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So what are your working on right now or plan to work on for baby still ?


I'm working on this quilt Bee Keepers Quilt


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Neat blanket! I finished 3 hats and 7 diaper covers for this guy. I decided to start on a simple blanket, so I chose this pattern. I wanted something that took little concentration so that I could relax and knit while watching tv, etc. I'm knitting it a soft wool/bamboo blend in sea green. It will probably be the main blanket for the baby's crib. 

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I'm working on a bunch of robeez style baby shoes. Only all cotton, no leather. I made so many footless sleepers I was like, "we need something to keep those baby feet warm!" :D so for every footless sleeper, I'm making matching shoes, lined with cotton velour. free pattern/tutorial http://darlingdiapers.com/SDminimocfinal2.PDF I've only gotten the fabric cut and the first step done on each pair, assembly line style. I should probably get on that while the kids are sucked into elmo's world..

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I'm sewing some waterproof ec piddle pads, nothing fancy though.

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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post

I'm working on a bunch of robeez style baby shoes. Only all cotton, no leather. I made so many footless sleepers I was like, "we need something to keep those baby feet warm!" :D so for every footless sleeper, I'm making matching shoes, lined with cotton velour. free pattern/tutorial http://darlingdiapers.com/SDminimocfinal2.PDF I've only gotten the fabric cut and the first step done on each pair, assembly line style. I should probably get on that while the kids are sucked into elmo's world..



Those are so fun! I've been looking for a tutorial for robeez like shoes and hadn't found one I liked - but this one is great! Thanks! thumb.gif

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I'm sewing longies and wraps out of wool sweaters, so I have enough.  I'm planning on doing placenta prints (but obviously can't do that yet!).  I also want to do more birth art and mandalas, just for fun, and maybe to have a focal point or two during labor.  

 

Nothing else really....guess I'm not that crafty this time! =)

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Ahhh!!! I just learned something VERY exciting! http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/cloth-diaper-kits-coming-to-joanns-hancocks-and-hobby-lobby/ I'm going to joanns tonight to check it out! I called my store and confirmed, they have it!!! It seemed so too good to be true, lol. cute prints, too!

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I'm sewing some waterproof ec piddle pads, nothing fancy though.



What are you making these out of? I want to make some to change diapers on. I can't bring myself to pay for the gross polyester ones at BRU, but I have no idea what to sew them from. Wool? Fleece?

 

My other big craft is a small quilt. I made one for my SIL's baby, already, and just can't get into making another one for some reason. I had a much longer list of things to make, but have either been given those items or given up on finding the time/energy.

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This is a great idea!  Did you find out how much they cost?

 

I just finished my first ever crochet baby hat.  It actually turned out the right size, which is fabulous!  :)
 

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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post

Ahhh!!! I just learned something VERY exciting! http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/cloth-diaper-kits-coming-to-joanns-hancocks-and-hobby-lobby/ I'm going to joanns tonight to check it out! I called my store and confirmed, they have it!!! It seemed so too good to be true, lol. cute prints, too!



 

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What are you making these out of? I want to make some to change diapers on. I can't bring myself to pay for the gross polyester ones at BRU, but I have no idea what to sew them from. Wool? Fleece?

I'm using old flannel sheets for the top, some fleece for the bottom that I got at the thrift store, and a vinyl mattress protector for the waterproof part.  The vinyl isn't my favorite thing, but we had it just laying around and I didn't want to go out and buy PUL.  I just sew the layers together, leave a hole to flip it inside out and then top stitch all around the top to close up the hole.  It would be super fast if you used a machine.  

 

For diaper changes I usually just use a wool pad with a cheap gerber prefold on top and if the prefold gets mucky I toss it into the diaper pail with the diaper, but I wanted something bigger and more absorbent for naked time.

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Went to Joanns! The prints are 14.99/yard and the solids are 12.99/yard. Its from the PUL we're used to. The laminate side is whitish instead of clear. Different doesn't necessarily mean its going to be worse, and I'm willing to assume innocence until proven guilty. The brand looks overall, pretty good! They have snap pliers for $20, polyresin snaps (they have cute engravings on them too!) in sets of 60 for  around $7. They look like they'd be compatible with kamsnaps at a quick glance, but kamsnaps go for $5 plus shipping for a set of 100. I've seen them for less on hyena cart. They come in like 3 colors to a bag, in colors coordinating with the prints. they also had little labels to sew on the stuff that matched the prints, stuff like "time for a change" and "mama made". And appliques to embellish the bums! And a cloth dipe making book with patterns plus directions to make a ton of different variations, and a book with patterns/directions to make other baby items. Those are $10/each. There's a printable coupon on their website for 20% off entire purchase including sale items that expires today. So I used that and got 2/3yd each of 3 different prints and the cloth dipe book. Then I realized I'd need polyester thread and had to go back in and grab it @@ gah. At least it was on sale. Oh they also sell diaper cuts in sets of 3 for $15.

