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We recently got a few Flip diaper covers with pretty shot elastic. Other than the elastic, the diapers are fine. First, we tested to see if the elastic really had to be replaced. Leaking from the legs meant that replacement couldn't be avoided.
We purchased these covers for $2/ea. I also have a ton to try to sew before baby #2 arrives. So there's no way that I'm picking out stitches and then trying to resew into the same stitching line. The Flip covers use a knit tape to make a casing that encloses the elastic. This method would work for an enclosed free-floating elastic. It might work on covers that use fold over elastic if the original elastic is treated as a casing.
Using this method, the total process took maybe 20 minutes, including pausing to take photos.
Diaper cover with crap elastics
Elastic (1/4" used here)
Safety pin or elastic threader
Serger or sewing machine
These pants are the easiest pants I've ever made! There's literally 2 seams: crotch and waist. No elastic, no hems, no buttons, no zips. The sweater knit is super stretchy and can easily accommodate fluffy butts.
To make these toddler pants you will need your sewing supplies, a pair of pants that fit your kid to trace and a turtleneck sweater. This sweater is a women's XL and the finished pants are a big 2T. The maximum size of the pants will depend on the sweater size.
Before starting this project, I would wash the sweater however you intend to wash the finished pants. You don't want to shrink your finished piece!
These finished pants seem super comfortable! There is plenty of room for a cloth diaper, as shown by my little model. He is wearing a prefold and a cover under these pants. I could definitely fit these pants over his bulky nighttime diaper. They should be pretty warm and great for winter. I did make them just a tad big so that they will hopefully last until Spring.
Another great part of this project is that I still have the entire body of the sweater left. I'm planning on making the boys a couple matching hats out of the remaining fabric.
If using a wool sweater, this design could be used to make longies to be used as a diaper cover. This pattern could be altered for sweaters without turtlenecks. To maintain simplicity, the waistband could be replaced with waistband elastic. A skirt could also be added into the waistband seam if desired.