How to make a cloth diaper cover with gussets.wmv

good afternoon today we are going to be made cover with gussets and I’m using the free pattern that was designed by Alison of prefold to fitted so I’ve already gone ahead and cut out my cotton fabric and the piece of waterproof pulled fabric and I’ve already done the rice snaps this is a size small newborn so you can snap it up her a newborn and then open it up for a small makes it last a little bit longer which is really nice so I cut out my piece and then her instructions don’t include anything about a gusset but what I did is as I was cutting out the piece I went ahead and cut a straight line right along where the leftover pole was see here you go just like that one on each side so that you know that the curve is right I just cut it from the piece that I cut out already and I’ve already gone ahead and added the snaps so what I’m going to do next is take both of these pieces and along the straight edge I’m going to sew my fo II fold over elastic I am NOT going to pull this very much I’m gonna pull it just a little bit so cut out the piece I need I’ve already got matching thread on my machine and I am going to use a three-step exact which is this one right there if you don’t have a three-step zigzag then use a regular one so it’s fold over elastic because it’s already kind of got a scoring mark for where you fold it over so put your fabric in the middle it doesn’t matter which side of the pole is facing up sandwich it in the middle of the fold over elastic get it under your machine and then figure out the rest now that you’ve got to kind of go and now you’re going to start pulling a little bit not a lot just a little bit and you want to sew it so that when it comes to the outer edge it’s right along the edge of fo e okay see how it’s not on the outer edge it’s right along the inner edge and a three-step zigzag with just a little bit of ruffle to it from the stretch not a lot set that piece of sign and go ahead and do another one now to measure how much I need I put my piece on top of it and then I know I’m going to stretch it so I just cut it a little bit shorter and remember we’re doing this on the straight edge not the curved edge of this little Halfmoon piece of fabric here okay another piece done now I’m going to

go back to my main piece and I decided that this one is going to have snap or velcro applix closure so I’m gonna cut out a piece and sew it on there and we’ll be back okay so we left off yesterday and I needed to still apply this strip of applix to the front but you know I’m feeling kind of lazy and I already have the green thread in my machine so I’m gonna save this part for later it doesn’t really matter if it’s done first or last so I’m gonna go ahead and move on with my two pieces that are going to be for my gussets and you have to figure out my pressure to mark this what went where and you want to make sure that you do this with the shiny side of the pole facing in and the fabric side facing out so something like this and the easiest way to do it is to mark the center so I’m going to fold my diaper in half and Mark the center of each side and then I’m going to fold my gusset in half and Mark the center of that and that’s hi no I’m going to line it up I’m going to do it with the right sides together so purple two purple and put a pin there right at the center and then just kind of figure out where the start would be and you’re going to want to start this with the ephah we can’t kind of hanging off the sides because if you line up the bottom of it and this top part will never get caught in the final elastic this is just a straight stitch it can be a pretty long straight stitch because you’re gonna put em over top of this anyway and then you are just going to kind of keep curving this so that it always lines up with outside edge of the bag so I do a little bit I have my needle down lift up the presser foot and rotate a little bit lift rotate I’m using about an eighth of an inch seam allowance here and again

for the final stretch you want it looks funny because you want the fo e hanging over the side because you want to line up this top edge now you have to do a fair amount of guesswork so now flip it over and make sure that you caught all the layers in your stitching and see there you get a general idea cut off the extra here and when you’re looking at it from the outside this part that sticks out you want to cut that off so that it doesn’t get in the way when you go to attach your final binding okay so there’s our prototype for one side and if I check my work you can see that I’ve pretty much lined up the lines for the two middle pieces so I want to go ahead and do that again you get every couple centimeters leave the needle down pick it up and rotate and yes it will pull this part with it but that’s okay when you get to the end that’ll really start lifting up back here again that’s fine all right this is where you really are gonna have to turn okay there is our other gusset and again there’s going to be extra tickle up off here and on this side there’s quite a bit of extra the strings off there’s a whole bunch over here that’s okay okay so there’s our little prototype it sets up like a little boat and we are ready for the actual fold-over elastics I always like to start it with the fold over elastic at the front because if the seam is at the front nobody is really looking at it because it’s gonna be covered up with the closure tabs so I never really know how much of this I’m gonna use cuz it really just kind of depends on how hard I stretch so I leave it all in a roll and pick a spot here at the front doesn’t really matter much where and fold it over I almost used it the wrong way that that would have been terrible the right side is nice and soft and fuzzy the inside looks like elastic and ribbed and don’t fold easy one way okay so we are getting ready to start the fold over elastic here I’m going to set my machine back to my three-step

