Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Classic RRP (Rita's Rump Pocket) pattern.

This pattern is a one-size fits most flannel fitted pocket pattern that does not have closures. It fits tiny babies to large toddlers and is very trim. It is a very simple fast diaper to sew up and you can find everything you need to make one at your local Walmart or fabric store. Did I mention that RRPs are also reversible? Use cute prints as the outer and the inner, and you have two cute looks with one diaper.

Above is the RRP on a baby and a toddler.

Here you can see how folding down the front of the RRP makes the rise shorter for smaller babies. The fleece covers pictured on here are made from the Mile High Monkeys pattern which I can't find any more.  But I did find a similar one here

For great FREE diapers and pull-on trainer pattern (which you can make with fleece and it becomes an excellent cover) please visit The Nappy Network. You can literally make a great cover for a buck or less.

Here is the free downloadable RRP PDF pattern.


Joanne April 16, 2008 at 5:19 PM  

Hi Rita,

What a great pattern! I am anxious to try it as other patterrns I have tried have not had a snug fit on my DS. Yours looks great because I will be able to adjust it exactly.

Two questions:
1) What kind of elastic do you use and do you buy it at JoAnns/Hancock?

2) Would FOE work?


Rita April 19, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

Thanks Joanne! Yes, I love these diapers because they are completely adjustable. And so comfortable. I use Stretchrite elastic from local stores like Joann's and Walmart. I prefer the regular knit elastic, 1/4 - 3/8 inch, or the braided elastic, 1/4 - 3/8 inch. The knit elastic is a bit softer so I use that normally, but the braided works fine also.

I have never used FOE and would love to know if it worked!

khris76 April 20, 2008 at 4:49 PM  

Thank you from France for sharing yours patterns.
I have made 2 of your diaper pattern, which I added velcros (1 central band for my too big tighs daughter and one cross-over-tab).
I made one of your cover pattern, which I put a band of fleece 9 cmlong and large of the top side,inside the top side due to add prefold bands and inserts directly in the cover or nextly tiny diapers of your pattern to make ai2, this is a kinf of pouch.

Would you mind if your blog is mentionned on a forum website to show your patterns. you can also consult my gallery on this forum nextly.
This is a site of promotion of diapers wearing that is not common in France... (APCL bulle de coton association)

all the best.

Rita April 22, 2008 at 9:56 PM  

khris76, I would be honored to have my blog listed on your website! I am so impressed that my pattern is being used in France! Thank you for your kind remarks. I would love to see pictures of your adaptions if you are willing to share. Rita

Sarah June 16, 2008 at 7:25 PM  

I am new to CDing, do these need a waterproof cover or can I put a PUL layer in somehow? Thanks! :)

Rita June 16, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

Yes Sarah, you have to use a cover on these diapers (or use fleece or PUL as the outer).

Jasmine June 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM  

Hi Rita, what great patterns thanx for sharing, I can't wait to get down to my fabric shop tomorrow and get sewing!!!

Erin June 19, 2008 at 7:26 PM  

I'm excited to get started on making these diapers. I just have one question - what do you stuff the diapers with, did I miss that part?
Erin P,
Gilbert AZ

CROQ Zine June 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM  

Just wanted to let you know that I posted about this pattern on my CROQ Zine blog ( and I stole your pics... they were so cute! I hope you don't mind. If so, let me know and I'll remove them ASAP.

Thanks for this pattern! I can't wait to try it.


Rita June 25, 2008 at 10:37 PM  

Thanks everyone! Erin, you stuff them with anything that can absorb moisture. Like cotton prefold diapers (the cheap ones from Target/Walmart work great), old kitchen towels, washcloths (small babies), microfiber auto towels, you name it. And Heather, I am thrilled to be on your blog! I am a bit embarrassed by the pics however. I took them in a rush a long time ago just to post on a diapering blog about my newest diapering invention. Eventually I released the pattern and was too lazy to go back and do "real" pictures. This is really sad because I have a few photography blogs and I am usually incredibly anal about all photos I ever post anywhere!

