the perfect DIAPER COVER: Tutorial and FREE Pattern

by Dana on August 30, 2010

You guys have asked for it multiple times, so here you go!
Tired of seeing a Huggies’ diaper logo peeking out from under your baby’s dress? Have no fear! It’s easy to cover that diaper bum up! And we’ve got a complete Tutorial and Pattern, in 4 different sizes, to walk you through it.
Diaper covers are so easy to make, you might start churning them out by the dozen.
Pair them with a onesie or a hand-dyed mini-Tee. Throw them under a summer dress. Make a few pairs for a baby shower gift. Hey….find a masculine print and try them on your little boy!
The pattern comes in FOUR sizes:
0-3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months
12-24 months
And guess what? It’s easy to adjust for bigger sizes!

Disposable diapers? Cloth diapers?
Though the pattern is meant for disposable diapers, bump your size up to the next one for cloth diapers and you should be fine!

We’ll show you how to make diaper covers the plain old-fashioned way:
then we’ll mix it up by adding bias-tape at the waist and legs.
You’ll find all the info HERE (and in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the blog):

Happy Diapering!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gail Martin March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Where do I get the diaper cover pattern?


2 Fran March 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

Where do I get the diaper cover pattern?


3 Cherish July 9, 2014 at 5:43 am
4 i.ikeda March 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

Looks great! I’m planning on using cloth diapers this time around, so thank you for including your note about upping the size.


5 EJ April 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

For those asking where the pattern is….she has links to it on this page. Look below the blue gingham diaper cover. I’m making these today. Can’t wait!!


6 Ruth April 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

hmmm I was looking for the poppered kind, but this could work…. thank you!


7 Jo June 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

I love this pattern and have madea few diaper covers with it (3-6 months and 18-24 month). I find using binding around the legs much easier than turning under the edges, thanks for the idea. I blogged about it and linked back to you. Thanks for sharing!


8 Barb August 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The sizes seem to run small. Does anyone else think that is true?


9 Linda Curutchet July 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

yes..I feel they run very small


10 Melissa October 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Yes I think the sizes are to small


11 Mary Lynne April 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

To make sure I have printed the scale correctly, how big should the pattern be from the center front to the side seam on the 0-3 months size?


12 Maureen May 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi, I’ve linked to you (again!) in a blog post about sewing for baby girls :) Thanks for the free pattern!


13 Betty November 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

If you believe your patterns are too small, make sure your printer is not defaulting to “Shrink to Printable Area” or “Fit to Printable Area” (under Page Scaling).


14 Kristi March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I couldn’t get the leg holes to look right. They did not fold up all nice and neat like the picture. What am I doing wrong?


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16 bon August 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm

The leg holes were all wonky!! I couldn’t get them to turn under and make a casing. I am an experienced sewer so I was thinking it needs adjusting.


17 Mary Humberd March 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I’ve made several dozen waterproof diaper covers for my cloth diapering kids. I use PUL fabric and 1″ fold over elastic along with snaps to make the covers adjustable. I want to give this pattern a try. Would I use the same lengths of FOE as the regular elastic you have in your pattern?


18 Irina Johnson March 10, 2015 at 5:56 am

Awesome post!Thanks for these pictures!


19 Cindy May 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I saw that 2 yrs. ago, someone left the same question I have now. I don’t see an answer. Could you please tell me: To make sure I have printed the scale correctly, how big should the pattern be from the center front to the side seam on the 0-3 months size?
Thank you,


20 Kerry November 9, 2015 at 12:16 am

Love the updated pattern it makes it so much easier to do the legs and not have a mess.



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