Sunday, 9 September 2012

Dolly Nappy

This was one of those spur of the moment quick makes, but I took a few photos so thought I would stick it on here.

When I was at the craft shop I remembered that I wanted some velcro for a project, but couldn't remember what the project was (head like a sieve). So I chucked some in the basket on the off-chance. When I got home started chatting to my 3 year old, which jogged my memory for the forgotten project - a nappy for 'Baby Dolly'. This is the same doll I knitted some clothes for a while ago.

I used cloth nappies for about 50% of the time with my real children (yes, I'm one of 'those' mothers, lentils, cloth nappies, homebirth, it's a pretty damning picture), and disposable nappies for dolls seem even more wasteful than those full of real shit. I am informed that there is a doll that you can buy baby 'food' for  that will consequently produce dirty nappies - the mind boggles...

Anyway... this is how I did it:

I used two old face flannels and cut two matching t-shapes from them. Accuracy wasn't my main concern here, as this nappy wasn't going to have to deal with containing anything. It was just a case of a bit of hacking with the fabric shears.

Then I used my machine to sew round the edges (about 1 cm from the edge), leaving a gap at the top of the T.

Then I turned the nappy inside out, and quickly sewed the open seam shut. I stitched a fuzzy strip of velcro to the front of the nappy (the bit that goes over the doll's belly) and then the corresponding hooky bits onto the tabs.

And there you go, a nappy that a 3 year old can do/undo as many times as she likes. There's a high level of curiosity about babies in this house at the moment, mainly I think because a couple of friends have newborns, and it's quite interesting to see how my children deal with their 'babies'...


  1. They are great, I so need to make some of these. I'm not really a sewer but I'm sure even I can manage, and I have loads of white flannels (we bought lots to use as wee cloths when changing my son's nappy!)

    1. Thankfully real nappies are long gone in this house, still have a mountain of flannels tho... Still lots of sticky hands and faces :D