Free nappy cover pattern sizes 0-3 months to 3 years.

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.

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Materials:

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″

Fabric requirements:

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.

Pattern:

Click the link to download the pattern here – Free nappy cover pattern

Pattern pieces:

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.

Size

0.3m

3m

6m

12m

18m

2yr

3yr

waist

42cm

44cm

46cm

48cm

50cm

52cm

53cm

Leg opening

circumference

21cm

22cm

23cm

24cm

25cm

25.5cm

27cm

How to make:free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

free nappy cover pattern Bobbins and Buttons

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

  1. With RST (right sides together) and notches matched pin one gusset piece to front lower edge. 

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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. 

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

3. Stitch in place and press the gusset down away from the front piece.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

3a The front panel should be sandwiched between the gusset pieces with all raw seams on the inside.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.. 

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

6. Pull out and press.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

7. To make French seams – Pin the side seams wrong sides together. Stitch approximately half of the seam allowance. Trim this to approx 3mm.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

9. Turn through to the outside. Press the side seams towards the back of the nappy cover.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

11. Stitch in the crease line of the bias tape. Repeat the same method on both leg openings.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

12. Press the bias tape away from the nappy cover to ensure a clean edge when the tape is turned in.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

13. Turn the tape to the inside around the waist edge and pin in place.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

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.

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

free nappy cover patter Bobbins and buttons

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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