Simple Diaper Cover

These diaper covers are the perfect project to whip up for your next baby shower! What momma-to-be wouldnโ€™t love some of these cute little diaper covers to go with any outfit AND keep their baby cool?

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1 skein of worsted weight (4) yarn – I used acrylic but cotton would also be a great choice

4.5 mm hook

Stitch markers


Depending on the type of yarn and your gauge, the size may vary.

Here is a size chart so you have an idea for what age your diaper cover will fit.

Size Waist
Newborn 15 in.
0-6 months 15.5 in
6-12 months 16 in
12-24 months 16.5

Measure your Fdc to get the most accurate measurement of your diaper cover.


Chain stitch – ch

Double Crochet – dc

Slip stitch – sl st

Front post double crochet – FPdc

Back post double crochet – BPdc

Double crochet two together – dc2tog

Foundation double crochet – Fdc


– This piece is worked in 1 piece starting from the waistband, then the back, and ending in the front.

– Chain stitches do not count as stitches



1- Fdc 61 then sl st into the first Fdc (NOT in the first chain 4) (61)

2- Ch 1 and FPdc into the same stitch, BPdc, *FPdc, BPdc* around, sl st into first FPdc

3-5- Repeat row 2

Diaper Body

1- Ch 1 and dc in the same stitch, dc in next 30, ch 1 and turn (31)

2- Dc2tog, dc 27, dc2tog (29)

3- Dc2tog, dc 25, dc2tog (27)

4- Dc2tog, dc 23, dc2tog (25)

5- Dc2tog, dc 21, dc2tog (23)

6- Dc2tog, dc 19, dc2tog (21)

7- Dc2tog, dc 17, dc2tog (19)

8- Dc2tog, dc 15, dc2tog (17)

9- Dc2tog, dc 13, dc2tog (15)

10- Dc 6, dc2tog, dc 7, ch 1 and turn (14)

11-15- Dc across, ch 1 and turn (14)

16- 2 dc in first stitch, dc 12, 2 dc, ch 1 and turn (16)

17- 2 dc, dc 14, 2dc, ch 1 and turn (18)

18- 2 dc, dc 16, 2dc, ch 1 and turn (20)

19- 2 dc, dc 18, 2dc, ch 1 and turn (22)

20- 2 dc, dc 20, 2dc, ch 1 and turn (24)

Turn inside out, use stitch markers to attach leaving 3 unworked stitches on each side and whip stitch across

Fasten off and sew in ends, turn right side out

Leg Opening

1- Starting at the bottom of the leg hole connect yarn, ch 1 and dc around evenly

2- Sl st into the first dc, ch 1, repeat *FPdc, BPdc* around

3- Sl st into first FPdc, ch 1, FPdc into same stitch, BPdc, *FPdc, BPdc* around

4- Sl st into first FPdc and fasten off

Repeat on the other leg



– Ch to the desired length and fasten off

– Using a sewing needle, thread from the front middle under the FPdc around

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  • Reply Melissa

    I have just finished a newborn size nappy cover in a variegated wool (red, pale pinks, yellows, whites, and blues), and it is so cute! I can’t wait to try it on my baby, who should make an appearance any day now. About to make a second one in a grey. Thank you for the lovely pattern, it is easy to follow and quick to make up.

    March 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      Congratulations! How exciting. I’m so glad you enjoyed this pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM
      • Reply Brehania

        I love the pattern that you have created but wonder if you have a video of you making it due to I find it a little hard to follow the instructions when joining row 20 with the waist.

        April 4, 2020 at 10:03 PM
  • Reply Heather

    Is this worked in the round or as a flat piece and then sewn together? I can’t the foundation double crochet does not say to slip stitch to the first stitch, but the 2nd row of the waistband says to slip stitch to the first.

    But then the body seems to not be in the round if you are only stitching 31 of the 61 on the foundation of the waistband?
    Please help

    May 2, 2019 at 3:33 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      Hi! Thanks for reaching out with your questions. The waistband is worked in the round for the first 5 rows. Yes, you will slip stitch to the first foundation double crochet in the first row. You are correct, then the diaper body is worked flat from back to front. Let me know if that clarified your questions and if I can help you more!

