Okay Mel, show us the stuff you’ve been sewing already.

Yeah. So. I got a sewing machine, courtesy of Darrin’s mum’s friend. Was only a couple weeks after Caleb was born, and I had plans for making stuff, but was too swamped under with the whole having a new baby thing. But once I got used to that, I got the machine out and started sewing nappies. Yes, nappies. The first couple I made were just a whole bunch of towelling & flannel and weren’t very good. The next two were pocket nappies using the same pattern, and were better, but I still wasn’t totally happy with them. But last week I did three like this one:


And then a day or so later, I was in Big W and found some polar fleece remnants and got one of them, thinking I could make some covers (6 of them) for the regular flat nappies we’ve been using since Caleb was born. They just need some hook & loop (think Velcro) to fasten the tabs down (which I don’t have yet, at least not the right colour…they’d look pretty silly with bright green closures on pale yellow fleece):


But the flat nappies don’t really hold that much moisture by themselves, so I decided to make some boosters for them with a cut-up nappy and some flannel (had enough fabric to do 7):


So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m getting better at it too, which is to be expected after lots of practice.

And how do these compare with flat nappies alone? Pretty good, actually. I’d say either option (a green one or a flat with a booster) lasts about as long as a disposable would. Which just about solves our nappies-while-out issue.

Vroom vroom…

Who knew a sewing machine works better if it’s oiled? I should’ve. I really should’ve. But it’s been years since I did any serious sewing (like, more than half my life ago), and even then, I never oiled my machine. Never noticed any problems either. Maybe it was a better machine, or (more likely) maybe I just wasn’t paying attention. My grandma used to ask me, if not every time she saw me, at least every second time, if I’d oiled my machine yet, and said “You should.” But since I so rarely used it, I didn’t see the point. I just thought she was sewing machine obsessed. Well…maybe she is. But that’s okay.

!@#$@!$# Myspace…

Okay. I signed up on MySpace ONLY because some people I know have blogs there and they’ve set their blogs to private, so I can’t see them anymore. I am NOT a MySpace junkie. If you know my IRC nick, you know my MySpace username.

EDIT: Or not. melvan was taken, as was tupperware_girl, as was melhatesmyspace. So I’m melreallyhatesmyspace. Sheesh. The things you gotta do to conform to peer pressure….

Nappy report

I mentioned Baby BeeHinds in my last post. I managed to find a couple on eBay (the bamboo/cotton ones), and won them, and they arrived on Wednesday. So I washed them on Wednesday evening, hung them up on Thursday, and they were dry by Friday night (last night) for us to try them out overnight.

Well. Normally I put a double flat nappy on him overnight and have to change it by about 3-4 am, depending on when he wakes up, because it’s saturated most of the way around and he won’t settle down and go back to sleep. This morning by that time he wasn’t even wet on the outside. He was only just wet on the outside when I was ready (well, ready enough) to get up at 7:30. Each nappy comes with two boosters, one large, one small. I put one of each in the overnight nappy (the instructions say for a “small-medium” baby you should only need one or the other, but this boy is trying to singlehandedly save the Murray). And if I put two long ones in instead, it’d be even better.

So there you have another happy Baby BeeHinds customer. Who ever said cloth nappies have to be complicated?