Here is my basic pattern and tutorial for a wool diaper cover. The pattern is similar to other soaker patterns but my method is a little different. Rather than adding in an extra soaker layer, I like to add a full second layer of wool on the inside, for a nearly seamless inside. This is especially useful if you don’t have a serger (like me!) and don’t want to worry about the seams fraying on the inside. It is a little more work, but I think it is worth it. Also, I like to make my diaper covers with a little bit higher rise, so I have made the waistband a bit larger.
Download the free PDF pattern HERE: Wool Diaper Cover Pdf Pattern Download
This pattern is designed to be used with repurposed wool from wool sweaters. For the best results, look for wool that is at least 80% wool with a good amount of stretch, at least 40-50% stretch. I recommend first machine washing and drying your sweaters.
In general, the sizes listed in my pattern will fit these ages. Keep in mind that every child is different, and the stretchiness of the wool you use will change how long you can use that diaper cover.
- NB – up to one month or smaller babies
- Small – 0-6 months
- Medium – 6-18 months
- Large – 12-24 months
- x-Large – 2t-3t
1. Cutting out the pattern.
When you cut out your pattern, pay attention to the direction of the knit, and place your pattern positioned evenly with the pattern of the knit. The pattern is designed for the body to be cut out in one piece, so if you must cut it out in two pieces, add 1/4 extra for seam allowance. Cut two body pieces, two leg cuffs, and one waistband.
Here’s all my pattern pieces cut out:
2. Now to start sewing.
Stitch up the sides of both lining and outer body pieces, as shown. Then stitch the open sides of the waistband and leg cuffs.
A. Turn the outer body piece right side out.
B. I folded the seam to the side of the waistband, so you can see what I’m doing.
C. Fold the waistband down
D. All the way in half, lining up the raw edge, right sides out.
E. Now place it next to the body piece
F. Fit around the outside of the body piece. I am lining up the seam on the side, but some people like to have it centered in the back. It is just a matter of preference.
A. Next, take the lining body piece. Keep it with the wrong sides out
B. Place it around the outer body piece. Here in the picture I accidentally was placing it backwards, so be sure you match up the front and back!
C. Pull it all the way up, lining up the raw edges.
D. Now line up the seams on the side, and first pin that side in place
E. Then pin the other side, and in the middle. Put more pins on if you think it will make it easier to sew.
F. Stitch around the top, be sure you keep all four layers evenly lined up.
A. Start flipping it right side out
B. The turn the outer body piece inside
C. Next, take the leg cuffs
D. Fold them in half the same way you did with the waistband, so that the seams are on the inside
E. Line up the leg cuff seams with the body seams
F. Place inside both layers of the body pieces and pin in place, stitch around the inside on both leg cuffs. Once again, be sure you have ALL four layers evenly lined up as you sew.
Here’s what it looks like on the inside after I trimmed the seams. You could also zigzag along the open seams to keep them from unraveling, or serge it if you have a serger. I really like making my wool diaper covers this way, you get a much cleaner looking result and it really isn’t that much more work! Next time I will go through how I make my wool appliques and give you a few free patterns to try!
Have you tried sewing your own wool diaper covers? Let me know what you think of my process!