"How To Sew Your Own Fleece Longies". Well this is pretty much a continuation upon that post and expanding on from longies to soakers. I started out with longies because a friend of mine had told me they were easier to sew. I'm soooooo glad I took her advice because it really did help to start out with the longies. The hardest part in my opinion on both patterns are the waistbands and legbands. It really helped to start out with just the waistbands on the longies and then when I got good at that try to tackle the very tiny leg bands on the soakers.
With all that said you might be asking yourself what longies and soakers are. Both longies and soakers are used as cloth diaper covers to create a much more breathable option in cloth diapering. You can use them as diaper covers all by themselves or you can use them over a PUL diaper cover to give you an extra layer of protection. You don't even have to use them as diaper covers at all. Longies are great just to use as pants or pajama bottoms. Soakers are great just to cover up less than attractive diapers in the summer or keep your little one from taking off their disposable or aplix closure diaper. So whether you're a cloth diaperer or not, longies and soakers are a fun and cute project for anyone.
What You Will Need:
Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker Pattern (you will need the soaker and the wet zone)
Washable Fabric Marker
Coordinating or Contrasting Thread
Step By Step:
Katrina's Soaker pattern and Wet Zone pattern. When printing make sure you un-check the box that says to "Auto Rotate and Center", and Select "None" on the "Page Scaling" option. Make sure that the 1x1 square prints out at 1x1 so that it is the correct size. Cut out your pattern. Tape the two sides of the pattern together along the dotted line.
- Lay your fleece out flat on your work-surface with the wrong side of the fabric facing you. Place your main portion of the diaper soaker pattern on the fleece. Make sure the stretch of the fabric is going side to side (not up and down) when laying out your pattern. Trace out the pattern on your fleece using a washable fabric marker.
- Trace out your waistband and legbands (you will need two) onto the fleece. The Katrina's pattern only shows half the waistband and legbands. You will want them to be twice as long as what is shown. Have some fun with your waistband and legbands and make it a different color that coordinates with your main pant fabric.
- Trace out your extra layer for the wet zone.
- Repeat the last step with each of your legbands. Set legbands aside.
- Take your waistband and fold it inside of itself so that the right sides are showing on both the outside and the inside. Let the seam mark the exact middle of the back of the waistband. Mark the exact middle of the front of the waistband with a pin. Mark both the exact sides of the waistband with pins.
- Holding the soaker let the angles mark the exact front and back of the pants (if you have a hard time seeing the angles then mark them with pins). Let the side seams mark the exact sides of the soaker.
- Slide the waistband over the top of the soaker. Let the raw edges of the waistband line up with the raw edges of the soaker. Pin the waistband to the soaker using your pins as guides. You want the exact front of the waistband to match up with the exact front of the soaker, the back of the soaker to the back of the waistband, and the sides of the soaker to the sides of the waistband. You can even add additional pins in between the pins you've already placed if it helps you to keep everything in place.
- Sew a straight stretch stitch around the top of the pants attaching the waistband to the pants. If your machine does not have a straight stretch stitch then feel free to use just a regular straight stitch. Make sure to stretch the waistband as you sew to evenly distribute the waistband around the pants. Do not stretch the pants fabric. Go slowly so that you can make sure that the fabrics all line up.
- Flip the waistband up and you are almost done. All you have to do is sew on the leg bands.
- Turn your soaker inside out.
- Take one of your leg bands and fold it inside of itself so that the right sides are showing on both the outside and the inside. Use the seam to mark one side of the leg band and mark the exact opposite side with a pin.
- Slide your leg band inside one of the soaker leg holes with the cut edges of the leg band lined up with the cut edges of the soaker.
- Pin the seam of the leg band to the seam of the soaker. Pin the opposite side of the leg band (that you marked with a pin) to the bottom of the soaker.
- Sew a straight stretch stitch around the edge of the leg hole attaching the leg band to the soaker. Make sure to stretch the leg band as you do this to evenly distribute the leg band around the leg hole. Do not stretch the soaker fabric. Go slowly so that you can make sure that the fabrics all line up.
- Repeat with the other leg band and leg hole.
Voila!!!! You've just sewn your first fleece soaker! I've already sewn two newborn fleece soakers, three small fleece soakers, and one small wool soaker. The more I do the easier it gets. I do admit that those newborn leg holes were pretty tricky though. They're just so small.
I hope this tutorial helps you out when sewing your own fleece or wool soakers. I can't wait to try mine out very soon when Lincoln gets here. They're just so cute! Be sure to post pictures of your soaker creations on my Facebook page. I'd love to see them! Till then, keep checking back here for more great DIY projects, mommy and baby info, reviews, and giveaways as I continue on with my Adventures In Fluff ... and other mommy stuff.