Awhile back, I wrote a post about saving money on your fluffy stash. One of my suggestions was to make your own fleece covers or soakers. Today, I’m going to share the site that I used to make mine. Please honor the original designer’s wishes as stated on her blog- if you decide to sell them, offer up a free one to a mama in need too.
For the fleece soakers, I simply went to Joann’s Fabrics and got some fleece. I tried to find some that was a bit thicker. I know there are a lot of places online that you can get some really good-quality microfleece for your soakers. Since these were my first ones, I just got what I could easily find at the store. You can also use an old fleece blanket if you have one (or a new one). I know Walmart often sells them for pretty cheap and you can make a ton of soakers out of just one blanket.
I used the Katrina pattern for my soakers. As I read, I felt that they would work the best for my son and that they would be the easiest for me to make. I’m actually sewing machine challenged (hehe) and so anything I make is made by hand. And that includes putting in the elastic on anything I make. Anyway, I’m wandering from the actual topic at hand.
You can find the Katrina pattern for free here: http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
Some Tips when making your Soakers:
1. Don’t go by the weight suggestions offered on the pattern. I found that my son needed the next size up from what was suggested on the actual pattern. You can figure it out by measuring your baby. Check the rise, the waist, and the thighs. Compare what you get to the pattern to figure out if it will work.
2. Remember that this is a soaker and so it is going over a prefold or a fitted. You need to account for that extra bulk when making your soaker.
3. Don’t forget to add a doubler in the wet zone. You can cut an extra piece of fleece and sew it into the wet zone.
4. Before you even start, make sure to try stretching your fleece. You want the stretch to go from side to side and not up and down or on a diagonal. This will allow for the best fit from your soaker.
5. I found that it was easiest to attach the waist and leg holes by keeping the soaker body inside out and placing those inside, rough edges together. There was less stretching this way.
So go check out the Katrina pattern and tell us how it goes! We’d love to see your little ones in your homemade fluff too. Post your pics on our facebook fan page.