Tuesday, 14 October 2008
the last post about nappies for awhile (i promise)
here mae is modeling one of the first nappies off the line, in uninspiring white pul. it looks huge but the pattern i'm using (that i made myself by altering the shape of a nappy i bought) is meant to fit until toilet training and fits nice and snug around the waist and legs so i'm happy with it. no messy leaks or explosions so far...
my biggest challenge with this cloth nappy making adventure has been finding material in colours and patterns that i actually want my kid to be seen in. i know, they are only diapers, but the designer in me just can't not care about these types of things. i searched and searched online and just couldn't find any patterned pul from australian retailers that i liked. i finally settled on ordering some white and yellow pul and cream microfleece from Bubba Earth, as their prices are great and i've ordered from them before. when the fabric arrived, however, it was a huge disappointment - the white has a discoy sheen to it that screams "synthetic" (again, i know, it IS synthetic but it doesn't have to be so obvious *pout*), the yellow is without said disco sheen but is dayglo bright, not the soft buttery yellow i was expecting and the "cream" microfleece is undoubtedly a pale peach, absolutely horrid when paired with the yellow and only mildy acceptable with the white. it was fine to make my first few nappies with but i knew i'd need to search further if i wanted to make more. the other shops i found online in australia were more expensive and most only offered nappy cuts (a 50 x 50cm cut), not the meterage that i wanted and still didn't have colours that i liked. finally, i had two breakthroughs: i saw a cloth nappy on flickr that someone had made using amy butler fabric and it just clicked - use a layer of whatever gorgeous patterned fabric i want layered over top of the pul. i got busy during naptime the other day and used up the last bit of disco white to make this:
it's a revelation, i tells ya. i can make cute diapers using whatever fabric i want (i chose the peachy polka dots 'cause it helped me use up the peach microfleece for the inside). i've already picked out some patterns to use to cover up that god awful bright yellow...
the other breakthrough was ordering more pul from GreenBeans in new zealand. shipping was a bit pricey but the fabric prices were great so it kind of evened out plus my order arrived today and the colours (peach, celery and seaspray, which is a soft turquoise) are exactly as looked on the website and no disco to be seen. such a relief.
anyway, i really, REALLY encourage anyone else thinking about making their own nappies to give it a go. it really is so easy (and this is coming from someone who HATED sewing with elastic before making these), quick and satisfying. there are patterns available all over the internet, i was hoping to provide links as i think i'm going to try a couple of other patterns as well but i hear maesey stirring - i'm out of time! a quick google search should give you plenty of options, anyway : )