31.5.11

As promised last week, I am going to share a little about cloth diapering your baby without breaking the bank. Here is a short tutorial on how to make a quick and easy,(and inexpensive), prefold diaper.

You will need
1 tshirt
scissors
thread
a sewing machine
a ruler for straight cutting
some pins
That's all!

Lay your tshirt out flat and using a straight edge, cut off the top of the shirt right under the sleeves.


With your shirt still laying flat, cut up one side.
...So you will have one long length of fabric.
Fold one side about three quarters of the way over, and make a smaller fold near the middle so you have three layers of fabric.
Bring the other side of the fabric over and line it up with the bottom layers in the middle, so that you have four layers down the middle for a thicker soaker layer.
See, four layers.
Now pin down your soaker layers, slightly tucking under the raw ends. It doesn't have to perfect, the diaper police won't get ya!
Now sew a straight line right down each side of the soaker layer.
Trim the top and bottom edges so that they are even. Now sew the top and bottom closed with a serger. If you don't have one a zigzag stitch should work just as well.

And there you have the beginning to your prefold stash!





Check out the other tutorials going on!

30.5.11

Happy Memorial Day!
A special 'Thank You' to all who have served our
country.

And a special thanks to my husband for his service.

(Iraq Homecoming 2010)



I've been working on some diapers for one lucky little girl due to be born at the end of the summer. This is part of her lineup. Love the ruffles.

27.5.11

And the winner is......


Congratulations to All Things Beautiful!

Please join in next month as I do another giveaway!
I am doing my first giveaway!

It struck me that we could use with something exciting around here, and what better way than with a giveaway. The lucky winner will receive one of my handmade diapers!

This one to be exact...
Cute, isn't it?
It's a One Size pocket with a hidden inner waterproof layer. If you like you could even use it as a diaper cover, if you don't use cloth diapers! It has soft fleece inside.

So here is how you can enter to win this dipe.
Leave a comment on this post! Easy as pie! Let me know your experience with cloth diapering. If you really want to make me do a happy dance you will share the love with others in a post on your own blog, "like" me on Facebook (Doodle La), or invite your friends to come and join in the fun, too. Let me know if you do in your comment. Comments will be closed on the 27th, so be sure to comment!

The winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours of the end date. The winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator. International shipping available.

Be sure to head over to Sew Mama Sew for more Giveaway fun!
Edit:Hey there, guys and gals! Comments will be closing at 7:45amEST on the 27th! The winner will also be announced on the 27th! Good luck!


26.5.11

I have a secret! And I'm going to tell you.

I am a worrier! When people get my diapers I worry that everything will be ok. They need to work well, fit well, look cute. Worry worry worry. My concern lately has been, will my one size diaper work for a newborn also? Newborns can be so tiny, and most things look huge on them for a little while. I knew my dipe would be no exception. So I took a few minutes and messed around with it to see how small a fit I could make it into!

Here is how I got the microfit here below. This is as small as it gets! And I'm pretty darn sure it will fit a newborn quite nicely. (And look pretty cute and fluffy!)


1. Start with your diaper unsnapped, completely.



2. Take the rise and pull it up to the top of your dipe. ...Now snap the snaps together along the top of your dipe. You will have to skip a snap (or two) between each rise snap to make it sit flat.

Here is what it will look like.

3. Now bring your wing to the middle and snap the studs into the sockets that make up the lower part of the rise. Like so....

So there will be no sockets showing on the lower front of your dipe.

4. Cross the other wing over the front and snap closed.


Here you can see the difference between a diaper open to the largest rise setting, and the diaper snapped to the micro smallest fit.
I love it when I figure something new out!



25.5.11

On a personal note...
My youngest, Matthew, at about 6 months

This month's giveaway, and all the wonderful comments, got me to thinking that I should share my own cloth diapering journey, and how I got to making them.

It all started when we found out we were pregnant again! The biggest concern we had..."How are we going to afford diapers?" We are a one income military family. To say things can be tight sometimes is an understatement. There was no question in my mind that from the get go it would be cloth. I take seriously the natural gifts and abilities I've been given, and I knew that I could do cloth diapering to help our family. So I did research, and discovered that there is a whole world of cloth diapering at your finger-tips if you but take a little look!

