Combine that with the fact that I'm in nesting mode expecting a new baby and voila, we have a nice, new, productive obsession for me. Making cloth diapers.
It started off with me stumbling upon this free diaper pattern, which is a one size fits all, super adjustable and versatile diaper. And it looked easy enough. And I thought, hey, I could do that. Why not? The fuzzi bunz Turtle is using are so old now, the elastic is shot and stitching is coming loose. They still work, but we have had them since Kaya was a baby...we could use some new dipes for sure. Our kissaluvs were awesome, but didn't hold out for long in the wash. And the applix on the Bum Genius is just no good at all.
So what the heck, I'll try making a diaper. Ok...dust off the sewing machine. Then call on my husband and ask him to teach me how to use the darn thing. I don't sew. I just don't. I've never been any good at it. If a teddy bear rips, the kids ask their Dad to repair it. Me and sewing, we just don't get along. I have no spacial awareness and am way too clumsy.
So then it's a challenge...and I'm in the mood for a challenge.
And now, I showcase my first ever home sewn cloth diaper. Made out of flannel receiving blankets I bought from yard sales for like 10c each. It's extremely messy, clumsy and sad looking. But it's functional. And I made it all by myself!
Because I had so much fun making that one, I decided to cut up an old tshirt and sew it into a diaper
And a couple blankets
Here's a modelling shot of that one
So then I bought some snap pliers and a new pattern and made this diaper out of an old denim looking cotton shirt
Then I came across another pattern I liked better. This is the Darling Diaper Unlimited pattern and it rocks. Yeah...any true hobby end up costing money, right? I made this out of a shirt I bought for 50c at a yard sale, I bought it specifically for making diapers. It's so stretchy and soft.
Microfleece inner. So soft.
So there's my first little stash, super cost effective.
Next I attempted to make a cover.
with leg gussets
And an ooga booga diaper
And a tartan diaper. Och aye. (yes, it's Daddy's favorite)
And then I started on some wittle teensie diapers for wee baby Ally. Broodiness in overdrive.
I've made some more since then, but haven't uploaded the pics yet. I'm still making tons of mistakes and I have a looooooooong way to go until I'll be good at this sewing palaver. But I'm having a ton of fun and am getting better.
The biggest downside is I haven't dreamed about anything other than making diapers in like 3 weeks. It's getting a bit old by now.
But ya know, it really isn't all that difficult. It's very rewarding, saves money, is good for the environment to use cloth, and it's so much fun to stick a bit of fluff on my baby's bum that I sewed up all by myself.
So that's my latest obsession.