Materials Needed:

  • Babyville Boutique® Diaper Pattern from Cloth Diapers Made Easy
  • Babyville Soaker Pattern from Cloth Diapers Made Easy
  • Babyville Monster PUL – 21ʺ x 24ʺ or 2/3 yard
  • Babyville Monster Snaps & Snap Pliers
  • Soaker flannel fabric – 1 to 1½ yards depending on fabric width
  • Green Minky for Inner
  • ¼ʺ wide Braided Elastic (for legs and back – refer to pattern for yardage)
  • Polyester Thread
  • Mark-B-Gone™ Marking Pen
  • Omnigrid® Ruler


1. Using diaper pattern, cut one diaper outer from PUL and one inner lining from Minky (or desired lining fabric). Transfer pattern marks to fabrics.

2. Apply the snaps to the front panel. Note that I have used scraps of PUL to reinforce the snaps on the laminate side of the PUL. As an option, you can use EZ Adjust Tape™ as a closure instead of snaps. I like the look of using snaps for a colorful look!

3. Place PUL diaper and Minky inner, right sides together. I like to use a water-soluble glue stick around the edges to glue the two layers together instead of pinning them. It works well on the stretchy fabric and keeps everything aligned. Be sure to glue this a section at a time so the glue will not dry out.

4. Sew the two layers together, leaving an opening in the front panel so you can turn it to the right side. Apply elastic to the legs and back as indicated with your pattern.

5. Turn the diaper right side out through unstitched opening.

6. Topstitch all around the diaper, ¼ʺ from edge. Either omit topstitch or sew closer to edges at leg and back elastic areas so you don’t stitch through the elastic.

7. Apply snaps to the wings and on diaper back for soaker attachment.

8. Fold soaker fabric to cut a double layer from soaker pattern. Make sure the soaker pattern fits when the soaker pattern end is placed on the fold.

9. Trace your soaker pattern using a Mark-B-Gone pen. If you just wanted to make a soaker that is folded over once, you can skip to step 13. I used 6 layers for my soaker.

10. To create an extra flap, giving a little more protection at the front, which is especially helpful for boys, flip soaker pattern so the front of the pattern is touching the front of your traced soaker.

11. Trace the front part of your soaker pattern again, stopping at the narrowest part of the soaker. Using a ruler, draw a line across soaker, creating the end of the extra flap.

12. To make it easier to sew, I eliminate little dip near the front of the soaker. To do this, simply draw a line connecting the widest part of the soakers.

13. Cut out the completely traced soaker. You should have one long strip.

14. Next, stack all the layers of the flannel soakers, lining up all the edges.

15. Sew soaker layers together. You can use your serger like I did or sew use a zigzag or overlock stitch. The pattern includes the 1/4ʺ seam allowance.

16. Apply the snaps to the soaker so they correspond with the snap placement on the diaper. Images Step 15A

17. Snap the soaker into the diaper.

18. To use the soaker, simply fold the front flap over then fold the top layer down.

Meet the author

Trisha P. is a stay-at-home mom to 2 beautiful children who became interested in cloth diapering when she was pregnant with her son. She loves to craft and sew and create...Read more

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