There was no way that we could afford to buy some of the cute ones that are out there, so I started to sew. I made a small stash, and quickly discovered that I would need more. And so I started to sew more. I discovered many patterns for free online and took what I liked from the ones that I tried and made my own pattern. It has slowly evolved into what it is today. And it has worked great for us.

Yes, there is a little bit more laundry to do. I'm doing laundry for 5 anyway, so an extra load every few days isn't really that big of a deal. And now with the weather warm I can hang them out on the line to dry in the sun, which also saves on some electricity. (Did you know the sun can bleach your diapers white again?)
I would love to make cloth diapers more accessible to low income families, especially military families that struggle with so many other things. It shouldn't have to be "do we feed the kids or buy the diapers?" It seems so strange now that in the past cloth diapering was a sign of being poor, whereas now it can be almost inaccessible because of the price of those *fancy* diapers.

It really can be done with a little ingenuity. In the next week or so I will sprinkle in here and there a couple of tutorials on how to do exactly that!


24.5.11

For a while now I've been daydreaming of a pretty banner on my front door. A sort of welcome sign. Banners have made a huge come back lately, and I've been feeling like I've been missing out on the fun!

Here in the southern part of North Carolina we seem to get some pretty crazy weather, so anything I put on the front door has to stand up to heat, humidity, and lots of rain. I saw a banner, (I can't recall where now!), that was plastic and I thought, "Yes!"

But I wouldn't even know where to begin to make something plastic. I suppose you could use Capri Sun juice containers or something like that. Or maybe oil cloth! Something that is hefty and fairly water resistant.

I chose polymer clay because I had it handy and it gave me a good reason to take it out of hiding. Once I was finished making the little banner pieces I rubbed it with acrylic paint. Unfortunately it turned out darker than I would have liked. Before I attach it to my wreath I might lighten it up a little bit. This idea opened up a whole hornets nest of ideas for the future, though! You could print just about anything on these little flags, and change the banner on your wreath through out the seasonal year, rather than having to store a wreath for each season.


23.5.11


When you have kids, you wake up at all hours. Especially when they tend to do gymnastics in their sleep, in your bed, at dark-O-clock. This past Saturday was no exception. I just could not sleep with the tiny toes in my nose. So I got up and started sewing!

I found this cute tutorial over at Smashed Peas and Carrots and thought I'd give it a try. Mine is different in that I skipped the velcro. (Not a fan.) But it was so simple, even with velcro, that you could whip one up in less than an hour. Maybe even 30 minutes if you are a regular sewer. (Is that a word? Sewer?)


Birthday present? Christmas? Just because! Make a bunch and give them away, and save a couple paper lunch bags in the process!

20.5.11



Many years ago my mom gave me this old bird cage that she planted with succulents. I'm not so great when it comes to keeping house plants going. The longest I kept one alive was about 9 years. But that is miraculous because I neglected that poor plant more than anything. It got watered maybe once a month, but usually less than that. I was sad to see it go.

When mom gave me this bird cage-terrarium-of-sorts I was excited that I wouldn't have to worry about watering very often. It lasted well, as far as house plants go for me!

I decided to show it a little care today. The last plant standing was looking a little lonely. Yesterday I was lucky to find a couple of succulents marked down to $2. So I brought them home and caged them up!
I cheated this time though! I cleaned out some of the old withered plants, made holes in the soil for the new ones, stuck them still in their planter boxes and all, and covered with fresh moss. This way, when the cage needs some refreshing, (ahem, when they die), I can simply pop out the old ones and replace them with new!







18.5.11

from frenchcharming.blogspot.com
More Spring Organization!

In keeping with the organizing theme of late, here are some ideas using old suit cases as storage. I might have to wrestle mine down out of the attic!


This is genius!
Repurposed suitcases

Ok, so maybe none of these are helpful in organizing, but they sure are clever!

Repurposed luggage


Storage for all those craft supplies, or display/storage for craft fair. Love it!
found at
http://mariezvezda.blogspot.com/p/craft-fair-display-ideas.html

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