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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: January 15, 2007 08:38:41 AM
In regards to the backing, I needed enough pressed board to cover 4' x 4'.  I bought two pieces that were each 2' x 4' and hung the pieces with the long side going horizontally.  Having two pieces made it very hard to do the contact paper just so - you will already have seams because most contact paper is not wide enough; using two pieces sort of aggravated this problem.  It seemed to work out since we hung the bottom piece a little higher to create the look of a backsplash.  I think it would have been easier to get one 4'x4' piece, contact paper the whole thing and just nail it to the back (instead of trying to line up two pieces perfectly).


Ok... the entire backing piece.  I thought you were talking about a completely different piece (the little rail thingy along the back right at the countertop level).  Completely makes sense now, thanks!
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: January 14, 2007 09:34:35 AM
This is absolutely awesome... I'm gathering parts to make my own right now!

Couple questions--
Did you use spray paint for plastics on the "stove burners"?  or does regular spray paint actually stick? I'd like to stencil on red coil burners...
And I didn't really understand that bit about the back splash. Do you mean you wished you had used one piece of wood for it instead of separating the stove and counter?

I can't wait to get this thing going, my daughter is going to love it!
43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Quick trip baby stuff bag. (mainly for diapers/nappies) 4 images... on: October 04, 2006 10:19:37 AM
That is an awesome bag!  And nothing can fall out... Methinks I see another project coming up.

Seriously, we use cloth diapers most of the time but for some trips, we use disposables.  I could use this bag for those ocassions, and I wouldn't have to unpack her big diaper bag.  I'm all about having the baby bag ready to go at any second, and this is so convienient.

Beautiful job (even if the pics don't do it justice)... It looks like a cute little purse instead of a diaper bag!
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Cloth Diapers -- Which ones to make? on: September 28, 2006 11:37:58 AM
Maybe I can help- my gal is 13 mos and we've gone through a few styles of diaper that I made myself.  First of all, mamabird's free diaper pattern is hands-down my favorite for a slim and adjustable fit.  Fern & Fairies free pattern is for babes with thin thighs and thick waists (but check their site because of all the good info).  I bought a $100 serger just for diapers, it goes SO MUCH FASTER than a sewing machine and was worth every penny (cost the same as a month's supply of disposables).

The first set I made were pocket diapers, from purchased flannel and recycled t-shirt material.  100% cotton sheets, flannel or not, from a thrift store are (in my opinion) the absolute best for making diapers. The purchased flannel is just too thin and wears out too quick.  I hate working with t-shirt by itself, but if you use t-shirt and woven cotton together, it lays flat and doesn't bunch up all weird on the baby.  I like the pocket diapers, and recommend making them first, because you really get a feel for how thick the diapers need to be, how many layers to use, etc. They are just so easy to customize (long car trip, naps, and the like).  Also, sewing inserts is really good practice on a serger.  You can also just use folded wash cloths for the inserts if you don't want to spend time on them. Oh, and I used diaper pins (cheap) instead of velcro (expensive) on the first set cause even active newborns aren't very wiggly. She was about 5 mos and crawling everywhere when I had to stop using pins.

Once she got wiggly, (and was ready for the next size anyway) I made another set of pocket diapers with velcro closures.  The pattern I used (with modifications, I can never follow exact directions) had little pocket-like covers for the velcro on the side tabs... you flip the "pocket" over the velcro to wash and flip it back to wear.  I hope you know what I'm talking about.  Anywho, they are cute, but they SUCK. The velcro never gets fully covered and hubby always forgot the flip them, so the diapers would all stick together in the wash. I really got sick of pulling the inserts out after a while, and stuffing the diapers took forever.  It seemed all I did was breastfeed and stuff diapers, or breastfeed while stuffing diapers. By this time, I had realized that diapers don't need to be that thick and drying time didn't really matter (hang them on a clothesline for sweet smelling goodness, if you use a dryer all the time, they get funky).

So, the newest set is mamabird's fitted, almost exactly according to her directions (don't cut the elastic first, it is a waste of time and harder to sew).  You can buy just the soft side of 2" velcro from a sewing shop (you'll use a lot of it for the fronts) and buy a roll of 1 1/2" for the side tabs (you just press the velcro together to wash).  I used 3 layers of flannel/woven cotton and 1 layer of terry cloth (old towel) for the soaker pad.  I love that it takes less than 2 minutes to put the diapers away after they dry!  I'm also making some doublers for naps, car trips, overnight, etc.

whew... I'm long winded... On to covers.

