Thursday, March 31, 2011
Upcycled Diapers Tutorial
Here are the pants laid out in preparation of the first cut! They are jogging pants from a local retailer, clearance price of $1.50. So, with 10% tax, that's $1.65 for the pair. You can use a sweat shirt, but you'll only get 1 diaper from a large sized shirt.
Second, I cut the seams apart so that I had 2 pieces that looked like this.
After you've drawn all your diaper shapes (you can draw on front side or back side because it will all get covered once you sew), place the cut out shapes onto the other larger piece of material RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and draw the outlines. This time, you can draw the exact shape because you've already built in your seam allowances.
Cut out the second set of diapers.
Put the originals RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and sew around the edges using a 1/4" seam allowance and a zigzag stitch. Be sure to leave a small opening in the short end of the diaper for turning the fabric. You will want to use a smaller zigzag, but not too small so that the material doesn't bunch.
Trim up your edges and snip notches along corners and bends. It's important to have neat and close edges!
Turn your diaper right side out.
You could put more layers together, but these diapers work great as 2 layers with a liner and a wool cover.