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.




Easy Baby Booties



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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  1. Ana
    June 14, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    Can i buy ptoducts from yours..aha

  2. vikie
    July 12, 2020 / 5:53 am

    hie, i really a to know how to make the pattern not download it. can you help.

    thank you

    • Surayya
      July 12, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      Kindly enter your e-mail address in the box provided just under the ‘ materials needed” section. You should be able to download the template smoothly.

      • Lisa Matute
        January 9, 2021 / 8:09 am

        There is no box there to put my email address in….

        • Surayya
          January 9, 2021 / 6:49 pm

          There is a blue box with the download button in the middle of the blogpost under the “materials needed” section.

  3. July 30, 2020 / 4:29 pm

    The 15 minute dress was so easy. I need diaper cover pattern.

  4. Joshuah
    September 25, 2020 / 4:23 am

    Can these be made bigger?

  5. Jill
    January 29, 2021 / 4:08 pm

    Does the diaper cover pattern have the different sizes?

    • Surayya
      January 30, 2021 / 4:21 am

      Yes, the pattern comes in 5 sizes, from newborn to 2 years.

  6. Norma
    February 5, 2021 / 8:50 pm

    It doesn’t give the amount of elastic for the waist

    • Surayya
      February 10, 2021 / 3:34 am

      The 3/8- inch elastic is for the waist. You may refer table-1 for the required length.

  7. Whitney
    February 10, 2021 / 12:41 am

    So, how do I get my side seams to line up?

    • Surayya
      February 10, 2021 / 3:32 am

      You may just fold it over with the right sides together and match the side seams of the front and back together.

  8. Kealy
    February 25, 2021 / 4:44 pm

    Would you be able to email me the patterns?

  9. Claire
    March 15, 2021 / 5:01 am

    Very straightforward tutorial! Thanks! My one suggestion is to fold over and press the waist edge casing before inserting the leg elastics. It’s far easier to do it before the leg holes are gathered by the elastic.

  10. Lou
    April 23, 2021 / 10:10 pm

    Found you just in time; baby girl shower coming up. Plan to make several of these adorable items. Great thanks

  11. Barb Clough
    May 2, 2021 / 10:33 am

    Great pattern! Thanks SO much!

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