Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Swim Diapers

Something else I was inspired to make is swim diapers. The disposable diapers are getting pretty expensive and I'd like to take the kids to the pool more often, but can't afford to keep buying the Little Swimmers.

I got the pattern from SewMammaSew.com and it's super easy to print and make.

I got this cute printed swim material from Hancock Fabric. I tried to go to Joann first but they only had a very limited selection of solid colors. The next layer I used was PUL fabric. Joann carries it in their Babyville section. It's the same stuff you use on the outside of some of the cloth envelope diapers. The innermost layer is just a swim suit lining, although I am not impressed at all with using it. Honestly it's really hard to use. It is impossibly stretchy and trying to line it up with the piece of PUL you already cut out is extremely difficult. I would have used athletic mesh for this, however, the only kind they had was camo. Another option for the inner lining would be crushed panne or suede cloth fabrics. Basically anything that is going to wick the moisture away.The edging is also from Babyville - Fold over elastic or FOE. This stuff is really great because it has a ridge along the middle that makes it nice and easy to fold, as the name suggests.

The pattern mentioned before comes in all sizes, so you should easily be able to find the right size for your little bums! I should mention that there is a slight learning curve with the use of the FOE. You really have to stretch it out while you're sewing and use a wide zigzag stitch. You have to be careful though because the swim suit material is also stretchy and you dont want to stretch that while you're pulling the elastic. It really takes 2 hands.

One thing to remember is that swim diapers are not meant to be absorbent. They are simply used to contain messes of the solid persuasion.

Upcycled Men's dress shirt

While trolling the internet, on Pinterest of course, I came across this really awesome dress. I knew at once I had to make it.

Although a little cumbersome in places it was super easy to make. You can find the instructions in the following link: Tutorial: The Shirt Dress
I highly recommend this site for some awesome clothing ideas.

 I probably should have made the dress a little wider in the middle, considering Harper is pretty stocky. But seeing that her little sister is catching up quickly in size, it will get used again for sure.
(I realized after I posted the pictures that I haven't reattached the top buttton. Oops!)

When you're looking for the right shirt for this, I highly recommend getting one of the biggest ones you can find. The pattern you will need to make is quite wide due to the fact you are gathering it all together with elastic. This shirt was a little difficult because not only was it a nicer shirt, not just cotton, it was a little stretchy.

Reasons behind starting a blog... again.

So I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while now. I'm always posting my pictures of stuff I've made on facebook, and people have asked me about the stuff I make. The purpose of this blog is to post the pictures, provide links and talk about my projects.