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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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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 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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How to apply snaps using a snap press

I don’t think I would be able to make as many diapers without my snap press. Pliers are great for those on a budget or for traveling with but just don’t get as good of a press as the snap press does. Part of the pics and instructions for this are the same as with snap pliers because it takes the same prep work 🙂

For this tutorial you will need your snap press, snaps, diaper outer, reinforcement fabric, and awl. This is my pretty red snap press 🙂 please ignore my very ashy fireplce in the background. I like to keep my press on my fireplace hearth because I can lean on the handle without hurting my back.
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You will also need something to reinforce your snaps. I am using a scrap piece of PUL cut to size and a glue stick.
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Mark snap placement. I poke a small hole in my pattern then press gently with a marker like a stencil.
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Apply glue to your scrap.
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Press in place to the WRONG side of your diaper cut. Allow to dry.
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Now take your awl. And this is a very important step, it will prevent funny puckering. Poke your awl through both layers.
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Now take your cap. You know that one with the pokey prong to it. Take that and poke it through your fabric where you poked the hole with your awl.
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For this tute I am using my stud die but it works the exact some for sockets.
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Press your stud up into your die.
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Now take your cap which is already in your diaper outer and place it over your bottom die. Making sure that loose fabric is out of the way and the cap is centered.
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Now press down on your handle of your snap press. I pull the handle down until the stud is on the cap then lean on my handle.
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Tada you have placed a snap! Now keep on going!
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Have fun snapping!

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How to apply snaps using snap pliers

Snaps are super easy to apply with snap pliers.  If you can’t afford a snap press don’t be afaid!  The pliers do take some extra hand strength (or a strong man) to use though.  The following is a pretty basic tutorial on how to use your snap pliers.

Ok so here we have the pieces you will need to use your snap pliers.  Fabric cut, pliers with adapters, cap, and either your socket or stud piece.  Make sure to double check which piece you are putting where before continuing.
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You will also need something to reinforce your snaps. I am using a scrap piece of PUL cut to size and a glue stick.
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Mark snap placement. I poke a small hole in my pattern then press gently with a marker like a stencil.
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Apply glue to your scrap.
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Press in place to the WRONG side of your diaper cut. Allow to dry.
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Now take your awl. And this is a very important step, it will prevent funny puckering. Poke your awl through both layers.
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Now take your cap. You know that one with the pokey prong to it. Take that and poke it through your fabric.
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Set your socket or stud (whichever you need for where you are working) on top of your cap, sandwiching your fabric.
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Now place carefully between your pliers, making sure that the cap sits nicely in the bottom piece. Line your socket or stud up with to top piece and SQUEEZE. You may have to squeeze twice to make sure you fully smash the cap prong.
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Tada! You placed a snap! Finish placing all of your snaps and get to sewing 🙂
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Thank you for viewing my blog tutorial!

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