Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some utility stitching


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Ernest has been wearing disposable nappies (Shock horror!) for several months now. I don't like them, they smell funny, they don't work terribly well, they create so much waste, but I've been struggling with the laundry mountain, and Ernest is the wriggliest of all my children when it comes to nappy changes, my beloved terry nappies are a disaster with such a wriggler.
I prefer cloth nappies, and it does seem rather odd that as a former nappy designer I should have my Ernie in disposables, so yesterday I set about using up the last of my nappy making fabrics to make him some Tiddlybums, which I guess these days might be considered pretty retro. (they were afterall designed nearly 10 years ago!)
My last pieces of burley knit terry and killington flannel, all gone, which makes me feel slightly on edge...I'm sure other fabric addicts reading might understand that.
I still have about 2000 Tiddlybums labels to use up...ideas of what to do with them on a postcard please!
Hoping Ernest will oblige with a good long nap today so I can finish these nappies and make room for more interesting stitching.


I also whipped up four new pairs of wool longies from Grandad's old golf sweaters.
Ernest is wearing a pair today (over a disposable), I did try to get a photograph, but the results are all rather blurry...



He's fast up those stairs!

8 comments:

  1. Funnily enough I was popping by your blog to get the Mama Pad tutorial (we just got back from town where I picked up some terry toweling cheap). I know the nappies aren't the same, but they are nearly the same idea lol. Wish me luck, I am so hopeless at sewing. That wee man of yours is sure on the go lol.
    V
    xxx

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  2. Valerie, let me know how you get on with the pads, don't forget you can add a waterproof layer of PUL if you need it. I don't bother, but some people like that reassurance.
    I might have some suitably sized PUL scraps here if you'd like them?
    email me your address if so. :0)

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  3. I too have had Vivi in disposables for several months, after cloth diapering our first till potty learning and clothing diapering her until 6 months, it has been a struggle to find the right dipes for her (sensitive bum!). You may have inspired me to go back to our cloth and wool!

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  4. Love the nappies and oh, you have your hands full with a mini mover!!

    San x

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  5. Thanks Jeanette, I used a layer of fleece on the bottom (between the cotton and the toweling), because I found fleece pretty good in Oscar's cloth nappies. They are a bit scruffy but should work well I think lol. I made 8 for now to see absorbent they are. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, I have linked to you a few times on my post.
    V
    xxx

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  6. We're using disposables at the moment too while I try and tackle our laundry mountain :( Hopefully once the other 2 are back at school, I'll be able to go back to cloth nappies again. Valerie - you've reminded me I need to make some mama pads too!

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  7. I feel so much better after reading this, after using cloth for most of my babes have like you been overwhelmed with washing and drifted back to disposables. It seemed a better option than losing my sanity! Sainsburys basic nappies are as good as the more expensive types -made me feel less bad about spending a fortune on something to put in the bin!

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  8. I've been debating whether or not to start making my own cloth nappies (we say diapers in the US but nappies is cuter). I'm just learning how to sew and I am not sure if I have the ability to do these yet. Do you think they are doable for a novice?

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