Friday, May 6, 2011

DIY Diaper Cradle II

With so many lovelies coming here to my blog (pinch, pinch) to learn how to make this creation for baby shower gifts, I felt the need to redo the diaper cradle bassinet carriage (whatever you want to call it) how-to AGAIN.  Hopefully, this is much more helpful because I actually took step-by-step pictures.

To make the base of the cradle, stack 15 diapers each in three rows.  Each row is tied with twine or rubber bands.  Tie all three stacks together.

Roll four diapers and rubber band them together.

Place the four rolled diapers on top of the back of the stacked diapers.

Open a diaper and wrap across the top of the four rolled diapers.  Secure with another rubber band.  This completes the structure, next is the accessorizing.  First, choose fabric that coordinates with the chosen decor of the baby shower or baby's nursery. 

To make the skirt, cut a strip of fabric approximately five inches wide, depending on what size diapers you used.  It needs to be long enough to wrap all the way around the cradle twice (so you have enough to go around after it is gathered.)

To make the skirt ruffle, use wide-set straight stitches and pull until it gathers up.  (This is not my lap by the way, it is my sister Jena's who is the one who made this.)

Make a knot with a loop at the end of the string.

This is what the gathered skirt should look like so far.

Tie the two ends of the skirt together tightly.  I do not use hot glue because you want the recipient of your gift to be able to use the diapers.  That is sort of the point, right?
To cover the top, we used a 4 inch wide by 18 inch long piece of fabric wrapped across the top and tucked into the skirt.

Hot glue ribbon onto fabric (this will not touch the diapers.)  For this one, we used two layers of ribbon.

You may need an extra hand for this part because this ribbon is the tightest part and holds everything together.  Make sure the ruffle is exactly how you want it.  Wrap ribbon around the skirt.

Hot glue just the seams together in back. This way you do not get glue on the diapers. 

Glue a knot or bow on top and on the front and congratulate a new or expecting mom!  I made this one for a friend at work.  Welcome Baby Jackson!!  Can't wait to see your face!

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To make your own you need:
package of diapers (I did not use newborn.)
needle and thread
hot glue and gun
rubber bands

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  1. I love this!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. It looks better than I remember!! I hope Baby Jackson loved it!!


  3. That is way too cute! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Too adorable! I can't wait for my next friend to have a baby!

  5. I'm posting this beauty on our facebook page. Thank you for the wonderful idea and the tutorial.

  6. This is SUCH a cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I have a couple showers to go to this summer and this will be a great gift.

  7. this is wonderful, WOW. A must try!

  8. This is just the best baby shower gift ever! As a mom to five, I would have loved to receive this! I'm definitely making these from now on!! Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

  9. Thanks for stopping by 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean' and your sweet comment about my birthday banner!
    I love your blog and your diaper cradle...i've seen cakes before but not this! Great job :)
    Hope to see you at JDJB again!
    ~ Jill
    new follower ;)

  10. WooooooW! I love this cradle. Just pinned it. You are quite crafty!

    Thanks for visiting me at crafty texas girls.

    :) Samantha

  11. It is very helpful!

  12. How precious and what a great idea.

    Thank you so much for sharing on my Mommy Solution and Resource linkup!

  13. This is great!!! Thanks so sharing your brilliant creation! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @

  14. This is such a great idea! Will definitely keep it in mind for the next baby shower!

  15. Jamie,
    I wanted to thank you for posting this tutorial. I used it to make a diaper cradle for a baby shower I threw last weekend. I used Pampers Swaddlers Size 1-2, so I had to reduce the fabric and ribbon a little, but I had zero problems. Thanks again!
    - Alexis :)

    Here's a link to my version:

  16. Lol! I think I am gonna do this because it is different than everything else. I am doing it for a teacher at my boys school whose baby's name is Jackson as well and has the same colors that you are using, then I thought, oh my, is this for who I am making it for???? What are the odds??? But then I saw when you posted this and figured it is not for the same person. Lol! It is very cute!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. How funny-it was for a teacher,also!

  18. can't wait to try this! I think I'll use receiving blankets or burp cloths or towels or such for the fabric parts. Thank you again!


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