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I started sewing regularly around the time my daughter was born, 12 years ago, and for years most of what I sewed was for her, between reusable cloth diapers and wipes, bibs, bassinet and crib bedding, toys, and so on. I also sewed all sorts of accessories for her favorite toys, and one of the absolutely most successful also happened to be one of the easiest: DIY doll diapers! (Once I also designed an even smaller diaper with a tail hole for her beloved stuffed monkey!)
At the time, I used simple solid colors, but then I started branching out into more colorful fabrics, and oh what fun!
You really can’t get much easier than this because fleece doesn’t fray, so all you have to do is cut out the shape and sew on the velcro. Fleece is also stretchy so that, plus the adjustable velcro closure, makes for a perfect fit pretty much every time. For example, I can pull it tight around this skinnier doll…
…or leave it looser for chunkier dollies.
My free pattern will fit most standard sized dolls, so this is perfect to sew up as a gift, when you don’t have a doll to measure. And don’t think that these diapers are only for baby dolls! Ours have been used on pretty much all of my children’s toys!
Shall we make some DIY doll diapers? Let’s get started!
- Cucicucicoo Patterns FREE Doll Diaper pattern (My free patterns are available to all Cucicucicoo Newsletter subscribers. The Newsletter is sent out every two weeks and you can unsubscribe whenever you want. Sign up for the Newsletter here for access to dozens of free downloads, templates and patterns! If you are already subscribed, check one of your old Newsletters or your welcome e-mail for the link and password.)
- 11 x 14″/ 27 x 35 cm (height x width) fleece
- 1 piece of sewable velcro loop 7¾” (20 cm) long
- 2 pieces of sewable velcro hook 1½” (4 cm) long each
- polyester thread
Feel free to use other fabrics, however you will get the best results with fleece, which is stretchy and non-fraying, helping it fit without elastic.
I used the same 1″ (2.5 cm) wide touch tape velcro that I used to use for sewing cloth diapers, but feel free to use a different type and/or width.
Print the pattern file without changing the scale. (Measure the test square to make sure that it is the right size.) Cut off the right margin of page 1 and tape the pages together so that the lines and black triangles match up as seen above. Cut the pattern out along the line, and you’re ready to start creating!
Making the DIY doll diapers:
1. Fold the fleece and pin the pattern on the fold. Make sure that the arrow at the top of the pattern goes in the stretchiest direction of the fabric. Cut the fabric around the pattern.
2. Use regular scissors (not your good fabric shears!) to cut curved ends on both ends of the loop velcro piece, and just one end on the hook velcro pieces.
3. Pin the long loop velcro strip to the right side of the fabric (what will be the diaper outside) along the shorter straight edge. Then pin the two short hook velcro strips to the wrong side of the fabric (what will be the inside of the diaper) at the ends of the longer straight edge, as seen above.
4. Sew around the edges of the velcro with a zig zag stitch. I used a 3.0 stitch width and 1.5 stitch length.
And that’s it!
Now have lots of fun playing with your toys and DIY doll diapers! Here you can see our two little girls having a delicious pasta dinner! (Make sure you check out my incredibly easy felt bowtie pasta tutorial with a most adorable printable pasta box to put them in! That is another gift that never fails to please kids!)
Are you looking for a gift for a younger child, perhaps a newborn? Make one or two sensorial crinkle taggie toys from my easy tutorial! You’ll be surprised to find out what material that you have in your home makes the wonderful crunchy sound!
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12 thoughts on “DIY Doll Diapers – Free Pattern + Tutorial!”
Having hugged many a tree, the major complaint I know is that my clothes were sappy. Now with your help, my clothing choices will no longer be sappy. hahaha, I don’t hang around those complainers anymore.
I hope you caught my tongue-in-cheek, for I don’t dare try that again or I might bite it off.
Peace to you, and all your projects, and living your adventures.
Haha, funny about sappy clothes! Hadn’t heard that one before!
I tried to subscribe to your newsletter multiple times today both here and using the form. I have not received any confirmation emails.
Sophia, I just responded to you privately via email. Please let me know if you have any questions! 🙂
I have tried to sign up for the newsletter several times this morning and I haven’t received anything either please help! Thank you
Angie, I just sent you a private email 🙂
trying to find out how to down load the diaper patteren
Hi, Beverly! This pattern is free to all of my newsletter subscribers. If you want to sign up (for free), just click the link in the list of materials (under the subheading “Materials”) and pop in your name and email address. You’ll receive an email with a link to click to confirm your subscription (this is to avoid spam), then you’ll immediately receive a welcome email with the link and password for downloading all of my dozens of free patterns!
This Black doll is HORRIBLY offensive!! You have a regular appearing white doll, and to be inclusive you’ve used this muppet type stuffed toy to represent a Black baby????
I’m truly sorry if you have taken offense because I assure you that I most definitely didn’t have any such intentions. I actually have never purchased a doll for my children and these were both gifts or hand-me-downs. The black doll was from Ikea and there was also a blonde doll and an Asian one, too, in this line in exactly the same style, so the black one is definitely not meant to be in any way “inferior” to the others. However I really do apologize for the misunderstanding.
Thanks for the source information on the adorable, cuddly looking black doll. I was going to ask about the pattern so I could sew a doll that style. If it was purchased from Ikea, then I will have to keep looking.
Yes, sorry Gigi, but I have no idea of where you could find a pattern for something like this, but let me know if you do find one!