This is a free downloadable pattern and tutorial for a nappy cover ages 3 months to 3 years. This is the perfect partner for dresses like the Lillia Rae or the Rosie pinafore. These dresses are perfect for little ones to wear in the summer, a matching nappy cover makes a cute finishing touch.
Cotton fabric – craft weight cotton, cotton lawn, cotton poplin, cotton blend and double gauze all work really well.
This pair were made in organic Cloud 9 cotton poplin.
12mm cotton bias binding – approx 2m/78″
7mm elastic – approx 1.5m/59″
30cm /12″ fabric – This is an ideal scrap buster or depending on the layout of your pattern you may be able to work this into the layout to match a dress.
Click the link to download the pattern here – Free nappy cover pattern
A Front – cut x 1
B Back – cut x 1
C Gusset – cut x 2
1.5cm seam allowance unless otherwise mentioned in the instructions.
Elastic size guide. This is a guide to the finished size of elastic. When you cut the elastic add 2 or 3cm extra length for joining.
How to make:
- With RST (right sides together) and notches matched pin one gusset piece to front lower edge.
2. With right side of gusset piece to wrong side of front place the second gusset piece behind the first. Pin in place through all three thicknesses.
3. Stitch in place and press the gusset down away from the front piece.
3a The front panel should be sandwiched between the gusset pieces with all raw seams on the inside.
4. With RST and notches matched, pin the other side of the gusset to the lower edge of the back piece. This is the outer side of the gusset only. You could stitch this to hold in place.
5. Roll the front and back panels up so that the remaining free edge of gusset can match with the other back edge of the gusset. Ensure the gusset is not twisted, pin and stitch these together through all three thicknesses..
6. Pull out and press.
7. To make French seams – Pin the side seams wrong sides together. Stitch approximately half of the seam allowance. Trim this to approx 3mm.
8. Turn the pants through to the inside and press. Stitch another row down the side seam (using the remaining half of the seam allowance) to create the french seam.
9. Turn through to the outside. Press the side seams towards the back of the nappy cover.
10. Finishing the edges
Starting at the back waist, pin the bias tape around the waist. Start by folding in the short raw end of the bias tape, uncurl the outer folded edge. With the raw edge folded in pin the bias tape around the waist edge. Matching raw edge of binding to raw edge of nappy cover. Pin in the crease.
11. Stitch in the crease line of the bias tape. Repeat the same method on both leg openings.
12. Press the bias tape away from the nappy cover to ensure a clean edge when the tape is turned in.
13. Turn the tape to the inside around the waist edge and pin in place.
14. Stitch the inner edge of the bias tape leaving a small gap for inserting the elastic. Back stitch at the start and finish to reinforce this opening.
15. Cut the elastic according to the chart or better still measure the child to find a comfortable measurement. Secure a safety pin to one end of the elastic and feed it into the opening. Do this for the waist and each leg opening.
16. Check the elastic is not twisted in the channel, lay one end on top of the other and stitch securely together. Its not to important how this stitching looks as long as it is strong. Allow the elastic to recede inside the channel.
17. Move the gathers away from the area where the elastic was pushed in and stitch the opening closed. Repeat on each opening to complete your nappy cover.