Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Making A Homemade Microfleece Pocket Nappy

I am fascinated with these nappies, as we never had anything like this when my boys were small and although they are quite cheap to buy, I like knowing a little more about them, so here are step by step instructions, to show you how to make them from scratch

These instructions are for a PUL Pocket nappy secured with snaps.

To make this nappy you will need:

* 50 cm x 53 cm piece of PUL (or of polar fleece and waterproof nylon (see notes at the bottom))

* 50 cm x 53 cm piece of microfleece (or microsuede)
* 35 cm x 9 cm piece of scrap microfleece or PUL to reinforce the PUL at the snap/loop point (you don't need this for a fleece & nylon pocket)
* approx 38 cm of elastic per leg and 12 cm for the PUL at the back and 12 cm for the microfleece at the back (if you want the fleece elasticated too), so that's approx 1 m of elastic (note, I tend to find that I use less lastin as it stretches further and returns to its original length better)
* approx 40 cm of loop and 10 cm of hook OR 16 socket snaps and 6 stud snaps

Step 1: Layering your pieces and sewing at the tummy
Lay the microfleece right side up, then lay the PUL right side down, and the scrap reinforcement layer on top of the PUL.

TIP: Use bull dog clips or spring clothes pegs to secure your layers (the few number of pin holes, the better).
Sew along the top to secure all 3 layers.

sewing the front together

Step 2: Adding snaps or loop tape to the tummy
Add the velcro or snaps to the PUL & reinforcement layer .

adding snaps

Step 3 Sewing in elastic on the back

Sew the back elastic onto the PUL (and the microfleece if you want - I prefer the microfleece elasticated as well as it keep the insert in better and I think it looks nicer).

There are a number of ways to do this.
I prefer to cut the elastic first so that I know I'm doing both the fleece and PUL the same length (I did the fleece looser than the PUL once - wasn't happy with how it gaped). This is the way I do it:

1. Cut the elastic to the required length (I stretch it from one end of the rectangle bit to the other end)
2. Use a few stitches to secure the elastic to the PUL at each end of the rectangle.

pocket elastic

3. Fold the rectangle flap over the elastic. Sew down the folded over flap bit (securing the elastic, again), then do a right angle turn to sew along the PUL, being careful to sew next to the elastic (you don't want the elastic caught in the stitches).

pocket elastic

4. At the other end, do a right angle up to the edge to secure the elastic again.