There is always so much drudgery around the house the day after a vacation--clothes to wash, unpleasant smells to investigate, the cat to clean up after, breakfast and lunch to fix without the benefits of fresh food--that it makes me kind of twitchy after a while. So I felt like making something. Of course, the kids were twitchy, too, all fighty and pestery, so I ended up making a quick-and-dirty ten-minute diaper cover out of an old sweater. Wanna see how?
There are a lot of modifications you can make to this simple pattern to make it more attractive and give it even better absorbency:
- Add regular elastic or FOE to the waist and/or leg holes
- Sew on the ribbed cuffs from the sweater sleeves to the leg holes
- Sew on cuffs from a different sweater for a cute color combination
- Make a pair of baby pants out of a felted wool sweater for a winter longie diaper cover
- Applique felted wool embellishments
You can also use this same technique to make a pull-on diaper cover out of fleece, which is nice and light but will be affected by compression wicking (so don't strap your kid into the carseat with it on) or even a thick cotton terry, which technically isn't water-tight but is nice for messy activities or beach play because you can wash it in as hot of water as you want. Or just let your kid run around naked. Whatever.