Wednesday, November 17, 2010
If you've ever wanted to make cute cloth diapers, underwear or swimsuits, FOE (Fold-Over-Elastic) is the item for you! It makes that perfect, formfitting finish for leg openings & waists and means you don't have to sew in separate elastic, make casings or add extra trim. Such a time & money saver!!
The added bonus is you can really perk-up a plain item by adding a great contrasting color or fun print. This subdued yellow would have been boring by itself as a diaper cover, but when I added some fuchsia FOE: POW! It packs more punch:
The minute I discovered this hedgehog print FOE at FOE Your Diaper, I knew it would make an adorable cloth diaper. Seriously, how cute are these little guys snuffling along:
I had some golden butter colored PUL & brown bamboo velour, so I traced another diaper for general size and cut out my outer & inner fabrics. On the wrong side of the velour inner I stitched on some extra elastic about 1.5 inches inward from the leg area edges so I'd have built-in leg gussets. Then I added the FOE around the edge.
Sewing it on isn't hard, it just requires a little patience. As mentioned in yesterday's post, when edging with FOE you'll want to use a zig-zag stitch (preferably the "triple" one with 3 stitches per zig or zag). I also set my machine's stitch sizing to be 5.0 wide and 2.0 long. It takes a little practice, but it's best to just fold it along the edge as you sew (as opposed to pinning it). The stitch needs to be close to the open edge so the elastic won't roll with wear.
When sewing with a non-stretch fabric (like PUL, quilting cotton, corduroy) and you want the area to have some "give" or be more fitted, like a waistband or leg hole, you'll want to stretch the elastic all the way out as you sew those parts. For this diaper I stretched it in the leg area and around the back of the waist.
Then I set my snaps (which in retrospect, are easier to do before everything is sewn together) and my lil' hedgy diaper was ready! It works really well and has that custom look without lots of custom work.
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