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Our grandson, The AshMan, uses “real” diapers and I have been eager to make some for him. My friend Vicki gave me a link for the pattern and I ordered it from Jalie Patterns in Canada.
Instead of cutting the actual pattern, I traced the pieces and cut my tracing paper. This is also because each pattern piece is marked with all sizes so I can use it as our little guy grows. Right now he is in the 6-9 month size and I can continue making diapers with this pattern through 2T… This one was $12.99 plus shipping and considering the extensive use I’ll get out of it plus the price of disposable diapers, that’s money well spent if you ask me!

The pattern was not difficult but only because there is a video on the website you can use. I couldn’t have made it without the video!

Here’s the finished diaper!
There’s a story about the cute little koala bears on the tabs… my friend Heather is a preschool teacher and one day she gave me a little plastic sticker of a giraffe. I was so excited, certain that I could sew this sticker onto something for The AshMan…. sure enough, Heather and I went to Michaels and she found the stickers! Very cool, I thought! Don’t they make the diaper even cuter? Yeah, I thought so too… by the way, the stickers are sewn on… easy because they have a neat little edge that you can run the needle in!

So having no baby at the house to try a fancy diaper on, Mr. Grumps was kind enough to let me put it on him. “You’re just his size,” I told Mr. Grumps. He just grunted.

The back fits nicely!
The pattern calls for PUL, a special soft fabric (it’s the light green) that repels water. I have learned from my friend Leia (a “real” diaper mom who is expecting Precious #2) that you can’t bleach this or use fabric softener because it will break down the stuff that makes PUL water resistant. Leia also provided this link with info about washing cloth diapers. Yeah!

The inside is flannel.

Note that it is indeed a Noah’s Ark print. After all, we are expecting a flood or two in this diaper. So anyway, I prewashed it and it is soft as a baby’s… well, you get the idea…it’s soft. The strip lying beside the diaper is the liner. Check this GREAT idea out: another friend Rachel, who has newborn twins and a 3 year-old said you can use a maxi pad for the inside! How cool is that? What an awesome idea! I will recommend this to Emily, AshMan’s mom.

Every diaper has a little “hidden surprise” and this one is no exception! I selected the “Pocket” diaper pattern (there are 3 types you can make from the Jalie pattern) and there is an opening at the back waistband that holds a 4-layer soaker pad. The layers are sewn together with a seam running down the center and a tiny stitch on each corner. The edges are not sewn closed so it will dry easier once you’ve washed it.

So between Vicki, Heather, Leia and Rachel, I’ve certainly had plenty of help on this project! You know, it really DOES take a village!
All I need now is a grandson to model this cute little diaper! I hope to get a cute pix of him when he tries it on next weekend. Until then….
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