Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Waiting on the washer and dryer

I can't wait! Our washer and dryer will be delivered this Friday. Then I can start stripping and prepping the diapers I've made, and then I finally get to start using them. Not a moment too soon. Poor little Thomas seems to have a perma-rash on his bum. He poops a lot and almost always is red and rashy, often to the point of bleeding. I'm really hoping that the switch to cloth clears that up. As soon as I can put fluff on his little bum, I'm going to! Yup, can't wait for my washer and dryer to get here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I had to pack my sewing stuff yesterday. It's no fun wanting to make diapers but being in the middle of a big move. My sewing machine, my sewing table, my sewing box, my diaper fabric - all have been packed away and are sitting at the new house, waiting to be loved again. I can't wait to get unpacked and settled in, so that I can start sewing again!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tiny Pants!

I made my first pair of fleece longies today. Longies are diaper covers that double as pants. I used Katrina's Longies pattern, in the newborn size. These little pants are so tiny and adorable, I can't wait for Baby to wear them!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dozen Prefolds

Well, I've finished my goal for newborn diapers. I originally had 12 small prefolds that my sister gave me, and I wanted to make 12 newborn fitteds, and 12 more prefolds. I just finished the last prefolds today, making 36 diapers that Baby will be able to wear as a newborn. Hooray!

The neat thing about prefolds is that when she outgrows them, I can use them to stuff the pocket diapers.

The next project I'll be working on is covers. I have four newborn pull-on covers, and now I'm going to make at least four small covers, which is the next size up, for her to grow into. I have this adorable pink froggy fleece that I'm going to make some covers out of, I just need to wash it first. It's the only fabric I've actually purchased new - it was on clearance at Wal-Mart.

I love seeing the progress I'm making. What I don't necessarily love is the fact that, at 37 1/2 weeks along, Baby could come at any time, and I feel a lot of pressure to finish all the diapers I'm going to need as soon as I can, before she's born. There's so much else that needs to be done too (especially with the move to the new house), I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything! But I'm sure it will all work out fine.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Start of Something Great

I thought I'd go ahead and start this blog since I didn't want my family blog to get completely bogged down with diaper posts! I recently started making cloth diapers, in anticipation of the birth of our third child, and am totally hooked. I've wanted to cloth diaper for a while, and tried for a while with both previous kids. But with apartment laundry rooms and very little knowledge of what on earth I was doing, I gave up pretty quickly both times. However, I've learned a lot about cloth diapering since then. And since we just bought a house and will have our own washer and dryer, and space for a clothes line, this is the perfect time to start cloth diapering. I'll be CD-ing the new baby girl, as well as my 2 year old boy.

So I printed out a few free cloth diaper patterns from online, bought a bunch of flannel sheets and fleece blankets from the thrift store (I'm nothing if not frugal), and got started sewing! Here's what I've got so far:

30 Rita's Rump Pockets (RRPs)

4 Rita's Rump Covers (RRCs), plus three more that are almost done

12 Shar's Newborn Fitted Nappies (I think these are my favorite, they're so tiny and cute!)

4 newborn-size Katrina's Soakers

2 small prefolds (just made these today)

All together now...

Not bad for a newbie, huh? And I only started three weeks ago!

I'm hoping to have a dozen prefolds and several more RRCs done before the baby is born in early December. I also have a few wipes made, but they're kind of ugly. I'm still working on that.