Depending on when the kiddos wake up from their naps, this will be the last in the Katrina Tutorial Series! The first tutorial covered cutting the pattern and sewing the wetzone layer on to the soaker. The second tutorial showed sewing the soaker body and the waist and leg bands. This one will show you how to sew the waist and leg bands to the soaker body. And you'll be all done!
The soaker should be tucked inside the waistband. Match all of the selvedge (rough) edges together, and start pinning. Pin the center seam in the center of the back first. Put your pins in like the pic below, and your sewing machine can just sew right over them. Make sure the pins are perpendicular to the rough edges, not parallel. Also, make sure that you've got them on the inside of the soaker, not on the outside of the waistband. If you put them outside (even though it is easier to pin that way!), your machine won't be able to sew over them.
Next pin the center front to the center of the soaker. It is going to seem like the soaker is too big for the waist band. That's ok, it is supposed to be like that. You have to ease the soaker into the waistband.
You've already pinned the center front and center back, now pin each side. Now keep halving the distance between each pin, and pinning the soaker to the waistband. Try really hard not to stretch the fleece. It's really tempting to do! The reason that the waist band is a smaller circle is because it cinches in the soaker. If you stretch it to fit the soaker, you lose the elastic property of the fleece at your baby's waist. If you get a big wrinkle, instead of gentle gathers, undo some pins and spread the fabric out a bit and re-pin. This can take a while. When you're done, you should have something like this:
You're going to sew around the edges of the circle. Like this:
Here is what it looks like when done sewing.
Take your pins out, and flip the waistband up.
You're so close!!! Repeat what you just did for the waistband but do it with the leg bands. They are a little harder because the holes are smaller. I try to line up those seams with the bottom of the soaker.
Now it is completely finished!
If any part of this is unclear or makes zero sense, please leave me a comment! Thanks for looking :)