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Handcrafted Baby Things!

post #1 of 79
Thread Starter 

I've seen one or two people mentioning making diapers/cloths/blankets/cosleeping furniture around here, and I thought it might be nice to start up a thread for such things. 

My instincts as a first-time mama are leading me into a deep deep knitting obsession (but probably only because I already have a baby quilt that I made years ago sitting and waiting to be used). Here's most of what I've done so far:

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You've got a pair of longies, a newborn vest (with a snowflake!), leg warmers, two sizes of aviator hats, a tunic, three different sizes of diaper covers, and the toddler hoodie I started probably a few days before I got pregnant (though I obviously didn't know that 'til later!). All of the patterns came from ravelry, though I never have managed to post anything I've finished on the site. 

There's already another pair of longies done and a blanket (rainbow stripes = stashbuster) in the works. 

I do want to get into hand sewing some baby things (clothes and perhaps prefolds & diapers?), but I'm not sure where to start as far as patterns go. Any words of wisdom, ladies?

 

Oh, and here's the quilt (the second one I made ever):
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post #2 of 79

Those are awesome! I'm totally uncrafty, so my babe will have to live without mama made items, but I'd love to see what all you talented people are making!

post #3 of 79
I've posted some clothes and diapers separately, but I'll try to get a group shot of some of the stuff I've made! I'm working on some diapers right now, actually! smile.gif

I love your knitted goods, teegan db!! I'm always totally jealous of those who can knit such lovely, functional goods that always look heirloom quality!
post #4 of 79

I love it! You're so talented. I wish I was crafty with stuff like that! I've never tried knitting or quilting and would love to give it a shot someday. My MIL is awesome at it, so I have to show this off even though it's not baby stuff:

 

She made us this huge blanket out of DHs old uniforms. It's really cool because over the years, the Army has had three different camo patterns and it also has all of DHs different unit patches and even pockets. I anticipate having fun with the kids - hiding stuff in the pockets for them to find. winky.gif

 

(If you look close, there's a little critter hiding in there)

 

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post #5 of 79
I was just thinking that I don't know when I'm going to make this bean a baby blanket -- I did DD's in the winter and now it's hot!
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I didn't get a picture of all I've made thus far, but did catch a quick phone picture of the diapers I made between yesterday and today.  The color representation is terrible (late evening, cloudy skies), but the work I put in is there ;)  The two on the outer edges are lovely turquoise PUL pocket diapers with lovely royal purple fleece insides (and matching purple snaps) and then the middle four are newborn fitteds.  The two pale yellow ones are from bamboo velour and the two tan/brown ones are some of the softest velour ever (I just never liked the color!!  I got it a couple years ago to make dd2 a monkey costume -- which turned out great ;) ).

 

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post #7 of 79

Wow, great job! I started knitting a baby blanket (though in Florida, don't know how useful it will be). I also made myself some wipes out of organic cotton flannel sheets (left-over from our years up in Connecticut). Again, not much use for flannel sheets down here! Best part: they are totally free. I bought the PUL and organic bamboo terry to make my own aio's, but I'm not as confident in my abilities. Which pattern did you use for your diapers?

post #8 of 79
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Originally Posted by ascher21 View Post

Wow, great job! I started knitting a baby blanket (though in Florida, don't know how useful it will be). I also made myself some wipes out of organic cotton flannel sheets (left-over from our years up in Connecticut). Again, not much use for flannel sheets down here! Best part: they are totally free. I bought the PUL and organic bamboo terry to make my own aio's, but I'm not as confident in my abilities. Which pattern did you use for your diapers?

I love recycling materials!  Though these aren't recycled anything, some of the softest diapers I've made have been with recycled goods!

 

The pattern I used for the fitteds is from Darling Diapers and was a free download years ago (not sure if it's still available!  I haven't checked!) and for the pocket diapers I used the Fattycakes pattern.  It's one of the cheapest patterns out there (I think it's like $6 on youcanmakethis.com as a PDF download) and one of my favorites in terms of fit because I think they fit for quite a while.  I have about a bazillion other patterns for diapers too (or so it feels) and I like to dabble in the others for various reasons as well, but overall, these are my two favorites.