zigzag number eight and it is a five width and a two length and you definitely want to pick a starting spot where it can be straight and not stretched at all so that’s why the front is usually the best bet and to have a nice clean joining of the beginning and ending the way I do it is to leave the first inch or so unsewn and you’ll see why here when we get to the end so fold your elastic over and go about an inch in down your presser foot and before you start selling double check that everything is tucked in the way it’s supposed to be hold on to your tails and we are not stretching whatsoever right now and remember that when it gets to that outside stitch you want it to be right at the line okay when we get to the curve you’re gonna go gentle and again keep that kneel down and release the tension rotate slow and steady wins the race right here endure a few stitches pick it back up rotate it again now as we get to this gusset you’re going to want to make sure that that gusset is tucked all the way under and it’s going to take some tugging and pulling okay I am right to about to get to the part where my gusset starts so I know that it’s going to be really thick because I’m basically going through four layers of the fold over elastic stop and again keep making sure that gusset is tucked up out of the way and now we want to start pulling pull as hard as you can while still keeping everything under control pause to readjust frequently use both hands pull make sure everything’s tucked under stayed in place and this is where it gets tricky again because we’re getting to where that f OE ends and the gusset so you really want to make sure everything is tucked in place you’re still giving it a pull and then you can ease up as we get here to the wing part now we stop pulling now that I’ve kind of gone far enough

I’m going to take the opportunity to flip this over and check my work looks good there’s no bits hanging out which is good okay once you get back to the straightaway you want to go back to pulling and stretching make sure everything is nice and tucked into the middle okay we’re getting back to where that gusset began again so just use your fingers make sure everything’s tucked in there the way it’s supposed to be one hand in front one hand and back and when you get toward that Gus that is is when you start pulling as hard as you can again okay as we get to the end we have a

better idea of where this fo e is going to need to stop so I’m gonna cut it right there and lift up my presser foot at this time now see I didn’t catch it all when I was doing it so I’m gonna have to go back in and lift up this little piece and tuck it back under but I’ll deal with that later first I’ve got my two ends here and you’re gonna flip it so that they’re right sides together and sew them shut okay I’m sorry I’ve been away from this project for a couple of days but where we had left off was we had just joined this piece of fo e together so remember just put the right sides together sewed it and we are ready to finish it off so I’m going to make sure my machine is set back to my three-step zigzag and go back a couple of paces from where you left off now my machine has this little button which is it eliminates the need for a back stitch it makes a stay stitch when I push it so it’ll make the needle go up and down a couple of times mocking the stitch in place so that I don’t need an ugly back and forward stitch where you’re going to be able to see it and I’m going to put my needle down and lift up my presser foot and take this opportunity to make sure that the fabric is nicely encased and then I will go now this is the front of the diaper so I do not need to stretch in any way / laughs a couple of stitches where you left off and then again I want to push the button for my locking stitch and there we go that is our lovely joining of the two pieces looks much nicer than some of the other methods that I had tried before and less lumpy so I am going to trim my threads here and we are ready to change out the thread on my machine back to white so that I can finally put the velcro on the front of the diaper and do the velcro on the wings and then I’ll be done but here we’ve got the basic shape of the newborn diaper it’s nice and stretchy here at the legs with our gusset so you can see that when it goes on the baby there’s probably a good inch of a little pocket there to hold any liquid messes in and a shiny side of the pole is up so that it’s totally wipeable so I’m going to change my thread and we’ll be back okay I have cut all the pieces that I need to attach the velcro I have a strip of the loop that’s about six and a half inches long and then I have four of these pieces of loop that are about one and a half inch and two of the hook about one

and a half inch and stick two of these together and I just kind of freeform it but you can trace a tab from a diaper that you already like whatever makes it happy okay so I’m going to start with the holder here for the front and get it mark that about where you want it and this is totally your choice if you want to zigzag over the edge or just do a straight stitch I’m choosing just a straight stitch but if you’re not a hundred percent sure on the quality of your loop and you think it might fray do a thing keep that needle down lift your presser foot and put it so I just finished with a little back stitch where I started you can see the back ok now we want some laundry temps because with hook and look diapers hook and loop diapers you always want something for that tab to go to so I’m going to put that right there on the inside of the wing now if you were doing a snap closure you wouldn’t have to mess with this which is a bonus for snaps I personally I’m a fan of applix in all sizes but this especially in the newborn size you want to get it nice and tight on there around little bellies otherwise it’s just gonna roll poop out there now you can kind of see the stitching from the outside but it’s not that big of a deal if you want it to be really proper you would sew these to the pole before you join them together so that you wouldn’t have any stitching visible on the outside all right

I’m gonna skip ahead and do my tag at this time just because I’m looking at right where I want it I always try to stick my tag here on the side of the wing where it’s out of the way of any type of stretch and we are ready for our last part now this is the hook side facing down and the loop side facing up and I just kind of joined them together by feel you know flip it back and forth a couple times see if it all looks kind of lined up hold it real tight with your fingers and then slide it under definitely want your needle to stay down so that you don’t lose your spot I don’t want these threads to get all tangled up in there so I want to cut them off right away and then just rotate I go around the whole tab twice and then do a back stitch to end if you need to do any trimming you can do that and stick it to your laundry tab there so that it’s safe and out of the way one more and we are done a lot of people when they do this use a little glue stick in between these two layers I actually haven’t had a whole lot of success with that I don’t know if my glue sticks just suck or what but they don’t seem to actually stick the two pieces together but if you want to give that a try a lot of people do that okay that looks great so there is our

final product on the inside and you’ll be able to snap it down to a newborn or unsnapped for a small and there we go there’s our final product with the nice little gusset on the inside