Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shar's Newborn Umbilical Scoop Pocket Nappy

About the pattern:
This is a free pattern that only comes in the newborn size.  It can be done with either hook & loop or front snap closure.  This pattern is for a pocket diaper and has an umbilical scoop cut out of the front panel.  The pattern states that it fits up to 10 pounds, but that you can extend the wings to make it fit longer.

My test diaper:
I used this pattern to make a fitted diaper.  Although the pattern is meant to be a pocket diaper, I prefer snap-in inserts, so I just sewed the pocket opening closed.  Rather than extending the wings of the diaper, I used tabs that extend beyond the wings (using the technique from the Cloth Revolution pattern) in order to extend the fit-range of the diaper.  If you extend the wings of the diaper, I would definitely recommend using cross-over tabs because it seems like the waist of the diaper would be too large if you didn’t.

Although I typically find newborn pocket diapers too difficult to stuff, this one is actually nice and wide, so it probably would be fairly easy to stuff.  It looks like it is the perfect size for stuffing with a tri-folded premie prefold!  A little too small for the BumGenius newborn insert though.  (When my daughter was a newborn, a tri-folded premie prefold was the perfect size insert for her...she was born at 8lbs3oz.)

"Stuffed" with premie prefold (perfect fit when elastic is stretched):

"Stuffed" with BumGenius newborn insert (too big):

Overall opinion:
If you want to make pocket diapers for your newborn, I think this is a good pattern to use because it seems like it would be easy to stuff.  I prefer a narrower front panel (like that on Shar’s newborn fitted nappy), but I do still like the look of this diaper.  It seems as though the fit of the diaper is generous width-wise, but with the permanent umbilical scoop, baby will likely outgrow the rise of the diaper before outgrowing the waist/thighs.  For that reason, I think the diaper would have been fine without the extended tabs (I actually think the extended tabs might make the waist too big).

Fit update:
Before umbilical cord falls off:
At a little over 8.5 lbs, this diaper fit ok; however, the legs were loose.  The scoop was nice because it scooped under the cord without rubbing it.

4 weeks old, 11 pounds:
This diaper fits now on a medium waist setting (due to the extended tabs that I used), however, it is very close to being outgrown in the rise.  I made sure to fully stretch the leg elastic and the front panel just barely came up over the thighs.  I would consider the max weight to be around 11 or 12 pounds.

Action shots;

6 weeks old, ~12.5 pounds:
This diaper is now outgrown.  There was still room in the waist, but the rise was outgrown.

Get the pattern:
Thank you very much to the mama who provided this free pattern!

Please feel free to comment about your experience with the Shar’s pocket nappy pattern or with any questions about my review!


  1. AAAAAhhhh! I just can't decide what to do! I really need help! I want to make my friend happy. :) And she DOESN'T know what size her baby's gonna be, so I don't really even have a good starting point...what if nothing fits good? can delete my comment. Just getting a little nervous. :) hehe. I get bogged down with all the fabric choices.

  2. I totally know what you mean, that is a big part of the reason I started this blog. I was too worried to sew up a bunch of one pattern and then find out that it didn't fit! This way I figured that, while some of them might not work out, I will hopefully end up with a whole bunch that do!

    I would just recommend using stretchy fabrics because then the diapers fit longer and you can get a more custom fit with them.

    Have fun sewing - I'm sure the diapers will work out great and your friend will love them!