And if it fails, I'll break out the even older back-up to my back-up sewing machine. It's in the old sewing table I use as a nightstand in our guest room, but the lady who gave it to me said it worked the last time she used it. :)
But anyway, over the next couple days I'll be posting everything I've been sewing the last few weeks with my new/old machine...
Newborn Fitted Cloth Diapers
I've been giving cloth diapers another go. It's not going as well as I hoped. Ha ha. My hopes do tend to be a little high. Anyway, I decided to start practicing with newborn diapers. Not because I need them yet, mom. ;) But because they use less fabric (so I'm not out as much if I mess up) and because I'll want newborn fitteds with covers anyway so I can make these without using the more expensive waterproof fabric until I know what I'm doing. This is the outside of my first attempt:
The outside is just a cute cotton knit from Joanne Fabric. For a tiny newborn the front snaps down below the belly button . Nifty.
The inside is organic bamboo velour, and there is an extra soaker layer made of hemp french terry sewn in the middle. I may need to make a lay-in soaker to add more absorbancy because now I'm doubting my little layer-and-a-half will be enough!
I actually tried a couple different patterns out to see which I like best. Unfortunately none of them turned out awesome, but part of that was my sewing machine & sewing skills failing me. Ha. The two on the left are two different sizes of the free Newborn Darling Diaper pattern. While it's free, it's a pattern only with no instructions. They want you to pay for those. Um.... no thanks, I think I'll fly by the seat of my pants instead! For the one on the left I used the double row of snaps and the middle one uses just a single row (which seems like plenty for such a small diaper). I did the elastic on the left one wrong and it turned out stiff and weird, but the one in the middle turned out nice and fluffy (if a little uneven)!
That's enough practice, don't you think? Tomorrow I'll recap how I dove in head-first to make a one-size, water-proof diaper!