Making a Rita’s Rump Pocket
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:
3) Place your fabric with right sides together (the nicer, most likely printed- sides)
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:
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here’s something extra that you can do. It’s not necessary, but makes for a nicer finished product: