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HELP! OK, I see that some of you have made these. I'm procrastinating making mine because I'm just not sure how to go about doing it. I have my flannel and my PUL and I have a copy of the pattern from www.diapersewing.com but this pattern shows the pads serged. I don't have a serger and am not sure about how to go about converting them to turned and topstitched. Can anyone help me out, guide me to other sites, provide any advice at all. I want a bunch made by October when I give birth to my baby. Help me, please!

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The PrettyPads pattern is coming out, I think this fall. They are turned and topstitched, if you can hold out a bit for the pattern. If you want to know when, you can use one of the email links at www.prettypads.com to talk to inquire.
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When you sew them- rather than laying it out with all of the right sides out (like that shows), place the right sides together- but first turn the edges of the pocket flaps under twice and sew down them so the raw edges don't show. (So the front side of the bottom piece will face up, and the front sides of the top two pieces will face down) Sew all around it, and then flip it rightside out and iron it, and you can top stitch it if you want.
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I think I need to clarify. While I know how to turn and topstich, I'm not sure how to modify a pattern to accomodate it. I know I could add an extra 1/4 inch, but the pad is small, so I'm not sure if it will work to turn and topstich. The part you put the pad into, that snaps, has a pocket, so I just don't know how I'd do that. TIA,

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I've made turned and topstitched pads using the pattern you posted. I just added 1/4-3/8 inch seam allowence to it then sewed right sides together and then topstitched as close to the edge as I could(about 1/4" again) Also add a bit to the part of the pocket side so you can hem it so it won't fray.

Since you want these for postpartum, I would also lengthen the pattern to about 10" long and make the wings a bit wider(at the pad part)

For the insert part, I would make something that you could fold and insert instead of a 4 or 5 layer soaker type thing. Like a 2 layer wipe that is almost as long as your pad is, and as wide as you need it to fold in thirds and then put in your pad. I personally would make 2 per pad, again since they are for PP. HTH!!
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