Starting off 2010 with doll diapers!!!

posted in: Babies & Kids, Sewing | 14

I was so excited to get the girls Baby Alive Dolls now that they are potty trained to remind them that babies use diapers.  I still remember getting mine when I was little!!!!  They had been eyeing them for weeks in the store & were SUPER excited to get them from Santa Christmas morning.

When they were purchased the plan was to make clothe diapers because the disposable ones a.) don’t fit right b.) are super cheap & rip c.) to damn pricey!  They are $6 for 6 of them, that’s more than REAL disposable diapers!  I was bored today and a few of the mamas on the sewing forum I belong to we asking about them, and since I had already been planning to do it & the kids were napping I just went for it!

I have to say since I have no diaper supplies and just winged it they turned out pretty good! I had traced one of the disposable ones that they came with… but honestly, like I said before, those don’t fit right anyways (we have the baby ones, not the bigger toddler ones). So after some cutting, adding here and there & shaping I ended up with something to give a try.

I used 2 pieces of flannel for the actual diaper, one for the inside & one for the exterior. For the soaker I used 2 pieces of thicker terry cloth (aka old towel!). I used regular velcro & a small piece of elastic inside each leg.   It only took me maybe 15 minutes start to finish to make 2 and that included making the pattern.

I thought they might leak without a water proof layer (I do have fleece, but it would add a lot more bulk), but actually it held up to multiple feedings just fine (she only takes a little bit at a time) the twins both feed their babies 10+ times (I filled it 1/3 of the way full)?  Next time I think I will use a piece of an old ziploc 1 gallon bag & sew it inside to make it water proof.

Anyways I took pictures & plan on working up a tutorial as well as scanning the actual pattern piece in tonight or tomorrow. It would work for a lot of other babies as well without the soaker.

Not a bad start to the new year!  Here’s to lots of sewing in 2010!!!!

14 Responses

  1. Jessica
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    oh sister of mine…I have PUL…cough cough…

    • Kymy
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      So do I, some where, but honestly it’s not worth the $ that PUL costs! It’s not for a real bum so it doesn’t have to be ‘breathable’. So unless you have un-usable scraps of PUL that will work I just don’t see the point in the extra $.

  2. Stephanie
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    Can’t wait to see the tutorial! I see dolly diapers in my future 🙂


  3. Cori
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    I LOVE it! I can’t wait to see your tutorial. My girls got new babies for Christmas too and they’d love some diapers.

  4. Yara
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    I have so many pieces of unusable pul… I may go buy these dolls for my daughters ; )

  5. maidenlymade
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    I am looking forward to your pattern and tutorial on this one!
    I am booking marking your site!
    Found you from the sewing mamma forum

  6. Rachael
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    I have used and pointed many people to your free tutorial listings heaps in the last year so wanted to start 2010 with a big THANK YOU for making my life so much easier 🙂

    There’s a free doll nappy pattern and tutorial on the NZ Nappy Network site (you have linked to Shar’s Newborn pattern on there in your listings) – 🙂

  7. Peta
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    Well done Kymy, they look great.
    Have you thought about using a piece of nylon shower curtain as the water proof layer? It’s cheap and if you use the patterned ones it could be the decorative outside layer. That’s what I used for mine, my girls have baby borns.

  8. brandy
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    I nominated you for a little blog award that has been bouncing around various craft blogs this week. I LOVE your blog and ideas and have used many of your tutorials! Thanks so much!

  9. Susan
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    PLease tell me where the tutorial is on this – we just got Baby alive –

    Thanks – Susan

    • Kymy
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      I haven’t had a chance to… the last year has been a bit crazy! lol, I plan on getting it up soon.

  10. Susan
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    Did I miss “YOUR” tutorial on the your diapers for Baby aliive? I see the one for nappynetwork, but am looking for yours!! Thanks!

    • Kymy
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      I haven’t had a chance to… the last year has been a bit crazy! lol, I plan on getting it up soon, better late then never right?

      • Susan
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        Thanks!! I thought I might be going a little crazy!! Hope to see it soon – take care!

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