Category Archives: Cloth Diapering

Swatch Buddies – A girls best friend!

The past May I got the fun (kidless) joy of going to the Portland Spring Quilt Market.  While there I came upon the coolest sewing idea I have ever seen, SWATCH BADDIES!  Upon getting to play with these super cool cards I immediately had ideas going through my head on how to use them with my sewing business.

Swatch Buddies are 1″ x 2″ hard plastic cards with a hole punched in one end.  You use their double sided adhesive tape (which is AWSEOME!) and stick it to back of your fabric.  Trim around the tape with pinking shears, peal off the back and stick to your card.  The Swatch Buddies also come with stickers for the back of the cards that make it easy to label your card with yardage, fabric name, and store you bought it at.

The Swatch Buddies are ideal for bringing fabrics for projects to the store with you to be able to color match.  Ensuring you never buy the wrong color again!  I personally am using Swatch Buddies to bring samples of all of my fabrics to the local farmers market with me.

For more info on purchasing yourself some Swatch Buddies go to http://www.swatchbuddies.com/servlet/StoreFront

Now for some pictures, I will have many more pictures to come later but this is just a teaser :p

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As many of you know I am a cloth diaper maker.  The above sample is JUST of my cotton velour colors.  I still have a lot more swatch buddies to make!

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Have fun getting your Swatch on!

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How to use a snap template

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How to Ruler Fold Wide Fabrics

There is an awesome tutorial here on how to ruler fold quilting cottons. But if you are like me and have lots of fabrics that are 60″ or more inches wide (not 44″ like quilting cottons) you have to figure out how to make it work. I promise its easy!

First up lay your fabric out nice and flat. This is a 70″ wide fabric and is 2 yards long. I have the 2 yard length left to right in this picture.
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Fold the edge closest to you up 1/3 of the width of the fabric
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Now fold the top down the other 1/3 of the width of the fabric
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Now you can ruler fold. Lay your ruler on the end of your fabric. I like a 6″ ruler for my fabric but you may find a different size works better for your shelfing than the 6″
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Fold the end over your ruler
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Now keep rolling your ruler until you have almost all the fabric rolled up
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It should look something like this
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If you are like me and want it really neat you will fold the end in like this
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Fold over the rest of the way
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Slide your ruler out
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Now fold your long log of fabric in half. This is a side view. This is a thick fabric so yours will likely end up thinner.
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And this is what you will see from the front
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There ya go! You just ruler folded a cut of wide fabric!

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150 Fan Giveaway!

Here it is! My 150 fan giveaway! AND if I hit 200 fans before the giveaway closes on 4/20/2012 I will give away an additional suprise prize to another person! There are multiple ways to enter too! Have fun 🙂

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I am having problems getting the rafflecopter site to work with my blog. until then you can go to my facebook page TheCraftEGal and use the Giveaway tab located directly under my cover photo. Thank you!

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Serging A Butterfly Fitted Cloth Diaper

I am a super perfectionist.  Some of my friends were having issues serging fitteds, so whats a girl to do but make a video of how to serge the hardest of all fitted styles!  Enjoy the video 🙂

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How many diapers

A new baby means time to round out the diaper stash!  I sold some of my daughters used diapers as I choose new styles that I liked so now I need to sew up some new diapers for the new bean on the way.  The following is what I plan on having in each size.  I also have a daughter who will be 18 months old when the new baby is born so the larger sizes will be in use now while the baby is still in the smaller diapers.

Tiny Newborn – for when baby is brand new and needs a teeny tiny diaper!
– 24 preemie prefolds

– 10 wipe clean covers

– 12 AI2s

– 12 fitteds

Total 48 changes

Newborn

– 18 infant prefolds

– 6 wipe clean covers

– 12 AI2s

– 8 pockets

– 12 fitteds

Total 50 changes

Small

– 18 infant prefolds – The same I will use for newborn

– 6 wipe clean covers

– 8 AI2s

– 12 pockets

– 12 fitteds

Total 50 changes

Medium

– 18 premium prefolds

– 6 wipe clean covers

– 8 AI2s

– 16 pockets

– 8 fitteds

Total 50 changes

One Size

– 12 pockets

Total 12 changes

You may notice that that is a LOT of changes in each size!  The reason I plan for so many in each size is that I KNOW I am lazy about taking care of the diaper laundry and with having that many in each size I dont have to worry about running out of prepared diapers.  You could easily get away with as few as 18-24 changes worth of diapers.

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How to care for your cloth diapers

So my post today is based on the wonderful article found here.  This article really breaks down a lot about cloth diapering.  But it is a LOT of info to read and absorb.  And sometimes hard to decipher how to put the different things into work.  So here is my cloth diapering for dummies version!

The scariest part of cloth diapering is the wash.  The rest is so close to disposables that you wont really notice a difference.

  • Ok so baby just peed in their cloth diaper, toss it in your diaper bucket.  Baby pooped?  If they have started eating solids you will want to get that poop off.  And really it is NOT that scary!  I lay the poo down in the toilet and let it soak for a couple minutes that just swish around.  Everything typically comes off really easy when I do this.  Now toss in the diaper bucket.  Not to hard huh?
  • You do not want to leave diapers sitting more than 3 days, 2 days is preferable.  If you leave the diapers sitting to long the fibers start to break down.
  • Ok, time to wash what do I do?  Dump your diaper bucket into your washer.  It can be helpful to do a prerinse or soak to help loosen the pee and poo from the fibers.
  • The oh so scary soap, you need to have that ready.  The soap I uses is ecos from costco.  I like the super short ingredient list, and my diapers always come out clean.
  • Use the full amount recommended for your washer.  Many diaper companies will say to use half the amount but you really NEED the surficants in the detergent to get all the pee and poo off.
  • If you have stinky or ammonia smelling diapers you likely need to use more soap.
  • Ready to wash?  My wash routine is a HOT wash with an extra rinse.  Followed by a run through the dryer on high.

Having smell issues and the laundry soap just isnt cutting it?  The following are some things that can be greatfully helpful.

  • Vinegar – it is a natural laundry softener as well as being great for killing bacteria and sanitizing
  • Baking Soda – As a base it can help cut down acidity in the diapers
  • Dawn Blue Dishsoap – This is what you use to ‘strip’ your diapers. As a degreaser it will help loosen anything off of the fabric and help your diapers preform better.
  • Bleach – I do not recommend using bleach on any sort of regular basis.  It will eat away at the fibers in the long run.  BUT if your child has a yeast infection or other bacterial infection this is going to be the way to go.
  • The SUN – Is an amazing thing!  It can naturally help kill bacteria on the diaper.

This is a pretty general overview, but it really can be that easy!  The most important thing with washing cloth diapers is establishing a good wash routine from the start!

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