Two for one, making the most of scraps
Normally when I buy PUL for making cloth diapers I purchase 22 inches of yardage. That is more than enough to make four cloth diapers from one width of fabric, which means I already have enough PUL to make additional sizes as my baby grows.
But when I picked up some pink girly prints to make Angela a dozen newborn sized diapers from, the store did not carry any PUL yardage. I just had three packs of Babyville PUL diaper cuts to choose from.
The diaper cuts are about the size of a fat quarter and are sized to fit one large diaper. But when you’re making teeny tiny newborn diapers, there is a lot of waste. After tossing a good chunk of fabric from the first cut, the quilter in me took over and I started to strategically place the pattern pieces so I could get two diapers from each diaper cut, one made of one whole piece of fabric and one pieced from scraps.
Here’s how you can do the same using the Babyville Boutique pattern for newborn diapers:
Fold the diaper cut along the short side until there is just enough space to pin the pattern in place along the fold line. Pin the pattern to the far right of the diaper cut along the fold. Cut the diaper pattern out in its entirety.
You will now have a long strip of fabric to the left. Fold that in half along the short side until there is just enough to cut out the back yoke of the diaper pattern (that’s the part the Velcro laundry tabs go on). Pin the pattern in place along the fold and cut out the yoke, making sure to include an extra quarter-of-an-inch at the bottom for a seam allowance.
Now you have one piece left. Fold it in half along the long side and place the diaper body minus the yoke along the fold line, making sure the fabric is folded far enough over to catch the edges of the diaper. Pin in place and cut out the diaper body, making sure to add an extra quarter-of-an-inch at the top for a seam allowance.
Repeat this across the other two fabric in the diaper cut three pack and then mix and match the fabrics from the diaper yokes and bodies to create three pieced diapers.
You can sew the pieces together using a quarter-of-an-inch seam allowance and then edge stitch the seam line through the back yoke and seam allowances to make the fabrics lie flat during construction and use. I used my blind hem foot in order to get a nice straight line along the seam line.
That’s all. It’s super simple and now you an get two diapers for the price of one diaper cut. That’s a good deal.