Instructions for a Homemade Diaper Hanger

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Many expecting mothers experience nesting after the fifth month of their pregnancy, feeling a strong urge to clean and prepare the home before their baby arrives. Many mothers at this time enjoy sewing homemade items for their babies, such as bibs or blankets. A diaper holder, or diaper stacker, is a great project for a nesting pregnant woman, or for anybody looking to decorate a nursery or make a homemade gift for a mother. A diaper holder can be customized in size and design.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard main fabric
  • 1/4 yard top fabric
  • 1/4 yard accent fabric
  • 1/4 yard interfacing
  • Thread
  • Children-size hanger
  • 8.5" by 11" card stock
  • Applique

Cutting

  • Cut a piece of the main fabric 40.5 inches by 18.5 inches.

  • Cut two pieces of the accent fabric 3.5 inches by 18.5 inches.

  • Cut two semicircles from the main fabric, the base measuring 18 inches and the height 15 inches.

  • Cut a piece of the interface in the shape of half the semicircle in Step 3, the base measuring 8 inches and the height 15 inches.

  • Cut a piece of the main fabric 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches.

Sewing

  • Fold the two accent fabric pieces in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.

  • Place the two pieces from Step 1 on top of the fabric that measures 40.5 inches by 18.5 inches, right sides together. The long raw ends of the Step 1 pieces should be aligned with the raw short ends of the main fabric piece. Stitch with a one-half inch allowance, finish seam and press open.

  • Add the interfacing and applique to one of the top fabric semicircles. Pin the two semicircles right sides together. Stitch together with a one-half inch allowance, leaving a one inch opening on the top of the semicircle for the hanger to go through. Turn right side out.

  • Center the raw edges of the piece from Step 2 and the piece from Step 3 with right sides together. Grab the excess from the sides of the Step 2 piece and pull into the seam of the semicircle piece. Fold both flaps over and press. Stitch with a one-half inch allowance and finish seams.

  • Pin the 12.5" by 9.5" piece to the bottom of the piece from Step 4, right sides together. Stitch with one-half inch allowance, pivot corners and finish seam. Place card stock on bottom of the diaper hanger and the children's hanger through the top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose coordinating fabrics that match the decor of the nursery.
  • Wash and iron the fabrics before making the diaper stacker to prevent shrinkage.
  • Be careful when using the diaper machine, scissors and needles.

References

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