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:
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!