Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pinkle Bottom Cloth Diaper Pattern (with Aplix closures)

What you will need:
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyester thread (in your color choice)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Crochet hook
  • PUL (or outer fabric)
  • Absorbent Inner (I used minky)
  • 6 1/4” buttons
  • 1 yard of button hole elastic
  • 7” loop aplix (velcro)
  • 4” hook aplix (velcro)

  1. Print out your Pinkle Bottoms Diaper Pattern (at the bottom of this post) and make sure that the 1 inch block measures at 1 inch on all sides. If it does not measure at 1 inch you need to make adjustments with your printing options.
  2. Make sure to align the round diamonds and tape the diaper pattern together.
  3. Once your pattern is put together, lay the pattern on your folded outer fabric, trace and cut making sure to cut out the outer tab marked “Cut here for outer fabric”. If you pin the pattern to your fabric be sure not to use too many pins because you don’t want many holes in your waterproof layer.
  4. Do the same for your inner fabric but make sure you cut out the small tab marked “Cut here for inner fabric”.
  5. Turn the diaper inner wrong side facing up and mark where the yellow suns are on the diaper pattern onto your diaper inner. This is where your buttons will go. Go ahead and sew on your six buttons to the wrong side of your diaper inner fabric.
  6. On the outer fabric you cut out earlier, fold the tab at the top of the back of the diaper over and sew it down with a 1/4” seam.
  7. Then place your 7” loop aplix (or velcro) on the top of the front of your diaper outer fabric and pin into place. Then sew with a zigzag stitch onto your diaper outer.
  8. Cut your hook 4” hook aplix (or velcro) in to 2 2” pieces for the tabs. Place each tab into place on the right side of the inner fabric, pin, and sew with a zigzag stitch.
  9. Place both diaper pieces right sides together and pin. Be sure not to use many pins because you don’t want many pin holes in your outer waterproof layer. Sew the diaper together with a 1/4” seam all the way around the diaper starting and ending at the back waist tab.
  10. Turn your diaper inside out and mark (or place pins) where the blue flowers are on the inside of the diape3r. (This is where the elastic will go later).
  11. Sew a 1/4” seam around the outside of the diaper and when you get to your mark stop, backstitch, and cut off your thread. Then begin sewing again at the mark with a 5/8” seam until you get to your next mark. Then stop, backstitch, cut off your thread, and begin sewing again with a 1/4” seam around the outside of the diaper. (Be sure to not sew the pocket together in the back where the back waist tab is).
  12. Sew a zigzag stitch on the open part of the inner fabric to prevent fraying.
  13. Cut 3 pieces of buttonhole elastic: 2 that have 15 holes and 1 that has 11 holes.
  14. Thread a 15 holes elastic piece through one of the openings in the side of the leg using a crochet hook. To make sure you don’t loose your elastic through the opeing, go ahead and button the elastic to one of the buttons you have previously sewn on.
  15. Button the elastic on the other side of the leg opening and stretch the elastic to make sure it is completely in the leg opening.
  16. Apply this same concept to the other leg opening with the 15 hole elastic and to the back waist opening with the 11 hole elastic.
  17. You can button the elastic on different button holes to customize the fit of the diaper on your baby. (For my 2 month 13 lb. baby I like to button the elastic on the 5 hole on both sides for the legs).
  18. Be sure to wash the diaper at least once before using it in diaper safe detergent.

Pinkle Bottom Pattern: To Print, click the image and save to your computer. Make sure when you print the image to select "Fill Entire Page" (Please comment if you have any problems).


  1. i'm from indonesia, thanks for your pattern, its help me for my first cloth diapers

  2. Do you have a picture of the finished diaper?

    1. Here is a video tutorial of the pattern along with a picture of the finished diaper:

  3. Thank you so much this has helped finish a great diaper!!!