Crafty Onesies, Homemade Diapers & Assorted Tutorials

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Here’s the latest batch of free baby projects that focuses on crafty onesies, patterns for homemade diapers, covers and soakers plus a few assorted garments and accessories to make. To view more projects, see this new section on Tipnut which has plenty of more goodies. There will be more projects added to this list over time so you may want to bookmark this page for reference, enjoy!


Ruffle Bum: Colorful strips are gathered and then stitched on top (edges are unfinished but can be serged if you prefer).

Appliqued Tie: Sweet project for your favorite little guy, a tie design is appliqued with iron on wonder under.

Monogrammed: Made with two coordinating materials, one for the appliqued circle (background) and the other for the monogram. Pieces are applied with iron on wonder under.

Painted Jeweled: Design is applied with freezer paper and fabric paint, there’s no design template so you’ll need to make your own but it’s simple enough to do.

With Binding: These are finished off with binding.

Rainbow: Here’s how to transform ordinary white onesies into bright & cheery outfits using fabric dyes.

Decorative: A few ideas including a tutorial for making a fabric flower to use as embellishment.

Puff Paint: Here’s how to add a design using puff paint.

DIY Applique: Three different templates available to download (elephant, giraffe and little birdie).

Ruffle Butt: Layers of crocheted ruffles across the back/bottom using yarn.


Tighty Whitey Hipsters: Make your own snazzy diapers with this design, pdf pattern download is available.

All-In-One: This style snaps close up front and fitted elastic legs. Template pieces available via pdf download here.

Fast & Friendly Fitteds: Two different styles available, stuffable (for removable soaker pads) and sewn-in soaker style.

Fitted: Features elastic at the legs and back, side tabs with velcro that wrap across the front.

Flannel Prefold: Designed to adjust to the length and width of baby as he grows, can be used as a liner (doubler) in larger sizes or as a burp cloth.

Rita’s Rump Pockets: A one-size fits most flannel fitted pocket that does not have closures, sized to fit newborns to large toddlers.

Cute Knit Covers: Wool soakers that are worked with circulars and DPNs. Three sizes (0-3), (3-6 months) and (6-12 months).

Curly Purly Soaker: (knitting) Available in 5 different sizes (NB, SM, MED, LG and XL). From Marnie Ann Joyce.

Cover With Gussets: Made with PUL (waterproof fabric) and cotton print, fold over elastic and velcro.

Pocket Nappy: Made with PUL, microfleece (or microsuede), elastic for leg and back, socket snaps & stud snaps (or loop & hook).

Eco-Friendly: Made to fit Newborn to 10 lbs, made with PUL, soft flannel, terry towel, elastic and velcro.

Inserts: Made with fleece, a pretty cotton print and includes a pdf download (two sizes: tiny/small and medium/large).

For Swimming: Five different sizes available: Extra Small (7-14 lbs); Small (12-22 lbs); Medium (18-28 lbs); Large (24-40 lbs) and Extra Large (35+ lbs), via pdf download.

Knit Soakers: Can be made with or without ruffles, ribbing around the waist and legs.

Cloth Training Pants: Here’s how to sew a panel of flannel and PUL onto regular training pants so they’re more absorbent.


Sleep Sacks: Sewing tutorial that includes pattern download, made with flannel and knit.

Sleep Sack: (knitting) Several sizes: XS (preemie); S (0-3months); M (3-6 months); L (6-12 months); 1X (12-18 months) and 2X (18-24 months).

Leggings: (knitting) These have feet and are sized to fit age 0 – 3 months. Worked with DPNs.

Leg Warmies: (knit) These pullup just above the knees. Three different variations can be made: solid, thin stripe and wide stripe. Worked on DPNs and easy to make in assorted sizes.

Kimonos: Made with a yard of material, single-fold bias tape and thin ribbon. Can be made short (to wear as shirts) or longer (to wear as dresses or coats).

Bunting: Made with wool duffle cloth and cotton broadcloth, includes a pdf download for the embroidery design.

Blue Jeans: (knitting) Cute little jeans that include the orange detail stitches that “regular” denim jeans have, sizes for 0, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24 months available. Worked on straight needles.

Wii Inspired Mitts: Worked as a single piece beginning with the interior shell, which is then folded inside the outer shell before it is stuffed and stitched shut. Preemie and (0-6) sizes.

Tie: A regular tie is snipped and trimmed to fit then elastic is added to the back so it can pull over a wee head easily.

Vintage Linen Bonnets: Nice! Make sweet baby bonnets with old linens, template available (pdf).

Reversible Bonnet: No pattern is necessary for this project, turn two coordinating materials and trim into this charmer with a turned back brim.

Sleeping Bag: Zips up the front and made with cotton jersey (lining) and cotton print (for the outer). Finished size measures 92 cm (length), 38 cm (width under arm) and 64 cm (width at bottom).

Cocoon Sleep Slack: (knitting) Lovely cable design with either an open (with drawstring) or closed bottom. Has a 14″ circumference, 20″ length (20″ x 20″ stretched).

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Published: February 28, 2009
Updated: January 8, 2013

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7 Comments to “Crafty Onesies, Homemade Diapers & Assorted Tutorials”
  1. Daphine says:

    Thanks very much for all the wonderful patterns! We have an 8-month granddaughter, and are expecting a new grandson in April! I have to get busy, and these will help!

  2. trudy lears says:

    I’m newly retired with a new grandson and two other darlings. I have the time to enjoy using your patterns to create things to make them smile.

  3. donna says:

    i just received my first issue of tipnut’s & i just love it.there are so many wonderful things to make & i will be busy during the holiday season . i can’t wait to start keep up the good work this is a very beautiful site…!

  4. Volleysoft says:

    Love the patterns! There are always babies being born and a need for ideas/patterns for gifts!

    • miki b says:

      i loved all the awesome idias i was looking 4 something 4 a school project and they had all the gr8t idias xx thanks 4 the idias guys! <3

  5. Heather @ It's A Long Story says:

    Oh my goodness…thank you so much for putting my Cloth Training Pants tutorial in here! It totally made my day!!

  6. Jaime @ Crochet Dynamite says:

    Thank you for including my Ruffle-Butt Onesie! What a great round-up! So many awesome ideas!
    xo Jaime