Thanks to a special lady who has nudged me to get this done (you know who you are), I present to you the tutorial for my diaper wipe holders that are a staple gift I give as gifts for soon to be moms.
So whether you are here because you have been long awaiting this tutorial, or are searching for the perfect handmade baby gift I can help you out. Only thing required is a basic sewing machine in addition to the materials for the diaper wipe holder.
This is what you will be making…
(2) Different Kinds of Fabric for the D/W holder
Medium Weight Fusible Stabilizer
First things first, go here and download my awesome pattern. Cut it out and glue or tape it together. Please note that the straight lines are the outside edge, the dotted lines can be cut more free hand not paying as close attention. I would suggest if you want to keep the pattern then to transfer it to a more permanent solution. I did mine on a medium fusible weight piece that holds up to tracing, cutting around and doesn’t flop all over the place or rip.
When lining this up you will want to line up the corners, you will understand once you print it off and start piecing it together as they are well labeled. If anyone has questions please let me know so that I can clarify more.
Here is the pattern all cut out and taped together:
Here is a close up of the writing on it (sorry about labeling it so well, just don't want anyone to run off and try and sell it - this is meant to be free):
Close up of the right side of it:
This is the normal piece I use for the pattern since I don't like paper, it rips, wrinkles, etc. this is the medium weight fusible stabilizer:
Here is where I marked a T on the top where the Velcro goes really either side could be the top, I just like being consistent since the pattern isn't exactly the same on both sides:
Now you will need to cut out your fabrics and medium weight fusible stabilizer. You will want your fabrics wrong side together when you cut them so that they line up perfectly when you are making your diaper wipe holder. Your fusible piece should be shiny side facing the wrong side of the fabric you want on the inside. If you are able to layer and cut out all three layers at the same time, do it if possible so that you get the exact same cut, if not, just pay close attention.
I use my rotary cutter for the outside edge and then some blunt edged quilting scissors for the corners to get a clean cut (note, I do not use pins on this stage, I walk around my table cutting using the rotary cutter and the guide then lay the plastic guide piece on top and pull the corners off the edge of the desk to use my blunt scissors on the corners. I don't like using pins because I can't use my rotary cutter guide if they are in. Does that make sense?
Once you have cut out your three pieces you will need to iron on the fusible piece to the back of the inside pattern cut piece. Once that is done you will need to sew on your Velcro piece. See picture for location, but it is between ¾ of an inch and an inch.
When you sew it on like this so that the sucker won’t come off (this is the back side for reference)….
Next you will pin your two pieces together. The more the better! So, you have pinned them together and are ready to start sewing this sucker up. You will need to sew a ¼ inch edge around it except where indicated in the picture. Below you will see where I refer to top and bottom. The top is where the Velcro is. In this picture you will see two arrows. This is the location you will want to leave open so that you can turn it inside out.
Here is where I left that spot open…
Next you will need to use those blunt nose scissors I was talking about to cut some of the corners. If you don’t know what kind I am talking about here is a close up…
They are sharp all the way to the edge and it is easy to use because they are spring loaded… bonus!
Examples of my cuts:
Next you will need to turn it inside out. Work slow and deliberate and it isn’t too bad to turn. I am getting good after doing a couple dozen of them. After turning it and making sure all the corners are now out and flipped properly you will need to go around the edge topstitching about ¼ of an inch all the way around the outside edge. When you are closing up the spot that you turned, don’t worry if you have to go closer to the edge on that part, it will be hidden when you make your envelope.
Before you pin the holder in place, iron the flaps the correct ways so that it stays in place easier. Left and right fold in and then the bottom folds up to hide the bottom of the left and right flaps.
Here you see where I pinned it in place. I usually use 3 pins to each side.
Now remember how we went 1/4 inch around it? Well you will then need to follow that line down the edge so that the holder is now stitched together. (did that make sense?) To do the right side you just go forward, it’s pretty easy, to do the left side you will need to go in reverse on your machine, unless you know something fancy about machines that I have failed to learn. This is one of the toughest parts because you are going into a corner, but you just work it and start flipping it as you are sewing down the line. At least it is pinned and you have a guide line to follow.
Then last but not least you take your flap with your Velcro and figure out where the other piece should sit on the bottom. Keep in mind that it is empty and that it will have quite a few things in there, I usually like to put it to where it will still catch the Velcro, but otherwise as high up as I can get it. You could always shove a couple diapers and a wipe case in there too if you have some to get an idea of the best spot to put the Velcro.
Closed and full your diaper wipe holder should look something like this…
So there you have it, a long detailed, picture filled instructions on what I do and how. I hope that everyone enjoys the tutorial and if anyone has any questions, please let me know so that I can help you and other people who may have the same questions.