Thursday, April 20, 2006

Faux Fuzzis (free pattern)

This is the most popular post on my blog!  I finally decided that the pattern instructions desperately need an update.  The new pattern instructions include pictures to help you with snap placement and with drawing the pattern.  They also include how to make a back pocket opening, just like in the popular brand of pocket diapers.  DO NOT MAKE DIAPERS FOR SALE that have a back pocket opening.  It is patent infringement.  The instructions are in pdf format and are on Dropbox.  You will be leaving my blog site.  The pattern is free, do not click on anything that asks you to pay money for the file and don't pay anyone for this file!

Download the instructions here using dropbox. When you click the link, the pdf file should open automatically. If a dialogue box pops up asking you to sign up for dropbox or sign in, you can simply click the 'x' in the top right corner to close the box. You can access the file without signing up/in to Dropbox. (Shameless plug: if you don't already have dropbox, you might want to consider using it--I love it!)


These photos are old, but I just can't delete them because Josh is so darn cute.  :) 




These photos of Obadiah at 9 months and 20 lbs, wearing a size medium. This is the diaper I made in the updated instructions.


35 comments:

  1. The diaper looks great! I've been wanting to try making a similar style of diaper with the opening like that, too--only with Touchtape.

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  2. Thanks! I love touchtape/velcro/aplix closures! They are preferred by everyone at my house. =) Much easier to get a good fit. On the diapers that are made with cotton that has been laminated (DIY) however, I have horrible trouble with the diapers wicking through the touchtape. :( I do spray them with camp dry, but I try to limit it, kwim?
    Steph

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  3. Super duper cute picture yet again. He could be a modeling baby. You will have to take some of your professional pictures of my little guy when we get home. Actually, maybe you could take it of our whole family. You are so good at that. I will call you tomorrow.

    me

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  4. Very cute :) I couldn't resist going to look at fabrics when I was at Walmart (all on my own!!) tonight... Don't forget I'd love to try them :) I really need to get my dh on my team if I'm going to do this!

    Talk to you soon :)

    ~kjl

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  5. thanks for sharing!!! i will definitely try the diaper by yours :)

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  7. I'm really having trouble with your snap placement. I followed the directions for an xsmall. Your directions don't really account for a curve in the second row except for the one snap 1/4" down and 3/4" over from snap A. On your grid photo it looks like the snaps curve. I made a small diaper with your pattern and the snaps were off. I'm trying to get it right this time. Could you help me? Also the diaper seems pretty wide in the middle (crotch) compared to some of my other patterns. Also did you know that your directions for snap placement are different; in your Instruction sheet you say to go down 1" from the top of the pattern but on the measurement sheet you say to go down 7/8" from the top.

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  8. It has been many years since I have actually used this pattern. (originally posted in 2006) If you are familiar with the old style Fuzzi Bunz diapers, this pattern was made to be as similar as possible to those. Between making the photo tutorial and writing out the sizes, I made some adjustments to snap placements. They do not curve--the rows should be straight, except the inner most snaps on the second row is down.
    Use a french curve ruler to help you get the leg opening curve. You can certainly adjust the crotch to be the width that you want it to be--that is the beauty of making your own diapers! Experiment. If you make the crotch narrower, the leg openings will be wider. You may have to account for this by then shortening the rise of the diapers. It's trial and error...which I have spent the past 5 years doing. :) The diapers that I make now are a much, much better fit than these. But at the time this was a very popular diaper and many people wanted to make their own...so I was trying to help. I have learned a lot since then! The diaper patterns that I make for sale and have on my website are also MUCH better.

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  9. Thanks for responding. Why is the one snap lower? My daughter loves Fuzzi Bunz and asked me to make some with the pointed corners. So I wanted to try to make a few.Do you have another free pattern?

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  10. I think the one snap is lower to get a very snug fit on tiny legs. I never needed it on my kids. You can certainly modify the snap placement to be exactly what you need, and you can also place the pocket opening wherever you want. There used to be a great tutorial online for placing a back pocket opening, but it was a geocities page, and those have all been removed now. :(

    On pamperedcheeks.com I have some free patterns for nursing pads, mama pads, and DIY maternity jeans/pants as well as a couple tutorials with sewing tips. I have more I would like to add (I would love to make some videos, too), but I've been way too busy at home. I have not stocked my for sale patterns for a loooooong time simply because I am afraid I may not have time to stop and ship them.

