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January 11, 2011

Pee Pee Cone Sewing Instruction

So I have been talking to my friends about the Pee Pee Teepees. If you have a little boy, you might have seen them in the store or heard of them. I have heard mix reviews about them. While some of my friends really love them and thought they worked really well with their infant boys, others felt that they were not at all useful. But, I think that if you are a mom who had your child peed on you during a diaper change, you will probably do whatever you can to prevent it. Of course, you can easily resolve this problem by simply putting a wash cloth over your infant during the diaper change, but I thought the idea was really cute, so I decided to make some. Now, I must admit that I do not personally own the Pee Pee Teepee and I also haven't seen them in the stores, so I am not sure how they are made. I came up with this from looking at the Pee Pee Teepees photos online. I did pass a few of the ones I made to a friend with an infant boy who said that the ones I made are slightly larger than the Pee Pee Teepees so they offered better coverage from the store bought ones. In any case, I am calling my Pee Pee Cones.

Here's how I made them. I spent about an hour cutting the fabric (I am slow snail when it comes to cutting fabric), but I was able to do all of the sewing for 20 Pee Pee Cones in under an hour. I thought that was pretty good considering that if I brought 20 Pee Pee Teepee, it would have cost me around $40.

To begin, I used a small plate to create my template. You basically want a half circle. My half circle is 7" across. I traced the small plate onto a piece of cardboard paper, cut it in half to make the template. Using the template I made, I cut 20 half circles using 100% cotton fabric and another 20 half circles using flannel (to soak up the pee pee, you can also use terry cloth fabric).
With the right sides facing each other (and wrong sides facing out), sew the half circles -- about quarter inch inseam. And then flip inside out so that the right sides are now facing out.
Press (iron) the fabric. and then sew the half circles as close to the edge as possible.
Fold your half circles in half (so you end up with a quarter size of a circle) with the flannel fabric facing out. Sew the straight line to close the pee pee cone and make sure you do a zig zag stitch to finish it off.
In the center, you can see the final product. Flip the Pee Pee Cone inside out so that you end up with the cone shape. You should end up with cotton fabric on the outside and the flannel fabric on the inside.
I thought these would make fun gifts for new moms. They are easy to make and considering that the material cost was low, it would not be a big deal if it turns out that they are not as useful as one would hope.

The Pee Pee Cones can go into the washer and dryer when they get dirty. If you cloth diaper your baby like I plan to, then you can just wash them all at the same time :).


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