Thursday, March 1, 2012

“Arfy” Prefold2Fitted – NB/Small

About the pattern:
This is a free two-size pattern for a fitted diaper that adjusts between NB and Small sizes.  It is snap closure (although I think that loop fabric would also probably work well on this pattern).  The pattern does not include instructions.

My test diaper:
I made a fitted diaper out of stretchy materials.  I really like the way this diaper adjusts between the two sizes.  To use the diaper on the newborn setting, just snap down the umbilical snap, and then use the lower row of snaps on the front panel.  To use the diaper on the small settting, just use the upper row of snaps.  Very easy!  The diaper is really cute, here are some pictures:

Newborn setting:

Nice tiny leg openings:

Small setting:

Laid open:


She has several other free patterns on her blog; so I also went ahead and sewed up a cover from her NB-S FOE cover pattern.  The pattern actually has a squared-off front panel; but I rounded it b/c I’m not sure how to start/stop the FOE on corners.  Here are pics of the cover:

Newborn setting:

Small setting:

The fitted diaper and the cover together make an awesome set!  The cover is wide enough for the fitted to fit inside nicely, and the rise on the cover is high enough to completely cover the fitted.  Here is a picture showing the cover next to the fitted:


Overall opinion:
I really like both the fitted diaper and the cover, and I like that they are two-size diapers; so rather than just fitting for the early weeks, they will continue fitting for a few months.  If used together, the fitted & cover would be an awesome diapering system for the NB and infant stage.

Fit update:
Before umbilical cord falls off:
At around 8.5 pounds, this diaper fit my son awesome!  I snapped down the front so it didn't rub against the umbilical cord, and that worked perfectly.  This was a great fit at this size, and he wasn't on the tightest setting, so probably would work for babies starting around 7lbs.

Action shots:




4 weeks old - 11 pounds:
At this size, I now use the diaper on the top row of snaps.  This diaper has a nice snug fit and fits great on the thighs.  I think I will make wing snap covers to cover the second wing snap so that I can continue to use this diaper even once my son reaches the largest setting, without having to worry about the second snap pressing into his side.



2 months old - 14lbs,10oz:
This diaper fits on the loosest settings now, but the thighs don't have much room to grow; so this will be retired soon.
 


Get the pattern:
You can find all of her diaper patterns here:
http://prefold2fitted.blogspot.com/2012/10/online-free-downloads.html
She has TONS of great patterns, including additional newborn patterns that I didn't review!

The link to her fitted diaper blog post is here:

The link to her cover blog post is here:


Please feel free to comment about your experience with Arfy’s patterns or with any questions about my review!

19 comments:

  1. Nice job!! I love Arfys stuff!! I didn't realize it was a two step but I love that! This blog is so so helpful :) I stalked over here after seeing your siggy on BBC :)

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  2. I've made several of her fitteds and covers using these two patterns and really love them - LO isn't here yet to try them on but I'm sure they'll be great!!

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  3. I would like to know what materials you are using for the fitted and if anyone has any problem with the FOE wicking? I am about to try sewing up some of the fitteds and covers. Thanks!

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  4. For the fitted, I used an outer layer of cotton interlock, a hidden layer of cotton interlock, and an inner layer of cotton velour. Then I use a snap-in soaker as well.

    I have never had trouble with FOE wicking; although I have heard from other people who have had issues with that, particularly if the diaper underneath is completely saturated. So, I would think that if you did have wicking around the FOE, you could probably solve the problem by just adding a doubler to your diaper.

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  5. What fabrics do you use for your soaker? And is it snake or regular?

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  6. I make my soakers bi-folding. I use one layer each of cotton velour, bamboo fleece and interlock (so when folded in half, they are 6 layers). They are quite absorbent! I serge them so that they stay trim. If you check my "newborn absorbency" post, I have a chart of a bunch of different fabrics that you can mix & match to get the absorbency you need.

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  7. Oh my goodness, NB diapers are too cute!! Looks like you make great quality diapers--good work!

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  9. Hi there, how are you? I was just wondering if you can tell me what fabrics you used for this nappy, I have loads of old jersey tshirts I want to upcycle and was wondering if these would work? Is there any particular fabric you would recommend for these nappies, I have just downloaded the pattern and would love to make some. Thank you :)

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  10. Sorry I couldn't see the other posts earlier, however have just seen them and answered my own question lol. Thank you

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  11. Would someone be willing to email me the OS and the newborn pattern to clothdiaperaddiction@gmail.com? Thank you!

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    1. She now has the patterns hosted online - I updated my blog post to include the link.

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  12. mamakat you might want to include the new link for all of Arfy's patterns!

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    1. Thank you - I updated the post with the new link!

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  13. They were moved to google drive now. :) http://prefold2fitted.blogspot.com/2012/10/online-free-downloads.html

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    1. I just realized I never updated my post with your new link! Thanks :)

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  15. Hi there, This may be a stupid question but i have also started making cloth diapers and this seems to be the most similer to the pattern i like. Do you Sew around the elastic once you have it right side out? i have been but i am not totally sure if its necessary, also ive been making them into pockets and mine are with pul or cotton with hidden waterproof layer on the outside.. Just wondering what you think works best

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    1. When I make fitted diapers, I sew the elastic down with a three-step zig-zag stitch, and then I do not also sew around it when I turn it right-side-out.
      However, when I make pocket diapers, I don't do the three-step zig-zag b/c I like cased elastic better in pocket diapers. So, when making pocket diapers, I like to use the method where you sew the diaper together, turn it right-side-out, stitch the casings and then use safety pins or a bodkin to thread the elastic through the casings.

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