Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tighty Whitey Hipsters - NB

About the pattern:
This is a free pattern for a hip closing diaper available in six sizes – premie all the way up through x-large!  This can be made with snap or hook & loop closure, and has optional front elastic.  The pattern-maker also made a detailed photo tutorial to walk you through the process!

My test diaper:
I made a newborn sized fitted diaper with snap closures.  I decided to include the optional front elastic because I think that will really help to contain newborn messes and to provide a more precise fit.  I just love this little diaper, I think it is a great size for a newborn and it is really cute!  Here are some pictures:

Overall opinion:
I really like this pattern; I think that the diaper is appropriately sized for a newborn and well-proportioned.  It has good bum coverage without looking like it would be too bulky.  I also think that the photo tutorial is very helpful, especially for someone new to cloth diaper sewing.

Fit update:
Before umbilical cord falls off:
I like this diaper a lot.  At around 8.5lbs, it was a really nice fit and still has plenty of growing room.  There is no  umbilical scoop/snap, but I folded down the front and that worked great.

Action shots:

4 weeks old, 11 pounds:
I am still loving this diaper.  It fits well on a medium setting, and has good coverage without being bulky.

2 months old, 14lbs10oz:
This diaper is a real nice fit on almost the largest settings.  I love that this diaper is trim yet provides good coverage.

Get the pattern:

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

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


  1. I made a few of these when I was pregnant with my now 15 month old. I loved the ones I made but it didn't fit in the legs until she was almost 2 months old. There were gaps in the legs. I think if I were to make more newborn size I'd make them tighter in the legs for their skinny stick legs. I did make them out of interlock so she was able to wear them longer - until about 4 months I think.

  2. That is good to know Sheryl - I love hearing how the patterns work for newborns. Thanks!

  3. I've been thinking about starting to make a few cloth dipes for my 14month old for home days - is it hard to start? I sew many thiings non diaper related... any materials I need that are specific to dipes?

  4. Jen - I found the diaper sewing really intimidating at first, but once you sew one, it is not hard at all. The instructions all start to make sense when you are sitting there ready to sew. I think it is easier than apparel sewing because it doesn't have to perfect and you only have one pattern piece to deal with.

    I would start with a fitted diaper, just using an old t-shirt or sheet for practice. That way you won't waste good materials, and all you'd have to buy would be elastic and hook & loop. I use 3/8" polybraid elastic from Joanns. And, Joanns also has hook & loop now as part of the Babyville collection. And that's it! If you want to make waterproof diapers, then you need PUL, which is also part of the Babyville collection.

    Good luck!

  5. This pattern looks pretty good, hoping it will fit my chubby legged daugthers :) How did you go about determining the length of the leg & back elastic?

  6. I sewed my elastic down with a three-step zig-zag, so I didn't pre-measure it. I just tacked it down at the starting point and fully stretched it as I sewed it down. If I were to have cased the elastic, then I would have pre-measured it by laying it on the pattern and pulling it from one elastic point to the other (I do this in sections so that I can follow the curve of the leg as I pull).