Voilà, a dozen more cloth diapers are sewn, so that’s 24 in total. Extra 8×13.5″ insert rectangles left over are going to become 2 more double-layer cleaning cloths for diapering. Not a scrap wasted!
New parents have enough to do, right? So why bother with a removable insert? Just sew the whole thing up, no? They seem like a good idea in theory. Give your two cents in the poll below 🙂 With an insert the whole diaper dries more quickly, it’s more sanitary with less chance of lingering dampness after laundering that could ripen into a fungal diaper rash, and I can stuff in a cut-up old towel if the Little One needs an extra layer at night to keep dry. Really a good system, but if in practice all that is not really necessary I will sew up the one open end and make an extra dozen so everything can thoroughly dry.
On the horizon: Burda 9930 breastfeeding pillow. The pattern is €7 and stuffing/zippers are available from the cheap fabric store, Berger. Whereas for terry fabric and the pattern itself I’ll probably have to go to Le Chien Vert/De Groen Hond. Just checked Prémaman and they charge €50 for the same pillow, and €20 for a spare cover to wash, so that definitely makes a Burda ‘kussen’ (Dutch for ‘pillow’) worth the trouble!
Another planned project: at least 2 sleep sacks, because *good grief* those things are very expensive! €40 or €50 each! All parents have sagely advised me, Always, Always Have One More than You Think You Need. Take a look at this handy tutorial Jan Andreas made on converting a sleeping gown pattern into a sleep sack, plus 1-2 more sleeping gowns to bring the grand total up to 3-4 in the 0-3 mos size. I have a sleep sack pattern from an old BWOF issue, but this idea is much less trouble. Ideally I’d put in a seperating (coat) zipper with the zip at the bottom, so if a diaper change is necessary I can unzip from the bottom, pull up the long trailing hem of the sleep gowns I’ve already made, with elastic at the bottom,KS 3090 sleep gowns and change without the baby getting chilly and waking up too much. Baby is due 25 January! Must get cracking, but these projects have to wait another two weeks till the end of the semester teaching period at work.