When my kids were babies, I always loved the look of Bonds brand nappy covers, (Bonds is an Australian brand so in case you don’t know what I am talking about these). As my kids wore cloth nappies I was especially drawn to the design because of all the room in the back for the nappy butt :), but at $11 per pair, a whole set of these was never in the budget.
I have since devised this hack which takes about 5 min and costs around $1 depending where you buy your socks.
How to do it:
- Choose a pair of short/ankle length socks (these are a ladies size 5-8)
- turn your socks so that the sole of the sock is flat on the table and the ankle is pointing up – just as they would be if you were wearing them.
- Cut off the toe portion.
- Cut down the side towards the heel as shown in the picture stopping at the heel.
- Turn one sock inside out and put the other sock inside it lining up the cut edges
- Serge or zigzag what is going to be the crotch seam leaving the top open. (my apologies, I forgot to take a picture of this step so please excuse the substitute)
- Measure a cut a length of elastic to fit your bubs waist and sew the ends together to make a loop
- Sew the loop of elastic to the top opening of the nappy cover on the inside using a zigzag stitch.
- fold the top of the nappy cover and elastic inwards one turn (enclosing the elastic) and zigzag (or use a double needle) around the bottom of the elastic.
- Your done!
These are super stretchy and will fit nicely over a cloth nappy, the fit depends on what size socks you use and the length of the waist elastic. I don’t have a baby in the house anymore, so for your reference, the ‘baby’ in the pics is a 41cm long baby doll wearing a newborn cloth nappy under the nappy cover. A little bit creepy I know but it is the best I could do 😉
Here are another couple of pairs that I made. These both have a higher rise (because the waistband is added not folded down) and will fit a wider range of sizes because the waistbands are made of stretchy sock parts. I used the waistband method from this post.
If you make some 5 min Bonds nappy cover hacks, be sure to grab some pics and hashtag them #SEW4BUB I would love to see your creations!
As always, thanks for reading.
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