I have a new little make to share with you today. Something quite practical, but cute..
I need a changing pad to use at our homes-away-from-home when we travel for therapy. I have a waterproof one for my diaper bag, of course, but taking it in and out many times a day gets old and isn't entirely failproof! So, I gathered my supplies: super soft Chicopee corduroy, felted wool pads for waterproofing, kitty cats by Cotton & Steel and a Netorious print for trim.
First the unglamorous insides. My wool pads are long and narrow (previously made for bassinet mattress protectors). I cut a piece of batting in the desired size for this changing pad and sewed the wool pads onto the batting to prevent shifting. I also sewed around the edges of the pads so that those wouldn't flip up or bunch inside the finished work.
After that unusual beginning, the rest goes together just like a mini quilt. I pin basted the corduroy on one side and the kitties on the other, hand tied with pearl cotton and finished with my go-to zigzag machine binding. Nothing fancy - just fold it up to pack for a trip.
The soft, black corduroy side is the "right side" for changing. Won't show stains! Underneath the corduroy is the layer of batting for a bit of absorbency and then the layer of felted wool to prevent puddles from wetting surfaces underneath. Yep, my baby likes to keep those diaper changes interesting. You never can trust her...
It's just a large rectangular pad. Simple, but precisely what I needed.
For all the moms who're wondering, yes, we do use cloth diapers and also cloth wipes. This is not heroic, I promise. With all of Eleni's challenges, I'm not looking to win any medals and would switch to disposables if I thought they'd make my life better. But disposables leak way more than cloth. Cloth never "blows out." If you know what that means, you know it really matters. The washing machine does all the work, and they even go on and off in one piece, with velcro closure. It's a no brainer for me.
If you've been around this space for awhile you might remember I used to have a natural baby store that sold cloth diapers, etc. We actually have leftover brand new inventory of BumGenius one-size diapers just sitting in boxes, lots of colors. If anyone wants to buy some at cost ($10 a pop), do be in touch and provide your email. Might as well pass that on to you guys! These are my favorite brand diaper. If you've ever thought about trying cloth, they're the way to go.
Oh, one last thing! My friend, Stephanie, gifted Eleni a generous yard of this adorable glasses fabric, resembling baby's prescription frames. What could I make with it that would be practical? Not a baby dress. I've been racking my brain! Any ideas?
You guys are the best. Happy weekend and Happy Halloween!