Fabric types and number of layers that work best in Trimsies diapers and trainers.
Elastic & Sizing
Elastic recommendations for Trimsies diapers and more details on sizing
Measurements for making 3, 4 and 5 fold snap in or lay in soakers for Trimsies diapers
Q. What's included with the Trimsies diaper pattern?
A. The Trimsies pattern is a 18 page PDF document that includes detailed instructions, pictures, and pattern pieces. There are helpful tips and tricks sprinkled throughout the instructions as well. The instructions will guide you through making side-snapping fitted and all-in-one diapers. The pattern sizes include small, medium, and large. Soaker and doubler patterns are also included for each size including both a regular cut and an extra trim cut.
Q. What kind of diapers can I make with the pattern?
A. The instructions will guide you through making side-snapping fitted and all-in-one diapers. The soaker and optional doubler are attached at the front of the diaper on top of the interior diaper layer (rather than hidden between the layers). The soaker and doubler stay right where you need absorbency since they are attached in the front. Since they are flap style soakers, they wash cleaner and dry faster (often in just one dryer cycle). See the Gallery for photos of Trimsies diapers and pattern variations.
Q. Can I make a pocket diaper with this pattern?
A. Yes, just make the all-in-one without attaching the soakers. The easiest way to make a pocket is to cut a slit in the back of the diaper approximately an inch or two beneath your topstitching under the back elastic. This works best with fleece since it won't ravel.
Q. Do I need a snap press?
A. The Trimsies diaper pattern includes snap placement only, however the pattern will work for either front-aplix fastening or size-aplix fastening (you'll just need to eye up where to place it since it isn't marked on the pattern).
Q. Do I need a serger?
A. A serger is not required to make Trimsies diapers. If you have a serger, you can serge the soaker and doubler, but if you only have a sewing machine, you can turn and topstitch the soaker and doubler instead.
Q. How much fabric will I need to make a Trimsies diaper?
A. A small Trimsies will use 2-3 pieces of fabric that are 14" wide by 14.5" tall. A medium will use 2-3 pieces of fabric that are 17" by 17" (but you could squeeze by with a 16" by 16" piece of fabric). A large will use 2-3 pieces of fabric that are 20" wide by 19" tall. Soakers and doublers will use additional fabric.
Q. What size Trimsies diaper should I make?
A. Size small Trimsies will fit most newborns and small babies with a waist size less than 15" and thighs less than 9". The size small may run slightly smaller than many smalls that you are used to. Size medium Trimsies generally fit babies/toddlers with a waist size 17" or less and thighs 11" or less. Size large Trimsies fit toddlers with a waist size 15" to 25" and thighs that measure 9" to 14". Please see the Elastic page for even more details on elastic and sizing.
Q. How much elastic should I use?
A. Please see the Elastic page for more details on elastic and sizing.
Q. Can I make a tri-folded snap in or lay in soaker for my Trimsies diaper?
A. Yes, please see the Folded Soakers page for measurements to make folded snap in or lay in Trimsies soakers.
Q. What fabrics work best for Trimsies diapers?
A. Please see the Fabric Recommendations page for recommendations on fabric types and number of layers to use in Trimsies diapers.
Q. What's included with the Trimsies trainer pattern?
A. The Trimsies trainer pattern is a 54 page PDF document that includes detailed instructions, pictures, and pattern pieces. The pattern sizes include Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Pattern pieces and instructions are provided for making basic style trainers, low-rise, overnight, snapping, and trainers bound using fold-over elastic.
Q. Do I need a snap press?
A. No, you do not need a snap press to make Trimsies trainers. The trainer pattern includes snap placement for making a snapping trainer, but there are also pattern pieces in each size for making non-snapping trainers.
Q. Do I need a serger?
A. A serger is not required to make Trimsies trainers. If you have a serger, you can serge the soaker, but if you only have a sewing machine, you can stitch the soaker to the trainer body using a zig-zag stitch (or even a straight stitch).
Q. How much fabric will I need to make a Trimsies trainer?
A. The measurements below will cover any of the options for that size, including snapping and the higher rise option. Less material will be needed for the lower rise options. You will need additional fabric for the soaker of the trainer.
All measurements are Width (wing to wing) x Length (back to front)
Fabric stretch should align with the width measurement (fabric should be stretchy from wing to wing rather than from back to front).
An XS Trimsies trainer will use 2 pieces of fabric that are 14" x 16"
A SMALL Trimsies trainer will use 2 pieces of fabric that are 17" x 18.5"
A MEDIUM Trimsies trainer will use 2 pieces of fabric that are 18" x 20.5"
A LARGE Trimsies trainer will use 2 pieces of fabric that are 19" x 22"
An XL Trimsies trainer will use 2 pieces of fabric that are 21" x 23"
Q. How small/large of a Trimsies trainer can I make with the pattern?
A. Trimsies Trainer Sizing is as follows:
||10 - 15"
||13 - 18"
||15 - 20"
||17 - 22"
||18 - 24"
||5 - 10"
||8 - 12"
||9 - 13"
||11 - 14"
||12 - 16"
|Rise - Basic (Overnight)
|Pants size (approximate)
||Newborn, infant and doll
||12 -18 month
|2T / 3T
||3T / 4T / 5
||5 / 6 / 7
Pattern pieces and instructions are provided for making basic style trainers, low-rise, overnight, and snapping trainers in all of the sizes above.
Q. What fabrics work best for Trimsies trainers?
A. Please see the Fabric Recommendations page for recommendations on fabric types and number of layers to use in Trimsies trainers.
Q. How much do the Trimsies patterns cost and what type of payments are accepted?
A. You can purchase the Trimsies diaper or trainer pattern for $8 each using PayPal. Purchase both patterns together for a discount. See the Trimsies shop for more details.
Q. Can I sell diapers made from the Trimsies pattern?
A. Yes, you may sell diapers and/or trainers made from the Trimsies patterns. A link back to the Trimsies web site is always appreciated. If you are looking for wording to use, you are welcome to say that, "This diaper/trainer was sewn using the Trimsies diaper/trainer pattern, available at www.trimsies.com" Please note that only official Trimsies Licensees are granted permission to use the specific terms of "Trimsies Diaper" or "Trimsies Trainer", the use of official Trimsies woven labels, the use of Trimsies licensee graphics and the promotion through the Trimsies web site and social media.
Q. Where can I get more information on purchasing a Trimsies license?
A. Please see the Licensing FAQ.
Q. Can I trade diapers made from this pattern?
A. Yes, you are welcome to trade diapers you've made from this pattern.
Q. Can I sell my Trimsies pattern when I don't need it anymore?
A. Yes, you can give or sell your Trimsies pattern to someone else as long as you don't keep a hard copy or a digital copy.
Q. Where can I buy a Trimsies diaper that's already made?
A. Check out the list of Trimsies licensees.