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  11. How much did it cost to make the duplicate? And I would want to make them a one size, would you go the snaps route like bum genius or attempt how fuzzibunz does it with the leg elastic?

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  12. Jenna, the cost for making a diaper depends on several variables. I highly recommend polyester knit PUL. This will cost between $6-12/yard on average. The size of diaper you are cutting out will affect how many you can cut from a yard. If you are using a fabric that is 60" wide, you should be able to get at least 4 diaper cuts from a yard. The microfleece that I use costs me around $5/yard. Then there is elastic, snaps, and thread. It would easily cost around $5-$7/diaper. There are ways to lower those costs, though--buying fabric in continuous yardage will mean more cuts/yard, buying from coops will reduce the price per yard, etc. I use snaps on the one-size diapers I make. I haven't tried to do it with the leg elastic. I think I would have to try both to make a good judgment.

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  13. Just wondered if you could tell me, in the instructional pdf there are a set of measurements, and then in the measurements pdf there are measurements listed for each size... but none match the measurements given in the first pdf. Just wondered what size that one is.

    Also, I'm having some trouble understanding which measurement is which. I don't know which measurement is the crotch, and which is the length. And when I measure for the elastic, am I placing my ruler diagonally from the wing tip and marking where the correct length meets the paper? I tried marking straight down from the back, but that seemed a it too far.

    Sorry for all of the questions. :(

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  14. Great questions, Tammy. I really should just update these patterns, but I haven't really had time. The measurements in the instruction are for a modified size medium. It's a little bigger than the medium, but smaller than a large. The reason why is because I made the instructional part long before I had measurements for the other sizes. The modified medium worked well for the diaper I made in the demo, because I was using a cotton woven PUL, which does not stretch.

    The "crotch" is the part of the pattern where it is the narrowest. So if you are looking at the instructional pdf, the narrowest measurement is 8" from the front, and is 8.125" across. (Which is kind of weird since that's wider than the crotch of the size large. Again proving my point that I should redo the instructions!)

    As for elastic, yes, place the ruler diagonally along the leg, measuring from the wing tip in the back and again from the front. I hope that makes sense. If not, let me know!

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  15. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly, it's much appreciated! This does answer my questions. I am thinking of using velcro with them instead of snaps, do you think that would work also?

    When I get my site up and running (hah! Between baby, husband, house, trying to get a new business going and sometimes me, it'll get there) I would love to post a link to this site for people looking for tutorials for diy diapers. Would that be ok? You've got a great site here.

    It's really nice that you're so caring about your readers, even on a post this old. (I saw - '06!).

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  16. You happened to catch me at the right time. :) This is one of the most popular posts on my blog and is hit by the search engines regularly, so I try to keep it up. You could definitely experiment with trying velcro instead of snaps. When I used to put velcro on pocket diapers I would sew the loop side of the tape onto the front of the diaper, then add a scrap piece of PUL behind it to cover the holes (so it was a large enough scrap to be sewn in along the sides and/or top. You may want to make the wing tips a little more square (perhaps similar to the newer style fuzzi bunz) for aesthetic purposes.

    You could definitely link to here! I really should update the instructions, including instructions for how to do a back opening...LOL...

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  17. Thanks for this pattern! I am making diapers for my sister in laws and have searched high and low for a good pattern! Thanks again!

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  18. Brittany Rae8/13/2011 3:32 AM

    I am a new mom & I want to try to make my own diapers. I am just learning to sew. I was wondering what kind of fabric you use? I have heard alot of different things but I am unfamiliar with all of them. I know some people use different fabrics on different parts of the diaper. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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  19. Hi Brittany, glad you stopped by! This is a great question. It can be very confusing when you are just starting out. I use a lot of different types of fabrics for specific purposes. For this particular diaper, the outer fabric is PUL (I recommend 100% polyester PUL) which is waterproof and the inner fabric is a 100% polyester microfleece fabric. Suedecloth is also a fabric that works well inside pocket diapers. Since neither of these fabrics absorb (polyester does not absorb), you must stuff the pocket with something absorbent. There are MANY different types of inserts you could use. I have cut old bath towels and sewn them to be inserts, microfiber towels purchased in the automotive department, and so on. But my favorite now is to use hemp/cotton fabrics that I buy online. I sell a whole line of patterns and on each page is a detailed listing of suggested fabrics for each type of diaper. It may be a better, more detailed answer for what you are looking for. You can find it here: http://pamperedcheeks.com/patterns.php.

