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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


Ages Diaper Cover Fabric (yards) ¼- inch Elastic



3/8- inch Elastic
0-3 months 2/3 18 16
3-6 months 2/3 20 17
6-12 months 3/4 22 18
12-24 months 3/4 24 18.5
2 years 3/4 26 19


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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Carol Ryan

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Would it be possible to have the babies/children model the finished products to get an idea how they would look?

Nor hafisyah BT Abd Ghani

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Saya nak pola speder baby

Madelaine Brown

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Can’t download pattern , no blue box or anywhere to enter email 🥲

Dinithi Wijewickrama

Friday 6th of August 2021

I was looking for some patterns for my baby girl. Thank you so much. Those patterns & clear instructions were really helpful for me as im still new for sewing. Thanks a bunch again.


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

the diaper cover is a perfect fit! great pattern. I used the 3-6 month size for a four-month old; she's a skinny mini so I did have to shorten the waist elastic, but that is the only adjustment and fits perfectly!