And now for something completely different. I don’t normally do tutorial posts, primarily because I think they’ve all been done before. In fact, I know that this one has been done before. Where do you think I got the idea? But I was so in love with this project, and I wanted to encourage anyone who thought it would be too difficult with a detailed photo tour. This will be of zero interest to my usual “fan base.”
Today, I am hosting a guided tour, converting a Flip diaper cover into an Elemental-style all in one diaper, with optional stay dry lining.
This is a great upcycling project. I did not spend any money making this diaper. Well, I spent money once upon a time, but not anytime recently. I use and love Flip diaper covers, and the fabric is from 2 jersey knit receiving blankest on their 4th or 5th upcycle.
Let’s start, shall we?
First, we need a pattern. This is not my pattern, I take no credit for it, but it works terrifically for this project. Find it here, towards the bottom. It’s called 2013 Style Elemental Soaker. A huge thank you to the pattern maker.
Click on the link, print the pattern, cut it out, tape it together.
And now, a word about fabrics. Cotton is easily accessible around the house, but bamboo is a fine choice also. You can use flats on hand, dish towels from the kitchen drawer, any cotton jersey knit, a prefold, old cotton or flannel sheets, a couple of old t-shirts, flannel fabric, or, my personal favorite, a ratty old Flip organic cotton night insert. For this tutorial, I am using 2 knit cotton blankets that have seen better days and I will also show how to use a Flip organic night insert. For my diapers, I prefer a knit fabric to make them feel and look like an Elemental.
The following photos show how to use a Flip organic night insert to make soakers. This is my preferred fabric choice, as it makes a crazy absorbent diaper.
ETA: I made a handful of these diapers and they have been in use for about 8 months now. They have held up quite well to regular washing, bleaching and drying. I worried about the edges coming unraveled with wear and tear, but so far that has not happened. The diaper using the Flip organic night insert as a soaker is very, very, very absorbent. Moreso than the ones I made with 8 layers of jersey knit.
Second ETA: I wanted to comment on taking the diapers apart after they have served their purpose. I was able to take them apart with the cover completely unscathed. The original flaps on the Flip have serged edges and the soakers are attached right over the serging. I used a seam ripper and carefully removed the soakers one or two stiches at a time, making sure I didn’t cut into the serging. Since the flaps are not part of the waterproof outer, even if you did cut into the PUL or serging, it would not compromise the diaper at all.