Frugal Diapering: Free Baby Bum Sweater (Diaper Cover)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, July 05, 2012 | 0 comments
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Do you have any old, shrunk and matted wool sweaters?

Then you can make two excellent diaper covers per sweater. The more matted the sweater - the more waterproof the covers!

To Make: Cut equal-sided triangles from old, shrunk and matted 100% wool sweaters, and zigzag-stitch edges to prevent unraveling (optional).

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You can usually get two small "baby bum sweaters" from one adult sweater, or one large "baby bum sweater".

Sizing as follows:
Premie.....cut three sides of triangle by 10 inches (26cm)
Newborn....cut three sides of triangle by 12 inches (31cm)
Medium.....cut three sides of triangle by 16 inches (41cm)
Toddler....cut three sides of triangle by 20 inches (51cm)
Super......cut three sides of triangle by 24 inches (61cm)

Cut along cutting lines for one baby bum sweater. Set aside the wrist-bands for use as leg bands on your baby bum sweaterPicture one: Cut along cutting lines (red dashes in picture) for one "baby bum sweater". Set aside the wrist-bands for use as leg bands on your "baby bum sweater".


This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waist band as the baby bum sweater waist band
Picture two: This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waist band as the "baby bum sweater" waist band.


Fold up the material towards the waist band. Bring waist-band sides together at frontPicture three: Fold up the material towards the waist band. Bring waist-band sides together at front.


Sew along lines, about halfway along sides to form leg-holes. Be careful not to sew the leg-holes completely shut. You can adjust the leg hole openings, larger or smaller, to fit your baby's legsPicture four: Sew along lines, about halfway along sides to form leg-holes. Be careful not to sew the leg-holes completely shut. You can adjust the leg hole openings, larger or smaller, to fit your baby's legs.


Your bum sweater should look something like this. Now take the wrist-bands you set aside earlier, and sew around the leg openings
Picture five: Your "bum sweater" should look something like this. Now take the wrist-bands you set aside earlier, and sew around the leg openings.You can thread a crochet tie through the waistband.


To use: Multi-layered or double diapers work best with these covers. Pull-on over diaper and tie in front.

TIP: Check out your local Goodwill, second-hand stores or other thrift stores for second-hand wool sweaters to use - very cheap! 

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Pea Patch Diaper Soaker Knitting Pattern - This pattern is for a knitted wool cloth diaper cover much like your grandma or great-grandma may have used!Little Beetle Organic Wool Soaker Shorts - A gentle elastic waist and rolled leg openings make pulling them on and off a snap!

Shopping Suggestions:
Pea Patch Diaper Soaker Knitting Pattern
Princess of Patterns - Baby Soakers Vintage Knitting Pattern
Unisex Diaper Cover Pattern
Little Beetle Organic Wool Soaker Shorts




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