Getting Ready for the Challenge of Potty Training
Audrey is not quite two yet, but it seems like she’s starting to get interested in potty training, so I”m trying to gear up for the challenge (scary, right?) I don’t think she is quite ready yet, but just so that I’m prepared when the time comes I’ve made her some training pants. I used the Babyville Boutique Totally Trainers Pattern and the butterfly and cupcakes PUL fabric of the same brand. The PUL for the outside is waterproof and breathable, and the flannel for the soaker and the inner layer should make it absorbent for those little accidents that are sure to happen.
The pattern booklet comes with several methods for sewing the pants. You can even make swim nappies with this pattern. I tried a few different styles out, and then settled on a method that was the easiest for me which was a bit of a blend of their way and my own way. I didn’t really like switching the elastic in the leg from sewn-in to fold-over and found that I much preferred either sewing the whole leg opening with regular elastic (sewn into the seam) or the whole leg opening with fold-over elastic. As I am always concerned about value for money I was interested to see just how many pants I could get out of one package of PUL. The answer was seven! I started out making small pants before realising that Audrey will likely be a bit bigger when she actually needs them, so in total I have 2 small pants and 5 medium-sized pants. I think that will probably be enough to get her through potty training as long as I do the wash every 1 or 2 days.
- Remember that PUL is only waterproof as long as you don’t put holes through it. If you need to use pins make sure to only pin in the seam allowance
- Instead of pins, you can use small bull-clips or Clover Wonder Clips to hold the fabric together. They’re pretty handy because they lie flat and are easy to clip on and off as you need them
- To get the correct size of elastic use your child’s actual measurements for the waist
- If you combine the two elastics so that you sew the leg openings with just one type: add the two sizes together and subtract the seam allowance. Therefore, the size should be 11″ for small, 12-1/4″ for medium, 14-3/16″ for large
- I found that my braided elastic stretched a bit as I sewed it in. I had to cut my elastic a little bit shorter than the guidelines so that they fit.
- I’m of the opinion that underwear should be tight at the groin area and not so tight at the hip area for the best comfort, so when you’re sewing in the full elastic leg opening make sure you stretch a little bit more in the middle than on the ends
My daughter was so excited when she saw them. She waved them over her head and ran around the house when I gave her the first pair. The first test definitely worked – no leaks to clean up, but not so dry that she can’t feel it. There are lots of other options out there for the inner lining and soaker fabric (bamboo, terry, fleece, microfibre, jersey knit). You could probably even up-cycle some t-shirts you don’t wear anymore or towels for the soaker. If you’re interested in buying the materials to make your child’s training pants, you can find them all on my store, www.sewsavvy.com.
- Babyville Boutique Totally Trainers Pattern
- Babyville Boutique PUL Fabric (21″ x 24″, 3ct)
- Fold-over elastic (1″)
- flannel (or another absorbent knit material) (Update: after using and washing flannel several times now I’ve realised that flannel pills quite a bit. It’s great for the inner layers, but I would probably use a fleece, a stay-dri fabric, or if you want him/her to feel quite wet, just use a jersey knit fabric)
- braided elastic