Looking for an easy and cute baby shower gift for a friend? A handmade diaper pouch just might be the perfect gift. A finished diaper pouch will hold 2-3 diapers and a full size wipes case. The right size to squeeze in almost any handbag or to store inside a large diaper bag.
They don’t require much fabric and take only a small amount of time to cut and sew. Years ago I used to sew bunches and bunches of these when I was also sewing diaper bags. Just recently I was asked to do a couple more so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a tutorial and share my pattern.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Small amount of fabric, about a 1/2 yard or a little less. You could easily mix and match patterns for this one.
- Fusible Interfacing
- 1″ wide Hook and Loop (velcro) – about 5 1/2″
- Lining (I used waterproof nylon, but canvas will work too)
- Fabric glue (you could use regular elmer’s glue in a pinch)
- Pattern – Available for download at the end of this post.
There are two pattern pieces, one for the flap and one for the body. Here’s the cut list for the pattern pieces (the pattern pieces are marked too)…
- Print – Cut 2 pieces using the flap, Cut 2 pieces using the body
- Interfacing – Cut 2 pieces using the flap and 2 pieces using the body
- Lining – Cut 2 pieces using the body
Interfacing not shown above because I accidentally ironed it to the fabric before remembering to take a photo, oops! So you can guess what the next step would be…iron the interfacing to each flap piece and each body piece. The lining is not interfaced.
With right sides together and starting on one short side, stitch a 5/8″ seam all around leaving one long side completely open. Set aside.
A thin line of fabric glue along the back of each piece of velcro will help keep them in place while stitching. Position the hook piece on the center of the flap and about 3/4″ in from the edge. This will keep it from being caught in the seam and will leave a little room for topstitching, too. Position the loop piece of velcro on the center of the body and approx. 1 1/2″ inches in from the edge. Let the glue dry for a little bit and then stitch the velcro permanently in place on both pieces.
With right sides together stitch a 5/8″ seam along 3 sides of both pieces as shown above. Trim seam down and trim corners on the body so they won’t be bulky. Also, clip curves on the flap so that it folds out smoothly.
Turn both the flap and the body right side out. Top stitch along the outer edge of the flap.
Pin the flap to the back of the body (side without velcro), be sure you can see the velcro on your flap. If you can’t, then it is pinned on backwards. Stitch a 1/4″ seam and remove pins. This will keep your flap in place while completing the next step.
With right sides together, slide the exterior of the diaper pouch into the lining of the diaper pouch.
Pin at the side seams to avoid any shifting while stitching. Stitch a 5/8″ seam, starting on the front side near one edge and then stitch around. Be sure to leave an opening for turning. After it’s stitched, pull the pouch through the opening.
Topstitch all the way around the top of your pouch. This will close the opening and give the pouch a nice finished look.
TaDa! A finished diaper pouch.
You can click on the image below to download the pattern for this diaper pouch. Please forgive my hand drawn curve on the flap. I fought and fought with photoshop to get the curve right and in the end I lost. Also, be sure to print at 100%. For scale reference, the body pattern piece when printed should measure approx. 6″ W x 7″ H.