Friday, April 23, 2010

Free cloth diaper pattern!

*Update* If you see a message that says the document is unavailable, it's just google docs being weird. Just follow one of the links below the viewer and click download. You will then be able to view or save the file. Also, please note that I receive a HUGE volume of request to share the document in google docs and I just don't have time to manage that. Please just print it out or save it. <3


Click below to download the PDF document(s)!

Cloth Revolution diaper pattern

Pattern Instructions

 or  Pattern/Instructions in one document

If your like myself, you cut out the pattern and toss the instructions over your shoulder. In that case you can save time by just downloading the pattern file.

Now, if you would appreciate some well written, informative, love filled photo instructions that have been called "the best diaper sewing instructions ever, free or otherwise" then go ahead and download both documents!


The pattern pieces need to print out to scale, so before you print, be sure to turn off auto-rotate and center. There is a 1 inch square on each page, so verify that the box is actually one inch square!

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Awesome photos by jgmzii !

         PRINTING ISSUES CHECKLIST:
  • Check that you have the latest version of adobe reader
  • Turn off auto rotate, center, and page scaling on the print set up page
  • Set orientation to landscape
  • If you downloaded one of the individual documents, and you're getting a message about a password to print (this has happened to a few people but most can print w/o problems) try the pattern and instructions in one document instead.

    Now get to sewing, show off your creations in the Flickr Pool,
    then come back and show me some 
      Creative Commons License
      The Cloth Revolution Diaper Pattern by cloth revolution is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
      Based on a work at themafiatutu.blogspot.com.
      Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

      59 comments:

      1. Looove the look of your blog! Way to vent creative energy! :-*

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      2. Thanks for sharing!! I just printed and laminated the patterns, will cut the fabrics tomorrow.

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      3. I just wanted to say Thank You! This pattern is great. I just made a dozen newborn fitteds using it. I tried all the different soaker styles and used aplix on the front.

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      4. Thanks for this wonderful free pattern!! :) I plan to start making some of these asap ;) But I was wondering (couldn't find your email here to email and ask) how would I go about making the back wings snap in the front? Just change up the snaps? Put the sockets on the front and then 3 rows of the caps on the back wings? I haven't used snaps yet - waiting on some pliers ;) And I'm assuming it's size 20 snaps?
        Thanks!
        Kristin

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      5. Kristin, yup it's as simple as that to switch the wings around. I use size 20, unless I want to put 2 snaps on a size newborn. ;)

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      6. Thank you so much! Just got my snap pliers today! :) Will be making some up as soon as I get a chance!

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      7. Oh my goodness!!!!

        this is phenomenal!!! I have been looking at so many different patterns (all free) for about 2 weeks and this is the best I've seen. Detailed instructions that idiots can follow (when it comes to sewing, I am an idiot).

        You have answered all the questions I've had regarding soakers and elastic and closures.

        WOW!!!!

        Great work!!! You obviously put a lot of time into this. This looks like something you'd buy from Simplicity or other professional clothing pattern retailer.

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      8. I'm a bit clueless and sleepless (newborn at home), how many layers do you cut for the diaper? I see the chart for the inserts, but for the outer fabric is it 2 layers? More? I think my first try will be flannel for a fitted.

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      9. Newleaf, I normally just sew 2 layer diapers. For a flannel fitted, an additional hidden layer would add some stability but it is not a must. Any additional diaper layers will add absorbency (You can plan on being able to subtract a soaker layer for every diaper layer you add) but will also increase time needed in the dryer.