 

And HOLY COW!! This stuff is very, very popular and flying off the shelves! I was looking around trying to find it and went to the cutting table to ask. There were more bolts on the cutting table than on the shelf! There was a woman next to me getting some cut too and we chatted a bit. Oh here's the website! http://www.babyvilleboutique.com/ its not fully up yet, just sort of a welcome page but there's lots of pics and you can see the prints. I got the flowers, monkeys, and owls. probably would have gotten the monsters but they didn't have it (sold out, perhaps?) except in diaper cuts. I made my first dipe last night (will post a pic from tapatalk since its on my phone) well.. its a cover so far! I'm going to make it an AI2 with a snap in soaker and haven't made the soaker yet. It turned out cute but I struggled to make it and the workmanship on it isn't awesome. I found my velour a pita to work with. And I've always struggled with making the leg casings :/ I think I might try zigzagging the entire length of the elastic down and skip the casings and see if that works better for me. Oh and I put a snap on backwards and had to melt that sucker off!! lol. So there's a singed area with a hole melted through. Its small and on the edge of a wing so it shouldn't effect function. 

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LiLStar I always zig zag my elastic. The casings seem harder to me. I love the babyville stuff!! I did find out that the foe doesn't go very far though, I made a nb and a small cover and got about half way done with another small before I ran out. It was my first time using foe so they look a little rough but I'm hoping they are functional.

 

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Cute! I've never tried FOE before but I'm kinda tempted to try it. I need to get a better inner material before I make anymore. cotton velour is okay to top a soaker, and to go inside soft soled shoes, but it doesn't make a great inner for an ai2! makes it too easy to wick. I think I'm going to sacrifice a couple old covers that are falling apart and use them for parts :) The suede cloth is perfect on them even though the rest of the diaper is thrashed. The covers are a med and a large and I'll easily be able to get a nb/small out of them :) So that'll at least keep me busy until I can get my hands on some yardage. My strategy for the 2nd one I made was tack the elastic down on each end in the seam allowance, trim, turn, then have dh hold the points where the elastic is tacked down and stretch it out. Then I pinned the elastic itself just through the inner material, but not through the PUL. Then I was able to sew it much easier because I didn't have to worry about it sneaking under my needle. The problem though, I followed the pattern's instructions on how much elastic to use.. grr! And its just wrong. It was way too loose. If there's any pee in there to weigh it down, it gaps at the thighs. From now on I determine how much elastic I need by marking the points that I'm going to tack it down, then stretch a piece of elastic as tight as it can from point to point. Then adding a half inch or so to give it a"tacking down allowance"

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I just finished my first, wearable crochet hat.  It happens to fit my toddler perfectly, which is a bonus.  I know sizing can get strange with things like this.  I'm really new to crocheting, but YouTube tutorials are great!   (I really should have washed my DD's face before taking this picture)

 

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Cute hat, Abra! I love your dd's serious face. smile.gif

I wish I knew what you sewing ladies were talking about. What a useful skill! I would love to be making diapers for this baby.
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I think some joann stores are going to be having lessons on diaper sewing (with the babyville materials) pretty soon! 

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I think some joann stores are going to be having lessons on diaper sewing (with the babyville materials) pretty soon! 



Oooo... intriguing! 

 

I have a sewing machine, I just don't know how to use it. Maybe I'll take one of those beginning sewing classes someday.

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Oh goodness, if you've got the machine, just dive in! Make a simple baby blanket :) That was my first project. I picked a cute cotton print and a coordinating fleece solid. Put them face to face (so that its inside out), pin it in place.  stitch around the edges but leave an opening! 10 inches or so is good. Flip it inside out, stitch the opening closed. Mine turned out a little bit wonky, but so what? Its still cute and cozy :) 

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I am making lots of diapers. They are all pocket diapers (i used the free wee weka pattern online) and used a sampling of bright pul so now I have lot (or will, when I finish that all look the same. I wonder if any of you would want to swap some to get some variety?
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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post

Oh goodness, if you've got the machine, just dive in! Make a simple baby blanket :) That was my first project. I picked a cute cotton print and a coordinating fleece solid. Put them face to face (so that its inside out), pin it in place. stitch around the edges but leave an opening! 10 inches or so is good. Flip it inside out, stitch the opening closed. Mine turned out a little bit wonky, but so what? Its still cute and cozy :)


Oh I would if I knew how to use the darn machine! I have no idea how to thread it. Maybe I'll make that a project this week... I'm sure I can find instructions online.
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