Yaskid July 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

Rita, I've made tons of cloth diapers and looking through your pattern, I've decided without even making one that this just may be my favorite yet!!! It can be used for all ages and sizes and with grandbabies on the way now, I want something that my children can use for years to come. I believe your diaper will do just that. Thanks for making it available for us all!

I'm on a ladies forum and would love to mention your blog.


Rita July 9, 2008 at 9:03 AM  

You are so welcome Linda, and I would love for you to post a link of my blog on your board. I think people are scared to try the RRP because you have to pin it, but once you get used to pinning it is faster to pin then do snaps or velcro. Not to mention the kids can't get these diapers off!

But I am so happy that you like the pattern. I do too, my son is wearing one right now!

Ginger July 20, 2008 at 1:45 PM  

Thank you so much for posting the links love your pattern. This is going to be so helpful for new moms and baby showers.Well post your blog on mine to tell others to see it here.Hugs ginger (lovestodream)
Anyone wanting me post there tutorials let me know please.

VeeV July 23, 2008 at 10:04 PM  

can you tell me what the length of the elastics are on the legs and on the back?

Rita July 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM  

Veev, you are sewing the elastic in the seam allowance, so you just tack one end down and pull like heck and sew it down as pulling. Then cut it off the roll when you tack it down. Braided elastics should be pulled a bit softer, knit can be pulled very taut. I would just do one and see what you think!

eLiz July 26, 2008 at 9:20 PM  

Is it possible to use a Snappi on these? Do they even need a fastener if used with a cover?

Rita July 27, 2008 at 3:27 PM  

Yes, you can use a snappi, especially if you use a "grabby" outer fabric like sherpa or baby terry. But people do snappi flannel and velour.

And no, you don't need a closure at all if you use a wrap diaper cover or tight pull-up. They work great as lay-ins, especially since they have elastic in the legs so they hold in poop.

justwondering August 17, 2008 at 6:43 PM  

Have you used this pattern on newborns? Or heard from anyone who has. Just wondering if can be folded down far enough not to irritate umbilical cord.

Amy August 20, 2008 at 7:08 PM  

Rita -
Thanks for providing your pattern! I have a bunch of prefolds that I hoped my husband would get behind using, but he thinks they're "too hard" so I'm going to try converting a couple of them into fitted diapers (he's a big fan of Kissaluvs but my son's about to grow out of them and I would really like to use what I've got rather than buy more diapers!). Can this pattern be used to convert a prefold?

Thanks again!

Rita August 23, 2008 at 8:42 AM  

Thanks everyone for your great comments and the links on your blogs.

Justwondering, I used these on my newborn. Just stuff with a cloth wipe and fold. They do work! Just don't overstuff them.

Amy, you can use this pattern to convert prefolds, but you will have to add some fabric to the wings to make them long enough.

andrya0306 September 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

Hi Rita,

I've been playing with your pattern for months, this is the result :)


andrya0306 September 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

Hi Rita,

I've been playing with your pattern for months, this is the result :)


kittkatt820 September 17, 2008 at 4:08 PM  

I've been crankin' these out! I did shorten the wings to make them meet in the middle so I could use two pins instead of one. I've done them with the pocket, without the pocket, with and without back elastic, you name it! My favorite is shortened wings, back elastic with a pocket, topstitched and blind sewing the leg elastic. I'm using an outer print knit, a hidden layer of bamboo fleece and an inner layer of bamboo velour. I make a stuffable soaker out of 2 layers of the bamboo fleece, and one layer of the velour and do the same to make a smaller lay in soaker. I end up with as many layers as are in a GoodMama diaper with about a third of the price!!! Thanks for perfect freebie!!

Ally September 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM  

Just downloaded and printed your pattern. Will be trying it tonight, I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks for sharing

DeDe September 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

Thank you so much for this pattern. Sewing cloth diapers is a new 'mission' for me as they will literally be sent to a mission field in Botswana and Zimbabwe, Africa, from East Texas. They will be going to a couple of hospitals and a clinic to be given away to moms and babies. A group of church ladies have volunteered to help sew but the pattern we had was huge! This one looks perfect as I already know the ladies in Botswana are used diaper pins so we don't have to worry about any 'extras' like snaps or velcro.

