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A change in plans March 19, 2010

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So I had to make a change in my washing machine workout today.  After the Calgon step (I decided to go with a full cap instead of just 1/2 a capful), I thought to see if the dipes smelled fresh and clean . . . not so much!  Grrrr!  The same stink was there . . gross!   So I ran another hot wash with a GOOD amount of Tide and then another hot rinse.  (And yes, I used a boatload of water today!  Yikes!)

By this time is was around 11:30am . If I would have soaked for 4 hours, there would have been no sunshine left.  So I opted to go ahead and hang them out right then.  After 3 hours of good ol’ sunshine, I brought them in and did the “kill anything left” step.

I just dumped them in the dryer and they smelled so clean . . .FINALLY!  Keeping my fingers crossed that the same old smell won’t creep back in while drying!

Washing machine workout March 18, 2010

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No, this isn’t some new fandangled workout that will blast fat like crazy!  It’s actually a workout, for the washing machine!  Our machine is getting a workout today.  Why?  We’ve been having some mega stink issues with the cloth trainers and overnight dipes.  I’m bound and determined to get rid of the stink.  So, here’s the plan, we’ll see if it works.

Washing the dipes

Cold rinse with 1/2 cup of vinegar

Hot wash with Tide Free and Clear

Cold rinse

Stripping the dipes of extra detergent

Hot wash with two squirts of Dawn (the original blue kind)

Hot rinse to make sure all the suds are gone

Stripping the dipes of extra minerals (thank you well water!)

Hot wash with 1/2 a capful of Calgon

Hot rinses till all the suds are gone

Killing whatever is left

Hot soak with 4-5 capfuls of Oxygen Bleach – let it soak for about 5 hours

Hang to dry in the sunshine – aka – natural bleach

I’m hoping this will work, cuz I REALLY don’t want to have to make a whole new stash, and I REALLY want these dipes to last through baby #3.  Keeping my fingers crossed!!


Worst diaper ever! October 11, 2008

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Yeah, that was what I made last night.  I needed to make another nighttime dipe for NOR.  The first one was okay, but I wanted to make a few changes.  Instead of sitting down and thinking it through, I just launched right in.  Mistake!  I kept running into problems.  So I decided to sew the elastic in blind rather than doing the turned and topstitched method.  I also figured this would work better through all of the many layers.  The elastic worked out pretty well.  Then I thought I would wrap the microfleece, which is the inner layer, to the outside over the prefold so that 1) it would be soft on NOR’s legs and 2) it would keep the prefold from fraying in the wash.  I decided this AFTER cutting out the fleece, so I had to piece together more fleece to adjust the width.  (snaffu #1)  (Anyone confused yet?!?)   So when I did that, it stretched the elastic out so that it wouldn’t spring back.  (snaffu #2)  Then I figured I’d just make the fold over bigger and sew it over instead of on top of the elastic.  That seemed to work, until I got to the other side and realized that if I did that, I wouldn’t have enough room in the pocket to stuff the diaper.  (snaffu #3)

So the diaper is done, but it’s definitely not my best work.  Fortunately, it’s only a diaper, so it’s not really that big of a deal.  But, I really should try to think things through first.  Of course, I’ve spent hours thinking and planning my diaper bags and I still run into problems.  Hmmmm . . maybe my thinking is the problem.  Not much I can do about that!

Our diaper stash September 11, 2008

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Once I figured out how to sew diapers, I was totally hooked and went kinda bonkers, actually.  DS has TONS of dipes, and #2 already has a sizeable stash.  I can’t help myself, they are so easy and ridiculously cute!  I’m kind of torn about how many to make for #2, though, since we don’t know how big or small it will be.  I made about 6 of the super tiny dipes (used this doll pattern to make them) just in case #2 is as small as DS was.  All of the newborn patterns I found online were GIANT!  As in, they would’ve fit DS when he was from about 3 months to about 8 months, so those obviously won’t work.  So I just modified the doll pattern, making it a little bigger, and voila.  I have about a dozen of these.  My goal is to have two dozen total.

