Frugal Diaper Sewing: Free DIY Diapers

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Little Girl May Basket, by SewWithJan from Flickr

Too many receiving blankets? Make a couple dozen of them into great prefold diapers. Even with a high-needs baby, I was able to make at least one of these diapers per day.

Here's how:
1. Cut one receiving blanket down to about 20" x 36" to 40". This should give you a second strip about 7"-10" wide.
2. Fold this narrow strip in half or thirds to about 20" long.
3. Place this down the center of the large piece, as shown:
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4. Fold in the sides of the larger piece about 2/3 of the way across.
5. Overlap them on top of the folded strip down the center, leaving the diaper about 15" across: [::[]::]  =  [[]]

1. Zigzag stitch across the top and bottom raw edges of the folded diaper, making sure to catch in all layers.
2. Stitch down the center pad about 1/2" in from the edge of the center pad.

NOTE: All measurements depend on original size of the blanket. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Simple Joys by Carter's Baby 7-Pack Flannel Receiving Blankets | ideal for swaddling, burping, or cuddling
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