Month: June 2011

Thrifting Excitement!

I absolutely adore thrift stores.  I mean seriously, cheap clothes, home decor, fabric… what’s not to love about that?

Usually I go in with an eye for repurposing, but on my recent visit, I found a book that nearly had me squealing with delight in the aisle.

I almost passed it by, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  This little gem is 30 years old [is that considered vintage? If so, then so am I...] and is filled with patterns and instructions for all things baby.

This jumpsuit makes me desperately want to learn to knit something other than a scarf.

I don’t crochet, but I need to after seeing this picture.

Oh the loveliness of this coat!

This romper has a zipper in the front.  Oh how much I love it.

Brilliant.

Must. make. these.

My boys need this.

There are so many delightful patterns in this book, and I can’t wait to try them out! [Insert excited squeal here!]

Have you found any exciting thrift store finds lately?  Please share!

Prefold Cloth Diapers – a Tutorial!

We are a cloth diapering family.  There are lots of reasons for this [any of which I could happily discuss with you if you are curious!] … I love not filling landfills with poopy diapers, I love putting cloth on my baby’s bum versus a disposable, and I absolutely L.O.V.E. not having to shell out all that money each month for diapers.

And seriously, how cute is that?

But I’ll be honest, my budget doesn’t allow for me to buy lots of “fancy” cloth diapers – the kind that go on just like a disposable.  And if you haven’t guessed by now reading my blog, I am uber-cheap.  So when my second son was born (and I had two in dipes!), I made a set of prefold diapers.  If you’re not familiar with the term, these would be like the “old school” diapers that our parents or grandparents would have used.

How to make your own Prefold DiapersPrefold diapers are perfect for anyone who wants to try cloth diapering, especially if you are on a budget, because they are SO inexpensive to make yourself.

Here’s what you’ll need:

flannel (the amount you need will depend on how many diapers you want to make)
microfiber towels for absorbent insert (you could also use terry cloth)*
sewing supplies

*I use microfiber towels that I buy at Sam’s Club.  They come in a 24 pack for less than $10, I think.  You can also find these in the automotive section of many stores.

1. Prewash your fabric – this is especially important for the microfiber towels.  I’ve found that some of these towels will bleed color, so I always wash them several times on hot.

2. Cut your flannel.  These are the sizes that I found to work for me, but you can easily adjust the sizes to meet your needs.

  • Small (Infant-sized) Prefold: 12.5in. x 21in. — when folded, it should be about 12.5 x 10.5in.
  • Medium Prefold: 14.5in. x 27in. — when folded, it should be about 14.5 x 13.5in.
  • Large Prefold: 16in. x 29in. — when folded, it should be about 16 x 14.5in. [This is the perfect size for my 19 mo. old, until he grows even a little bit]

*There really isn’t a huge difference between the medium and large sizes, so it may not be that important to you to make both sizes.  If you make only the larger size, you can always fold down the front a little.  I like having them be a little more trim and not have too much bulk – especially for the newborn size.  Plus, my microfiber towels are only 16in. long, so my prefolds can’t be longer than that.

You want to make sure that when you fold your fabric, the folded edge is the longer side.

3. Cut the microfiber towels for the absorbent panel.

These inserts should be the length of the folded edge, for example:

  • Large size prefold: 16 x 4.5in. — I use three of these in the large size
  • Medium size prefold: 14 x 4.5 in. — I use three of these in the medium size
  • Small size prefold: 12 x 4in. — I use two of these in the small size

4. Fold the flannel (as shown above), with right sides together.  Sew the longer side together. (I used a serger, but you could also zig-zag with a regular machine)

 5. You will have created a tube – turn that right side out, with the seam in the center.

5. Stack the microfiber pieces together and place them inside the flannel – centered in the middle 

6. Zig-zag stitch along either side of the microfiber.

It will look like this:

7. Serge or zig-zag the short edges, trimming the microfiber insert if necessary.

8. Now go put your baby in your new prefold!

(This is the newborn size… obviously I don’t have a newborn yet, so this baby doll was the next best thing! :)

Note: prefold diapers need a cover. The covers that I used when E was a baby were so good that I didn’t need to use pins or anything.

Here’s the newborn sized prefold compared to a newborn disposable diaper, just to give you an idea of the size. [When you put it on your baby, it can be tighter and more fitted than this picture looks]

Happy cloth diapering!

If you liked this post, you might also like my tutorial on how to convert velcro diapers to snaps.

Convert Velcro Diapers to Snaps Tutorial

*If you are looking for the different ways to fold a prefold diaper, visit this site for a good resource.*

Linking up to these parties!

Resting

Tomorrow I am 33 weeks pregnant.  I’ve been doing a lot of this…

…sitting with our new kitty, whose favorite spot to snuggle is right underneath my belly.

Even though my list of things to sew is fifteen thousand items long, I’m not checking off as many as I would like.  I’m slowing down, not because I want to, but because my body is insisting on it.  And I’m choosing to listen.

So things may be a little slow here on the blog, as I take care of myself and this little babe.  But hopefully I’ll have some more things to show you before our newest makes his great debut.  I do have a tutorial that should be up in the next few days, so stay tuned for that!

Ruffle Pillows

This last weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for my younger sister, who is getting married next month. [Yay!]  I made her and her fiance some ruffle pillows to add a personal touch to their decor.

I chose the green color for the pillow so that her fiance wouldn’t say it was too girly. :)

I have to admit, I haven’t made pillows since I was young… and I think they were for my Barbies! I’ve always had the intentions of making them for our home, but have never done it.

Ruffles!!

Happy almost wedding to my sister!

Linking up here.

Ahhh, vacation…

I’ve been a little MIA on the blog here, preparing for and now enjoying a little vacay with my family.

Hope you are all enjoying the weather where you are too.  I brought a little hand-sewing to do while I’m up here [though don't think I wasn't tempted to bring my machine... believe me, I was!] and I’m already kicking myself for only bringing one book to read [oh yeah, that was finished in only two days!]

I’ll pop back in next week with some fun things to show you!