I scoured my favorite thrift store for a few weeks to collect super-soft sweaters on 50% off days. I gathered about 15 sweaters in many colors. It's best to choose very soft lambswool, merino and cashmere sweaters. The body of a soaker needs to be thick but with the pattern I am using I need thinner fabric for the cuffs, so I found a variety of thicknesses.
All of the sweaters I chose went into a hot wash and dry to shrink. Don't want them shrinking later!
I am using a pattern I found online. The sizing seems good. I am glad I started with the second smallest size, though, as my babies are rarely tiny for long and I'd like to have these fit for awhile.
|The first soaker.|
|The second soaker.|
I plan to make a few more in each size going up. Maybe I will get some pictures of the process. Really easy. These each took about 30 minutes total, including cut out and sewing the cuffs/waistband inside by hand.