I’ve been enjoying these smaller, quick projects lately. The diaper covers fit the bill perfectly! After finishing up the Sweet Cheeks diaper cover pattern, I started working on a similar one that would work for baby boys as well as baby girls and came up with this version and called it Baby Britches.
Can’t you see this set on some little twin babies!!! I love picture smocking, so that would always be my first choice for little boys and is often what I choose for little girls. The smocked cars are from a Pat Garretson smocking plate called Danny’s Toys. That smocking plate has several different small designs that would work on the diaper cover.
I had fun making these little diaper covers in all the sizes, including the doll size! The smaller doll sizes take no time at all to make – perhaps 1 hour for smocking AND sewing them!
For the 2 diaper pictured above with the tiny sailboats, I smocked my own tiny sail boat design and am putting the design here so that others can smock this design as well. You can download the graph by clicking on the blue words below. 🙂
Even for the picture smocking “challenged”, this is a simple plate with only 2 rows to picture smock. The sails are trellis stitches, as is the flag. I honestly think that anyone ought to be able to smock this tiny design!
I went out and purchased some little shirts to photograph the diaper covers with and think that both the onesies as well as the shirts look good with them. Of course, I’m probably biased! LOL! I felt like I had my “Vineyard Vines” vibe going on with these with those pineapples and whales.
For easy dressing and a no-iron option for the tops, choose onesies! Though I’m not particularly fond of them, they do allow the diaper covers to shine!!!
The little whale smocking design is a Kathy Crisp miniature design called Babies Ahoy. You may still be able to find her plate online. It has several tiny designs featured on the one smocking plate. It was hard to choose which one to smock! There are other small designs available to smock as well – just look at some of the smaller figures on picture smocking designs and you will see that you probably have more in your personal stash than you realize!
I like embellishing the back of the diapers as well and the little girls nearly always get some sort of ruffles while the boy covers can be monogrammed or they can have an appliqué design stitched.
I couldn’t resist doing some embroidery on the waistband for the little girl diaper cover – it offers a small area to embroider and took only a few minutes and I think adds a lot!
There are so many ways to embellish both the waistband as well as the diaper cover back!
With 2 doll sizes offered in the pattern (Bitty Baby size as well as a 12″ – 15″ size), I think these would also work well for Wee Care items for the hospitals.
I hope to see some creative ideas from all my smocking friends! Until then, keep on stitching!!!