Thank you so much and when we get some made I'll send you a picture.


DeDe September 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

Thank you so much for this pattern. Sewing cloth diapers is a new 'mission' for me as they will literally be sent to a mission field in Botswana and Zimbabwe, Africa, from East Texas. They will be going to a couple of hospitals and a clinic to be given away to moms and babies. A group of church ladies have volunteered to help sew but the pattern we had was huge! This one looks perfect as I already know the ladies in Botswana are used diaper pins so we don't have to worry about any 'extras' like snaps or velcro.

Thank you so much and when we get some made I'll send you a picture.


Katiepooh September 25, 2008 at 7:46 AM  

Hey there,

I want to thank you for this pattern. I have been using cloth for 6 months or so, and I have tried just about everything - including some very expensive fitteds!
This little dipe really does the trick - fits my skinny toddler like a dream - and so far, hasn't cost me a penny (I have used all recycled materials, including recycled terry towel outers for a snappiable outer layer).
Thanks again,

Trisha October 16, 2008 at 4:50 PM  

I have made 3 1/2 dozen diapers using FOE and I LOVE THIS PATTERN!!!!
I did sew the insert into the first 3.5 dozen but my grandson is becoming a heavy wetter so I'm making a few more as pocket diapers with PUL on the outside this time around.
A pic of the diaper made using FOE is in my most recent entry of my "covered by grace" diary.
Thanks so much!!!

nic_e_smith October 22, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

Hi Rita :) First off - thanks for such a great pattern! I just have one question. I am having a lot of trouble with wing droop. I tried folding the front wings in as suggested and it still didn't help. This happens especially bad with only one pin. Even with two pins it droops and then there are two flapping pieces. Other than that they fit very well. Just trying to figure out how to modify the pattern? Thanks so much!


Lara October 26, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Thank you Rita, I have just made my second nappy, and am really happy. I never thought it would be so easy :)

Joanna January 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

Rita--Thanks so much for sharing this pattern.

I used prefolds and pul/velcro covers with my first, and had frequent problems with leaks and blowouts from my skinny-minny little one. With my second, I've experimented with several different diapering systems, even more expensive AIOs -and I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the RRP. They fit snugly-but gently-and contain even the worst of breastfed baby poos!

I've made several of the RRPs - some with flannel and some with recycled cotton fabrics (soft denim, cotton knit, etc). The infant prefolds as an insert are still a little bulky on my 2-month old, so I've been using 2 inserts made from 2 layers of recycled terry towels sandwiched between flannel or other cotton fabrics - and this works great!

Thanks again for your generosity!

Rika February 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM  

Thank you Rita. This kind of diaper is not popular in my country. I modified the size and style using your pattern as the basic. Again, thank you so much for sharing the pattern :)

Tosti February 20, 2009 at 4:13 AM  

Thanks so much for the pattern! I've been looking for an affordable way to continue using the infant prefolds that I bought now that my son has outgrown them. Your pattern is the perfect answer!

One question about yardage: Do you happen to know how many yards of fabric it would take to make 12 diapers?

Thanks again for sharing!


Bloggers February 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

I love this pattern. I have made 10 of them for my son and he loves them. I love them because they are so easy to make.

The Longoria's March 15, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

I really want to try these out- but can't download the pattern! Is there anywhere that I can just download it, instead of having to sign up for mediafire or mediafire has so many popups that my computer won't download anything (keeps blocking) and the 4shared says it's downloaded, but i can't find it on my computer anywhere. thanks!

The Longoria's March 15, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

nevermind, i got it! thanks :) lol

Denise March 18, 2009 at 12:33 AM  

Hi Rita,
Thank you for your wonderful patterns and blogcite! I have made several covers from regular fleece (not microfleece) and a flannel diaper inside that with a soaker pad as well. But the fleece cover is wicking and grandbaby boy's clothes end up damp. What can I do differntly to avoid this little problem?

Tom, Sarah, and Hailey April 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

This is absolutely my favorite pattern. I've adapted it so many different ways to meet my needs (and experiments!). I've added PUL outside, hidden PUL, added velcro, made a fitted. I'm here today to print again so I can make it a little bigger this time for a cover for my ever-growing daughter! This was the first pattern I used and I'll keep on using it! THANKS AGAIN!!!

