Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Want a Velcro/Aplix closing AIO pocket?

It has come to my attention that many people need diapers that close by aplix (the diaper version of velcro, and can only be ordered online - Cheap and worth it!), especially for their babysitters and husbands. Not everyone is willing/able to pin diapers, and sometimes pins are a bit hazardous around those wiggly little babies.

So here is your solution. Make a Rita's Rump Cover, but make the back an open pocket like a RRP (if you don't use elastic in the back you probably won't even have to unstuff your pocket when you wash as the insert should wiggle out if the opening is wide enough) and use microfleece/suedecloth or any cotton fabric (flannel/cotton fleece/cotton interlock/sherpa/cotton knit/etc.) as the inner and PUL (waterproof) or fleece (water resistant) as the outer fabric.

If you want elastic in the back, then cut a 1 inch flap of fabric on the outer fabric, just outside of the back elastic points. Before you pin the outer to the inner to sew it together, 3-step zigzag in your elastic on the outer wrong side on your elastic points, just below the flap you cut out. Then turn the flap over to cover the elastic and sew the edges down with a straight stitch (you are making an elastic casing). Then between the elastic points on your inner fabric, don't put in elastic, but instead turn down the fabric approximately 1/2 inch or so and then zigzag the edges down. Pin the diaper, wrong sides together, and starting on on edge of the back pocket, sew all around the diaper, stopping at the other side of the pocket. Turn through the pocket and topstitch (if wanted).

If you don't want back elastic, then just turn both fabrics to the wrong side about 1/2 inch and zigzag the edges, pin, and sew them wrong sides together.
Leg Elastic

If you use a poly inner (microfleece or suedecloth) you can make the elastic roll in or out in the legs, do casings, or even do ruffles. It does not matter since the poly inner should not wick moisture out.

If you use cotton as the inner you need the inner cotton fabric to roll in so that wetness will not wick out. To do this, cut the outer fabric (fleece or PUL) about 1/2 inch wider between the leg elastic points on both sides (curve it gradually back to the normal line where the elastic points are). This makes the outer fabric a bit bigger on the sides.

When you pin the outer to the inner, just line everything up. Your outer will be a little puffy, and this extra fabric will allow the outer to roll in slightly when the diaper is on, preventing wicking. When you sew in your elastic, you will want to sew it in the seam allowance of the outer fabric, before turning. This will help the outer to roll in. You don't want any cotton inner peeking out anywhere when the diaper is on, so you will probably also want to topstitch the diaper (with poly thread if possible) and as you are topstitching, make sure that the outer fabric everywhere (including the wings) rolls under a bit so no inner cotton fabric is exposed to the outside. This is easier than it sounds and very important to have a diaper that won't make baby's clothing wet.

The easiest AIO (All In One) pocket diaper adaption of the Rita's Rump Cover is use thick faux or real minkee or regular fleece for the outer and microfleece or suedecloth for the inner and stitch all around, cut an opening (3-4 inches) in the inner from left to right either in the front or back to turn the diaper, and use this opening to stuff your pocket once turned. Poly knit fabrics like microfleece do not fray, so no need to finish the cut. You only need a few inches since microfleece is stretchy and makes the diaper super easy to stuff. You can also do this with cotton or cotton/poly sherpa or cotton knit fabrics like velour since they do not fray either. However, you always need to finish the edges of flannel or other woven fabrics.

The Rita's Rump Cover adapted this way makes a really trim pocket. This won't fit tiny babies, but it should fit a baby who is a few months old, and my 3 year old can also fit in one as long as the outer and inner fabrics are stretchy (fleece outer/knit poly or cotton inner). You can also use this as a cover with trifolded PFs, so it is an AI2 (All In 2), a pocket or cover.

Any questions/suggestions please leave a comment right here, and I will try to answer it!


momomom March 19, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Thanks! I'll be making one soon. Question: Will regular old flannel for the inner wick moisture away from baby? I wondered since it wouldn't since it wicks out if not rolled correctly in the leg.
Also, my local fabric store lady doesn't know what microfleece is. I saw it at Hancock once on sale and haven't seen it since. Is suedecloth easier to find if I decide to go poly?

Odeliska May 6, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

Hi, Can you tell where I can buy the softer aplix (rather than use velcro)?
I'm in Australia and did a search to no avail so an online shop would be best.

Deesquared September 10, 2009 at 11:54 PM  

I think you can buy Aplix at

mama October 9, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

hi im new to cloth diapering my child it aswome i just wish they didnt cost so much looking for a cheaper way to get them i just dont sew or want used ones from ebay what to do

nuerotic March 15, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

I notice all diaper patterns call for a zig zag stitch. Well I'm new to sewing and I got one month to figure this out cause I'm fixin to be a new daddy. I've got only a lockstitch machine. Won't do a zig can I just buy a serger and use it for a zig zag? Thank!

Julie Sorensen September 15, 2010 at 6:33 AM  

Hello Rita,
I just wanted to let you know that I have made my first nappy using your pattern. I live in a very rural place in the north of Cameroon. I am French and my husband is British. We have a 3 year old daughter. When we arrived 6 months ago, I though she was about to give up night time nappies, so I left my cloth nappies behind and brought some disposables. Now I've ran out of disposables and she still can't go through the night, probably as she has to drink so much due to the climate. So I googled a bit and came across your pattern. I've been sewing it by hand and it's taken 3 evenings with a head torch. Also got though 3 needles as we can't get very strong ones here. I made the inner layer with a cut up towel and the outer with a fleece blanket that had been donated by someone who didn't realised that no one had a use for a blanket in such a hot climate. I found second hand velcro at the local market, I think it came off some old children's shoes. I have a blister on my thumb from sewing, but I think the nappy looks absolutely fab. I will stuff it with more cut up towels and put it to the test tonight. If it works, I'll be sewing more and sharing the idea with other mothers around me. Thanks so much for a great pattern!

Holly March 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM  

Thanks for your patterns! Do you have a general idea of how much Aplix I would need per diaper, so I don't buy 10 times more than I need? Also, is the 1" or the 1.5" size better for this?

Rita March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM  

I don't have a good estimate of aplix unfortunately, but it is pretty cheap and you can use the extra on all types of projects.

I perfer the 1.5 inch on larger children, the 1 inch on tiny babies.

Rachelle Dawson April 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM  

With this adaptation, where do the Velcro/Aplix strips go? I'm having trouble figuring out the best positioning so the diaper is usable at all sizes.

Twinmomwv August 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

What is the difference between Aplix and Touchtape? I have A GroVia cover and the fastening is so much softer than what is on my HH. I want to start making my own diapers and am wondering which would be better to order.

Rita August 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM  

Aplix used to be softer, back in the days when I sewed diapers. :-)

tonidanielle September 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM  

hey,im new to this cloth diaper thing with my kid,one i cant find the link to print out the pattern,could you tell me where thats at? also what is the best fabrics to use to make your own pocket diaper,and i wanna try to do the snaps, and i dont wanna use a cover, i want to just do the diaper... hope you can help, please email me thanks..

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