Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bulking up the underoos

I've always been a believer that a child will potty train when they are ready. However, I'm also not against helping them along a little bit in their training. Heck, I make and sell cloth training pants to do just that (shameless plug). :)

Anyways, I have a stubborn one and we've tried everything. He thinks the potty chair is great, when he feels like using it. He wants to wear his big boy underwear, but doesn't want to stop playing to go to the bathroom. And I do not like cleaning up puddles.

SO I decided to "bulk" up his underwear. This was all made using scraps of PUL and flannel.

 These are his favorite undies. He would literally wear them all the time. He has an obsession with Thomas the Train.
 I made a quick pattern based upon the measurements of the underwear and made a soaker of a piece of PUL and four layers of flannel.
 I then used a zig-zag to sew all the way around the soaker. I could have used the serger around everything first but this is meant to be a quick project.

There will be some fraying as they are washed but they are serving their purpose. They are keeping puddles off of the floor and he can still feel when he's wet!

Now to go sew the other half dozen.  :)



  1. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

    I think I have a new project to add to my list. :)

    thank you so much!

  2. Oh, and is there any way to purchase your pattern for training pants? Just for personal use, not commercial use.

  3. Hi MooMama,
    I've been working on putting instructions for my training pants to sell. Maybe another two weeks? Would you like to test my instructions? I'd love to mail you a copy and get your input!
    Email me offlist if you're interested!

  4. Hi Rachel,
    PUL is a laminated knit material. Typically used in diaper making. It makes a waterproof barrier.

    There's lots of places to order it online but you can also buy it at Joann Fabrics.


  5. Lisa, Great minds think alike! I did something like this with DD #1's Tinkerbelle undies with PUL, a layer of Zorb and topped it with a layer of hemp fleece. I did a LONG top stitch around the 3 layers of the "soaker" before zig zagging them down just to hold them together and to make it easier, but they seem to work great! Need to get more layers cut out and buy a lot more panties as are we are just starting on our PT journey!!