First, the tools you will need;
- PUL fabric or fleece. I used PUL because it is more waterproof that way I can use these at night after he is day trained. You can get PUL from Joann's fabric.
- FOE elastic. You can get this at Joann's also. It is near the PUL. Babyville makes both.
- A rotary cutter and mat. You don't HAVE to have these. I mean, you can use a pair of scissors but I had to use a lot of pressure to cut through the prefold and I can't imagine having to do that with scissors.
- I also had a needle and thread, sewing machine, and lots of pins.
Here we go.
Step 1: I cut my PUL so that it is just about 2 inches longer than my prefold but no wider.
Step 2: Then I cut out leg notches. You can probably eyeball it. I used a newborn diaper pattern as a template. I left 4 inches on the top and bottom. Be sure to leave it a bit wider in the back.
Step 4: I cut the PUL halfway to the fabric in about 1-2 inch increments so that I could fold it over easily and pin it in place.
Step 5: I sewed everywhere that was pinned in a zig zag stitch.
Step 6: I cut 2 pieces of FOE about 2/3 the width of the diaper.
Step 7: I folded the FOE around the front and back. I stitched them on with the zigzag stitch as well, pulling as I sewed so that it stretched from end to end.
Step 8: ( I didn't realize there were so many steps. LOL) I folded the ends together and stitched them. WARNING
I broke TWO needles on this part. I learned I needed a stronger needle to get through all this fabric. I suggest making sure you have a strong needle and/or just stitching from the elastic down. and then hand stitching the elastic.
Step 9: I used my rotary cutter and trimmed off the excess fabric.
Step 10: (because I like having a nice round number) Turn your training pants right side out and marvel at our craftiness. Revel in your crunchiness. Delight in your thriftiness.