Christina May 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

Hi Rita,

Thank you for posting this wonderful and simple pattern. I'm new to cloth diapering and can't believe how much some companies will charge for what can easily be made at home!

Here's my question(s). I made the RRP with a flannel inner and fleece outer (bought materials at JoAnn's) and it leaked. I used one prefold to stuff. Do you think it's the material or the fact that I only used one prefold? My DD has never worn a cloth diaper so this was a first and I'm really not sure how many prefolds to use or thickness is required. Also, these type of fabrics are obviously warm. Have you ever or heard of anyone encountering these being too warm for diapering little bums?


Sara June 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM  

Thanks for sharing these great patterns. I linked to your site from my blog Diaper Sewing Links

Cherylyn June 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

I'm so glad you're sharing this pattern, and I'm excited to try it out! I have one question before buying fabric: how many of these can you cut out of 1 yard of fabric? Thanks!

Chris June 8, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Thank you Rita for your pattern. I'm a mom of 4 with a tight budget and your pattern has made a huge difference for me.
I've made several diapers using a slightly modified version of your pattern. I wanted to share a few tips I've learned for those of you adapting them to use aplix. (Pins and wiggly baby were too much for me!)
First, zig-zag stitch down the loop aplix on the front of the diaper, or as you wash them over time, the edges fray a lot. Second, "granny tabs" are a must. Originally I patterned my tabs after commercially available covers...they've frayed as well. I actually took them all off, remade them the granny way, and they are fabulous. I make them an inch wide or less, about 2 inches long. Third, add laundry tabs to make your laundry life happier. It's a little tab of loop aplix just over from the tabs, and they keep everything sticking to each other. Happy sewing to everyone.

Melody June 11, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

Just a little answer to Denise and Christina's leaking/wicking problems....

It may be you don't have enough layers stuffed inside the diaper. We have tried so many different combinations of fabrics to stuff with because of leaking and wicking issues. It was getting to the point where I was looking at other diapering options because this just was NOT working. It turns out that we just didn't have enough in the diapers.

Granted, you can't go 4-5 hours without changing like with disposables, but what we've done works.

We use a microfiber auto towel from Walmart, folded into thirds (and down at the top for a little extra layer for my little boy) combined with a homemade soaker. Those soakers are a washcloth folded in thirds, covered with a pillowcase of sorts made out of flannel. The soaker and the microfiber towel together work wonderfully.

We've also used the terry and flannel soakers with a folded flat diaper with decent success as well. In our case, it was just that we needed more absorbency than we had.

Hope that helps someone!

Cherylyn June 19, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

Chris, I am a newbie to sewing cloth diapers. Please tell me what a "granny tab" is and how you make it! I'm trying to figure out the best way to use this pattern without having to use pins, and still have it be versatile enough to fit an infant to a toddler. Any suggestions would be fantastic!

magnolia June 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

Rita, thanks a lot for your pattern. I've sawn some diapers and think they're great. I used other patterns as well, but what I like the most in yours is this great adjustability, I don't need to worry that my little boy will grow out of a diaper, and I won't have the next size in stock:) I just let you know that your pattern is being sawn from even in Poland:) Greetings from Poland to all mom's in love with reusable nappies :*

Cherylyn July 7, 2009 at 12:25 AM  

I made some alterations to the RRP pattern and I've made some diaper covers that so I absolutely love. Rita, thank you so much for your wonderful pattern which gave me the inspiration I needed! If you want to see how mine turned out, just check my blog:

Clories July 8, 2009 at 6:23 PM  

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tab July 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

This is fantastic! The birth of my first child is about 8 weeks off, and I've been collecting nappies for a while now, bt still don't have enough, especially to fit a little bubby. I have made my own menstrual pads for years, recycling all kinds of fabric to make them, and its great to find a nappy pattern that is quite similar in theory and looks like it would actually work without taking expensive materials and huge amounts of time. You're a genius!

