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Instructions for 'No Elastic Fleece Pull-Up Cover

This cover is made with 2 layers of microfleece, featuring enclosed (not visible) seam allowances at thigh and waist seams.

Polarfleece can also be used, but will make a much bulkier cover. Photo on the right is of a polarfleece cover.

Could also be made with 1 layer of polar fleece - but all seams would be visible on inside of cover.

As you can see, it looks a little like a pair of shorts and is a 'full coverage' cover - great for night or with bulky nappies. Works great with snappied folded terry squares or any type of fitted nappy.

The gentle elasticity of the fleece holds the cover up without the need for elastic. No red marks around waist or thighs with this!

Maya, 5mos/9kg, cover
made to the sizing below.

Photo © Mayas Mum :)
You need:
Microfleece (Polarfleece or wool can be used with slight variations)
Polyester thread (not cotton)
A baby

Use a thin width, medium length zig-zag stitch (or your preferred stretch stitch). Can also be sewn using an overlocker/serger.
All seam allowances are .6cms (usually line up edge of presser foot with edge of material)

Measure baby. Around waist (sitting) and thigh. Waist to top of thigh (sitting is easier to measure). Around bum over a typical nappy. Rise (from belly button, down between legs to same level on back) over nappy.

Those measurements equate to:

1) Waist - Take off about 5cms from waist measurement, halve it and cut 2 strips (2.4cm of seam allowances will  make waistband tighter)
2) Thigh - Cut 2 strips to thigh measurement (1.2cm of seam allowances makes leg cuffs tighter)
3) Bum  - Add 2.4cm + ease
4) Rise - Add 1.2cm + ease
5) Waist to thigh - Add  1.2cm + ease

(Numbers on image below)

Measurements are very vague and dont have to be exact. So long as the main body of the cover is a fair bit bigger than the bum measurement, and the waistband strip is a bit tighter than the waist measurement, then it'll be fine :) Ease is whatever you want it to be - if you want the cover to fit tight, dont add too much. If you want the cover with room to grow, add a bit more. Take into account how stretchy your fleece is.

Pattern should look similar to this:
And heres mine with the measurements I used for my 12 month old - 9ish kg boy:














Waist and leg strips can be whatever width you like - make them bigger and trim them down later. Mine are about 7cm.

How to put it all together:

Place body layers right sides together and sandwich one leg strip between (either way up), matching raw edges and one corner. Pin. Stretch leg strip to other end, pin along length.

Repeat with other leg - check you have both leg cuff strips the same way up!

Repeat with both waist pieces - again making sure waistband strips are the same way up.

* I have made the wrong side of the fabric lighter in this photo, just so you can see the placement - your microfleece really shouldnt look like this! :)


Edges will look like this when pinned.


And cover will look like this when all the strips are pinned on (forgive the blurry photo!).

If you want an embroidered or appliquéd cover, do this to one layer before you sew it together. Now you have a definite inside and outside, so take *extra* care to get those strips on the right way up!
In the photo, the lighter areas are the WRONG side of the fabric. Top layer is pulled back just to show placement. You should have the outside (appliquéd) layer right side up, then a strip wrong side up, then the inside layer wrong side up.


Sew leg and waist seams (red dotted lines), keeping waist and leg strips stretched and body layers unstretched.

Your cover is still wrong sides out, with the leg and waist strips sandwiched between. Only sew along red dotted lines, leave the rest open.


 Turn right side out - check all your strips really are on the right way round. (Notice a theme here? LOL!) Ok, so everything is sewn on properly (youre doing better than I did first time!).
Cover will look like this -->

All right sides facing up. :)


Fold cover in half, right sides together and pin sides together, matching tops and bottoms, and waist and leg seams. The front of the cover will be shorter than the back and you will have to stretch the front to match the back.
(Again, wrong sides of fabric have been made lighter.)

Take care to match the seams where the main body joins the waistband and leg cuffs. Its a bit tricky to see in the photo, but the blue pin is holding the waistband seams together.

Sew side seams (including waistband and leg cuffs). Just sew straight down the sides. Remember to stretch the front to match the back (of main body) as you sew. Take care going over the waist and thigh seams - theres 8 layers of micro in there!

You'll probably end up with a little pokey out bit above the leg cuff - thats just my bad pattern making skills  LOL! Just sew straight past it - dont try to turn in and follow the edge of the fabric. Clip it off afterwards.

Trim visible seam allowances to tidy them up and clip corners of seam allowance at top of waistband and bottom of leg cuffs.


Turn your cover out the right way. Go and put it on a baby :)


Cover front - I will probably trim down the waistband a few cms.
Appliqué design blatantly 'borrowed' from a gorgeous turtle design fabric I saw on

This cover was made wider to accommodate a night-time nap. Just add a few cms (about 4 or 5) to the overall width and a couple (2 or 3) to the length. Waist and leg strips should stay the same size.

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