Tips for Sewing Diapers with Cute Cotton print and hidden PUL...
In my personal opinion, cotton outer with hidden PUL diapers are novelty diapers. I can get 1-2 hours of use or one big pee with them vs 3-6 hours in a polyester outer diaper. Some work better than others, some seem bullet proof to one mama and the same diaper prooves a failure to another. It comes down to a few factors on how or why it doesn't work...how and how much a baby pees, how the diaper fits, how much absorbancy, what style, sewing techniques and notions.... I'm making this post and hoping other sewing mamas will share their tips on how to make a successful cotton outer with hidden PUL diaper.
Here are a few things I can think of...please add your comments and I'll update the list:
1. 100% polyester thread
2. needle size 10-12 (do you all think that matters?)
3. when trimming before sewing elastic on, I like to seperate the inner from the PUL in the elastic area and trim the cotton a tad shorter...not so short that it will fray when turned at the sewn edge, but shorter than the PUL so that when I top stitch there is no cotton on the inside of the pocket to touch the absorbant layers and wick on the front.
4. when sewing the elastic, sew it on the inner fabric side (is this correct? I always wonder if i'm doing it wrong, but I have success with this. please correct me if wrong)
5. Topstitching...Make sure you are going wide enough that when you turn the diaper inside out after sewing you see no cotton inside the pocket to touch the insert. But not so wide that your diaper looks funky. I like to to also let the inner polyester fabric turn to the top so that it minimizes the chance of cotton being inside the diaper to wick pee.
6. I never use a cotton inner with cotton outer, hidden pul.
7. Flannel is not a good choice for the outer print. use cotton woven or cotton knit.
Tips for wearing:
1. Fit! No gapping! Also not too small!
2. Insert! From Medium to large I've needed 6 layers of microfiber and 9 at night. that's 2 microfiber towel or bumgenius inserts or 3. or 1 folded over for smaller babies. I can get away with 6 layers of OBF. Flannel and knit (thin fabrics) generally need double that amount...so 10-12 layers for daily use and 15-18 for night time. This all depends on the baby of course!
1. Baby could be peeing so fast that it doesn't penetrate the wicking layer (fleece can be thick and notorious for this issue). Try a bamboo or cotton insert on top of your pocket or make AI2s.
Ok ladies...help me finish this list with some tips!