 

For covers, I tend to use the Very Baby diaper cover pattern... it seems to have worked well.  I think I've used a few other pull-on cover patterns... and even used the Fattycakes pattern as a wool cover pattern with great results as well.

post #9 of 79

Oh, i have the darling diapers newborn pattern! How many layers would you suggest for a newborn diaper and of what? I kinda need help in that department. I sew, no question, but never having done cloth diapering before it's hard to know what works. I have PUL, organic french terry (so one side is smooth/flat, not rough), more of the organic flannel, and I have pre-cut bamboo french terry inserts I was planning on stitching outside the inner layer (kinda like how bumgenius sews their inserts on the outside, not in a pocket) so they dry faster. I was thinking...PUL outer, french terry inner, with insert of: three layers of terry, perhaps in between two layers of flannel?) I'm wondering if that is overkill?

 

We are planning on getting the bumgenius elementals, so I was hoping to have something that would fit our baby until he gets big enough to fit them. :) They don't seem to be terribly thick, so perhaps I don't need so many layers?

post #10 of 79
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Originally Posted by ascher21 View Post

Oh, i have the darling diapers newborn pattern! How many layers would you suggest for a newborn diaper and of what? I kinda need help in that department. I sew, no question, but never having done cloth diapering before it's hard to know what works. I have PUL, organic french terry (so one side is smooth/flat, not rough), more of the organic flannel, and I have pre-cut bamboo french terry inserts I was planning on stitching outside the inner layer (kinda like how bumgenius sews their inserts on the outside, not in a pocket) so they dry faster. I was thinking...PUL outer, french terry inner, with insert of: three layers of terry, perhaps in between two layers of flannel?) I'm wondering if that is overkill?

 

We are planning on getting the bumgenius elementals, so I was hoping to have something that would fit our baby until he gets big enough to fit them. :) They don't seem to be terribly thick, so perhaps I don't need so many layers?

 

For newborn diapers, I actually usually like a two-part system (aka, fitteds and covers).  Newborns are notorious for crazy, explosive poo.  Breastmilk is some amazing, easy/quickly digested stuff and I swear it's so perfectly designed that it just rockets through their little baby systems and shoots just as quickly out the other end ;)  So, I don't do a lot of pockets or AIOs with newborns (or smalls always, but sometimes a bit more anyway).  For newborn diapers, I don't load up on absorbancy.  They poop or pee A LOT.  They don't save it up and then flood a diaper, it's just lots of little bits.  So, I don't worry too much about much absorbancy for newborn diapers.  In the diapers I posted above, they have velour for the outer/inner layers and internally have a soaker of just two layers of organic cotton terry.  I tend to err on the side of too little absorbancy anyway and just make extra lay-in soakers that can be used at any time anyway!  If you're worried, just use baby washcloths or wipes for extra absorbancy!

 

Hope that helps some... if I'm missing a question or something, just ask again and I'll try to help!  I love making cloth diapers and toying with absorbancy/fabrics/etc!

 

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AFM, I've been in a boy-sewing kind of mood after getting some of the most adorable fabrics in the world (according to me).  I HAD to have this elephant fabric.  I was browsing flickr looking at some outfits people had made from other patterns I have and saw this fabric on some pajamas and I swear, I got weak in the knees.  I was On. A. Mission.  I scoured etsy and found a seller with the fabric.  It's a Japanese print and I got it from a seller in Beijing -- quite the international adventure ;)  And then I had to get the fabric in a pink/red colorway as well (since I'm 90% sure we'll end up with another girl ;) ).  It wasn't cheap fabric, so I tried to use it in various ways (and still have small pieces to try to play with) and got two nice 0-3 month shirts out of this.  I have a few ideas for scraps already too!

 

Here are the shirts (in terrible late-night, indoor lighting).  If I find our main camera, I'll get better pics because the fabric is really so vibrant and cute!!

 

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post #11 of 79

Adorable!! That is awesome material! Thanks for the advice. I won't waste the rest of my PUL, then! I'll probably just make some fitteds from the flannel and french terry. Are there any cover patterns out there, or can I just make the darling diapers pattern slightly larger?

post #12 of 79
Do you have just the free downloadable Darling Diapers pattern or the newer DDU pattern pack?
post #13 of 79

The free download.