Trisha July 29, 2009 at 10:21 PM  

I have made now 5 dozen of your diapers. Instead of the T&T method I use FOE around the binding, and instead of a pocket I sew it all around and then use snaps to attach the soaker part so my daughter can snap a daytime and a nighttime one on if she needs to. The FOE works wonderfully. I love the pattern!!! Trisha

Sara September 1, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

Thanks so much for your pattern! I bought some super cute flannel from Joann's yesterday. This morning I washed and dried it and attempted my first diaper. It worked out beautifully! To see pictures of my finished diaper you can check out my photo album here:

Hubby and I have yet to conceive, but it can't hurt to be prepared... I'll be making many, many more of these and hopefully they'll be in use soon.

Thanks again!

Mary-Louise September 2, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

This pattern is wonderful! I've been using it since my daughter was 5 months, she's now 19 months old.
Actually, I transformed some of those nappies into training pants today, and I'm really really happy with them!
Thanks so much for making it available to everybody.

Megan September 9, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

Hi! This pattern looks like it could be a winner! However, with DS #1 I always pricked myself or him with the Snappis or pins (coordination... not so much). Would a snap-adaption work well, do you think?

TLSinNC September 11, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

Hi...Did I miss the length of the leg elastics? I can't find it on your instruction page. I need to know how many inches long the leg elastic for each side should be unstretched...


indesposables September 29, 2009 at 1:00 AM  

Hi Rita- Thank you for this pattern! I've been having so much fun with it! It's the pattern i recommend most to anyone who asks about sewing diapers. They just work!!!

Kaiya September 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

Rita- you rock thanks so much for the pattern. I haven't had a chance to read through all the postings yet but just wanted to ask a few ?'s.

Have you had anyone use PUL as the outer layer so that it's an AIO and then we don't have to use an extra cover for waterproof quality.

I am scared of pinning. If I want to- have you had anyone put velcro on this pattern?

Thanks so much!

(would love to add a link to your site)

Karey November 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

Rita! I've been subscribed to CoffeeShop (found via I{heart}faces) for ages and I'm dying now to find that you have these great cd patterns! I recognized your header photo instantly :)
So excited to try sewing a few cds myself!

Karey November 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

Do you have any recommendations on diaper pins? I haven't used them before, so I'm not sure where to buy. Thanks!

Brandi December 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM  


Do you have any sugestions on cleaning these diapers? Do they need to be soaked? Should one put the insert in a separate diaper pail than the pocket diaper? Oh yes, and I have a comment on FOE. FOE works great for diaper covers. I've used it on the rita's cover pattern with some personal adjustments. In my opinion regular elastic is best for the classic RRP.

Santos Family December 2, 2009 at 5:31 AM  

thank you for your pattern. I haven't been making many diapers lately becvause my boys are older but the church asked me to show them how to make them. I panacked because I don't have any patterns anymore. You'll be happy to know your diaper will now be introduced in Portugal, Europe.

teachermomma December 5, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE RRP!!! I wanted to save money and make my own cloth diapers and ran across your pattern. It was the first and only pattern I've tried because it has worked so wonderfully! I knew I needed a simple diaper that even my husband could use, so I added velcro and a hidden PUL layer. I stuff the diapers after washing and now anyone can easily keep my son in his RRPs! Thanks so much for sharing!

Coltonsmommy09 December 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM  

I really love this diaper pattern. It truly is onesize. I wrote a review on my blog of the pattern and the diapers I made. I love it. You should check out my blog. Thanks so much for creating a free, user friendly diaper pattern.

email January 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

Hi Rita,

Your site and patterns are so exciting! Honestly, one of the best sites I have ever come across. Very generous of you to share so much knowledge and tips with the rest of us!

makincrafts January 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

I made these and love them. I used flannel for the first two. Then I made around 8 more and I used flannel on one side and microfleece on the other. These work great for the baby to run around without a cover on the days he needs to air out due to rashes. He has very sensitive skin so we deal with rashes and such but not as bad with cloth as disposable. I posted about these on my blog.

