9.11.2008

i've been busy...



making diapers for little lucy. i've moved on from making fleece covers to making the actual diapers themselves. it's hard work, since i'm mostly self-taught when it comes to sewing. but i'm learning a lot! the diapers themselves are totally functional, though each a little wonky in some way or another--uneven elastic, crooked soaker, imperfectly placed velcro. but they're cute from about 18 inches away. and i'm getting better and better as i go along. the last one i made (shown in the final photo below) turned out really, really well!




directly above is my absolute favorite--both the picture & the diaper that's in it. the diaper is made from organic bamboo velour and bamboo fleece, both of which are incredibly soft & absorbent fabrics. the outer is flannel, topped by upcycled piggie embroidery that i cut out from a vintage baby blanket i picked up at the alemeda antique fair. the picture itself... well, lucy's not got the rolling thing perfected yet. sometimes she gets a lil' stuck! or maybe she was just showing off her fancy diaper???

lucy & maizy (well, her nose anyway). total cuteness...



all of these diapers are "fitteds," meaning that they require a cover to be waterproof. but they're really absorbent... if we're just hanging around home i let her go without a cover, and make sure to change her when the diaper starts to feel damp. the upside of this is that fitteds are made of all natural, breathable materials. good for the little tush.

that being said, i did order some PUL (polyurethane laminate) to try my hand at making a waterproof diaper. we'll see how that turns out. wish me luck, i'm sure i'll need it. along with a good seam ripper or two.

6 comments:

bethy said...

the diapers came out really cute! did you get my comment below. it basically said that i wanted to try to make some diapers for brandon and was wondering what sewing machine you have...

erin said...

hi bethy...

i started sewing on my mom's 20-year old kenmore. it's a really basic machine, no bells or whistles to speak of. now i'm working on a newer (like 10 years old, maybe?) bernina that i borrowed from my mother-in-law. it has a few more capabilities (different stitches, embroidery, etc.) but for the most part i just use a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch... nothing fancy at all! i imagine that one day i'll have a machine to call my own, and it will be very middle-of-the-road... too mnay buttons just seem to confuse me. a serger would be great, too, though, for getting that fancy, ruffly finished edge that you see on fitteds like kissaluvs, mutts & goodmamas. i attempted something similar with a few of the diapers i made using a fancy stitch on my mother-in-law's machine. after i made a huge mess of the first one, the others turned out okay--but it was pretty hard to do so i'm sticking with turning & topstitiching for the time being.

hope that helps!

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ring.and.rose said...

i love the 'L' diaper! and the one with the pig. you do amazing work with your antique fair finds. i'm so impressed & inspired. maybe i will make a t-shirt with letter 'L.'

also, can't believe lucy's face, she's growing up so much. she looks a lot like jeremy in the second photo.

angeline petalfoot said...

woah! watch out goodmama! these are serious competition! :)
great job!
If you happen to make any more like the one with a star on it, I'd love to be your first customer! FOR REAL.

Molly said...

Just curious if you're using a pattern, where you found it? I have a fair amount of sewing experience and I've wanted to try making some fitteds for my daughter, but got lost trying to find a pattern.
TIA!