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Free doll diaper sewing pattern

Free doll diaper sewing pattern

What have you upcycled baby clothes into? I get the most requests for ideas on how to use up old stained baby clothes, so here is a free doll diaper sewing pattern! Tiny prints on baby clothes translate into tiny doll diapers perfectly and these sew up super quickly. This pattern fits medium sized stuffed animals and I’d guess most baby dolls, I tested it on the Baby Alive doll shown above and the Melissa & Doug doll shown in the tutorial. Update: this is now a part of a pattern set with clothes too, see them in this post of free baby doll clothes patterns to sew!

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upcycled baby clothes sewing tutorial

Ready to make your own? If you haven’t sewn knits before, experiment on some scraps to get tension right and a feel for how it feeds through your machine. I used a regular stitch on these since they don’t really need to stretch, but experiment with what feels right! If it looks a little wavy once you’re done, don’t panic, that’s what an iron is for.

Free doll diaper sewing pattern



Step 1- Cut the clothes up along the side seams, laying your workable fabric out flat. Fold it in half nicely so nothing’s twisted and lay the pattern down along the fold, cut, repeat for a second piece.

Step 2- Pin or clip all the way around leaving roughly 3″ open (between the red clips), sew with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 3- Clip the bump-out curves like this! It will help it lay flat.

Step 4- Turn right side out and tuck the raw seam allowances inside, iron to press all seams and the opening.

Step 5- Top stitch all the way around!

Step 6- Your next decision is whether you want to use snaps or velco. Keep reading for velcro; if you’re doing snaps, I recommend putting the diaper on your doll/stuffed animal and marking there it needs to go.

Step 7- After inserting one snap where you marked, press it firmly into the other side so it leaves an indentation, showing you where to put the corresponding snap. Repeat for the other side.

Step 8- If you’re using velcro, I did 1″ pieces on the tabs and 2.5″ piece in the middle. Sew to secure and you’re done!

upcycled doll clothes tutorial

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Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Thanks so much for these! GD got a 15" "newborn" doll for Christmas and wants clothing. I guess they've replaced the older "baby dolls" so patterns are hard to find. They vary a lot in length, tummy size, etc., the kind that don't stand but have scrunched up legs and big heads. I've done a lot of AG patterns but hard to alter them for baby dolls.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 9th of February 2023

So glad to hear it, your granddaughter is lucky to have someone sewing for her :)

Leigh Anne

Saturday 13th of June 2020

Hello! Can this doll diaper be made with a onesie and leggings? Thanks!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 13th of June 2020

Hi! Do you mean can you cut up and use a onesie and leggings to make the diaper?


Tuesday 31st of March 2020



Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Me neither so annoying scrolling throught heaps ads etc and then at tge end not finding it!! And yes I am a newsletter subscriber

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Hi Judy, are you a newsletter subscriber already?


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Thank you! I made clothes for this doll for my granddaughter in February, but didn’t make diapers. Now I can make them to match the dresses!

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