January 16, 2011

Diaper & Washcloth Cupcake Tutorials

Okay, you asked for it so here it is!
Tutorials for making the diaper and washcloth cupcakes featured from last weeks baby shower post!

Felt (mine was a remnant)
diapers (I used size 1)
baby washcloths
burp cloths (not shown)
pinking shears
push pins
decorative ribbon

1. Open the diaper.
2. Fold the diaper in half lengthwise.
3. Start rolling the diaper tightly from the end without the cartoon image on it.
4. Roll at a slightly upward angle instead of straight across the diaper.
5. Front side of the diaper cupcake.
6. Back side of the diaper cupcake.

At this point, wrap the middle of the cupcake with a rubber band to keep it together.

7. Cut across the top of your felt with the pinking shears.
8. Lay your cupcake on the felt level with the bottom layer of the wrapped cupcake.
9. Trim the felt ~1 inch from the bottom of the cupcake.
10. Start wrapping the felt from the back side of the cupcake.
11. Wrap the felt all the way around the cupcake.
12. Trim the felt so that there is a slight overlap with the bottom layer and pin it to the cupcake with a push pin.

13. There should be about an inch of felt left at the bottom of the cupcake.
14. Fold in the side of the cupcake where to two side of felt come together.
15. Fold in the opposite side as well. Hold the two sides down with your fingers.
16. Put some adhesive on the felt where to two sides come together.
17. Fold down the remaining two sides on top of the adhesive.
18. Put a couple of push pins into the felt to hold it down while the glue dries.
(Remove them once the adhesive is dry.)
19. Take your decorative ribbon and wrap it around the felt.
20. While holding the ribbon in place, remove the push pin from the felt and push it through the ribbon and felt. Trim off excess ribbon.

21. Fold your washcloth in half.
22. Fold again so that the washcloth is in fourths.
23. Start rolling at a slight upward angle as with the diaper cupcake.
24. Wrap the cupcake with a rubber band to hold it in place then follow steps 7-20 to make the liner.

My washcloth cupcake looks a little fuzzy because I borrowed one of my son's to make this example. Its not a true baby washcloth. The thinner baby washcloths are way cuter!

For this cupcake you can use a wash cloth or a burp cloth. The extra piece of felt used to make this cupcake makes it thicker. Its what we used for a centerpiece for the baby shower.

25. Cut a length of felt the same length as your washcloth or burp cloth. To make the felt more decorative, cut the top of the felt with pinking shears.
26. Lay the felt atop the folded washcloth and let it hang slightly over the top of the washcloth (pink arrow).
27. Roll at a slight upward angle and be sure the felt peeks through the rolled layers. Hold together with a rubber ban then follow steps 7-20 to make the cupcake liner.

To take apart the cupcake simply remove the push pin holding the ribbon and felt together. The cupcake will simply pull out of the felt. Remove the rubber band and you have a new diaper/washcloth/burp cloth for the new little one!


  1. Okay...those are ridiculously cute. I can't even tell you, what a cute idea!

  2. These are so great!! It makes me want to throw a baby shower. I love the little felt base with the ric rac around it! :)

  3. SOOOOOO CUTE!! I love cupcakes and baby stuff so this was the perfect combo for me! Now I need someone to make them for....

  4. WOW!! This turned out so stinkin' cute!! Well done!

  5. Those are too cute! Thanks for sharing!! You could use these to do dish cloth cupcakes for a bridal shower too!

  6. I loved this! These are just darling for baby showers!

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  7. Well done! I love how they look in the cupcake display. Wonderful tutorial, too! Thanks for sharing ... I'll be linking.

  8. Really cute! I think the diaper cake is so overdone, so I love this great alternative!

  9. Thanks so much for taking the time to post a tutorial. I can't wait to do these for my daughter's baby shower!;)

  10. So cute! I can't wait until I have a baby shower to go to!

  11. These are the cutest little things ever, Michelle!! Sharing on the All Thingz Related Facebook page!! Thanks for joining me this week at Anything Related!

  12. This is too adorable! I love the texture that the washcloth gives :D

  13. So cute--I love the felt for the wrapper!

  14. Such a cute idea! I especially love the washcloth/felt wrapped together for the swirly cupcake look! :-)

  15. Super cute! I have been making tricycles for showers and this is a fun switch-up. I'm bookmarking you! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I've got a baby shower coming up for my daughter and I LOVE these cupcakes!! Thanks for showing how to make them. They are PERFECT. Linda

  17. these are so cute! I love little things like this!

  18. Very cute! I like this better than the diaper cake I've made before. Love it!!!

  19. That's really cute - and it's a great update to the diaper cake!

  20. If this isn't just the cutest thing...I don't know what is!

  21. What a great idea!

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  22. So cute! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm planning a baby shower for my sister and may have to make a few of these myself! :) I do have a question; can you actually use the diapers after they've been rolled up or is it just for decoration?

  23. What a great idea, thanks for sharing the tutorial! I have a shower coming up and I will be making these! Visiting from Tatertots & Jello

  24. How adorable. These look good enough to eat. I MIGHT just give these a try! Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

  25. Thanks for this! I thought they were just the cutest when you posted about your baby shower last week! So cute and clever! Shout out and thanks so much!!!!!

  26. wow!!! this is so cute!!! thanks for sharing how to do it!

  27. These are just adorable...the way you made them is clean and classic - I have seen this idea once or twice (mostly wedding showers minus the diapers) but your execution is beyond anything I have ever seen - the best!

  28. Wow I love this and definitely want to try it someday! They look awesome.

  29. Oh for cute! I know what I will be gving as a gift next time I get invited to a baby shower!

  30. So cute!! Great tutorial! Thank you =)

  31. We used your tutorial to make the cupcakes for my sisters shower and they turned out beautifully. I shared it today on my blog. Thank you so much for the great post!


  32. What kind of scissors did you use to get thaf scalloped edge? I've looked everywhere for fabric shears that do that! So far all I can find are decorative scissors for paper...definitely not strong enough for fabric.

    1. Hi Mel! I just used pinking shears to get that look.

  33. I looked for pinking sheers but none have that edge :(


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