Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial

Yay! My first post! Whoo hoo…and it’s about making a ruffled diaper cover. The back story: A few weeks ago I wanted to make some cute handmade diaper covers for an upcoming baby shower.

So I incorporated ruffles into Dana’s The Perfect Diaper Cover Pattern.

First I made the ruffles (the tutorial photos are from a different ruffled diaper cover I made, so it might seem confusing at first):

First, I chose a nice fabric pairing: a cute fabric (Kimono Style by M’Liss) and a pastel limey green t-shirt I had picked up at the Salvation Army when all clothing items were just 50 cents (one of many I scooped up that day, and had immediately washed and tucked away for future projects)!

You can also use a satin or tulle ribbon, and save yourself the step of having to finish the fabric’s edges.

Then I lay the t-shirt out on the cutting mat:Then cut the bottom of the t-shirt off using the rotary cutter:This particular t-shirt was seamless, so I was able to get a very long strip. It probably wouldn’t matter if you included a seam, as it would most likely be hidden by the ruffles.

The length of the strip should be about 2-3 times the length of the desired ruffle. So measure the area you want to put the ruffle on it, and then multiply that by about 2 or 3.

I cut three 1 1/2 inch wide strips, using a cutting mat and the Omni Edge ruler, which make the whole task a lot easier::

Then I set up my serger to the Napkin Finish Rolled Edge stitch, which requires removing one of the needles and the removable stitch finger. You can check your manual on how to do this.Complete this on both sides. Because my fabric was seamless, I just kept it in a loop for this step: I then cut it to create a single strip and iron under about a 1/4 inch of the ends of the ruffles:Then set up my sewing machine’s stitch length and tension and sew a basting stitch, which is a long stitch with low tension. When you have finished sewing, make sure to leave the thread ends long, so that the completed strip will look like this:

Gently pulling at the bobbin thread (the lower thread) will result in the fabric ruffling up, like in the picture below. Continue doing this until the whole strip is ruffled. You will need to ease the ruffles along carefully, and be careful not to tug too hard, because you don’t want to break the thread.Then follow the directions for the diaper cover from Dana’s tutorial up to the point where you have stitched up the casings for the leg and waist holes, and all that needs to be done is to thread in the elastic and stitch close the small openings that you left for the elastic. You want to do this first, because once the ruffles are sewn on, it makes sewing the casings around the leg holes very difficult.

The cover will look like this on the inside:And this on the outside:Then you want to start pinning your ruffles along the outside rear part of the diaper cover. Start by pinning the edge of the ruffle parallel to the leg casing seam, but making sure that when you sew it on, you won’t be sewing over the leg casing seam.Then continue pinning until you have pinned the ruffled strip across the back of the cover:Then pin the next strip as close as you would like to create the fullness you desire. I left about an inch space between the centers of the ruffles:I did three rows of ruffles total. Then I stitched the ends of all the ruffles at once, taking care not to sew into the leg casing (don’t forget to readjust your sewing machine’s stitch length and tension to a normal stitch): Do this for both sides of the ruffles, and then sew down the length of each ruffle, going down the center of each ruffle, basically sewing over the basting stitch lines. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, the ruffles will hide the stitch. Also, you will need to remove the machine’s flat bed attachment, so you can have the diaper’s waist band looped around the sewing machine’s free-arm.Do this for all the strips of ruffles (in my case, three). Then continue with Dana’s instructions on threading the elastic through the leg holes and sewing up the holes. And voila! You’re done.All that’s left to do, is put a cute little baby’s butt in there!

Sadly, I neglected to make a picture of the completed product with the green ruffles, but do have this picture of another cover with ruffles made using the same fabric as the diaper cover (Friends Fur Ever by M’Liss).I’m not sure if I’ve left anything out, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


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5 thoughts on “Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial

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  2. GREAT tutorial! I’m so excited to get started making these for my daughter, to match the little sundresses and pinafores that I made her for the summer. Found you through a Google search for diaper cover patterns. Thanks!

    • Yay! So glad that you liked it! Send me a piccie when you’re done! I’ve used Dana’s diaper cover tutorial over and over, and there’s so many ways to personalize them, like adding an applique to the back (like a little doggie for a boy), or even maybe some grosgrain stripes or something.

  3. Hi, Love the diaper covers. Would like to know if the 2nd cover of the tutorial made with the matching fabric and ruffles was made from T-shirt fabric or what? It is reallly cute.

    • Thanks! It’s such a great squeal worthy baby shower gift too! The fabric with the little wiener dogs is from M’Liss Collection for Hancock Fabrics. I saw it a year ago in the store and picked it up (in fact, I bought the whole remaining piece on the bolt, which was just under 2 yards, so I’ve been able to use it in many projects!), but it’s discontinued now. But the designer owns dachshunds and they are a reoccurring theme in her prints, and she seems to have some kind of dachshund print every season. I saw a cute black and white one this year. I also just this week picked up a cute interlock cotton print from Hancock Fabrics with dachshunds in blue, green and gray colors , which would be perfect for a little baby boy.

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