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      10. hello from Malaysia,

        stumbled upon your blog from diapersewingdivas. i cannot wait to try out your pattern. you are very generous to give permission and all, not to mention about the detailed instructions ^^ i bought fattycakes pattern before,and it doesn't come with detailed instruction like yours. thank you again! :)

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      11. Thanks Lynn! I was really driven to raise the standard on instructions. But reserve judgment on fattycakes, that's the pattern that blew the doors off diaper sewing. It was one of the first PDF diaper patterns and remains one of the best. Fattycakes was the jumping off point that enabled all those innovative DSD mammas to bring diaper "technology" where it is today! The instructions in the CR pattern can be pretty seamlessly applied to the fattycakes diaper as well!

        http://hyenacart.com/prod_details.php?id=92348&vid=752

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      12. yeah i know, i already made a diaper from Fattycakes pattern, i just love it. i was willing to squeeze some money to buy Berrit's pattern because i knew it is a good pattern :)

        it is not so hard to sew a diaper as i've been learning from rita's rump pocket before i sew some other free/bought pattern. thanks for the explanation, i really appreciate. thanks again for the free pattern :)

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      13. This is THE BEST diaper I have tried so far (and I tried several) THANK YOU SO MUCH! I did modify it a little but either way I just tested on last night and its THE ONLY one that holds up to my HEAVY wetter but is still trimm and not so wide between his legs.

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      14. Oh, I posted the action pics @ Flickr Pool :) (medium pattern on 18lb, 26", 4months old boy)

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      15. I am a newbie to sewing diapers and I am so excited I found your free pattern & instructions through Babycenter's message boards. I love the pics that have been posted to the Flickr Pool too, thanks for the inspiration!
        I was curious about the fabric that you use for the inside and outside of the diaper. I have a 14 mo. old, heavy wetter boy and will have a newborn in January. I was thinking anti-pill fleece for the inside and something like Blizzard fleece or any of the cute Minky prints for the outside. I'm not sure if they will be very leakproof? I've never sewn PUL before so feel somewhat intimidated by it. Do you have any helpful tips for PUL?

        Thanks Again and I can't wait to get started!!!

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      16. PUL is not difficult at all! Check wazoodle, natures fabric or celticcloth for fabric. I love bamboo... It's so sift and absorbent. Or bamboo hemp mix. I personally use wool covers, they are my favs so the diaper itself I sew inside one of the bamboo fabrics on the sites mentioned above and outside a soft cotton fleece but anything would work. I do the pockets and stuff with anything (check zorb out) from prefolds to handsewn hemp, bamboo and wool soakers (he is allergic to microfibers). Sherpa and Terry is awesome for inside, as well!

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      17. Hi!
        I'm getting ready to make cd's for my 4th cloth diapered boy due in March. I've never made them, so I'm excited to embark on this new challenge.

        I found your link on the diaperdivas board. Thanks so much for such a fantastic pattern and instructions.

        After reading through them last night, I have one initial question: What exactly is a "sham pocket" and what are it's pros/cons? I've never heard of the term.

        Thanks a bunch. I'll post pictures once I get them made.

        Warmly,

        Amy

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      18. Thanks so much for the free pattern!! If we add a layer of PUL to the outside do we still need a seperate cover?? Thanks again!

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      19. @NatureMama...to my understanding the sham pocket is a pocket opening in the middle of the diaper instead of the back or front. Sort of like the Applecheeks diaper. I don't really know why this would be a good thing. Maybe the insert agitates out in the wash so you don't have to touch it? Not sure.

        @Jessica...If you add a layer of PUL then you won't need a cover as the PUL makes the diaper waterproof.

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      20. I cannot get the pattern to print and when downloaded the file will not open?

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      21. I can't print it either :( supper sad face.

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      22. I just made 2 diapers from this pattern. I have not tried them on anyone yet...I am still expecting, but I can't wait to test drive them on some friend's little ones. The finished product is super cute!!! The only issue I had with the pattern/design is that it seems to bypass the tricky part of closing up the diaper when not making a pocket style. (needing to close it up where there is an elastic) maybe it's just me having this issue??
        With that aside, I love the outcome!
        Thanks :)

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      23. When using the PUL material it is only shiny on one side correct? Are diapers usually sewn with the shiny side in? I am about to order a few fabrics to start making some of my own fabric diapers, I am just not sure which direction to go with material.. any suggestions?

