Category Archives: Sewing

Fleece Wraps

I’m a big fan of cloth nappies and have used them on all my little ones. But, for some reason, I didn’t pluck up the courage to use fleece wraps until quite recently….I was convinced they would leak. Amazingly, they don’t and they are so much easier to make than PUL wraps. Here’s a step by step picture how-to.

One day I might get around to updating with my pattern but for now…..

Lay a rectangle of fabric onto the outer. This will provide a nice padded gusset area for extra absorbency.

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Stitch all the way around the gusset.

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Sew around the leg areas – make the hem wide enough to house the leg elastic.

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Next, hem along the top and bottom – like with the legs, the hems need to be wide enough to house the elastic.

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Start threading elastic through the casings. I decided to leave and inch or so that wouldn’t be elasticated.  My boy has chubby legs so this is purely for fit.

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Next for the back and front. Again, I left an inch or so that isn’t elasticated.

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The final step is to attach poppers for fastening. But, for this pair, I just joined the sides to make pull-on/off pants. Lazy but workable :)

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One tip when using fleece wraps – don’t cover them in tight clothing as this will just lead to wet clothes and bedding. They need room to breathe and evaporate the moisture.

Same steps for this one…except I added poppers

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Dungarees and Trousers for a Cloth Bum

One of the biggest problems I have found with being a cloth nappy user is clothes. Admittedly my boy is a chunky monkey but I don’t think this would be an issue if it wasn’t for his humungous cotton cloth bum. Most of what you buy today is designed for the slim cut of a disposable nappy (unless you want to buy from a specialised shop and I don’t have the cash for that).

Anyhow, problem solved with this pattern (New Look 6768 Babies Jumper and Romper) and some camouflage fabric.

A bit of modification to the pattern and I came up with trousers – I had to add straps after trying them on though….guess Atreyu’s bum isn’t as big as first thought .

Apologies for the lighting – economy bulbs don’t make for good photographs

All-in-one Cloth Nappy

I have to admit in advance that this is not one of my most successful Cloth Nappy makes.

That said, I fully intend to try again when I have more time and the right materials (the rubbery vinyl I had was not a good substitute for PUL).

The nappy has a fleece outer, a terry inner, a waterproof layer sandwiched in between and a pocket for stuffing. I broke several machine needles because it was too thick to work with and the fastener tabs are uneven – Hmmm, back to the drawing board – I’ll stick to terries and wraps for now!

Hip Mama Diaper Bag

I just love it when I find a pattern that does exactly what it says on the tin…so to speak. This diaper bag from A Mingled Yarn does just that.

The pattern was easy to cut and the tutorial couldn’t have been easier to follow.

I am really happy with the results and I’m already on the look out for fabric to make another one.

There are so many useful pockets and slots in this bag.  I love the elasticated inner pocket to stop everything smooshing together.  I even made a matching key fob and tie so my keys don’t get left behind in the baby-packing chaos that accompanies my outdoor trips ;)

PS – being in the UK it feels really strange to call this a diaper bag not a nappy bag or changing bag.  But, since that’s what the site calls it, I’ll get over it lol.

Thomasina Cummings

Feb 2, 2012

Half n Half needed a banner.  I hadn’t done anything like this before but I’m pleased with the results.  I managed to go from a paper template to this appliqued banner.

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Reminder to self – Ironing should be done on an ironing board not a carpet…melted white fluff on a black carpet is not a good look ;)