Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Newborn/Small Fitted Tutorial!

I recently made some newborn/small fitteds for my little squish due next month, and had so many requests for a tutorial! So, here it is. :)

Materials I used:
-Flour sack towels (FSTs)
-3/8" braided elastic
-Washable marker
-Dylon dye (optional!)

First, you want to trace your pattern onto the FST (or the "wrong" side of your fabric if you're using a different fabric). I made my own pattern, and when I can figure out how to upload a printable version for that onto here, I will. But similar patterns would be this one (but without the snaps) for the newborn/small size, or if you want a bigger "one size" pattern, this would also be the same concept (but instead of the pocket opening in the back, I'd put elastic there). Make sure to mark where your elastic goes! 

You could just trace this pattern twice onto the FST, but I take the lazier route. I cut out the first one I traced (make sure to leave a seam allowance!), pin it to the next area that I'd trace (if you're using a fabric with a "right" and "wrong" side, you're going to want to flip it over), and then cut around it. 

Once your two pieces are cut out, pin around the edges. 

Now, time to sew! Using a straight stitch, stitch around the edge of the diaper, leaving an opening at the top of the diaper (aka NOT the side the elastic is going to go). Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end! I used white thread, so I marked on this one where my opening was so you could see better. 

Quick note: if you're getting a lot of bunching/puckering in the fabric as you sew, try reducing the tension and the stitch length. My personal sweet spot to prevent this was the tension set at 1 and a 1.5 stitch length. Every machine is different though, so you might have to play around with yours! 

Once the diaper is all sewn together, trim your seam allowance, except for the opening. 

Now it's time to sew on the elastic. If you've never done it before, it might sound intimidating, but it's actually really easy! I prefer to use a zigzag stitch all the way down the length of my elastic, so that's the method I'll show you. 

First, place your elastic where it's marked to begin. I used a wide zig zag stitch (I set my stitch width to 4) for this. Set your stitch length to zero and stitch back and fourth a few times to tack the elastic down. 

Next, set your stitch length to whatever you want it to be (I set mine to 2) and, making sure the needle is in the elastic, pull the elastic taut. 

While keeping the elastic stretched, sew down the length of the elastic until you've reached the end marker. Once you have, set the stitch length back to zero and do a few more stitches to tack the end down. Snip the end of the elastic. 

I found it was easiest to do both of the legs and then the back. :) This is how it should look after all the elastic is added. 

Almost done! Now, turn the diaper right side out, making sure to push the seams out well. Pin the opening of the diaper shut. 

Top stitch around the diaper. I prefer the leg elastics to not be encased so they can roll in, but if you prefer them to be encased, then go ahead and do it! To encase the elastic, just basically sew around it while stretching it out, making sure to not catch any of the elastic this time. 

Now, if you want to leave them white, you're done! These will need an insert to be the actual absorbent part. Here's what they look like with a preemie prefold for an example. 

To size them to fit your baby, just fold down the front to whatever height you need and wrap the wings around. Depending on the insert, you may have to fold that down too. I have them modeled on a little bear, since my newborn hasn't made it earth side yet!

If you want to dye them, go ahead and do it now! I used the Dylon brand dye and I was very please with the results! I just followed the instructions on the package. I ended up doing seven violet, seven blue (I think they called it Bahama blue), and then left six of them white, for a total of twenty diapers. Now he just needs to get here to test them out!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

15 months

How in the world has another month gone by already??? I lose at the keeping-up-with-more-than-monthly-posts game. I think it's just because I spend my days stranded at home, just Sophia and I, and nothing too exciting happens. Living a glamourous life over here!

Anyway, the weather is finally starting to kind of warm up some. It's been in the low-mid 60s, and even though that isn't the mid 70s like Florida is getting, I'm glad it's not in the 40s. Baby steps! But, that means that on the warmer days that it's not raining, Sophia and I can spend some time on the back deck! Let's just say, she is quit the fan! She's so upset when we go back inside. Seriously, she plants her  feet down firmly, and when I go to pick her up to go in (since she's not moving) she turns her arms into noodles, trying to not get whisked inside. I can't wait until it's even nicer out and we can start going on walks in the nearby hiking trails. It's so pretty out that way.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

14 months

Wowsers, sorry for the long hiatus! For a good while we didn't have the internet, but now thank goodness it's back! SO, now to play catch up. A lot has happened since I've been away!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

11 months!

So much good news! Okay, first off, Nate finally got hired! He got a job at a classy restaurant that's very close to our house. Yay! What a relief. It feels so nice to know that we'll have an income! And tomorrow he's leaving for a quick trip to Florida to check out this really nice opportunity. But, I'm going to leave y'all in the dark until we know more about it. :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

10 months

Okay, sorry once again for the delay! It's been pretty hectic here, and haven't really had AMAZING internet connections, so it's sort of hindered my ability to post!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Seven months

Why is she already seven months old? This isn't fair, I want her to be my little baby forever. :( And what a handful she is! Into absolutely everything. Nothing is safe! She's learned that she can go to different rooms, so she is one traveling baby! Busy, busy girl. It's so fun watching her explore though. I love her sense of wonder.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Just a random Wednesday blog

It's crazy how much things change over time. While some things I've always wanted (breast feeding, for exampe), others have developed over time. Such as cloth diapers. While I was pregnant with my first I thought the idea of cloth diapers was gross. But then some of my friends were getting into them, so I started researching online and just fell in love. Never looked back! I used to not care for the way woven wraps looked. Now I'm loving them! Maybe I'm just plain turning into a hippie. I'm okay with that!