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A Step-by-Step Guide to Drafting a Fitted Diaper Pattern

1. These are the supplies that you need to draft a diaper pattern: Paper grocery bag, ruler/yard stick, pencil, eraser, sharpie marker, and several Tupperware lids and containers.

2. Cut open the paper grocery bag and fold out all the seams so that it lays flat.

3. Take your child’s measurements over a diaper. The waist measurement is taken at the belly button. The rise measurement is taken from the belly button, down through the legs, and up the back to where the belly button would be if it was on the back. The measurements of my DD are waist = 18″ and rise = 16″

4. Now reference lines need to be drawn. I line up my ruler along the vertical seam in the bag and make a line 16″ long. This is the crotch. At the top of the line I make another line perpendicular to it. I measure out 9″ each way. This is the waist measurement. On the other end of the vertical line, I mark the tummy panel line, which is 1/2 the size of the waist measurement or 9″.

5. All reference lines are made and the measurement notations are made on the grocery sack: Waist = 18″/Rise = 16″/ Tummy = 9″ **NOTE: I used a sharpie marker so that you could see the lines in the photos, butI would recommend using a pencil first and when the entire pattern is drafted, go over it with a Sharpie.**

6. Divide the rise reference line measurement by 2 (8″) and make a small tick mark.

7. Then measure down 1 1/2 - 2 inches down from that mark and make another tick mark. This is the crotch line. The back part of the diaper needs to be loner to accomidate the baby’s tushy. If you have a boy, you might want to place the crotch line right in the middle of the rise reference line to accom. his “equipment”.

8. Draw your crotch line. I like my diaper’s to be quite trim through the crotch, so I made it 5″. A nicereference list of diaper measurements can be found at, including crotch widths.

9. Take a medium sized Tupperware bowl or lid and draw the front panel to crotch curves. I used the same lid for both convex and concave curves. You can take another small Tupperware lid or bowl and curve the front panel line so that it isn’t square, but I like to keep my pattern like this. It makes it easier to adapt to a pocket diaper.

10. Use a small Tupperware lid or bowl (I think the snack cup works perfectly) to draw the wasit tabs. You can either line up the cup with the end of the line and draw the curve . . . . OR

11. . . . Line up the cup so that the curve merges with the end of the line and draw. This application is best
suited if you want to have cross-over tabs.

12. Now your pattern is done! Almost . . .

13. Take a large Tupperware lid or bowl and draw lines to connect the crotch line to the tabs.

14. If you are using knit fabrics for your diaper, cut out the pattern as is. If you are using wovens, you need to add a seam allowance. Rubber band 2 pencils together and run them along the outside lines of your diaper. This will give you a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance.

15. Cut out your diaper pattern - this pattern is for knits.

16. Fold in half to make sure all curves are symmetrical. My tabs weren’t so I trimmed them to be the same.

17. The elastic placement needs to be marked next. Fold up the tummy panel to line up with the crotch line. Make little marks at these folds close to the edge of the pattern.

18. I like to use a hole punch to mark my elastic placements. Then I can just dot the fabric with a wash-away pen.

19. Measure in from the waist tabs 3″ and make a mark with a pen or by punching a hole. I find this measurement by taking 1/2 of the waist measurement, dividing it by 3, and measure in that amount from
the back tabs.

20. Take the ruler and measure straight down to the bottom of the waist tab and make a mark with a pen or by punching a hole.

21. Here is the diaper pattern with all elastic measurements marked and cut out. Good Luck on drafting your own pattern and Happy Sewing!

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