This post I will briefly explain how to make a nappy. After having 5 kids of my own and 1 foster baby, I have gone through many different nappies and spent a lot trying to save money.
I always wanted to go the all natural, bamboo reusable nappies that cost an arm and a leg but couldn’t decide what style to chose and what was better, micro fleece or bamboo etc.
Nappies in Morocco like most countries are expensive and before you know it you feel like your just throwing money away. I wont get into the bad things about disposable nappies here , Ill make a separate post for that. I just wanted to share a very quick and simple way of how to make reusable nappies at home that are machine washable.
If you have basic sewing skills on a machine and patience this is the perfect project for you.
I lost alot of the pictures I took so I will make some more nappies and add step by step pictures inshaAllah.
Step 1.First I took a disposable nappy 1 size too big for my baby and removed the elastic stretch threading in the legs to give me a flat nappy without stretch.
If you don’t have a spare nappy 1 size too big you can just add 1 1/2 inches to the ‘rise’ of the nappy at the top and bottom and 1 inch at the crotch.
I modified my pattern a little for my baby boy to be slightly narrower toward the front because he has very chubby legs.
I also modified the tabs at the front to be a little wider so if he does a big pee it will have more space to soak in before rising out onto his clothes
Step 2. I traced everything onto my cotton outer fabric and fleece inner fabric.
(if your fabric has stretch then remember to make the stretch go sideways not along the rise)
I pinned everything in place and cut it out, both fabrics facing right sides to eachother like when you sew any garment.
If you want to add extra invisible soaking you can do that now by pinning it onto the upper portion of your front piece on the wrong side (BOY) or the middle portion of the wrong side (GIRL) keep in mind that you can also add inserts or attachable flaps that wont be invisible. I recommend this as then when you dont use an insert these can be converted sewing the tabs front and back together on the sides and make perfect training pants.
I prefer to sew some soaking pads inside the front and inner layer then make inserts like panty liners or sewn on flaps that attach from the back elastic. Sometimes I leave a pocket opened so I can push the insert inside the nappy away from his skin and add a different type of insert like a fleece or cotton ( this is good for night time as the layers are inside the layers of the nappy and not sliding around on babys skin.
This is what I did in the above nappy, I used a old cotton bed sheet with micro fleece inside layer, 3 layers of micro fleece sewn in toward the front inner layer and then sewed a microfiber 2 layer, cotton 5 layer and fleece 2 layer. ( I always have cotton or fleece touching my babys skin, I prefer fleece as it stays dry and doesn’t bunch up.
Step 3. I sew around the pattern leaving a sewing allowance of 1/4 inch or a little more. snip corners and then attach elastic using a tunnel method. I pretty much sew the top and bottom of the elastic to the nappy and not along the length of the elastic. This makes the elastic more stretchy and last longer.
Make sure to leave about 7 to 10cm not sewed so you can turn the nappy right way around
The inner inserts will sew together in the layers, when you turn it the right way around
Step 4. Sew the outside edges to seal everything making sure to leave a gap or tunnel around the elastic at the legs and around the back.
This nappy has a plastic middle layer the same size as the outer cotton and inner fleece layers plus a cotton sewn in insert. This nappy provides 8 hours dryness but smells of urine when I take it off.
The plastic I purchased in the bathroom section it was EVA plastic and free from smell, chemicals and certified or something special but was cheap. It was a 2.5m shower curtain that cost me about 10 pound. ( I was able to make 10 nappies with it and 5 trainer pants)
If you want any help or didn’t understand anything please ask me I’m more then willing to help if I can.
The cost of 10 nappies with plastic and fabric inner, outer and liners or inserts cost me about 50 pound or 550 Moroccan Dirham.
The ones without plastic I just used scraps and whatever I already had.