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best free newborn pattern?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What is a good free newborn pattern. Ottobre is obviously going to be way to big. I like the Mama Bird pattern, but I'm worried about how wide the pattern runs through the crotch. They are an awkward fit on my two older babes. My babies have been 8.5 and 9 lbs, and roughtly 20 inches, if that helps.
post #2 of 14
Darling Diapers has a free NB pattern. http://www.darlingdiapers.com/Darlin...attern2009.pdf

I haven't tried it, so I don't know how it fits, but it has two sizes. You can use aplix instead of the snaps and make a cord cutout instead of snapping it down. HTH
post #3 of 14
Do you use snaps or aplix? I made the Darling Diapers one, and at 15lbs. they are still barely fitting on the last snap setting. I used knit fabrics so they are nice and stretchy. I just used lay-in soakers to help with drying time. I also didn't want to make separate soakers with snaps to fit just those diapers, so I use all soakers for all diapers I have. I use them with a cover, and made some of them out of old t-shirts.
post #4 of 14
I used to draft patterns professionally. When I started having kids, I drafted some baby patterns for fun, including a multi-sized cloth diaper pattern that I especially designed to be trim fitting and fit actual newborns. If you'd like it, I'd love to share it free with anyone who wants. It has sizes for newborn to 40 lbs or so. BUT, I'm not sure how to turn into a pdf that could be printed on a home printer on regular 8.5"x11" paper. Anyone know?

on a 2 day old baby

medium size

Here is a site to check out, too: http://diapersewing.com/

Maybe some other mamas will have more suggestions.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by jerri View Post
I made the Darling Diapers one, and at 15lbs. they are still barely fitting on the last snap setting..
Ooooooh!! I am so excited!! This pattern looks just like the Kissaluvs size 0 that I like to use for my newborns! I only use kissaluvs for that size and then move on to other sizes, but the Kissaluvs is the best fitting newborn diaper I have used and I love them. I was thinking of starting to buy a couple so I'd have a stash by the time #4 arrives (got rid of my ENTIRE stash a year ago!: then surprise! lol) but now it looks like I could sew them! Thanks mamas!
post #6 of 14
I hope its okay that I add to this thread instead of starting a completely new one..

I am going to try the darling diapers pattern, how many do you reccomend making for a newborn? Would you use these exclusively? I have 3 AIO's for when we go out, etc etc, but I am looking to make the majority of our regular everyday diapers myself. Thanks!!!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm lucky, I have two older babies to try out diapers on. I prefer fitteds with covers because sometimes when I check to see if an AIO is wet I'll get poo on my finger. I think the recommendation in 36 newborn diapers.

I was going to use velcro because I don't have a snap press, but after making some for my older babies I'm tempted to just pin the fitteds. I like the adjustability of pins. I might have to tweak the pattern so I can cross the tabs and just use one pin. My favorite pattern for my older babies is RRP, but I don't know if I could fit it on a tiny newborn.
post #8 of 14
I love the DD NB pattern - I think it fits well and is easy to make!
post #9 of 14
Another vote for the Darling Diapers NB pattern! My son was nine pounds, 6 oz at birth and could wear his DDNBs from day 1 [expected] to 7 months [not expected!]. They were knit and they just fit forever. And they are super cute and I love the umbilical snapdown.
post #10 of 14
The DD NB pattern really is *amazing*!! The diapers fit for SO long (which is good, because if you're going to the time to make them, you want them to be used!)! My youngest was born at just under nine pounds and outgrew the rise far before anything else!
post #11 of 14
I made one using the DD pattern today. I'm thrilled with how it turned out! (Pic in my siggy):

I bought 3 yards of flannel today for diapers. I didn't realize I'd get 12 dipes out of it! Yay
post #12 of 14
any tips for the ddnb pattern turn and topstitch method

should i add a 1/4" seam allowance?

I have ordered snap pliers from serena

I guess i will have to make a elastic pocket

i love the way they look with a serger!

how do i make an internal soaker...i made one fitted a couple of years ago...i had to cut 3 layers...i think i had to sew the 6 layers of flanel to the middle...i can't remember what i did with the elastic

how would i make it quick dry....do i make a snap in soaker fom flannel?

I am due in 4 wks...i haven't got one diaper for this new baby yet....

I will try the rrp while i am waiting for some help...anyone use that on a newborn\?
post #13 of 14
I'm sergerless so I T&T everything!

I add a seam allowance for DDNB. I would say that for a newborn size, an internal soaker is nice. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but I wouldn't do a pocket; too annoying to stuff one that's so small. Snap-in would be fine too, but for a newborn they don't need a ton of absorbency so you often don't need one. What I might do in your position is make them with an internal soaker [for flannel I sew down both sides of the soaker; otherwise it tends to bunch up] that's maybe four layers? Then I'd make the snap-ins and just leave them off while the babe is little. When your LO is bigger and needs more absorbency, put the snaps in then!

I would wait to put the snap for the snap-in on the diaper until you're ready to use it, so that the baby doesn't have an exposed snap on the bum. But if it were me, I'd sew them now and put the snap on the soaker, and then when you need them you just add the diaper snap and voila! a bigger-baby diaper.

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Originally Posted by saoirse2007 View Post
any tips for the ddnb pattern turn and topstitch method

should i add a 1/4" seam allowance?

I have ordered snap pliers from serena

I guess i will have to make a elastic pocket

i love the way they look with a serger!

how do i make an internal soaker...i made one fitted a couple of years ago...i had to cut 3 layers...i think i had to sew the 6 layers of flanel to the middle...i can't remember what i did with the elastic

how would i make it quick dry....do i make a snap in soaker fom flannel?

I am due in 4 wks...i haven't got one diaper for this new baby yet....

I will try the rrp while i am waiting for some help...anyone use that on a newborn\?
post #14 of 14
great advice thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
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