Mama Bird Pocket Diapers

First off.. I have showed the Phish socks who's boss and I've rocked BOTH heels and started up the cuffs. and they are now officially know as the Phish socks b/c I have had Phish stuck in my head for DAYS now!!! make it stop!!!!

Anyway.. Mama Bird... Click the title to go to her page with the patterns and the instructions for the AIO and fitteds. I made 2 pockets using her "little" pattern. (Note: pictures to be added once I figure out how to upload my new camera onto the old computer)

To Make Pockets:

  • Procare or PUL for cover ( I used Procare with cotton overlay after MUCH convincing of the big brothers that it was SCRAP fabric, NOT their curtains!!!)
  • fleece, micro fleece, or seuadecloth for lining (I used fleece - more scraps!)
  • lastin (more scraps! I used 3 5" pieces)
  • velcro
  • mama bird pattern and big paper to trace it on.


  • print pattern and tape together as instructed.
  • trace 2 copies onto pattern paper adding an extra 1/4" seam allowance.
  • move marks for elastic to edge of original pattern. the elastics will actually be sewn into the seam allowance!
  • cut one pattern out along the AIO line. mark this one as the Lining.
  • cut the other along the fitted line. mark this as the Cover.
  • yes - I know that the prev. 2 steps are OPPOSITE of the AIO directions, but go with me on this!
  • cut out your fabrics (fleece with lining pattern and your barrier fabric and optional overlay from the cover pattern.
  • transfer markings.
  • Sew lastin at edge of fabric on ws of cover between back markings. I start at one end and keep the lastin taught unitl I get to the other end and cut off excess. (I used my serger for this, but you could zig zag it too. optional- repeat with lining.
  • since I used an overlay, I serged the overlay to the barrier all the way arround being sure to keep elastic taight. I didn't trim much of anything off of hte edges, just a hair.
  • sew loop tape to front of cover.
  • lay lining on the RS of cover. Use clothespins or binder clips to hold the 2 together (pins=holes=leaks!) be sure to line up the edges. YES the fleece is wider in the crotch. it is SUPPOSED to be!
  • serge (or overlock or zigzag) around the edge. start at one end of the pocket and sew around to the other end.
  • now, sew the lastin to the FLEECE side of the leg openings at markings. I used the same procedure as for the back elastic.
  • turn RS out.
  • top stitch SA on the pocket opening. do NOT top stitch the rest of the diaper.
  • you'll notice that the fleece will roll out at the leg. this is what it should do! this is softer on baby and helps prevent wicking.
  • sew velcro onto tabs. add crossover tab if you like.
  • prewash & dry in dryer to reseal barrier fabric.
  • stuff and put on baby!

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I followed your link over from the sewyourowndiapers yahoo group! Thanks for the run-down. I'm just starting out with sewing and CD'ing so it's very encouraging when people can write about it so easily. Makes me feel like I can do it.
    I tried the MB nb fitted pattern and it did run small. My tracing didn't measure like she said it should. I was miffed about that (I want things just right when I'm learning so I don't make mistakes) so I'm going to try another pattern. You're convincing me I should give her another shot though. =)
    Beautiful step-by-step!!! Keep it up! I'd love to see more. Hope you'll let us know when you do them on the group.