That's where my latest brainstorm came into play.
I created a small pad that can be inserted between the layers of regular briefs. I picked up his favorite undies in a size larger than what he's currently wearing. I don't even think it needs to be sewn into place which means that once he outgrows the occasional night accidents, the undies will still fit.
Here they are:
And if you'd like to make your own, here's a tutorial:
What you'll need:
- Boy's underwear in a size larger than what your child currently wears - pre-washed
- Terrycloth or something absorbent - enough for 2+ layers. I used some microfiber terry cloth found in the automotive department sold as shop rags. A shammy might be good too.
- PUL fabric - this is special fabric that will add a barrier and stop the liquid from soaking through to the outside of the undies
Start out by creating a pattern for the front pocket of the underwear.
Fold the undies in half:
Using a piece of paper, trace the front panel area. In the sample underwear here, it is the white area. Trace just inside the lines ignoring the pocket opening.
Here's how it should compare to the unfolded underwear:
Now you need to stack as many absorbent layers as you want with a piece of PUL on top (shiny side towards the absorbent layers) and pin down your pattern piece.
Cut it out carefully. My scissors don't really like going through that much fabric but I held tight to all layers and carefully cut the stack out.
This terry microfiber sheds EVERYWHERE so I took my stack to the sewing machine (minus the pattern piece) and first stitched from top to bottom down the center then moved over to the serger and stitched the edges together. The center stitching was to hold all layers together. My serger isn't the best and tends to act up when I feed it too much at once. The center stitching helped a lot.
The final step is to insert the insert into the undies.
I didn't stitch these in place, I think they'll stay just fine and that means I can just make a few of these that can be moved into whatever underwear he wants to wear.
They are machine washable too which is the whole point - no more disposables!!
Thank you for reading,