me out. Thanks

  52. 82) kathy Mitchell

    thank you so much for the pattern. I printed it out and my printer only prints in black so all the additional sizes don’t appear. I traced them over the computer screen but you may consider doing all lines in black which would still be easy to follow.

    thanks again,

  53. 83) Stephanie

    These tabs are a nightmare for me. Once I get the sides sewn up They never seem to line up to where I previously ironed the 1/4in and 1/2in folds (for the leg casing). Is there anyway way someone, or better Dana, can clarify this part for me please . The YouTube video and this step by step picture tutorial never really seem to clarify how to properly match/sew up the tabs so that I will actually be able to sew shut the leg casing once the sides are sewn. Also the one time I was actually able to match it up and get the leg casing sewn I ended up having to cut open the side seam any ways to get the safety pin with the elastic through that part because there was so much fabric from the tabs. Is there any tips on how to make this easier for me to understand, which way should I fold/gather the tabs once I’m ready to fold over the leg casing to sew??

    • 84) Dana

      The tabs are there to help you but definitely not to frustrate you! Sorry!
      Just cut them off if you want to, and press the casing under as outlined in the tutorial.

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  55. 85) Rachel

    Would this work if made with a layer of pul to go over underwear? I am starting to potty train and I hate the pull ups so I want to put her in underwear but for accidents was thinking this would work.

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  57. 86) Mary kolb

    I haven’t used you tutorial yet, but thank you, last night I wrestled with a pattern just for diaper covers that I paid over $10. It was awful. I can tell by reading your that you hit all the points they missed! Thank you again.

  58. 87) Lori

    I just made the simple diaper cover tonight. I am fairly new to sewing and I just got a brand new machine so lots of new going around. Your video was easy to follow. I had some issues pressing down the edges for the casing and also sewing straight but that I guess will get better with practice. Thank you Dana for the free pattern! Thank you for your hard work in getting all this out for us to sew! I appreciate you! I’ve been watching other videos like the circle skirt which is on my to do list next 🙂 Finally getting some projects done for my daughter!

  59. 88) Charlotte

    Since I am a seamstress, I’ve read many, many tutorials. Your’s is the very best. Great job!

  60. 89) Yvette

    I have downloaded this beautiful pattern, but I don’t seem to be able to find a pdf for the instructions. Is there any way I can get the instructions in a pdf form so that I can print it out so that I can have it on hand when I start to make these please?
    Kind regards

  61. 90) Melissa LTD :)

    <3 <3 <3 THANK YOU FOR THIS PATTERN AND TUTORIAL!!!! I am an expecting FIRST time momma and we just found out we are having a baby girl in November. Being from Arizona these are PERFECT for our weather! Super cute and excited to attempt to make these! Thanks again! 🙂

  62. 91) Lori

    Thank you for this! I’ve made two pairs – one old pattern, one new – and they both came out adorable. I didn’t struggle with folding the tabs but they gave me trouble when I Went to push the elastic through. I guess it was the way I tried to fold them in to hide them. I had to rip the seam there and push through, then resew but it was fine.

    What I REALLY wish I would have realized beforehand is that the seam edges at the sides and crotch are unfinished in the end. It would look so much neater if they were folded in or serged or finished somehow. Would have taken a second in the serger to whip them through! Maybe something to think about for an update?

  63. 92) Melanie

    Hi Dana. I so love your stuff. I am wondering if I could just use FOE around the leg holes and waist on this to make it easier. I am going to be trying a swim suit when I get about 15 hours to myself 😉 and am using it for that. Wondering if I can double up and use it here too?

  64. 93) Michelle

    Hi Hun, can you make these nappy covers water proof by ironing on PUL to the fabric?

  65. 94) maria

    HI! I love this pattern. Looking forward to making a few baby gifts with this pattern. Quick question, what fabric do recommend for this? I have a cotton lyrca stash that I would love to use, but i think it may weigh a little heavy on this pattern.

  66. 95) Victoria

    Thank you for this tutorial!! Even for a complete newbie like me, it was very easy to follow! 🙂

  67. 96) Rebeca Vaz

    Muito obrigada por esse tutorial. Muito bem explicado! Agora me sinto capaz de tentar fazer uma dessas calças.

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  70. 97) Helene

    I love the straightforward way that you explain and illustrate how to assemble your patterns. I’ve just made my first pair of bloomers for my granddaughter with great success. I agree with Lori (89) about the raw edges at side seams and crotch, so I oversewed the edges, pressed the seam to one side, then stitched it flat….but it would have been good to have realised this at the start. However you now have a keen follower in the UK. (although I can’t get used to nappies being called diapers 🙂

  71. 98) SandY

    I have tried this pattern twice and have run into the same issue both times….the tabs at the crotch just seam to add to bulk fabric along with the back doesn’t line up with the front at the top of the leg hole, so when you press the front under 1/4″ the back would need to turn under 1/2″????

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  73. 99) Linda

    I have the same problem as Sandy. I don’t see how the “tabs” at the side and crotch are supposed to help. They just get in the way when I try to fold the leg casing. Thanks for a good free pattern and great instructions though. The sizing and shape is right, I’m just going to cut those tabs off next time!

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