This is probably going to be a train wreck and clear as mud Donna, but here goes. Let me know if you have any questions as to what I am talking about.
First, we are going to measure for the elastic straps that go on top. I use 3/4 inch wide elastic for bantams. Measure from about the spot I am pointing to on the front there, to about the spot I am pointing to on the back. This is not a precise science, but it is usually very close. My first diaper was a disaster, but the second, much better.
Next, your going to measure from the point I am pointing to on the breast, going under the bottom of the chicken with the measuring tape to the point I am pointing to in the second picture. For the actual pouch, you need to add about three inches of material on the top, and the bottom. This will be the poo catching pouch. Looking at the picture, the second picture, go a little lower than where I am pointing, and then add three inches. I am a bit high on that one.
The first picture below is of the pattern. You have the long piece that is going to cover the breast and through the legs and out the back end. The short piece is going to be sewn onto the top. Remember, you are going to be sewing inside out, so when it is finished you will turn the pouch outward so the seam is inside the pouch. The top piece is just cut from the bottom piece to match. I leave a little extra at the top of the second short piece, because you are going to fold it over and put elastic in there, so the end result looks like the third picture here,
Here is a picture of it finished...so you can get an idea of where you sew the straps onto the outfit. Put the elastic in that section first though, like shown in the picture before this one. You can see, you sew on two little patches, I just make two little squares and sew it up, turn it inside out, then sew it on the elastic about halfway down. I then take those super sticky velcro squares and stick them onto the material, one side up, the other side down, so they match up and close together. That line you see on the short piece is the part you fold over to put the elastic in.
Of course on all the edges you want to hem it up, you can probably see my hem, and then you can also see where I messed up. In the middle of the breast part I had to cut a little bit out, it was too long in that area and drooped, so I cut out a portion and sewed it back up. The next one I made was better as I redid the pattern to be a bit shorter there.
Now, what you want is some Carefree panty liners. You take two of them and criss cross them like this, inside the poop pouch. Take the strip off and stick it into place. I use safety pins to hold them in place on the back and the sides, just to be extra sure they stay in place. Here is what it looks like...
I would have shown you his John Deere one, but it is dirty right now and is in the wash...so this was his Christmas outfit. :) Chickenmom on Youtube has some really fancy outfits for her chickens. I am not THAT good. I go for function and thats about the best I can do. ;)
Donna, I hope this helps. Please keep me posted as to how this goes. Who is it for?
3 weeks ago