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      24. Hi
        I was wondering how many Large diapers you can get out of 1 yard of pul?

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        1. Six.If you click through the document above,1 yard layout examples for each of the sizes are on pages 6 and 7

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      25. I didn't actually end up using this pattern, but with the pattern I made for my boy who's a little over a year I only got 6 diapers to 1yard.. If you buy two yards together though, you can probably get more then 12 because of the amount of access i had that i couldn't get a full diaper out of

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      26. Can't get the instructions to print! I did get the pattern printed but want the instructions to go with it. Please help!

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      27. If you are having issues printing the instructions file only, it is likely because the file is much larger than the pattern peices file and the PDF can take quite a while to load on some systems. I assure you that nothing has changed with the hosting and it has been printed successfully thousands of times. It can appear that the computer has gone of in to lala land while it is loading. If you are having a technical problem beyond that, I apologize but I am not tech savvy enough to troubleshoot your system. Good luck!

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      28. If you have joanns...they have it there as well.

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      29. Sorry about these silly questions. I read through the directions from the PDF. I guess my question is... I would use the large diaper pattern for the "one size" diaper, right? Also, I see how to adjust the width of the diaper, on all patterns, but can the height be adjusted as well? I don't see placement for snaps for adjusting the height.
        Any help would be appreciated!

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      30. Iris, this is actually not a one size diaper pattern. There is an option for an adjustable size insert, which is simply lays into the sized diaper.

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      31. Hi! I'm almost ready to start cutting my first diaper but I noticed that the sham pattern piece does not fit quite right on top of the full pattern piece. It seems to be a bit larger. Also, the snap and loop tape placements seem to be off when compared to the full pattern piece. I double checked and I did print to scale (the square measures 1 inch). Is it the version I printed out or is there something I don't understand?
        Also, how much do you fold to make the hem of the sham pieces?
        Any insights would be appreciated. I can't wait to start. And thank you soooo much for taking the time to publish such a great document !

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      32. I am unable to get this to print. Can you email the directions to me at walch2tm@gmail.com? Thank you!

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      33. Couple questions.. When making a pocket style, does the elastic only go out the outside layer of the opening? Or both sides of the opening?
        Also, A bit confused on the insert.. It says that you fold the whole thing in half when using it but it doesn't seem big enough that way, unless I'm missing something- It seems from the printed pattern that the finished insert (talking about the sized insert here) would only be about 15" long. Fold that in half, 7 1/2 inches isn't long enough for a soaker, is it?? New to CDs.. :)

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      34. I'm with a few other posters here. When I try to print the directions it says it cannot be edited nor printed. REEALLY want to make these, but being able to print the instructions would make it so much easier. Thanks!

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      35. Looking over directions again, it looks like she recommended printing from the link that has the pattern and instructions together. That worked for me. But now I'm with Marion...not sure how the insert measurements work out. If you fold it in half, it ends up really short. Just went ahead and made my own pattern for that one, but WOW! The amount of time that went into instructing how to do so many variations on this pattern is amazing. Thank you so much!

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      36. The instructions are great but as someone new to sewing i cant even start this projecct without any suggestions on fabrics. I have no idea what you use for the outside, the inside, or the inserts.....Am I missing this somewhere. Ive read some comments where people are talking about using things like flannel.....that confuses me, are they talking about flannel as the outside of the diaper? that seems wierd....Please help

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      37. HI :) New to cloth diapering here...in doing research I found your pattern which seems to be the best free one available at the moment!! Are you familiar with the gdiapers? At first I was thinking I was set on making pocket diapers with the pocket in the back/front, but after seeing the gdiapers tonight, I'm wondering if that's a good way to go. Is the "lay-in" style in your pattern the same as the gdiaper? Thanks so much! You can email me at myvibrantdesigns@gmail.com
        Julie

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      38. Hi, thanks for sharing this. I found it very helpful. I can't wait to start making my own cloth diapers for my baby. God bless! :)

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      39. I have made 5 diapers using your pattern, and they are adorable. The instructions were great! I used PUL as the outer and suedecloth for the inner fabric. The soakers are made of microterry. I have had a little leaking around the legs. I think liquid is wicking out to the edge of the elastic and causing the leaks. (The fit seems fine btw. I made one medium and 4 smalls. The medium is a little too big right now.) Is there something I could do. Please help. I am ready to sew up a bunch more, but I don't want to make a bunch of leaky diapers. Thanks so much!!!

