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Help withHomemade Pockets and Covers

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    Posted: 17 Jan 2012 at 3:33am
I searched for size help but didn't really get the help I think I need. So I apologize profusely if I am just repeating another post...
I am making my own pockets and covers. I have the material down and can sew some elastic!!! LOL I made my own pattern and seems no matter how I alter it with each try, I just can't get the fit right. My pockets are hard to stuff (not enough space for my hand as well as the "stuff". They also seem VERY bulky-poor baby's butt is in the air when I try to lay her on it. While it looks silly, it can't be comfy!! Cry   On the fleece wrap I made today, it seems the rise is good but I guess I don't know how to get the prefold to stay down inside. I bought premium size prefolds based on the recommendation of the diaper service I purchased from (baby is 18 lbs) but I have a good 2-4 inches of overhang that won't stay tucked in without really being troublesome whether I try having the extra in front or back. I want the poor child to be comfy and I really want to get the hang of this because I plan to CD the next little one coming in May as well.
   I would print a pattern I see online but have no printer...

So, I need help figuring out a normal size for a pocket diaper-mine seem huge but obviously they are too small (they sure look good tho! Tongue ) AND how in the world do I get the prefold to behave inside a cover?

Thanks all!!

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Hi, Welcome!

I could be wrong, but I think they sell some pocket patterns somewhere online. It may be worth it to check it out? Rosa (littlehands) may know more and maybe she'll chime in here. I can't offer any other advice because I know nothing about this topic!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mamma22boys Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2012 at 10:33am
I know nothing about making diapers but I would suggest posting in the creative corner.  There are lots of mammas that have made diapers and you will probalby get more help.
 
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There are TONS of good pocket patterns out there. It is certainly worth the price to pay a bit to save yourself the trouble of trial and error. Even if you ultimately want something more customized, it makes sense to grab at least one pattern so you have a visual reference of where to start.

Rocket Bottoms makes a good basic pocket. (Not the Twist; that ones not really for beginners.) I also use and like the Very Baby and Nykki pockets- they are one-size options.

Because of the stuffing ease, pockets do need a wider crotch than some other styles. Any pattern that has enough width, however, can be adjusted to a pocket style if you understand the basic construction techniques needed.
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RE Fleece cover.  Can you fold the pf down or, since you have a girl, I would try to fold in quarters the long way.  KWIM?

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So I figured out how to fold the PF...Thanks for the help! Now, as for the suggestion to post in the creative corner-how do I do that? I don't see anything with that title...?
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I've checked out tons of patterns online for these and covers and very baby is the one I keep coming back to over and over.  So glad to know that someone else recommends them too. Thanks Rosa!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote musicmama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2012 at 4:27pm
Welcome to the 'pin!  This is creative corner.  Can you see it?  I've done a bunch of diaper/trainer sewing here and there.  It's definitely more than 1/2 the battle when you can use a tried and true pattern.


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Very Baby isn't "new and exciting," but they really are the workhorse of diaper pattern brands. I play around with a lot of different patterns, but this brand has been my go-to for covers and fitteds for YEARS.

My top favs are:

1. Very Baby
2. Rocket Bottoms
3. Trimsies
4. Darling Diapers Deluxe

I think all but the Very Baby are downloadable/e-patterns.
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I agree with Rosa. I've worked with the Very Baby pattern and the Darling Diapers pattern and been happy with the results. I flipped through the Babyville book you can get at Joann's and it seemed decent for a beginner.
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I have the Babyville book and do like it, but it didn't sneak into the Top 4- not quite. I've used it for covers and like it almost as much as the Very Baby. I've done AI2s, and they were pretty good. I like other pockets better.

Some of the variations they suggest in the instruction book are odd, I think, but the pattern itself is sound.
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