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
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!
Have fun getting your Swatch on!
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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.
You will also need something to reinforce your snaps. I am using a scrap piece of PUL cut to size and a glue stick.
Mark snap placement. I poke a small hole in my pattern then press gently with a marker like a stencil.
Apply glue to your scrap.
Press in place to the WRONG side of your diaper cut. Allow to dry.
Now take your awl. And this is a very important step, it will prevent funny puckering. Poke your awl through both layers.
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.
For this tute I am using my stud die but it works the exact some for sockets.
Press your stud up into your die.
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.
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.
Tada you have placed a snap! Now keep on going!
Have fun snapping!
I am seriously loving this Babyville Boutique TM PUL! So much so that I went and bought another yard of the OWLS even though I don’t NEED more 🙂 And to say it sews like butter is way under stating it. I was being a bit pic lazy so you get a group shot of all of them. I love how the coordinates go so well together too! It makes it very easy to sew a very cute diaper for your little one. On to the pictures!
The diaper on the right has been through the wash 5 times already and still looks brand new! Some of my diapers have been through a lot of washes and have zero fading! I even had to soak a FOE one in bleach and forgot about it and even though the yellow FOE bleached out to white the print is still bright and clear as can be 🙂 Love it!
(bleaching is NOT recommended for PUL but my daughter had a yeast infection so it was a last resort!)
I have a very special aspect of the new Babyville Boutique TM line that will be released at Joanns Craft stores in September. In getting ready for my special project I am finding my sewjo! Not only have I finished 2 diapers to sell:
I have also finished 2 diapers for my daughter using the new Babyville Boutique TM fabrics!
Like what you are seeing? Check out the Babyville Boutique Facebook page for more!
Well that is all for the moment as I should really get back to sewing while I have the sewjo flowing!