I finally decided that I need to take some time for myself! I’ve been wanting to try a few new things for AGES. No time like the present, right? On my Fall Bucket List are two things. One is a class to learn how to stage homes. I just always wanted to learn about it. And the other is a sewing class! I am dying over here at all these patterns and my inability to even sew a button on.
My mom bought me an awesome sewing machine for Christmas and it came with sewing classes. ‘Bout time I went, huh?
I will have some exciting new things from Babyville Boutique to try! Coming to stores near you, they now have a new line called “Yep, that’s MY baby“ for all the babies in your life. This means projects for your older children to wear as well as patterns for your fur babies! Findo and kitty will love it! We are looking into getting another dog soon and I would love to try my hand at some of these projects. After I learn what I’m doing of course. (I HOPE I can learn what I am doing!) Stay tuned for my first attempts!
Besides the new patterns and prints coming out, one SUPER cool thing they will soon have available is prepackaged, premade soakers in several styles. This makes it so easy to not only make a great fitting diaper, but also one that has the absorbency you need.
My friend Abbie, who describes herself as a beginner, is still leaps and bounds ahead of me. So I asked her to make some of Babyville’s new patterns and let us know how it went. In case you are wondering she used a “hand -me -down Kenmore Ultra-stitch 12”. Here’s what Abbie had to say:
I made two diapers using the Babyville Cloth Diapering Made Easy book. The first is the Hybrid Diaper with Snail Shell Insert and the second is the Pocket Diaper with Sham Opening. They actually weren’t that difficult, but that may have been because I had already made two Babyville diapers previously. The patterns in the Babyville books are very easy to follow with great pictures to help. I also found a video or two on youtube for working with the fold over elastic. That seems to be the area I struggle with the most. It took me about 3 hours start to finish for each diaper. So two weekend naps!
Both diapers are working great. And the new inserts are really absorbent. Remy is a heavy wetter and regular pooper and both the handmade diapers and the inserts have been able to withstand everything she has thrown at them. Everything has washed and dried really well too.I absolutely loved the new prints for the PUL. The forest friends is just adorable. I also love that much of what Babyville has can easily be mixed and matched. I am really excited that they are offering the inserts. As someone who is still a beginner knowing what fabric and being able to find the right fabric easily seemed a bit daunting, so knowing that I will be able to get everything in one place makes everything so much easier.
The main thing I would change, would be my sewing skill level, but I just need to practice! I think it would be great they started to include other fabric to be used as the lining fabric For the diapers I chose to make they both called for flannel lining and while I didn’t mind searching to find cute coordinating fabrics, it would be a nice addition to all the accessories they have available.As crazy as I make myself whenever I craft, I really had fun with this. It was a nice challenge to try different diaper patterns and I was really pleased with the end results. The diapers are adorable and function, and aside from any minor cosmetic issues that only I can see, they are the best I have made so far. I am looking forward to making some more diapers and other projects. I can only get better as I go!
Babyville Boutique is releasing so many new prints and patterns! If you are an experienced seamstress the coordinating fabrics make things so easy. As for all us newbie’s out there, don’t be afraid! We’ve all got to start somewhere! If you are looking for a few tips on sewing cloth diapers, please click here and check out a great post from Ellie at Babyville Boutique.
One of the things Abbie mentioned was new lining fabric. Babyville now has a line of Stay-dry Wicking Fabric that is perfect for the insides of cloth diapers (awesome for swim diapers as well!)
Something else I have been curious about is mama cloth. Babyville has patterns for them and I would love to try to make my own. Maybe I will make that one of my first projects. I found this pic on Babyville’s Facebook page. It’s a photo someone else shared, but I loved it so much I wanted to show all of you!
If you have been thinking about sewing anything, now is the time! Fiddo and our little ones certainly won’t mind a few cute new accessories! Please take a minute and enter the giveaway that Babyville Boutique is sponsoring! Good luck!
Congrats! Jennifer M. Was the Winner!
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.