Lindsay January 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

Could anyone who added a hidden layer of PUL or velcro tabs go into more detail? This is what I would love to do but I am not that great at sewing, I need specific instructions, LOL! I have made one RPR and love it, but I want the PUL.

germanjules January 27, 2010 at 6:13 AM  

I used my first Rita Rump Pocket last night... It worked great...even without a diaper pin. I put it inside a PUL cover.

However, the RRP was completely soaked (the PUL cover kept my son's clothes dry) so I'm back looking for some good ideas for soaking up moisture...(somewhere I read, keep all of the RRP inside of the PUL cover, otherwise the clothes will get wet)

Thanks for a great pattern. I've made 12 so far!

teachermomma January 27, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

Hey, I LOVE Rita's Rump Pocket too but I added a hidden PUL layer and Velcro to make it more husband friendly. Here's how I did it. I sewed the soft side of velcro across the front of the outside. Then I cut PUL to fit front to back through the middle of the diaper. I sewed it onto the outer fabric with a coordinated color. (Shiny side toward the fabric). Then I followed the directions using the PUL/Outer fabric as one piece (since it is because it was sewn on). After I'm finished, I sew the hook part of the Velcro to the inside of the wings. They work GREAT!! We've used them for about 6 months now. Hope that helps!

Jackie Rose January 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Thanks so much for this pattern! It looks awesome and easy enough for me to make it my first sewing adventure! lol
I have some questions though before I get started completely. I want to use this pattern as a cover bc I have some gcloth liners I want to put in it. Is this possible? If so, would i have to make the whole cover PUL or just the inside?

Thanks so much!!

jess/mom February 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

Hi.I just wanted to say thank you for this pattern! I LOVE it! I recently switched my 16 month old son to cloth, but couldn't find any that fit him right. I'm not much of a seamstress, but your pattern is so easy to follow. I've already made ten! Thank you so much!

catherine March 15, 2010 at 6:41 AM  

Thanks Rita, this is a fantastic pattern, and its lovely that we get to use it for free.

sheila riannon April 13, 2010 at 4:41 AM  

I'm so excited to try this! I've been looking for a pattern for a one size diaper like this for ages. :) I think I might try to make one out of fleece too, so maybe I won't even need a cover with it. :) Guess we'll see how that works! :D Thanks!

twfleger May 25, 2010 at 6:38 AM  

Hi Rita,

Thank you for this pattern! I can't wait to try it.

I've NEVER made my own cloth diapers before. Can you tell me how the "stuffing" part works? Do I sew the "stuffing" in? Or, ?


- Tracey

.:Follower of Christ:. May 29, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

I searched all the Free patters and loved this one. Its simple and reversible but this may be a silly question.

Why is the diaper made so cute and reversible if you have to cover it up?

The reason I ask is I don't want to cover it up ;) Thanks for this pattern I can't wait to get started.

Kendra Richardson June 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

I love this pattern. I'm a beginner sewer but this looks super easy. How many diapers does one yard of fleece make so I know how much fabric I need for a days worth of diapers.

Kendra Richardson June 12, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

Hi Rita,
I was just wondering how many diapers you can get out of a yard of fabric? I'm a beginner at sewing, but this looks so simple and I love that the pattern is free. I can't believe how many sites say they have free patterns, but what they really mean is "I will just tell you how simple it is to make them, but you have to buy the pattern from me". Ugh! So thank you for your generosity. :)

Corrie June 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

Rita, I'm so excited to use this pattern. I'm fairly new at sewing and brand new at cloth diapers, so I'm doing a lot of experimenting right now. I'm expecting my 4th child and am very excited to try cloth diapers this time around. I've found so many expensive cloth diapers and covers, but this looks so simple and easy, I'm very excited to try it out. Thanks so much for sharing!

Pamela August 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM  


I owe so much to you and your ingenious pattern! I made 34 diapers while still pregnant. I researched diapers so much, and kept on coming back to your pattern. It's all we use in the house, with some wool shorties. (We also have a RRC out of wool). I just want to say thanks so much! The diapers are bulletproof. My son is 18+ lbs and almost 5 months, and he is too cute in your pattern.

I just started a brand new blog, and one of the things I want to go into in details is cloth diapers. Would you mind if I add a link to your pattern? I'm sure people would continue to find it very useful!