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      40. I made 15 newborn sized diapers with this pattern and love how they turned out! My baby isn't due for another month, so I haven't been able to really try them out. but they hold water pretty well if I put them under the sink and let them sit awhile even. I used fold over elastic so there weren't so many needle holes in my PUL and I think that helped a lot with leakage. All the holes are outside of the seam. Here are some pics of the finished diapers: http://bozbaby.blogspot.com/2012/02/cloth-diapersdone.html

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      41. I am excited to try this out. I am so new to sewing and my grandmother is going to help me out =) I am going to be practicing a bit before I actually get to making some but Ima post my finished products! Thanks

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      42. I am loving that stars fabric!! Can you tell me where you got it?

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      43. Just stumbled upon this pattern and can't wait to give it a try. I am just experimenting with cloth diapering with my 19 month old twins and love the versatility of this pattern. Thanks for creating such a user friendly pattern and instructions.

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      44. This diaper is amazing on my son! It's a perfect fit for my 16 lb 5 month old :) Thanks so much!

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      45. Ok I must be really dumb or something b/c I've cut these out in the newborn size and I can't figure out the directions for making a plain old diaper cover, to use over prefolds? There seem to be directions for making all the variations but how about the basic pattern? Thanks!

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      47. I was wondering if Doves question was answered somewhere? I'm trying to make a one size cover for my friends daughter. autumn_icemaiden at yahoo.com

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      48. I was wondering if these could be adapted for adult sizes or if there's an adult version out there. Adult cloth diapers are never made with the kind of fabrics I like, so it'd be nice if I could make my own.

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      49. I don't think this is intended to be a pattern for a diaper cover...that's why there are no instructions for it.

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      50. I would like to us velcro but I am having truble finding 1" velcro tape any ideas on were to get it

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      51. My main question is and it might sound stupid, do I need the sham pattern when making the pocket style? Also, do I just basically sew around the edges and put in the insert or is there more to it?

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      52. Thank you sooooo much for offering this, I am new to all this but I am sure this one is one I can do. I am new to cding too and we're very low on money to invest so making some with what I have already will save us so much! I am about to cry because I am so thankful!

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      53. Thank you for posting this! I'm so glad I found it. I'm hoping to make a few diapers and try them out on my twins. We go through diapers like you wouldn't believe!

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      54. Thank you so much for this pattern!! I am brand new to cloth diapering and really could not decide on which style to use. Finding your pattern and it having few options was a life and wallet saver!! I'm printing it out now to make a few tomorrow! I'm still a few month from new baby but I really can't afford disposables this time around (baby number 4!) and with them being $40 a box?! Forget about it! Thank you again for this pattern! Can't wait to put baby in them. :)

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      55. Thanks for sharing this!!!
        http://aajsaunders.blogspot.ca/2013/03/begining-our-cloth-diaper-adventure.html

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      56. Thank you SO much for this pattern! I have made 6 CDs and 2 covers using this :). I am new to CDing and have a couple of questions. I made the 'hidden layer' CD using fleece for the liners and 2 washcloths (cheap 100% cotton) folded in half (so, 4 layers) for the soaker. They take FOREVER to dry. I can leave it to line dry all day and it is still wet. I have also tried them in the dryer and 2 cycles later and they were still damp. I have no idea what to do. I plan on making more, but I'm not sure what will work best. Also, the PUL covers that I made are damp on the outside after one use. It's like moisture is seeping through the PUL. I appreciate any advice I can get! Thanks :)

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