Monday, August 1, 2011

Bramblestitches - Newborn

About the pattern:
This is a free pattern available in five sizes (premie – large).  The magazine article that accompanies this pattern has good instructions as well as a few pictures of the sewing steps.  The pattern is for a front-closing hook & loop diaper.

My test diaper:
I used this pattern to make a newborn size fitted diaper.  The pattern notes that the newborn size will fit approximately 6-12 pounds.  This is a very full coverage diaper.  Here are some pics!

Despite seeming large in comparison to the other newborn patterns I have tried, the elastic placement allows for the leg openings to be small enough that they should fit little newborn legs:

Overall opinion:
I will admit, when I printed up this pattern, I didn’t think I was going to like it.  Turns out, I do actually like it, but for covers rather than fitteds.  I think that this pattern would work great for covers because it is such full coverage.  To illustrate, here is a pic of a Shar's newborn diaper, laid inside the Bramblestitches diaper…if this was a cover, I think it would be a great combo!

With all that said, this full coverage fitted will still definitely work well in my stash because I prefer to use soakers & longies rather than wrap style covers; so I won’t have to worry about trying to cram a full coverage fitted into a narrow cover!

Fit update:
4 weeks old, 11 pounds:
I like this diaper a lot more than I thought I would!  It is a good fit around the legs and there is plenty of room to double-stuff it for nighttime.  It is definitely hard to fit it under a wrap-style cover though.  The diaper is on nearly the smallest setting at this size, so I would say the diaper would start fitting around 9 or 10 pounds, and has plenty of growing room.

Action shots:

2 months old - 14lbs,10oz:
This is a nice fit, but despite the full coverage and extra room in the waist, I don't think this will fit much longer because there is not much growing room left in the thighs.  I like this diaper much more than I though I would though.

Get the pattern:

And the instructions as well as some pictures are included in the magazine article here:

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

Please feel free to comment about your experience with the Bramblestitches pattern or with any questions about my review!


  1. I actually followed your suggestion and used this as a PUL/Poly Knit cover. I LOVE IT! :D Thanks for all your hard work on this project, I reference your page often!


  2. Tara - I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks for letting me know :)