Thanks again for sharing! Wishing the best to you and your family.

Sasha Crow October 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

Hello Rita,

I'm not sure that my comment got through so I am resending here just to make sure. Please disregard if this is a duplicate.

This diaper pattern looks terrific and I think it is just what we are looking for!

We have an Iraqi refugee assistance project in Amman, Jordan. (Collateral Repair Project)

Iraqis there are destitute (not allowed to work and depend solely on charity for their survival) There are NO cloth diapers available in Jordan. It breaks my heart to see Iraqi families spending money they do not have to purchase disposables for their babies. They cut back on other family needs - such as food - in order to diaper their little ones. My new mission is to get Iraqi women to sew diapers (we will pay them) so we can distribute these diapers at no charge to every family that has diaper-age kids. This pattern looks perfect for this.

However, since we are a 2-person operation, with all the other demands of our project, I do not have time to make a sample diaper to show our sewers. With the language barrier, it will be extremely difficult to get the sewers to understand the details about how to put this together, resulting in wasted time and materials. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words" and an actual sample of a completed diaper would be worth a thousand pictures in this case.

I am hoping that one of you who has successfully made this diaper so that it truly fits newborn through toddler, with inexpensive materials and major leak problems resolved - would send us one diaper we can show to our sewers. It can even be a used diaper.

We are returning to Jordan on Oct 25. If one of you could send us a sample diaper to arrive to us here in Oregon by Oct 23 (to make sure we get it in time to take it with us), we would be most grateful!

Please contact me at if you can help and I will give you our mailing address. Thanks much in advance!

Mama J October 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

Hey Rita,
I am new to CD and in my search for a pattern I came across yours. It is wonderful! I am sewing up a nice stash. I use micro fleece on the inside, flannel on the outside, and a snappi (pins scare me!). I have so much fun making them that I wish I would have cloth diapered my first.

Thank you so much!

Leona February 1, 2011 at 5:57 AM  

Hi Rita,

Wonderful pattern! I have made three of these diapers with flannel on the outside and microfleece on the inside. I am going to make some all flannel onces today. I am hoping they can be folded down to fit my little guy ... who we are expecting any day now. I love the of size fits most!!!

I wondering if anyone has used KATRITA'S SOAKER over the RRP? I have made 12 small fleece soakers and I am REALLY hoping this system works out.

Thanks again for the wonderful and easy to sew pattern. What would anyone use disposables ... these are SO MUCH CUTER!!!!

Leona :)

caitlin.williams February 18, 2011 at 7:29 AM  

Thanks so much! I am excited to start my attempt at making diapers for my baby!

ksaldivar March 22, 2011 at 1:52 AM  

i just need to say thank you thank you thank you this diaper was super easy with no confusion i am addicted to these and my LO is not even here yet i keep torturing my potty trained three year old making her model them again thank you

C March 25, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

I was watchig a YouTube video and it provided a link to your website. I attempted to download the pattern for the diaper but I did not see the entire pattern in it's entirety. Am I doing something incorrectly?

metamorphosis April 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

I would just like to share my first attempt on making my own RRPs:

(we´re still waiting for our baby so they haven´t been tried om yet - but I think they will be great!)

Mikabelle May 2, 2011 at 9:31 PM  

I am so excited to have found your blog! YAY!! I will be starting to make my own cloth diapers and covers tonight when I get home, because It's never too early to start! I already have 2 dozen homemade reusable cloth baby wipes made up as well :D I can make these for me, and my friends! This pattern rocks! <3

The Green Mommy August 1, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

What can I say, simple, super functional and just plain genius! Thank you for sharing your diaper pattern with everyone! You have truly be a blessing and an inspiration to many, many women and families! Oh, and I made a video tutorial on how to make this. I hope you like it!

Alicia Perez March 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM  

you mentioned in an earlier comment that people may be scared of this pattern because they have to pin it. I haven't made these diapers yet but I dont see why you couldn't just use a Snappi fastener to hold it. They are inexpensive and you only need 1-2 for your entire stash. They hold great, don't prick the baby and they come in really cute colors.

