Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Ultimate List of Cloth Diapering Patterns

When I first thought to sew my own cloth diapers I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I'd be lucky to find one page about how to make them. Boy, was I wrong! I discovered a whole community of moms just like me who sew and cloth diaper. There are tons of sites about how to sew diapers and just as many that offer free patterns. I spent months looking through them all so I figured I should compile a list of what I've found. There are other list around that are missing some pages I like, and I'm certain I will forget some too. If this can save someone months of searching, though, I think it's worth it. Beware though, making diapers is ADDICTIVE!!

First, read the basics on using cloth diapers:
Why use them at all? thenappynetwork
This link has all the info on how to store dirty diapers and how to wash them: thediaperhyena
This is a great site telling how to care for wool diaper covers and it even has a great video on how to lanolize them: greenmountaindiapers

Patterns and tutorials:
This is a great site! It has info on the fabric used in diaper sewing as well as tutorials and patterns for both diapers and covers. diapersewing
These are all tutorials.
Diapersewingtutorials
basic all in one
very baby
This one also has diaper measurements which come in handy for drafting your own pattern. diapersewing
This is one of my favorites! It shows how to recycle old clothing into diapers and covers. fernandfaerie
Fleece and pul pocket diaper: fauxfuzzibunz
T-shaped diaper: Inca'sClothdiaperingsite
How to sew a fitted: Dianna'sJournal
Pre-folds and ideas on finding fabric: pre-folds
diaperfabric.com
Adding gussets: diaperfabric.com
Draft a pattern: dutchgirldiary
thepeacefulpeacock
Fleece pockets: diaperpages.com
Printable patterns:
goodnessgraciousdiaper
ottobredesign
celticcloths
thenappynetwork
rita's rump pocket

Fleece covers, soaker, wraps, etc.:
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html
http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/httpwww.html
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/1126/sewfleece.html
http://diaperfabric.com/snug-wrap-cloth-diaper-cover-tutorials/

Training pants:
http://www.easterbunz.com/free-trainer-pattern/
http://mama-or-minx.livejournal.com/12349.html
http://www.geocities.com/songshirah1/

Wool cover patterns:
Bum sweater: http://www.borntolove.com/frugal-column2.html
Sweater pants: http://www.cafepress.com/thatskindacool/864331
Knit/crochet:
http://www.borntolove.com/pattern.html#Down_Under
http://www.fernandfaerie.com/freesoakerpattern.html
http://www.needlebeetle.com/fionasfriends/free/soaker.html
http://home.comcast.net/~tchaudhury/Index.html
http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/pdf/wool_diaper_cover_en.pdf
http://www.xanga.com/The_1932_soaker_pattern
http://www.dunmani.plus.com/knitting/patterns/soaker.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20050204193539/http://www.angelfire.com/biz/mothershelpinghands/crochet.html
http://tierra-verde.8m.com/soaker.html
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/baby/fancy-pants-baby-pattern.html
http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/soakers/pattern/
http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/organicwool/woolpants.html

These were not intended for cloth diapering, but made with wool they will work fine. http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/granny_smith/granny_smith.html
http://www.craftown.com/knit/knit23.htm

Wipes: http://myhappycrazylife.com/make-your-own-cloth-wipes/

Fold over elastic and other sewing issues: http://diaperfabric.com/other-diaper-sewing-tutorials/

Whew! That took longer than I thought it would. If I think of any more I'll add them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

First Post

This is my first post! And I'm not sure what to write. lol I've been wanting to start a blog for a while now. I always think of something really witty that I would love to share with the world, and now I just draw a blank. I have two girls, 4 yrs and 18 mos, so I haven't had much time to start a blog. I finally got to set this up today though, and am eager to put something on here.

I have an etsy shop that I had about given up on, but it has recently picked up. That's been pretty exciting. You really have to keep renewing your items, or you don't stand a chance. I've been too cheap to renew regularly, but decided to change that. It has definitely made a difference! I've always wanted to sell things I make, but was never successful. There aren't a lot of options in my area for that sort of thing, so etsy has given me hope. I mostly sell jewelry, but my plan is to sell all sorts of things.

I just finished some Christmas items for my shop. They are all shrinky dink jewelry. I LOVE shrinky dinks! They can get really addictive, and there are tons of possibilities.
If you want to learn more about how to use shrink plastic there is a great tutorial on threadbanger.com. It covers most of the basics.
http://forum.threadbanger.com/showthread.php?t=724&highlight=shrink+plastic
Also do a search on www.craftster.org That is the most helpful crafting website I have found and it has categories for any art or craft you can think of. If you can't find what your looking for in a search, just post your question and the great members on there are more than happy to answer.

Well, that's all for now. I should get some sleep, busy day tomorrow.