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

Another one crossed off the list

Remember this?

Fleece pieces for monster soft toy

Unfinished: Monster soft toy ready to be sewn.

Well. I FINALLY got around to finishing it. Nothing to do with the fact that we will be seeing the little boy that we need to give this to tomorrow. No, not at all. But the point is, it’s done. And he’s pretty awesome I think.

Green Monster SoftieDoesn’t he just make you wanna pick him up and give him a big squeeze? Squish sure thinks so. As soon as she saw him she was giving him huge cuddles and carting him around the house. Not sure how she is going to go tomorrow when she has to give him to her friend. I think I’m going to have to make her one of her own, might be a tutorial involved if you’re lucky.

He is made from leftover pieces of microfleece from Squish’s nappies and stuffed with polyfill. The teeth are only sewn on by the stitching around the edge of the mouth. I know they will eventually get pretty ragetty and probably rip off but small, thin pieces of microfleece are hard to sew with and I couldn’t be bothered I think that will just add to his charm over time. He has nice long arms and legs which will be excellent for giving the biggest hugs ever.

Green Monster Softie closeupAw, doesn’t he look all cute there with with his legs crossed…

Anyway since he is a gift, I need to wrap him up along with the pencil case for some lovely little boys we know (who’s birthdays were in January… hey, we haven’t seen them since late last year!)

So, to continue on with the vow, I didn’t buy any wrapping paper or anything, just used what I had lying around. Luckily for me I had some kid-friendly wrapping paper leftover from last year anyway. Not cheating, isn’t it better that I use it up instead of throwing it in the rubbish? Yes, yes it is.

Not sure what I’m on about?

But anyway, here’s them both wrapped up in some wrapping paper I bought for my husband’s birthday about 3yrs ago and have been reusing it for little kids ever since:

Along with some gift tags cut from a colourful cardboard box and tied on with some random ribbon. Done.

Nicola x

Where I’ve been lately…

Ugh. Fallen of the planet? Not quite, but I have felt like that a little bit lately. When I started this blog I was so enthusiastic and I have a huge list of ideas of things to share with you all. But then life gets in the way and I guess I haven’t figured out how to balance everything yet.

But anyway, moving on. I have managed to get back into my sewing room recently and have actually completed a few things.

Like these cute little baby hats:

It’s a miracle those hats got completed these last few weeks, but it was one of those tutorials you see that you just HAVE to get started on straight away. Even though I don’t have any babies to give them to yet. Actually, I do have some friends who are growing babies at the moment… if you are reading this, act surprised!

What I should have been doing is trying to complete some of my unfinished projects instead of starting new ones! Here’s a little sample of what I’ve got lying around unfinished:

Pencil case pieces cut out ready to sew

Unfinished: Pencil Case, cut out ready to sew.

Felt shapes and alligator clips

Unfinished: Felt hairclips ready to be glued.

Polystyrene ball with finger knitting wrapped around

Unfinished: Finger-knitted wool-wrapped ball needing a little more patience.

Cloth nappy materials

Unfinished: Squishy's large set of cloth nappies. 12 down, 6 to go.

Fleece pieces for monster soft toy

Unfinished: Monster soft toy ready to be sewn.

More info on each of these projects as I get through them.

And then there’s the HUGE list of things that I want to get started on as well. Things get added very frequently but just don’t get completed that fast! Guess I better get a move on!

Nicola xx