It's that time again ... Time for another project! This one is really easy and will help you get a lot more use out of your prefold diapers. Who wouldn't want that??? While researching cloth diapers and hanging out in the cloth diapering chat rooms I've heard of so many moms complaining that they're in between sizes on their prefolds. One size is too small, the next size up is too big. The problem usually isn't with the rise. It's almost always with the wings. They just don't extend out far enough to cover the belly so you have to size up ... but now the rise is too high and folding over just makes for a really bulky diaper. What to do???
Enter the tutorial for How To Sew Extended Tabs On Your Prefolds. The solution is so easy it's a wonder why they just don't sell all prefolds this way. But then if they did we wouldn't have all these fun projects to do. Extended tabs are basically just a strip of fabric sewn on the top of the diaper that extend out past the sides of the diaper by about 2-1/2". You can use just about any fabric type that you want to as long as it will work with a snappi (or pins if you choose to use them). That brings me to the second great thing about adding extended tabs to your prefolds. Depending on the fabrics that you decide to use, you can turn a boring old prefold into a super cute accessory to your baby's wardrobe. Time to get started!
What you will need:
Prefold Diaper (Prepped and ready to go. Do not use an un-prepped prefold!)
Fabric to use for Extended Tabs (Make sure it will work with a snappi if you will be using one)
Thread to coordinate or contrast with your fabric
Fabric Marking Tool (Marker, Pencil, Chalk, etc.)
2-1/4" Dia Circle Template
Step By Step:
- Pin the open side of the extended tab closed.
- Place the extended tab at the top of your prefold diaper lining it up with the edge. I like to position the extended tab so that the opening is furthest away from the edge. Make sure that the tabs are equal on both sides. You should have about a 2-1/2" wing on each side of the prefold. Pin the extended tab to the prefold along the top edge.
- Sew a straight stitch an 1/8" in from the edge of the extended tab all the way around (skipping the wings). You should end up with a long skinny rectangle of stitching on the back side of the prefold. Trim your threads close to the fabric.
Voila! You're done. Time to test out your winged prefold on your little one. I'm sure you all remember that my little one is not here yet so I get to try my extended tab prefolds on my wonderful model, Teddy. The end result? A super cute prefold with a super awesome fit.
Facebook page so I can take a look at them and see how great they turned out. Thanks for sticking with me on my journey and I hope you'll join me again for more Adventures In Fluff.