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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The other stash

That's right. NOT the yarn stash (which is slowly dwindling, as I haven't allowed myself to buy new yarn since *gulp* December!).

The diaper stash. This is what's been consuming most of my time and energy! I'm a horrible person, and the reason I wanted to use cloth diapers is that I wanted to try making them. (For that matter, that's also why we have cloth napkins, and had my husband not gone out and bought grocery bags, we'd have handmade ones of those, too.)

I've been at it for months, finding, washing, and ironing fabric, sifting through patterns, cutting, sewing...and last week, I finally finished!

Presenting, my diaper stash!

These are all pocket-style diapers, made of just two layers. The outside layer is flannel, and the inside is either suedecloth or old t-shirt. I used two different patterns, and made 24 Mama Bird's diapers (size Medium) and 12 RRPs (one-size).

They're stuffed with these, which are layers of terry or microfiber towels sewn inside a flannel casing.

Having pocket diapers is probably going to be a pain, but since the stuffers are sewn like that, I can easily lay them inside the diaper for faster changes, rather than stuffing them in the pockets. Also, this means that when Gnarly gets too big for these diapers, I only need to make the shells -- the stuffers are already done! Plus, we're using prefolds for the newborn period, and those make great stuffers, as well.

Of course, these need covers, so I sewed some (from the Chloe Toes pattern):

...and I knit some (Curly Purlies, Fern and Faerie, and a Warm Heart Woolies wrap):

I also made some cloth wipes (because I might as well use cloth wipes, plus I had scraps):

And a diaper stacker for the diapers to live in:

I recycled as much as I could, cutting up old t-shirts, flannel sheets and pajamas, and towels. I used flannel remnants from other sewing projects, too, and tried to use up the scraps for stuffers or wipes.

Watch her not fit any one of these. Just watch.

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At 5:27 AM, Blogger Bea said...

You look like your ready for a little one to enter the world. I bet you are certainly physically ready. I'm so excited for you!

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous said...

Goodness you've been busy. What a great idea for diapers, though.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Wow, such an ambitious undertaking! You are all set:)

At 2:45 AM, Blogger Cronitty lady said...

I can't wait to see photo of your little baby girl. When my son was born I got addicted to cloth diapers... I was really addicted.
I l-o-v-e how they look. You did great job!!!

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

So cleaver to make all that. I used cloth diapers way back when (but bought them) and they were recycled to cleaning or dusting rags eventually. Did you make the receiving blankets also?

At 6:32 PM, Blogger skeinsherway said...

Wow! Just wow!

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Amelie said...

i salute you! thats the coolest thing ever!! well done you!

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how did they work?

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