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I've never used the free download as a cover, but I'd think it should be able to work?  And you wouldn't have to add extra to the edges since normally you're either serging it or turning and topstitching it and you're losing some of the excess anyway (like in serging, even if you don't cut much off the edges, with the elastic being off the edges, it creates a smaller fit)... if you're making a cover, you'll just put some fold-over elastic around the edges and you're not losing any seam allowance around the edges.  I probably wouldn't stretch too much around the front though (since in the original pattern, there's no elastic there), but I'd think you'd want a bit of gather just to keep a good, snug fit.

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I finally figured out how to make a fully reversible ring sling.  I know . .I know. . .it shouldn't be that hard to follow directions, but sometimes online instructions aren't very clear.  So this is the 13th ring sling I've made. This one was for a friend of a friend.  Now I only have two more to make this week. 

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5Boysplus -- That sling is GORGEOUS!!  Wow!!  I've never made a fully reversible one myself (and would probably go round and round in my head to make it work... I have trouble visualizing things... I just have to do it and see if it works or now!).. so good job!!

 

I found a link the other day that might be helpful for those craftily inclined... I might almost post it as it's own thread because I don't want it to get overlooked.. but... this blog: http://mamakatdiapers.blogspot.com/ has lots of free patterns for cloth diapers, a sewn example, and her thoughts on each pattern.  It's a wonderful resource!  And here I thought I'd tried most diaper patterns out there, but there were more than a few on there I'd never heard of!  So, I promptly downloaded one and will hopefully get to making some later ;)

 

Yesterday I worked assembly-line style making four diapers.  It seems like it's taking FOR.EH.VER. when doing each step four times over (especially putting on snaps! There are 8 snaps on each wing, so 16 per diaper, then times four means I'm putting on 64 snaps and that takes time!), but I finally got through them and here is the end result:

 

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Bad low lighting pic (it's overcast and dreary today!), but I couldn't wait to take a picture since I held off doing it last night (in crappy indoor lighting).  I used the Fattycakes pattern (size small for these) as it's one of my favorites.  I topstitched all around the top two (including basically forming an elastic casing), but I go back on forth on whether I actually like that better or not.  The bottom two just have topstitching on the wings and around the front tabs.  I like the look of not-all-around-topstitching by far... but then sometimes I feel like the casing-action helps to hold in poop better ... Lots of overthinking on diapers ;)

 

I have quite a bit more PUL, so I think I'll try to sew up a few more pocket diapers today.

post #17 of 79

Although I am nowhere near as talented as you craft mamas, I wanted to say how lovely these all are!  You have made some really beautiful items and I can already picture sweet babes snuggled in them :)

 

5BoysPlus - I love the sling!  That fabric is beautiful!

 

JudyBean - Elephants + giraffes = super cute! 

 

and teegan - I am in awe of your knitting ability - I can only knit in squares and rectangles lol

post #18 of 79

JudyBean, totally love the fabric on the diapers!! I haven't sewed diapers for about five years. I sewed a whole bunch for my son, and then the elastic on them went bad when I pulled them out for the next baby.  Do you use a certain kind of elastic? Does yours ever go bad? Or was it just mine that were faulty?  My SIL suggested it might be due to my hard water. . . . .Not sure exactly. Anyway, I haven't wanted to sew any more because I was so upset that the ones I made didn't last very long.   

 

The sling was a bit of a challenge :-) I (mostly) followed these instructions: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/reversible.html  I simply could NOT figure out what she meant by "overlapping", so I came up with my own reinforcing method :-) But I am very pleased, I just finished my second reversible one today (for my SIL) and it so SOOOOOO beautiful!!! I am so in love with the fabric.  The pleats took me an hour and a half. So that leaves some room for improvement. . . .  :-)  Anyway, back to laundry now.  I'd so much rather be sewing. . .  . 

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Here's the quilt i finished. :) It's super easy, not like what you ladies are making, but I'm happy to have had the motivation to make something.

 

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I used Heather Bailey fabric, which I've always wanted to do. 

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I LOVE. Heather Bailey fabrics!! Every collection! Great job! I love the layout! Squares are beautiful and simple smile.gif
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