Nappies!

Stack of large size cloth nappies

Done! Finally.

This particular unfinished project has been weighing on my mind for a VERY long time. I just looked up my shopping history, I bought the fabric for this set of nappies on the 27th October last year. That’s a long time to make 22 nappies!

Now it’s not really the nappies that take that long, it’s me and my procrastinating. The last nappy sat unfinished on my table for about a month because I was short one piece of velcro. To be fair, I was waiting to see if a friend had any lying around, but really I should have just used a different colour and I would have been done ages ago.

Look at the pretty colours!

Don’t they look nice and bright and colourful? This isn’t even all of the colours, but since there will never be a time that all 22 nappies are clean and dry at the same time this is the best I can do.

Squish has been wearing half mediums, half larges for a while now. It feels good to have this project crossed off and to stop stretching the elastic on the medium set.

Here’s a little info on this style of nappies:

  • They are pocket nappies, made from PUL outer (with pretty cotton print at the top) and suedecloth inner.
  • I used a bought pattern that my friend gave me (which I altered to add in the cotton print), but there are heaps of free patterns available, just do a quick Google search.
  • I used darker colours of suedecloth (black, red, green) because I figured that would save me time worrying about stains, but I’ve found suedecloth to be much more resistant to stains than the microfleece anyway.
  • I use a microfibre insert (see below). I bought microfibre fabric and cut 35 x 35cm squares which I fold into 3 to stuff inside. Mostly because I’m too lazy to make proper inserts (can I please have an overlocker?), but they also dry super quick this way and work well.
  • I use flushable liners, but if it’s just pee I throw them in the wash too. Different brands vary, but I’ve found you can get at least 2 or 3 goes out of one liner. I had a really good brand once that stood up to about 5 or 6 washes, but my supplier changed the liners she was getting in and I haven’t found any as good since.
  • I buy my nappy fabrics from Greenbeans NZ. Best quality NZ supplier, in my opinion. Good prices too.
  • I use velcro, not snaps. I love the secure and adjustable fit. I borrowed a cloth nappy with snaps once, and HATED it. Took me so long to get it done up! Probably because I’m so used to velcro though.

Here’s some close ups for you:

PURPLE!

Here you can see the insert folded into 3.

And that’s it! One pile of large size MCNs all done. And do you know what’s awesome about making your own? It works out to about $7 NZ per nappy. All you gotta do is find the time!

If you want to have a go at making your own nappies and you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll do my best to help.

Happy nappy making!

Nicola x

Tutorial: Repurpose Jeans to Clutch

These days, my handbag is full of 95% Squish stuff, 5% my stuff. So when I get the chance to go out without her I either have to take all of her stuff out and carry a sad, empty looking bag, or just carry my wallet and phone. Until last week, when I finally got around to making myself a new clutch, the day before going out for dinner with friends!

It’s made from an old pair of my husband’s jeans, and the piece I used is also leftover from another project that I needed the jeans for. Perfect repurpose!

Just the right size for the essentials: phone, keys and cards.

Wanna make one yourself?

Go find some jeans! (or use something else for the outer fabric)

Supplies:

  • Outer fabric
  • Inner fabric
  • Double fold bias tape/binding (or single fold, and iron it in half lengthwise like I did!)
  • Scrap fabric and button for embellishing (optional)

Cut your fabrics to the desired size. Make the width the same size that you want your finished clutch to be, and the length 3 x longer than the finished length. I cut my jeans so that the pocket was straight which meant that the top edge was angled (original waistband). The inner and outer fabrics should be the same size. If your binding is single fold, iron it in half now.

Unpick the top of any belt loops that are in the way. We will sew them back down over the binding soon.

With fabrics wrong sides together, sew binding on to top edge (the edge with the belt loops). I just sandwiched it on, but if you have the time and patience, you may like to sew the binding on properly. Repeat for the bottom edge. Sew the belt loops back down if you have any.

If you are new to binding, check out Dana from Made’s tutorial:

Fold the bottom up as far as you want it to go. Mine was just over a third, because I didn't want the top flap to fold all the way down.

