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Sew Easy Diaper Cover in 4 Steps

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I love sewing for babies; be it bib, blanket, diaper cover or cute baby outfits. The variety of fabrics I can work with, the colors, the baby prints, all these never stop to amuse me.



Diaper covers are one of my best choices while sewing for babies. So, when I got a chance to sew one for a baby shower, I jumped up at the opportunity.



I have a lot of beautiful baby patterns that I had written during my initial blogging days. This diaper cover sewing pattern is one such pattern from the archives, made simpler and quicker to sew. The earlier one was a more beautiful diaper cover pattern, with ruffles and a bow at the back.



Here I have opted for two different colored fabrics with the same print. Time was limited and I wanted to sew at least two. So, I kept it plain and simple.




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Sew Easy Diaper Cover in 4 Steps

Materials Required

  • Medium- weight cotton fabric for diaper cover- requirement specified in the table below.
  • 3/8-inch elastic- requirement specified in the table below.
  • ¼-inch elastic- – requirement specified in the table below.
  • Sewing Notions.
  • Download the template below.


I suggest you read the entire pattern once before starting to get a general idea.

All the fabrics used here are 44/45 inches in width.

The fabrics shown here are only for illustration purposes and as such may vary from the original.

All seam allowance is 3/8-inch unless otherwise specified.

Fabric requirements


AgesDiaper Cover Fabric (yards)¼- inch Elastic



3/8- inch Elastic
0-3 months2/31816
3-6 months2/32017
6-12 months3/42218
12-24 months3/42418.5
2 years3/42619


Step one: Cutting the piece.




Take the required materials for the diaper cover.



Cut the pattern template for the diaper cover from the pdf. Fold the diaper cover fabric lengthwise and keep the template on the fold as shown above. Mark around the template and cut.



You will get your diaper cover piece like this. Mark the front and back parts, referring to the pdf.


Step two: preparing the leg holes.



Fold the curve for the leg hole by ¼-inch and press. Fold again by 3/8-inch and press once more. Sew along the edge of the fold slowly and carefully. Repeat the steps on the other leg hole.



Your diaper cover may look uneven and wrinkled when the leg holes are sewn but don’t worry it will all get leveled out once you insert the elastic.

Let’s insert the elastic through the casing in the leg holes.



Take the required length of the ¼ -inch elastic, referring to the table above and cut it into two equal pieces. Insert it through the casing as shown in the picture. Secure the ends of the elastic by sewing back and forth a few times.

Repeat the steps on the other leg hole.



Your diaper cover would now look like this. Adjust the gathering over the elastic to make it uniform.


Step three: sewing the side seams.



Fold the diaper cover over, with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Sew the side seams shut as shown above. Zig zag the side seams to prevent fraying.

Step four: Preparing the waist elastic casing.



First, fold the upper edge of the diaper cover by ¼-inch and press all around. Fold again by ½-inch and press. Sew the casing shut along the edge of the fold, leaving a one-inch gap to insert the elastic.



Take the required length of the 3/8-inch elastic, referring to the table above and insert it through the casing, using a safety pin.



Keep the ends of the elastic overlapping and sew it back and forth a few times to secure.



Sew the opening shut.



Our diaper cover is done!



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Thursday 12th of January 2023

I would suggest moving the big letter C on the template to the piece you USE, rather than the piece you discard. I had a lot of trouble matching edges (and it looked really wonky) until I realized I was using the discard piece! LOL Thanks for the awesome patterns!


Friday 23rd of September 2022

These look great. Do you have the elastic measurements for the legs? Thank you.


Monday 12th of September 2022

I find the leg holes very difficult to sew on straight grain of fabric. I thought about binding them with bias tape. Is there a method the keep leg elastic completely enclosed in casing? Any suggestions?


Monday 2nd of May 2022

This is exactly what I was looking for! I'm making cloth diapers without the PUL fabric on the outside. I'm on a budget and only bought enough PUL to make covers. Didn't want a seam between the legs to prevent leaks and sure enough I found one! Thank you so very much! God bless

Roberta L Kitchen

Sunday 24th of April 2022

I can't get my pattern to download I pd 3.50 for it


Monday 25th of April 2022

You don't have to pay to view the tutorial online. There is a blue box in the "supplies needed" section of the tutorial. Enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button in the blue box to download your free pattern pieces.