To make these gorgeous nappy covers I used a free pattern from ‘Made’. You can follow this link to see her tutorial and free pdf pattern. The blue one was made using Dana’s instructions but I made a few changes to create the colour block version.
When I made the blue version I didn’t like the raw edges left on the side seams and crotch seam. So I zigzagged those to prevent fraying, you could overlock too but the seam allowance was very small at the crotch (1/4”).
So I decided for the colour block version I would French seam these seams for a neater finish. I also used French seams in this dress if you want to check them out!
Would you believe this is inside out? Looks pretty neat and tidy right?
What you’ll need
Fabric – I used remnants I had left over from other projects
Bias Binding 1 metre (roughly 40”) half for each leg hole
Elastic – I used 3mm width for legs & 1cm for the waist. The lengths vary on the size you are making. Check the pattern.
Sewing Machine (no overlocker needed!)
Pattern – I used the pattern from Made
Thread and usual tools
Step 1 – Pattern
Print and prepare your pattern as normal on all but the fold edge. You will need to add 1cm (3/8”) to the fold measurement for seam allowance. For a little more room for the french seams you could add 1.27cm (1/2”).
This is what both pieces should look like!
*NOTE: For the regular covers you can fold the extra edge over and use the same pattern
Step 2 – Cut Fabric
Lay your two different fabrics on top of each other, with the wrong sides facing each other. That way you can cut both pieces at once, and they will be ready to sew the first seam too.
Step 3 – Sew Centre Seam
Sew the centre seam (straight edge) with a narrow seam allowance. I used 1/8” (sorry metric users my machine has imperial measurements on it!).
Then press the seam so it looks like this. The fabric will now be right sides facing each other. I press the seam to one side and then fold over the other side. but as long as it looks like above it doesn’t matter how you get there!
Sew this with a seam allowance a bit larger than the first seam, so that it encases the first seam totally. Now you can just press it flat, it will generally want to go one way over the other so roll with it.
Here is the post pressing view. Now just repeat for the other half, making sure you use the same seam allowance again otherwise they won’t match at the bottom.
Step 4 – Sew Crotch
I have pinned my two pieces right way around and trimmed off the tabs. We won’t be needing those as we are using bias on the leg holes.
French seam this in the same way. This has very little in the way of seam allowance so keep it a small seam.
Step 5 – Sew Side Seams
Again have your nappy cover right way round and pin the sides in place. I have trimmed of the tabs on this end too.
Once the seam is finished the two layers probably won’t line up perfectly. Don’t panic will fix that now!
You can see I have just trimmed the long side a little.
Step 6 – Line the Leg Openings with Bias
I did this a little differently than Dana, mainly because that is how I have done it many times so it was quicker for me! It is a similar technique as in the Capped Sleeves Tutorial if you would like a more detailed explanation.
To join the bias fold over the end of the bias by about 1cm (3/8”) place this folded edge so it lines up with the crotch seam. Then start sewing from this point right around. You can see that in the left photo. Then trim the left over bias so it overlaps a little and sew over it to hold it in place (right photo).
Now fold the elastic inside the bias and pin in place. Leaving a 5cm (2”) opening at the start. I don’t trim the elastic to size till after I have sewn the casing. I f you want use the measurement from the pattern you could mark it with a pen, and cut on that mark once you have pulled it through. I compared it to the first blue pair I made to gauge the size.
Make sure your pins are catching both layers of the binding, you need to be sure you are sewing both layers. Sew the bias closed (leaving the gap), nice and close to the edge of the binding, you don’t want to catch the elastic.
Now you can pull the elastic through to the desired size. You can see I leave a pin in at the short end so I don’t pull it through!
Here it is all gathered up. You can trim off the excess elastic and sew it together. I just overlap the two ends and zigzag over it a few times.
Pull your elastic in to the binding by stretching the leg hole open, and fold the binding over the join to close the gap you had left. Again pin in place and sew as before.
That is one leg done, one more to go!
Step 7 – Label (Optional)
I really liked how Dana had her label on the outside of her Nappy Cover so I added one too. I would do this now before adding elastic to the waist!
Step 8 – Waistband
Fold over by 1/4” and press, then again by 1/2” and press. Then sew in place leaving a 1” gap to insert the elastic. Insert the elastic and sew the gap closed.
Woo hoo you are finished! Now just a few more smaller ones for all the little babies this summer!