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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cloth diapering on: September 27, 2014 01:12:52 AM
Thanks for that PUL feedback. I wasn't sure about a pattern design that relied on manipulating the fabric with heat.

I realize that sewing my own cloth diapers isn't the most ideal approach, because of what you mention - baby bums are different and parents have different preferences. I'm trying a few patterns and types.

I have been on Diaper Swappers a couple of times but found it overwhelmed by advertising...I will take another look.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Cloth diapering on: September 24, 2014 05:34:01 PM
Hi there,

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with how some of these popular online patterns fit on an actual baby, or is also in the process of sewing their own cloth diapers (I saw there was another thread on the topic but it wasn't too active). I have put together a few resources online but am wondering specifically about the following things:

- Has anyone worked with the Cloth Revolution pattern? I am finding some parts of it technically challenging (ie. encasing the elastic once the diaper is turned right side out). Also wondering about reviews - I am making some in the newborn size.

- The Nykibaby pattern? I have bought and downloaded it but haven't started making it. Same question about reviews - I've read a couple of people who seemed to have liked making it but haven't found anyone reviewing the actual fit.

- Working with PUL fabrics. Both of these patterns contain sewing along the sides of the legs, and I've also read of people complaining that there is some leakage along the legs - the PUL instructions I've read seem to shy away from sewing in all areas except seam allowances. However, when I emailed the Nykibaby pattern seller, she said that putting the diaper in the dryer on hot should seal up the holes. Anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks in advance!
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Project Thrive- reusable pads for girls on: January 29, 2011 02:40:27 PM
Flannel and terry are both good materials to use - that's what I make my pads out of. You may wish to contact the organizers to make sure recycled materials are okay for the pads.

The other option is that you could make the bags to hold the kits in your sewing club. They could be made out of any material (including recycled clothing) - I emailed Celeste about the sizing, I can't recall for certain but I think she said that 9"x 11" is a good size. They need bags for the kits.
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Project Thrive- reusable pads for girls on: January 23, 2011 12:31:12 PM
It was great to find this thread. I have about a dozen reusable pads hanging out from a craft show where they didn't sell. Thanks for the info!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first bookbinding experience (lots of pictures). on: August 21, 2010 01:10:50 PM
This is beautiful. Great job!

You can cut costs even cheaper (although yours are pretty impressive!) by using waxed polyester thread (about $9 for a large spool), and using push pins (if your dad doesn't want to loan out his awl!).
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / nook-y on: February 14, 2010 10:43:37 AM
last year i thought i had a brilliant idea when i started making these quilted scarves. i was prepping for a craft show and was making several of every item at once, although i never fully finished a 'prototype scarf' before starting to make them. i did have a sample with everything completed except for the finishing. when i got to the final stage, the binding, i found the scarf suddenly looked like an oddly-shaped potholder (i actually use one as such - i'll post that later). totally not scarf-y.

so a few months later, i remembered my intention to make a window-seat-blanket/pad so that i could snuggle into my spacious window frame and read. i sewed a bunch of the abandoned "scarves" together, and ta da.

it is a bit bumpy, unfinished, and will have to sit face-down, but at least it makes my nook more nook-y!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: un-wicker-fied chair on: February 14, 2010 07:05:46 AM
It has a personality - a few of my friends have connected with its flea-market-pot-holder-esque vibe. thanks for the comments!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / un-wicker-fied chair on: February 13, 2010 11:31:59 AM

a bit of a crazy looking chair, the seat and back of which I wove using a whole whack of scrap fabric sewed together. it was good to use up old fabric otherwise destined for the garbage, but it turned out much more 70s-lawn-chair looking than i had hoped. the chair frame itself was once covered in wicker. bits of it were snapping off and my co-worker wanted to get rid of it.

it's ugly, but comfortable. doesn't really help my (weak) attempts to have a more aesthetically cohesive, grown-up apartment, but it was an experiment. what can you do?!

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mask of Morpheus Sleep Mask with Custom Spoonflower Fabric and Recycled Fabric on: December 13, 2009 08:12:05 AM
This is seriously great - I was looking up sleep masks because I wanted to make some for Christmas and now I am worried mine will be underwhelming.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / woven on: July 28, 2009 07:30:32 PM
I had this yarn in my stash for TOO long (as we all say), and I had this pattern picked out for some time too. I decided to knit it up and it only took two days.

I was very happy with how it turned out (see my smirking face!), although it is still fairly big - my head is pretty average-sized and it is hanging off my head. I also used smaller needles than gauge for the yarn or pattern recommended. I am going to try making another, reducing 20 sts on the back of the hat. I haven't added the I cord yet, but I will.

pattern: http://www.myimagehosting.com/7671WEnvF-66205.pic
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