Many expecting mothers experience nesting after the fifth month of their pregnancy, feeling a strong urge to clean and prepare the home before their baby arrives. Many mothers at this time enjoy sewing homemade items for their babies, such as bibs or blankets. A diaper holder, or diaper stacker, is a great project for a nesting pregnant woman, or for anybody looking to decorate a nursery or make a homemade gift for a mother. A diaper holder can be customized in size and design.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing Machine
- 1 Yard Main Fabric
- 1/4 Yard Accent Fabric
- 1/4 Yard Interfacing
- 1/4 Yard Top Fabric
- Children-Size Hanger
- 8.5" By 11" Card Stock
Cut a piece of the main fabric 40.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
Cut two pieces of the accent fabric 3.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
Cut two semicircles from the main fabric, the base measuring 18 inches and the height 15 inches.
Cut a piece of the interface in the shape of half the semicircle in Step 3, the base measuring 8 inches and the height 15 inches.
Cut a piece of the main fabric 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches.
Fold the two accent fabric pieces in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.
Place the two pieces from Step 1 on top of the fabric that measures 40.5 inches by 18.5 inches, right sides together. The long raw ends of the Step 1 pieces should be aligned with the raw short ends of the main fabric piece. Stitch with a one-half inch allowance, finish seam and press open.
Add the interfacing and applique to one of the top fabric semicircles. Pin the two semicircles right sides together. Stitch together with a one-half inch allowance, leaving a one inch opening on the top of the semicircle for the hanger to go through. Turn right side out.
Center the raw edges of the piece from Step 2 and the piece from Step 3 with right sides together. Grab the excess from the sides of the Step 2 piece and pull into the seam of the semicircle piece. Fold both flaps over and press. Stitch with a one-half inch allowance and finish seams.
Pin the 12.5" by 9.5" piece to the bottom of the piece from Step 4, right sides together. Stitch with one-half inch allowance, pivot corners and finish seam. Place card stock on bottom of the diaper hanger and the children's hanger through the top.
Choose coordinating fabrics that match the decor of the nursery. Wash and iron the fabrics before making the diaper stacker to prevent shrinkage.
Be careful when using the diaper machine, scissors and needles.
Lucia Mata has been writing since 2008, covering parenting and design topics. Her work has appeared in both English and Spanish publications. Mata has an Associate of Arts in interior design from Salt Lake Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Utah Valley University.