Category Archives: Tutorial
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!
There ya go! You just ruler folded a cut of wide fabric!
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 🙂
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!
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.
Have fun snapping!
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.
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.
Thank you for viewing my blog tutorial!