As my due date approached for my second little one (who you met here) the realization hit me that we would have two kids in diapers, and not a lot of space for storage. We live in a very small home with very limited storage space (no closets!), so I needed something that would keep me from tripping over boxes of diapers. I looked online and saw these cute diaper stackers, they could hang from a door hook or on the side of a changing table. But they only hold around 60 diapers! We buy huge boxes of diapers, with at least 200 diapers in the smaller size so I knew I would need something bigger. They also weren’t machine washable. That’s when I came up with this idea of making my own diaper stacker from an old t-shirt.
Because it’s from a t-shirt there’s very minimal sewing involved and it’s easy for a beginner
DIY Hanging Diaper Stacker
- 1 Large or X-Large T-shirt
- 1 8” x 16” piece of cardboard (corrugated works best) or foam core board
- 1 20” square of extra fabric (I used canvas)
- 1 10”x20” extra fabric (I used canvas again)
- 1 non-slip hanger
- Spray Adhesive or fabric glue (optional)
- Fold one of your 20” squares in half and press the crease. This will be a reference point as you create the base of the bag.
- Spray one side of your cardboard with adhesive. Stick it to half of the square which you have just pressed, leaving at least a half inch margin all around. (So it should not be right against the crease). It should be on the wrong side of the fabric if yours has a pattern.
- Spray the other side of the cardboard and fold over your fabric on the crease leaving the half inch margin again.
- Sew around the cardboard a simple straight stitch to help keep it in place (especially if you haven’t glued the cardboard in place.
- Find the center of the front of your t-shirt. Cut up the center to about 5” below the collar. Sew a straight stitch perpendicular to the cut about ½” long.
- Starting with the back center of the t-shirt pin, it to the 10”x20” rectangle so the right sides are together. You may have to stretch the shirt to make it fit if you’re using a large t-shirt (I did). The shirt should overlap over itself in the front a little bit.
- Sew the bottom to the t-shirt. As you sew pull on the shirt and canvas to make sure there are no wrinkles (especially if you had to stretch the shirt to fit). On the corners, I folded the t-shirt over to make it easier to sew. You can see in the picture it’s at a diagonal from the corner.
- Trim the excess fabric from the seams.
- Turn the shirt right side out and insert the fabric wrapped cardboard into the bottom of the shirt. Insert the hanger into the neck of the t-shirt as if you were going to hang it in your closet.
And that’s it! Now you can put your diapers inside and utilize your vertical space. When you want to give it a wash, just take out the bottom insert and hanger!
My bag in this picture is holding at least 160 diapers in size 5. I have it hanging on the back of my son’s bedroom door from an over the door hook. It has been so great having the diapers be so easily accessible, and out of the way. I am going to make another one for my daughter’s diapers soon.
For hers I plan on decorating it in a cute way with iron on transfers and ribbon. When I’m finished, I’ll post pictures to show you guys!
So what do you think? How did you store your diapers?