So here are the dipes.

stash of fitted diapers

stash of fitted diapers

stash of dipes for #2

stash of dipes for #2

I also have made little fleece covers for both DS and #2.  Check out the difference in size!!  (more…)

It’s finally finished September 2, 2008

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So I finally finished The Chateau Diaper Bag™ last week and we testing it out this weekend.  Of course, I will be making several minor changes, but by and large, the design is going to work.  Yipee!  It’s pretty much an enormous bag, but it fits pretty much everything you’ll need for an all day outing for cloth or disposable diapering for not one, but two babies!  An honestly, I’ve seen some pretty big diaper bags online, so this one fits right in.  The finished dimensions are 18″ wide x 12″ tall x 10″ deep.  And of course, there is a spot on the front where The Moored Purse™ can be, well, moored.  I love all of the pockets so that things don’t get lost in the recesses of the bag!  DH says it’s quite comfy to carry, since it’s a messenger style bag. (more…)

Will the revisions ever end? August 22, 2008

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So I’ve been using the new diaper bag (previously known as the 3-hour bag, now known as “The Bungalow Diaper Bag™”) for a few weeks and it seems to be working out great. I’ve made a few revisions to make it more useful, we’ll see how that works out.

The purse, on the other hand, (formerly known as the attaching purse™, now known as “The Moored Purse™” ) is a totally different story. So far I’ve made two practice ones, which turned out quite nicely, but I keep coming up with more and more changes to make. So I ask, “will the revisions ever end?!?!” *sigh* I guess that’s part of the design process, right?

Speaking of designing . . I’ve come up with a design for another dipe bag. Originally, I had The Micro-Studio Diaper Bag™ as the smallest bag to be used for a quick little outing. Well, I’ve decided that is only good for a super quick outing, as in a, “just-running-to-the-store-to-buy-eggs” type of outing. So I designed a bag for the times when you’ll be out longer than just to buy eggs, but not so long that you would need The Bungalow Diaper Bag ©. It’s basically built off of the same pattern used in The Moored Purse™, but a bit bigger and with changes in the pockets. I’m calling it, The Studio Diaper Bag™. I have yet to actually make it, but I’m hoping that with all of the “experience” gained from the other bags, this one should go smoothly . . .wishful thinking, I know!

I’m about to start the practice run of the largest bag in the set, The Chateau Diaper Bag™. It’s going to be large enough to fit everything you’ll need for an all day outing with two little ones . . .at least, that’s the plan. We’ll be testing it out this Sunday (with just one LO, #2 has yet to make it’s debut!), so I’ll let ya’ll know how that works out.

Well, the only way to make progress is to actually start . . .wish me luck on the Chateau practice run!

And the results are in! August 3, 2008

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I managed to finish the test run of the medium-sized dipe bag this week. I’ve been calling it the 3-hour bag, but that’s not so interesting . . so I’m still thinking of another name. (The new and improved name is . . . “The Bungalow Diaper Bag“) But the basic idea is to use this bag when we’ll be out and about for 3 hours or less. We tried it out at church today, and it worked pretty well. I need to make a change or two, but it’s already in the new and improved plans. Here’s how it turned out:

The inside of the bag

The roomy inside of the bag with space for two wet bags (dipes and wipes), and pockets for paci's, a sippy cup, clean dipes, changing pad and washcloths/bibs. Plus there's still room for books or snacks or whatever in the middle.

The front of the bag.  My test run of the "attaching purse" is on the front"

The front of the bag. My test run of the "attaching purse" is on the front"

The back of the bag with straps

The back of the bag with straps

So all in all, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. (Oh, I should mention that the pattern for the outside of the bag came from the book “Bag Boutique” by Amy Barickman and it’s the Hobo Bag pattern. the design/pattern for the inside came from my brain!!) I need to test it out a few more times before actually making the bag with the nice fabric, but it looks promising!

The other bag I finished is the 1-hour bag — again, needs a more interesting name. (The new and improved name is “The Micro-Studio Diaper Bag“) I didn’t do a mock up of this one since I figured “oh, this will be easy.” Of course, I should have done a test run. I ended up having to jury rig the big pocket because I messed up, so it looks a little wonky, but it works like a charm. Here are two pics:

A simple design with three pockets - sippy cup, paci, washcloth

A simple design with three pockets - sippy cup, paci, washcloth

The side view with the "attaching purse"

The side view with the "attaching purse"

So on to the next step: writing out directions for the “we’re going out all day” bag. (Oh, and coming up with better names for ALL of the bags!) Stay tuned for more fun and exciting info on my diaper bag project=)

Well under way July 29, 2008

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And half of the diaper bag project is done. I did a test run of the wallet, learned a few things and will change them for the real wallet. Also did a test run of the “attaching purse”, and learned a few more things that will change for the real purse. But the real victory was that I figured out pretty much everything about the boxed corners. So I’m planning on taking a stab at the tutorial genre and making a boxing corners tutorial and a tutorial for the attaching purse.

The wet bags are done, and they turned out pretty good. Haven’t taken any pics yet, but I’ll have pics of my whole diaper bag ensemble once done. Feels good to be making some visible progress. Continue to stay tuned!