Rita March 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

You are right Alicia, you can use a snappi. Just make sure to use fabric that it can grip. :-)

laura April 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM  

YOU ROCK! just made three of these in no time using fabric i already had. i always think it is so amazing that people (like you) take the time to make these patterns & write all the instructions.
many, many thanks!
after i am done making a few more for us, i will send a few on to one of the organizations you list.

laura April 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM  

this pattern is WONDERFUL! just made three using fabric that i had!
thank you so much for taking the time to post this!

angela April 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM  

Hello Rita,
I love your patterns. Can you help me to downsize the fleece covers at the bottom of the page? They are for a 2 yr old and my lil cowboy is only 5 mos. I am not so good at winging it. I can follow a pattern but that is it.

Allie Creasey June 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM  

I am a complete idiot when it comes to fabric, so can a flannel shirt be reborn as a flannel diaper? Just wondering because the shirt tag says it's made of cotton.

Rita June 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM  

Allie, you can use a flannel shirt, it will work great! R

Sarah Sarver August 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM  

Hi there Rita,
I am very new to this and I have two questions for you:
Does your pattern account for preshrinking or should I wash first and then cut out the pattern?
The sales associate at the fabric store sold me "unique" (brand)chlorine resistant braided elastic because they do not carry Stretchrite. Can you please tell me if the brand is comparable for the diapers (she said it would be but I wanted to be sure).
Thank you very much!

Rita August 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM  

Preshrink the fabric (I always do unless it is poly) and I can't advise you on elastic, but it sounds like that should work. You want durable elastic. Rita

TCnKay August 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM  

Hi Rita! Thanks so very much for posting! I am beyond grateful for this freebee! I have four little ones and one currently in diapers. I am also pregnant with my 5th. I have recently been converted to cloth diapering and your pattern is by far the simplest and most obvious to use, in my estimation anyway. ;) Im super confused regarding the fabrics though. Can you please refer me to a site or explain in your own words the difference in fabrics. I purchased 5 yards of 100% cotton flannel from Walmart (Nashville was too far of a drive to go to Joann's) ;) and the notions. I am confused as to where to put which fabric where and especially on how to make a cover and the details for this. Please shed some light on this. Im currently pre-washing my flannel right now. Ive got all my notions in front of me and Im super excited. I just need light on the whole world of fabrics. I appreciate your alacrity!!! ;)

Erika November 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM  

If I want to make one with PUL as the outer what would I "fasten" it with once I finish. Would I need to add hook and loop and if so, what step? You cant snappi through PUL right?

Ashlyn January 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM  

I'm new to CD, so please correct me if I'm order to avoid using a cover, couldn't you just put the outer layer directly over a layer of PUL, then proceed as instructed? That way, it's still cute, still the same pocket diaper, but you don't need a cover. Would that work? Does that make any sense? HELP! Thanks!

Rita February 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM  

You could add PUL, but it will probably leak through the holes where you sewed the fabric.

Lauren Disney July 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM  

I'm new to cloth diapering, and I wanted to make some cute ones to save money. I absolutely love these! I use Snappis to secure them, and they hold just fine. I've also stuffed a few with microfiber towels and then sewn them up, and they're perfect for super fast changes. These are great for when I'm too lazy or my daughter's too squirmy to fold prefolds!

chelyah israel September 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM  

Great pattern. I'm wondering if I can use this a make a fitted by upcycling old t-shirts or sweat shirts? I'm a total newbie to sewing and would hate to mess you just fabric on a first time diaper????

Katharine November 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM  

Hi Rita, in March we expect #3 and I'll be adding to our RRP stash from previous use. They are wonderful! Somewhere someone gave a tip to elasticize the back to prevent blowouts, and leave the front open the same width for stuffing. I always do that, and never grappled with a blowout. I used them on a newborn and two year old. Love them so much. They're terrific for fast line drying too. I used microfibre cloths for the first few months and have used them since for housecleaning. The RRP is so versatile, I highly recommend them!

Unknown September 17, 2015 at 11:44 AM  

I love this pattern it's quick and can be easily modified. I sewed in a soaker pad so it can be worn on its own or with inserts at night and so far no leaks.

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