30-Minute Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover Tutorial

Yesterday, I showed you the Harlowe Halter Top I made for my daughter. Of course when you make a cute top, you need a good bottom, right? Typically, I’d have paired this with some leggings or jeans, but since it was over 90 degrees, I figured a diaper cover would be fine!


I rarely use those diaper covers that come with most dresses for under 2T – they just end up in a pile. So I figured, why not modify one? I checked my pile of diaper covers and found duplicate white ones from Baby Gap, so I decided to just use one of those!

First, I raided my stash of scraps from the top. I found 3 wide pieces so I cut them to 3″ thick and they were about 24″ wide. Then I ironed the bottom up 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch so I could hem it:

once they were hemmed (and the edges hemmed as well) I added a gathering stitch across the top:

Then I gathered the strips to the length I needed.

Next, I pinned the bottom layer to where I wanted it on the back of the diaper cover.

Then I sewed it in place upside down, and then flipped in in the right direction and top stitched.
(This step will hide the rough edge on the ruffle)

Next,I placed the second ruffle about 1 inch above the first, and did the same step for the 2nd ruffle.
Here you can see them facing down with the top stitching:

I did the same again with the 3rd ruffle.
Here it is, pinned in place above the 2nd one:

Then I top stitched, ruffle #3:

and my Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover is all done!

I think it took me about 30 minutes, start to finish to make!

Now we look a lot more ladylike at the park on the slide…

and when sneaking around on the windowsill!

Try it! And if you make your own, be sure to post a link below, or a pic on our facebook page!