      May 3, 2019 at 11:36 AM
  • Reply Sylvia

    Awesome pattern easy to follow. Thank you. I enjoyed making this one instead of the tie front diaper cover.

    June 4, 2019 at 12:06 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 14, 2019 at 5:36 PM
      • Reply Jen Lamar

        What size did you make for pattern? Fdc 61 = ? Inches

        October 18, 2019 at 12:29 PM
        • Reply Taylor Ann

          Jen, I made this pattern several times with different brands of worsted weight yarn and they ended up different lengths. Mine typically fit 3-6 months with size 4 yarn.

          October 23, 2019 at 7:16 AM
  • Reply Amanda

    Iโ€™d just like to know how many stitches around the leg holes others are getting. I LOVE this pattern and have made a couple covers already, but seem to end up with different amount of leg hole stitches each time. Thank you!

    June 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      Thank you so much! Unfortunately I don’t remember how many stitches around the leg hole I had. I feel that as long as each side looks even it does’t really matter ๐Ÿ˜‰

      June 14, 2019 at 5:38 PM
  • Reply Mimi

    Is this pattPatten written in us or britian terms? Thanks!

    June 23, 2019 at 10:09 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann


      June 26, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    August 3, 2019 at 11:06 PM
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      August 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Reply Nichole

    I’m confused about the measurements. There are multiple size measurements but then only one stitch count.

    September 15, 2019 at 1:29 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      You’re correct. I found that even within different brands of 4 weight yarn I was getting different sizes. The diaper cover should fit 3-6 month size. But I added the chart if you’re hoping for an exact size. You can measure your foundation chain to see what size your cover will most closely create.

      September 17, 2019 at 7:26 AM
  • Reply Rebecca Donaldson

    What size hook would you use with a worsted weight yarn?

    September 25, 2019 at 9:46 AM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      For this pattern I used a 4.5mm hook for tighter stitches but typically a size 5mm hook is used for worsted weight yarn.

      September 25, 2019 at 8:43 PM
  • Reply Linda

    I used the 4.25mm hook (G) and mine is huuuuge around the leg holes, lol. It looks like it would fit a 2-3T, lol. It looks like the high cut panties women wear, lol. Dunno what I did wrong as I followed the pattern and I used RH Super Saver 4 worsted yarn. It was still fun toake though, thanks!

    October 15, 2019 at 12:02 AM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      Oh my! Did you add the ribbing around the leg? That may help. I bet they would still look cute ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 23, 2019 at 7:17 AM
  • Reply e-marketing

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

    November 13, 2019 at 3:35 PM
  • Reply Katrina

    Does anyone have a video or can show me how to join the first part of the waistband? I am a super beginner and just canโ€™t figure it out. Iโ€™m left with it not being flush no matter how I do it. Iโ€™m fine with all the stitches after, just canโ€™t figure out how to join it. ๐Ÿ™

    January 26, 2020 at 8:14 AM
    • Reply Kim

      Did you figure this out? I am having this same trouble.

      April 1, 2020 at 8:22 AM
  • Reply Karlee

    Hi there! Not sure if you’re still answering comments on this post – but I am making one of these for a new baby in the family and am a little bit confused on the “leave 3 unworked stitches on each side” bit. How do those get worked in later? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks in advance!

    April 2, 2020 at 1:28 PM
    • Reply Taylor Ann

      Hi Karlee! The 3 unworked stitches are for leg shaping. In the next step, the ribbing around the leg hole will work over the unworked stitches. Hope that helps!

      April 9, 2020 at 11:13 AM
  • Reply Stephanie

    Great pattern easy to follow my only issue is how big the leg opening is. Now that I now how it works up I can modify that next time!! I do love the look of the diaper cover.

    April 22, 2020 at 1:43 PM
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