DIY Cloth Diapers: Quick Snap Flap Wrap (QSFW)

A quick snap flap wrap diaper is basically a fitted diaper, but it's designed so it is quicker t...

How to make an easy cloth fitted diaperA quick snap flap wrap diaper is basically a fitted diaper, but it's designed so it is quicker to dry. It's also pretty easy to sew and isn't as time-intensive as an AI2, AI1, or a pocket. They do require a cover though over them, especially for overnight. You might be able to get away without one during the day if you change the baby frequently and just have the baby hanging out around the house. 

The pattern for the QSFW is located
here and they even allow you to sell from it. Here is a link for adding the elastic to the QSFW. The link for adding the elastic should give you a pretty good idea how to make the QSFW so my pictures are mostly to quickly show a few steps of this process, especially in regard to using upcycled materials. 

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I used a men's tshirt folded in half... this allowed for two layers of the tshirt material. You want a few layers  total for more absorbency. As you can see the tshirt wasn't quite big enough to not catch the arms too, but I actually was able to just use the arms in it too. It worked. There were a couple tshirts that I wasn't able to use for this purpose because they would've required my sewing on additional material... I was too lazy to do that when I have so many other upcycling ideas for tshirts.
Here's my material after I cut it.
The back, so cute. 
Here's the pieces for the first one I made.

Option 1 for Stay Dry Interior: I added a piece of alova suedecloth to the inside of one wing... I just figured out the one wing size and cut a piece of AS to match it. Make sure it's facing in the right direction. You want the right sides facing together as we want to sew, turn and topstitch for this.
I used three tshirts total for two QSFW. The whales are just one piece of flannel with one tshirt (two layers of tshirt material), the Goonies QSFW was one tshirt for extra layers and the Goonies tshirt for the outside two layers (total of 4 layers).
After sewing with a 1/4" or so seam allowance, I flipped it right sides out. Note that the inside edge of the AS isn't finished. I also kept the turning hole at the bottom... that's where you need it to add the elastic.
Okay, here I wanted to finish the edge so I just turned it over once and sewed it down with a straight stitch.
While I was at it, I just top stitched this whole wing. 
Add your casings, your elastic, then top stitch the remaining parts of your QSFW. Add snaps.
Here's the inside, finished. I just make sure the wing with the stay dry interior is the top layer.

Option #2 for Stay Dry Interior: Pretty similar, but I made a little pocket with the alova suedecloth.

In this example, I finished the inside edge BEFORE adding it to the layers to stitch closed.
I just turned over the edge twice and straight stitched just the AS.
All the layers pinned together with the AS layer placed inside.
I didn't sew the AS down on the inside so it created a pocket where I can
add an insert for extra absorbency. It did hold up well overnight from about 8pm to 6am.

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DIY Danielle: DIY Cloth Diapers: Quick Snap Flap Wrap (QSFW)
DIY Cloth Diapers: Quick Snap Flap Wrap (QSFW)
DIY Danielle
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