Fitted Diaper Instructions
This tutorial utilizes the Very Basic All in One pattern from VeryBaby.com.
Step One: There is only pattern alteration that needs to be. Instead of cutting your outer flannel layer using the extension lines, cut it the same size as your inner absorbent body layers. You can see in the photo how all three body layers are the same width through the crotch.
Tip: See how wrinkly my birdseye fabric is? If you pre-wash more than just a few yards at a time, it has the tendency to bunch up and dry really wrinkled in the dryer. To avoid ironing grandma suggests that you take it out of the dryer when it's only half dry. Stretch it out and lay it across some chairs or a table and let it dry the rest of the way overnight. You could string it up on a clothes line, too.
Step Two: Follow the pattern instruction sheet and create your soaker pad. I wanted a traditional diaper without flying parts, so I'm making an internal soaker.
Tip: Fold the raw edges of the soaker pad inward to minimize fraying inside the diaper.
Step Three: Follow the pattern directions to sew your body layers together, sew elastic and turn right side out. If you'd like to top-stitch the whole thing for a neat look, pull the leg elastic a bit tighter when sewing it through the leg areas. I left mine only top-stitched on the front and back ends as directed.
Add your closures and you're all done! I was in too big of a hurry to add the foldback laundry tabs, but there is a crossover. Again, my grandmother's version would look much neater than mine, but it's functional, soft and absorbent! I'm really happy with how well these fit – no ruffles to bother tucking into the cover.