We used Gerber plastic pants at first (you can find them almost anywhere) but as the babe gets more active and the quality of purchased ANYTHING gets more shoddy, they fall apart.  But, I still have a couple I use occasionally.  We've gone to wool soakers (butt sweaters, longies, shorties) from recycled wool sweaters.  Get the softest you can find (merino wool is awesome) or use an acryilic/wool blend.  They are super easy and fast to make, and fairly easy to care for (just don't use the dryer).  Big bonus- they are warm or cool depending on the weather and you don't have to cover them with pants or shorts.
I don't like the kind made from a triangle-- they are just too awkward to get to fit right.  My favorite are the ones with a crotch gusset, they seem more comfy (sorry no link, not enough time, but just google "longies gusset" and you'll find it)... and you can get 2 complete longies from a large sweater- the arms of the sweater are perfect baby-sized pants legs.

Hope this helps you and some others out there.
I'm off to change a diaper, doodie calls!
45  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: One Piece DIY Cloth Menstrual Pads *Tutorial* on: August 05, 2006 10:25:38 AM
Sedrasmom- these pads are awesome! I love the pattern: so easy and FAST to make. 
My daughter is about to turn ONE (which is why I haven't been here much- she keeps me uber busy)... anyway, I got my period back when she was 3 mos (even though I breast feed), but it is so much heavier.  I didn't have time to make more of my pattern, so I gave yours a try.  I serged a rounded square  and tabs instead of sewing and topstitching, but otherwise used your tute. I made longer, "overnight" size too and they are just amazing.

The differences: 
*when you fold them, there is less bulk in the front and back than in the middle.
*you can fold the front and back out a little wider (think fan shaped) than the center, which means extra coverage
*the total thickness is 3 layers towel and 6 layers flannel/t-shirt--super absorbant, no leaks, but still comfy because of the above
*extremely easy to make
*takes 5 minutes start to finish with a serger (I didn't even have to stop to change a diaper, lol)

These are now my pattern of choice for heavy flow... sorry I didn't post sooner!
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Cat toy sushi (4 imgs) on: December 08, 2005 09:52:40 AM
Yes, it was posted before, by me...
I would appreciate credit, or at least post this in the same thread that I wrote with the tute.
47  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: July 18, 2005 08:28:44 PM
And don't just pour your water down the drain!  If you have houseplants, they LOVE the soak water! (In fact, I've had a hard time keeping my plants alive since I'm pregnant-- boy are they going to love it in a couple of months, lol)  Be sure to change the soak water every single day to keep the bacteria down...

And for those who live with the squemish--- they will probably never know unless you tell them. And most chicks will be kinda grossed out at first, then really curious, and finally converts! Come on, just look at this thread, lol.
48  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / looking for a serger manual!!! on: July 13, 2005 08:32:06 PM
So... I just bought a Brother Homelock 934D-- with no manual! I found a manual online for $13 (and nearly died)... Does anyone here have the manual or know where to get one free/cheap?
Thanks everyone
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: DIY Maternity Jeans with tutorial on: March 13, 2005 11:04:52 AM
I just did a pair of pants kinda like that a couple of weeks ago! (It was my experiment piece, though, so no one gets to see them... so very crappy.)  BUT, I did take the same idea and made a "bikini" out of shorts... damn, I wish my camera/scanner/computer were all compatible. I'll post a pic here very, very soon.

Anna-- I instantly recognized your tat from like, a year ago, on here...  How far along are you? I'm almost 20 weeks and busily reconstructing clothes to keep up with the belly, lol.  My "mother-in-law" just gave me a huge box of old t-shirts to play with.  I feel like a kid in a candy store!

ps-- I LOVE YOUR FABRIC!
50  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: March 03, 2005 07:54:08 PM

1. what fabric or fabrics have worked 100% the best in your designs as far as comfort, durability, ease of cleaning, and absorbency.

2. if using multiple fabric types to build your pad. what order did your fabric go in? from 1st layer (closest to your naughty bits  Cheesy ) to the last layer.


I have gone through a bunch of different "tweaks." My favorites were:
1.  Dark colored flannel (top)-- doesn't slide on your skin, can wash in hot water, doesn't show stains.  I made some panty liners with just 3 layers of flannel sewn together and they are great for light flow.
Old towel-- still the best abosorber for heavier flow. Sewing channels down the center makes them soooo thin too.
Corduroy (sp?)-- the thinner the ribbing, the better the grip on your undies.
2.  Closest to naughty bits: flannel. Then more flannel or towel. Then nylon/polyester if you want "waterproofing" (not always necessary, but super thin anyway). Finally corduroy.  I still like the velcro closure best (round the tips, though).

I'm making a stack for post-partum that are big and heavy (not my usual) from the above "recipe"
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