Archive | April, 2013

gDiaper Up-cycle

8 Apr
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Your tools: a good seam ripper. Spend the extra dollar and get one with a long comfortable handle, you will thank me later 🙂

Start by removing the elastic band, you can start a small hole and insert your seam ripper and "slide" it all the way across.

Start by removing the elastic band, you can start a small hole and insert your seam ripper and “slide” it all the way across.

Don't completly remove the band, you will want to stop when you get to the back stitching about the ribbing. You can tell because it gets really hard to remove the stitches!

Don’t completly remove the band, you will want to stop when you get to the back stitching about the ribbing. You can tell because it gets really hard to remove the stitches!

After its partially detached from the elastic you will need to remove the surged edging to open up the 2 layers

After its partially detached from the elastic you will need to remove the surged edging to open up the 2 layers

All done and opened up, now turn it inside out.

All done and opened up, now turn it inside out.

This step is a little tricky, you want to remove the outer panel only, leaving the inner panel attached t the ribbing. You will have to remove the surged stitches and one row of straight stitches. If you mess up and it accidently comes apart dont pull at it, its not a big deal you just have to stitch it back on later :)!

This step is a little tricky, you want to remove the outer panel only, leaving the inner panel attached t the ribbing. You will have to remove the surged stitches and one row of straight stitches. If you mess up and it accidently comes apart dont pull at it, its not a big deal you just have to stitch it back on later :)!

After the panel is off!

After the panel is off!

Use your panel as a template to cut out your new panel from some awesome fabric!

Use your panel as a template to cut out your new panel from some awesome fabric!

Lay your diaper like this, making sure that the g label is facing up and that the elastic bands aren't twisted

Lay your diaper like this, making sure that the g label is facing up and that the elastic bands aren’t twisted

Fold the ribbing to the inside

Fold the ribbing to the inside

Add your new panel, right side down with the leg ribbing on the inside between the two panels.

Add your new panel, right side down with the leg ribbing on the inside between the two panels.

Pin the fabric down, I start in the corners and then do the middle and then the middle of each of those pins with a total of 5 pins per edge

Pin the fabric down, I start in the corners and then do the middle and then the middle of each of those pins with a total of 5 pins per edge

Now its time to sew, this is the setting I use. Its my longest straight stitch.

Now its time to sew, this is the setting I use. Its my longest straight stitch.

Make sure you are getting all 4 layers and do a couple of back stitches to lock your thread in so it wont easily pull out.

Make sure you are getting all 4 layers and do a couple of back stitches to lock your thread in so it wont easily pull out.

Gently pull fabric straight and sew to the end and back stitch. Repeat on the other side as well.

Gently pull fabric straight and sew to the end and back stitch. Repeat on the other side.

Run a quick zig zag stitch to help prevent fraying. You want to make sure it doesn't go past your straight stitch though.

Run a quick zig zag stitch to help prevent fraying. You want to make sure it doesn’t go past your straight stitch though.

All sewn up, now its time to turn it right side out.

All sewn up, now its time to turn it right side out.

One last quick step, sew it back down to your elastic. You will have to stretch it a little while you sew. You can do 2 straight stitches or a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. With cotton I would recommend a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying

One last quick step, sew it back down to your elastic. You will have to stretch it a little while you sew. You can do 2 straight stitches or a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. With cotton I would recommend a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying






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