Sunday, December 13, 2009

Diaper Stacker Tutorial

The crib bedding has been delivered and turned out great. I have been promised a picture once the room is painted and everything is set up, so as soon as I get that picture, I'll let you all see the finished product. For now though, I have a sneak preview. I made a diaper stacker to go with everything.

I couldn't find a tutorial that I liked, so I figured one out on my own. Just in case there are some of you out there that would like to make one for yourself, here is a tutorial.
Supplies needed:
-1 yard main fabric (my brown)
-1/4 yard top fabric (my cream)
-1/4 yard accent fabric (my blue)
-1/4 yard interfacing
-Coordinating Thread
-Children's Hanger (the plastic ones that come with clothing purchases, like from Old Navy, work great)
-Posterboard/Cardstock/Cardboard (8.5" x 11")
-Applique (optional)
***All seams 1/2"***
Instead of including pictures for every single step, I included them when I thought they would be most helpful. If any part of this is confusing, please let me know.
1. Cut the following pieces:
(A) - Main fabric 40.5" x 18.5"
(B) - Accent fabric 2 pieces 3.5" x 18.5"
(C) - Main fabric 4.5" x 45" (or length of fabric...this is the ruffle piece so it doesn't need to be exact)
(D) Top fabric 2 pieces and Interfacing 1 piece, this pattern
(E) Main fabric 12.5" x 9.5"
2. Fold (B) in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press.
3. Place (B) on top of (A), right sides together, with long raw ends of (B) lined up with short raw ends of (A). Stitch. Finish seam (serge, zigzag, etc.). Press seam open. You should now have this: 4. Apply interfacing and any appliques to one of the (D) pieces.
5. Fold short ends of (C) under 1/4" towards wrong side. Press. Fold (C) in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, concealing short end raw edges. Press. Topstitch short ends. Stitch a gathering stitch along long edge. Gather fabric and pin (C) to interfaced/appliqued (D), right sides together, leaving 1/2" at the bottom of each side for a seam allowance when we connect this piece to the main part. Stitch. Do not finish the seam yet.
6. Grab the other piece (D) and serge 1" along the top middle. 7. Pin (D) pieces right sides together, with ruffle inside. Stitch together except for the 1" on top where serged. Finish seam, making sure to pull the 1" serged piece out of the way. (This is where the hanger will go through). Turn right side out and you should have something like this: 8. Center raw edges of (A) and (D) right sides together. Grab center of the excess on the side of (A) and pull in to the seam of (D). Fold the front and back flap in and over to lay flat. Press pleats. Repeat on other side. You should have something like this: Stitch around. Finish seams.
9. Pin (E) to bottom of (A), right sides together. Stitch, making sure to pivot on corners. Finish seam.
10. Place posterboard in bottom and put the hanger through the top, and you are ALL DONE!!!Note: If you would like to make one for a boy, you can either make this without the ruffle, or add piping using the same method found in this tutorial.

29 comments:

  1. DANG cute! I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for posting a tutorial. What a champ you are.

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  2. I love this! This saved my life with my kiddos. I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Hopefully, you will see a jump in your traffic and followers!

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  3. Saw you on somedaycrafts and had to come bookmark your page! Love it!

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  4. Great tutorial!! I featured your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-diaper-stacker-for-babys-nursery/2009/12/21/

    --Anne

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  5. I love this tutorial. I had to show it off and posted a link here http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=907740

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  6. Hi, Thank you for the tutorial...it's great tutorial....

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  7. What a fantastic project- this would be great for customizing your nursery any way you want! I don't see many diaper stackers these days, but always found them handy when my lil one's were still little. ;)

    Please feel free to add this tute to my Baby Week link party at My Frugal Family.

    It can be found at:

    theherberfamily.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Tam! I also featured this idea for our Baby Week at Oopsey Daisy with a roundup of fun baby ideas. Thanks so much!

    ~Alison

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/05/wednesdays-wowzers-tons-of-baby-ideas.html

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial! I made a cowboy themed one for my son today with piping. Your directions are great, and the instructions at the link for the piping are really easy to follow as well. I was able to use fabric that I already had on hand, so it was free, except for my time. Gotta love it!

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  10. Thanks for your tutorial!
    It guided me in making this...
    http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww39/AmyMiLo/The%20Strawberry%20Cupcake/downsized_1031101525.jpg

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  11. Thank you for this tutorial! I was having a hard time organizing my daughter's diapers, and being a novice sewer, I found other tutorials on the internet very confusing. Your tute had really clear and easy to follow instructions. I love the diaper stacker that I've made! Thanks again!

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  12. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am a novice when it comes to sewing and this was great. I changed it a little but it came out awesome! Again, thanks.

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  13. I'm a beginner sewer and I found this tutorial to be really easy to follow! I'm at about step 5 right now, but I will definitely be linking to your tutorial when I post pictures of the finished diaper stacker on my blog. Keep up the great work! :)

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  14. Here is my finished project :)

    http://purpleubergoober.blogspot.com/2011/06/now-where-am-i-going-to-put-all-of.html

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  15. I was wondering..if I took out the ruffle would it mess up the steps? I have a little boy..lol

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  16. Keshia-
    You can definitely take out the ruffle and it won't mess up a thing. Also, see the note at the end of the tutorial where it references a tutorial for piping if you wanted to add that. I'm having a little boy any day and I did piping instead of a ruffle for his diaper stacker.

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  17. Thank you so much! I just made this for my granddaughter and the directions were perfect!

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  18. Oh my gosh! I just made this for my soon to be here baby girl! Thank you so much for posting this! :) :)

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  20. I just had to stop by and post a picture of the one I did for my little Leah on the way. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this. You are awesome! I tweaked mine a little bit only because I wanted to hang it directly on the changing table and there was nowhere to hang a hanger. :)

    http://s52.photobucket.com/albums/g8/pbgirl09/?action=view&current=diaperstacker.jpg

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    1. As long as when you printed the pattern piece, the 1" reference square that was also on the paper measured 1", the pattern will be the correct size.

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  23. Just finished making one of these for my son! I just opted for no ruffles, thank you so much for posting! I turned out great! Thank you!!

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  24. What type of interfacing did you use? I'm a beginning sewer...new to a lot of this terminology but if I remember right...there are different types... Thanks! :)

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  25. Thank you for sharing this easy-to-follow tutorial. I managed to make a very basic version today (I'm a very beginner sewer).

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