I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love this board!!!
You guys are so nice and easy going and welcoming and helpful.. I'll stop there before I gush out a Halmark card!
I'll call my local thrift stores and see if they ever sell bags of stuff like mentioned, I've never heard of that before.
Someone pm'd me and asked if they could send me their old receiving blankets and I could make as many diapers as possible from them for that person. Stuff like that is fabulous. I can get creative with bodies of diapers but I don't mind spending the money for 5 yards of sherpa or so for soakers. I think that's the really important part.
I really want to keep this "service" going year round and I need to make it affordable and I think all of these suggestions are the key!
Also, I thought about making pre-fitteds or fitteds from pre-folds. I've made two so far and they've turned out pretty good. You can get a dozen premiums for $25 and that's pretty economical and I can buy used prefolds too if they are in good condition for even less.
I did check Wazoodle but they didn't have any white velour (only blue) and they didn't have sherpa either. But I haven't combed through the entire site, just parts.
We don't have a JoAnn's or any other national chain here in Hawaii.
I really wish I did! I *need* their good prices! :LOL
Now I need to go investigate where to buy birdseye. I have some really good flats I bought off of the TP and I'd love to know where that material came from because it's absorbant and sturdy!
And as for fraying flannel - I thought I could use in in the soaker (a few layers) and then top it with sherpa but wrap the sherpa around and under so it also works as a binding to keep the fraying to a minimum. I'd bind it in pretty far. As with everything it's trial and error but hopefully more success than otherwise!
Anyway, I think with these cost saving measures in place I can make 30-40 diapers per month at around $75 (half the cost) and I can swing that. My only concern is that some people won't want used materials but if they feel that way then I can offer them prefold fitteds/pre-fitteds.
And as for being nuts? Of course I am!!
I did a huge drive for Bolivia that took me many months to get shipped off and was expensive but I got it done and hopefully some babies/mothers benefitted from that drive.
If I ever hit the lottery we'll all be in trouble, I have a terrible soft spot for everyone around me it seems. I'll keep working until I burn out I think. Right now, it's still fun (although my husband isn't so sure) and I really enjoy helping.
Oh and the Christmas diapers pictures? I'll try and post them here later today.