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#1 of 27 Old 08-06-2006, 03:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been trying to make wool covers out of wool covers using the fern and fairie bum fuzzys pattern that is free on the site. There not working, the leg holes always end up way way to small no matter how I sew them. Ive ruined like 3 wool sweaters so far.

Is there another pattern free that would fit better?

What am I doing wrong?

my kids are 10, 7, and 4. i'm due any day now
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This may not be exactly what you are looking for but might give you a jumping off point:

http://www.xanga.com/Melissatulip/433054681/item.html
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Thanks, I have been looking for something like that.

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Cool! Thanks!

my kids are 10, 7, and 4. i'm due any day now
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Talk about getting your money's worth! Great pattern, thanks for the scoop!
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Hmmmm...great christmas gifts...

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Had to add my 2cents and share with you what patterns I use....


For Bum Sweaters:
http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2.html
http://diaperfabric.wahmart.com/stor...llary.asp?ID=3

for longies:
http://www.boiseclothdiapers.com/woo...es_pattern.htm

HTH.....

the link above was awesome!! Thx for sharing that one!
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I just use a plain cover pattern - like those meant for PUL and piece it together with the sweater fronts and backs. One thing I have done is buy a cheap Gerber plastic pull-on cover, take out the elastic and side seams and trace it for a starting point. They run very large, so go a couple sizes down. You can use it as is for pull ons, or add an inch or so to the sides to make a side closing cover. It is a fairly inexpensive way to get a pattern.
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This may not be exactly what you are looking for but might give you a jumping off point:

http://www.xanga.com/Melissatulip/433054681/item.html
This link no longer is working.

Could someone describe what it had on it? (or an alternate link would be great!) Thanks!
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I made my shorties by laying down a pair of my little boys shorts on top of a once washed wool sweater and sort of eyeballed cutting around the shorts for the pattern, then I put right sides together and sewed the sides up.
Then cut neck out of the sweater and used it to make the leg cuffs and then sewed the crotch up.
Folded down the top and put elastic in and I was done, first time it took about 30 minutes!
I would love to sew them to sell, but I'm worried about sizing them correctly! LOL
here's a pic of my new shorties...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/97124951@N00/227502080/
I was inspired my a lady that makes shorties and pants on Ebay called
woollybottoms cute, simple and easy to make. )
Here's her site www.woollybottoms.com
HTH,
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I want to try this-but I'm afraid I'll screw it up. I have a very heavy wetter, but only ONE sweater to try it with......dare I?????
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with a heavy wetter, save your scraps and cut a rectangle about 4 x 12 inches, serge the seams, and lay in between your cover and the diaper for a "cover doubler"

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You can make longies out of the sleeves. Quick and dirty. I love making them.

http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331

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Full disclosure: I haven't made a recycled wool soaker yet, but I've noticed something from the recycled shorties I use almost every night. The pattern above recommends using a triangle of fabric at the crotch, which I think is a really good idea for durability. My DD's recycled shorties are two pieces of sweater sewn together at the crotch (no triangle "spacer" at the crotch) and the crotch stitching is being stressed and coming loose because of the baby's movement. Now I have to restitch the crotch area using a heavy duty thread. I think having that triangle spacer really lessens the stress on the stitching at the crotch.

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Full disclosure: I haven't made a recycled wool soaker yet, but I've noticed something from the recycled shorties I use almost every night. The pattern above recommends using a triangle of fabric at the crotch, which I think is a really good idea for durability. My DD's recycled shorties are two pieces of sweater sewn together at the crotch (no triangle "spacer" at the crotch) and the crotch stitching is being stressed and coming loose because of the baby's movement. Now I have to restitch the crotch area using a heavy duty thread. I think having that triangle spacer really lessens the stress on the stitching at the crotch.

Kristin
made those longies last night, the diamond shaped crotch area is great! BUT a caution about this pattern: Fairly form fitting (more like leggings) and runs a tad small. The pattern says medium, but I'd say it was a smaller medium.

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I'm a tad confused - which free pattern are you using? I have a free diaper pattern out, and a free *knitted* soaker pattern out, but my Bum Fuzzies & FuzzyPants patterns are in my store.
Which pattern are you using, and are you using your own child's measurements?
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You can make longies out of the sleeves. Quick and dirty. I love making them.

http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331

Debra
I do this, and then make a double-layered wrap cover or pull on cover with the body of the sweater. I use the waistband and collar too.
Example:
I got a super super soft but ugly italian merino men's sweater from the DI for $3.
I made one pair of wool pants from the sleeves, then I took the body and turned it upside down. I used the waistband for the new waistband, and used the collar for the leg holes.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...g/DSCF7726.jpg
2 covers for $3 and a little time. Not bad.
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I want to try this-but I'm afraid I'll screw it up. I have a very heavy wetter, but only ONE sweater to try it with......dare I?????
you could get some sweaters from a thriftstore to try it out on...
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I'm super addicted to making wool bum sweaters and I loosely use my own pattern from an Aristocrats wool cover. I am wondering if anyone has tryed acrylic and if it works.
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I've made acrylic longies and they work, but need to be washed every time they're used, like diapers.
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I just made a pair of the recycled longies, and they are totally cute!

They were definitely "quick and dirty" LOL

Most satisfying!
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do you just use 'em straight - or do you need to lanolize them?
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You absolutely have to lanolize.
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I have a pair of acrylic longies and hate them, I think I used them twice and that's it.
Lately I have been itching to knit my own wool soaker and/or longies, but all I have is pink!! My son will not be pleased(he's old enough to know he does not like pink and blue is his favorite color. Everything he colors is blue)

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Link no good!

I wanted to use...

http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2.html

AND

http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331

To make wool cover for my little one who I till be meeting later this months, (37w5d). I am scared... I will say it... This is the first time I am going to try and make either of these.... I just do not know what to do about the cuffs; both want to use them for the legs. Any ideas?

TIA!
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You absolutely have to lanolize.
Actually, you don't. They work better if you do, and they will resist urine odor longer if you do, but they *will* work fine without lanolizing provided the diaper underneath is doing it's job properly. Contrary to popular belief, lanolizing does not in any way "waterproof" knitted wool.
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Well this was bumped at a good time, I just made my first soaker today!

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Link no good!

I wanted to use...

http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2.html

AND

http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331

To make wool cover for my little one who I till be meeting later this months, (37w5d). I am scared... I will say it... This is the first time I am going to try and make either of these.... I just do not know what to do about the cuffs; both want to use them for the legs. Any ideas?

TIA!
onlyAngil - I used this link/pattern for the soaker http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/ which keeps the cuffs available for the longies. I was going to use that same pattern for longies, but the sleeves got lots of holes in them when I washed/dried in an attempt to felt the wool. Anyway the soaker pattern is a great one and really easy.

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