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Making a Rita’s Rump Pocket

May 31, 2010

This was a post on my old blog that was pretty popular (this particular post, not the blog ;)). I’m hoping that you will also enjoy it…

Here’s my tutorial on making a Rita’s Rump Pocket fitted diaper. It is very detailed- to the point that if you’ve never sewn anything other than a straight line, you should be able to make something that could possibly be construed as a diaper when we’re all done. Let me know if I’ve left anything out or if anything is unclear.

1) Download and print out the pattern. The pattern can be found here:
http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/classic-rrp-ritas-rump-pocket-pattern.html

2) Cut the pattern out and tape it together. It should look something like this:

3) Place your fabric with right sides together (the nicer, most likely printed- sides)
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4) Lay your pattern on the fabric and make sure it fits with some room around it (at least 1/4″, I usually leave more. Trace around the pattern:
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Craptastic photo, but here it is traced- look closely and you can see the pen marks:
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5) Now cut around your tracing, leaving some room all the way around:
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You’ll have something that looks like this:
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6) When I trace my pattern, I don’t trace where the pocket goes. You can do it that way, or make marks where the pocket opening will be. Either way, make two cuts- one at each side of the pocket. Don’t cut past your trace line:
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7) Now fold the fabric between the two cuts and iron it down:
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Then fold that piece under itself:
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And iron again:
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Repeat with the other side, between the cuts:
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8) Now go sew the ironed part down, using a 1/4″ seam allowance (in other words, line your presser foot up with the folded and ironed edge, and sew)
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All sewn:
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Repeat with other side and you’ll have two pieces that look like this (well, not *exactly* like this, unless you’ve used the same fabric LoL):
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9) Put these two pieces right sides together
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Sew around the diaper, sewing right on your trace line. Don’t worry, the pattern is written to be sewn this way. Start at one side of your pocket opening and end at the other side. DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT. I repeat: DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT.
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Hindsight is 20/20, and I should have used contrasting thread. Just squint and pretend you can see the stitching;)
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11) Now trim all around your stitching, down to about 1/8″-1/4″. Don’t cut too close to your stitching
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Here’s what it looks like now:
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12) Turn it right side out
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Make sure you get it turned completely right side out, making sure the curves are all the way turned. Kind of wiggle the seam in your fingers to get it flat. Then iron it:
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13) Now you’re going to topstitch it. This means you sew all along the edge of the diaper. Start at one side of the pocket and stitch all the way around to the other side of the pocket. Again, DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT. Keep your presser foot lined up with the edge of the fabric.
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14) When you’re done topstitching, lay your diaper out flat and place your pattern on top of it.
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Mark your elastic points (marked by a triangle type symbol on the pattern) with pins. Make sure the pins are only in the seam allowance (the part of the fabric that is between your stitch line and the edge of the fabric)
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15) Now you’re going to sew the elastic in. Holding your elastic, put your arm in the pocket opening. Put the elastic at the farthest pin from your elbow (the narrower part of the diaper). Butt the elastic right up to the topstitching. You won’t be able to see the elastic, but you can feel it.
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Holding this down, go tack the end (sew for about 5 stitches, backstitch, go back and forth a couple of times).

When you’re done tacking it down, make sure your needle is in the down position (through the fabric and elastic). Now pull tightly on your elastic- make sure it’s butted up against the topstitching still- and then pinch it a bit down the fabric towards you. How far depends on how comfortable you are. It doesn’t really matter much, the end result will be the same.

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Now zig zag down the length of elastic. I use a three step zig zag because it’s what I prefer, you can use a regular zig zag. I usually overlap my presser foot a bit over my topstitching so that the “zag” of the zig zag lines up right at my topstitching.

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When you get to the end of the stretched part of your elastic (where you pinched it), stop- making sure that you stop with you needle in the down position. Re-stretch more of the elastic, butt it up against the topstitching, and pinch it. Keep on sewing until you get to your other pin that is marking your elastic end point. Backstitch and stitch over it a few times to make sure it’s tacked down well.

Cut your elastic, make sure you don’t cut your diaper or the sewn part of the elastic. Your diaper looks like this now:
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Now flip the diaper and put the elastic in the other side of the diaper the same way you did the first side.

VOILA!! You made a pocket fitted diaper!

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Here’s something extra that you can do. It’s not necessary, but makes for a nicer finished product:

Sew the two sides of your diaper together at each edge of the pocket opening.
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This makes it so that you will see nice fabric when you look at the edges of the pocket opening, rather than the raw edges.
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