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  20. Sarah Collins9/20/2011 11:44 AM

    First off I just wanted to tell how the picture of your beautiful family and your short little testimony inspired me. What a joy it is to see a Christian family with their "quiver full" of children. My husband and I have been married for 15 months and have a 4 month old son. Our prayer is that the Lord will bless us with as many children as He sees fit to give us. For however many that may be, we will be thankful. A few months before our son was born I decided to use cloth diapers. We feel that whatever the Lord gives us financially, it is our responsibility to use that money in the wisest way possible. Comparing the price of disposables during the duration of a child's diaper use to that of cloth was an astronomical difference. I purchased a few used fuzzibuns and love them...but have been wanting to make my own. Thank you so much for your detailed free pattern. What a blessing! May the Lord richly bless you and your family.

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  21. I AM SO EXCITED TO TRY AND MAKE THESE FOR MY DAUGHTER SHE IS DUE WITH NUMBER SEVEN SOON.
    I DO HAVE A QUESTION WHERE DO YOU FIND THE SNAPS YOU USE AND WHAT IS THE BRAND NAME.

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  22. I order my snaps from China. They are Kam snaps. There are stores here in the U.S. that carry them (Joann Fabrics is one, Kamsnaps.com is another), but I believe so strongly in supporting this mission: http://littleflowerprojects.blogspot.com/. The store with snaps and presses is here: http://assuntastore.com/. I LOVE Serena.

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  23. For some reason I haven't had much luck using mediafire (and your pattern isn't the first file I've had problems with...). I don't know if it is because I'm using a mac or what. Oh well. So, I was wondering if it would be possible to get a copy of the .pdf emailed to me. I know this may be asking a lot, and it would be okay if you said no. Thanx for creating the pattern for free either way!

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    1. Sure! Send me an email at stephtheis at gmail.com. :)

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  25. Hello - Just what I was looking for - many thanks !
    I used to use FB diapers when my son was a baby, now nearly 6 and a big lad but still wets the bed at night and I want to go back to washables as this seems to last...
    I hope I can adjust the pattern to his size.

    Thanks again

    Claire (from France)

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  26. so i have to draw my own there is not a pattern i can print out and trace?

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    1. Yes, you will have to draw your own pattern using the measurements and tips provided. #1--it is very, very time consuming to create an accurate digital pattern to print. Since I'm a bit of a perfectionist, that makes it even worse. Oh, and the fact that I don't own any cool programs to help me also makes it hard. I create all of my digital patterns in Microsoft Publisher. Trust me, it is HARD. #2--it's really not as hard as you think to draw your own pattern. I've drawn hundreds. Give me the measurements (like I have provided here) of any diaper today and I can draw something similar. Believe it or not, you can do it too! It is VERY forgiving. Being "off" a little here or there will not be a problem. As you learn to sew your own diapers, you will hopefully find ways to tweak patterns to fit your little one better anyway. That is one of the great benefits of making your own! (Besides saving money and making super cute diapers).

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  27. I'm unable to download the pattern from this link, every time I click the download button, it refreshes the page.

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    1. I am sorry...some others have had issues too. If you email me at stephtheis at gmail dot com, I will email the pattern pdf to you!

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  28. Do you specify anywhere which dimension of elastic you use? I can't seem to find it- can you advise please. Thank you for a great tutorial- it may be a few years old, but it is fantastic and relevant. I appreciate it.

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    1. I use 1/4" wide elastic. The kind that I use has spaces in it (like little boxes) when you stretch it. But as far as the length, I do not measure it. I stretch it as I sew it in, then I cut off the excess. In this way, there is never any waste, and it is easy to hang on to while you sew it down all the way to the end. I'd love to do a video tutorial someday...it's on my bucket-list of things to do. :)

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  29. I am wondering if you know how the sizes of disposable diapers compare to the fuzzi buns patterns? i.e...does an XL fuzzi = a size 3 disposable?

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    1. I think if you just google sizing chart for the fuzzi buns diapers, you will find something that will be "close" (such as here: http://www.kellyscloset.com/Need-Sizing-Help_ep_36-1.html). This is not going to be perfect, but it could give you an idea of where to start. First make one diaper, then you can tweak your own pattern to fit your baby even better.

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  30. hi Steph,
    Thank you for loving the Lord and posting about Him! In a time when God is being mocked and pushed out of everything, I cling to those that honor Him. Your sister in Christ! Angel Karing

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