Now it's time to bind the edges. To encase the ends nicely, you will need to open up the bias tape, fold the top down and the side over. You may need to tuck the folded piece in a bit so that it is nice and neat. You may notice my binding skills aren't that good in these pictures. I was rushing, I should have done it the proper way.

Now you should have something looking like this. Woohoo! Nearly there. Time to embellish if that's your kinda thing. Whoops, looks like I missed the second line of stitching on the lefthand side.

Cut out your shape. I just freehand cut a flower out of the same fabric as the lining, but you can use whatever scrap fabric you like and cut any shape.

Sew carefully around the edge of your shape, about 3mm from the edge. You could pin or use fusible web to keep it in place, but I was in too much of a hurry for that. You could also have done this step right at the beginning on just the outer fabric so that the stitching doesn't show through on the inside. It doesn't really matter too much though.

Sew a pretty button on or finish embellishing however you like and you are DONE!

A quick and easy clutch, just the perfect size for everything you need when going out for dinner with some lovely friends. Or to the movies. Or to someone’s house for coffee. Without all that kid stuff. Wooooo!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for stopping by. It takes me so long to put a tutorial together, I really hope some of you have a go and make some awesome clutches for yourself or maybe as gifts for your friend/mum/sister etc.

Let me know if you need any help with any of the steps. I’m just an email or a comment away :)

Nicola xx

Show me your neutral

In case you missed it, the other day I announced that I’M PREGNANT! I’m actually about halfway through but thought it was about time I shared our news with the blogging world.

Quick story: When I was pregnant with Squish, we wanted to see whether she was a boy or girl. We went along to our 20wk scan, keen to see our beautiful baby again and check that all was well, but also looking forward to getting a sneak peek of who this baby was. She was fast asleep, with her legs crossed, one hand over her genitals and the other hand up with one finger pointing.

Last week, we went along for our 20wk scan for Squirmy. We were so excited to see baby, and again interested to know if it was a boy or girl. This one was happily sitting with it’s knees pulled up by it’s chest, butt facing outwards. Apparently we breed babies that just don’t wanna let us know. I probably won’t have another scan, so we’ll just wait patiently again and look forward to meeting our little Squirmy in a few more months.

Right, back to what this post was actually about. Gender neutral baby stuff. With Squishy I didn’t let myself get too excited and I only made her really practical things like sheets and nappies before she was born. This time is going to be different. This time I’m going to get really baby-excited and make as many awesome baby things as I can fit in, but since I don’t know the gender, I’m looking for ideas of things that will suit any flavour baby. I’m not into pale colours, so no typical pale greens and yellows for us. I’m going to have to get creative. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?

So far, these are some ideas I’ve thought of for projects: (Click images for links)

Sweet and Simple Swaddling Blankets by Delia Creates

Except I’d of course need to use different fabrics. I’ve got some already that will be perfect for a few of these!

Freshly Picked Baby Hats by Delia Creates

Cute hats right? Maybe I can come up with some other cool fruits to model hats after.

Knit Baby Blanket and Baby Hats by Make It and Love It

Obviously not in bright pink or embellished with flowers, but the idea, YES.

Re-Purpose: Stuffed Owl by Make It and Love It

Cute little stuffed toys made from repurposed materials? YES.

DIY Baby Rag Quilt by Do It Yourself Divas

Nana is making Squish one of these for her 2nd birthday, but I’ve got everything I need to make a mini bassinet version for Squirmy!

Felt Owl Mobile by Homemade be Jill

I’m not really on the Owl bandwagon, but I’ve got plenty of felt to make a cute mobile.

That’s just a handful of the ideas that are spinning around in my head right now. Obviously some of them will need different fabrics etc. to make them gender neutral but they will still work. Now I just need to decide on a colour scheme/theme to plan everything around! Oh exciting!

I’ve been pinning lots of other ideas if you are after some baby sewing/crafting inspiration too.

What great unisex baby ideas do you have? Leave me a comment or send me an email with your ideas, I’d love to hear all about them!

Nic x