Friday, October 30, 2015

change on the go

I have a new little make to share with you today.  Something quite practical, but cute..

a travel Changing Pad

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.

a travel Changing Pad

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.

a travel Changing Pad

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.

a travel Changing Pad

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...

a travel Changing Pad

It's just a large rectangular pad.  Simple, but precisely what I needed.

a travel Changing Pad

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.

what to make for baby?

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!


29 comments:

  1. I use cloth too! I love it - it just seems so much cozier than disposables - although we use those no problem in a pinch.

    What about a library tote bag for the glasses fabric?

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  2. I second the library tote bag for the glasses fabric!

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  3. I love those glasses! Do you have Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings? There's a quilted sleepsack pattern in there that would be cute (with a cozy flannel on the inside!), or use them as an accent for the Quick Change Trousers. My first thought, though, was to use it as the lining for the Baby in the Hood jacket. Check out @sevenpretty on instagram - she just made one that I've been absolutely drooling over!

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    1. That's just about my favorite sewing book for welcoming a baby!

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  4. You are SO right about cloth preventing blow-outs. That is the number one thing I tell people who ask why we use cloth. Are your BGs the pocket diapers? 4.0s or 3.0? My little one will be sizing into them soon and I need to check my stash to see how many usable ones I have left (they have been used through three kids so far).

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  5. Cloth users here too! We have way more 'splosions in disposables.

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  6. Cloth users here too! We have way more 'splosions in disposables.

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  7. I'd be very interested in some of the diapers if you have any Freetime or Elementals! Email is Callie.b.dean (at) gmail.com. Thanks for the offer!!

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  8. What about a hoodie? Something that looks like this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/464363411552144020/
    and lined with something cozy maybe even in a bright color like yellow :)

    Love the kitty pad!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. The hoodie you linked me to reminds me of the hoodie in the Handmade Beginnings book. Maybe.... I think I prefer a knit hoodie to a woven one though. Seems more cuddly. I like the suggestion of making her a feeling/sensory blanket with different strips of textured fabrics. Maybe I'll get to that...

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  9. G-tube covers? I made some in the same fabric, only purple. Practical, useful, and still pretty!

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  10. I'm expecting my first baby this March and I'm interested in the cloth diapers. Aemily at me dot com

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  11. Since the glasses are printed in strips, how about sewing strips of various textures in between. One could be a wide wale corduroy, another a soft binky, terry cloth, fabric with loops, etc. i don't know if Eleni would be able to feel the different textures but this what came to mind when you asked the question.

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  12. Maybe a gear bags to hold her essentials. A girl is never too young for her own purse

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  13. I'd like to buy some of your bumgenius one size diapers....please contact me!

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  14. Lots of great ideas! I love the glasses fabric. So snappy and Eleni is our wonder baby.
    I love the change pad. Good idea with the wool, and I love the puddin's in orange.
    I hope you have a nice week-end, Just enjoy the sun, go for a nice walk outside.
    We need to get tough for the colder months ahead.
    Prayers and love

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  15. We love the bumgenius too and could use a few more. But we also can make do with what we have so please share the generous offer wi th others first. I agree they just seem easier to me.

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  16. IfIf there are any diapers left by the time this gets to me, I would love some! It is so sweet of you to offer them at cost. :) I love reading about your adventures with Eleni and wish you the best on your trip!

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    2. I realized, I don't know if my email shows up through my blogger account. It's Kristygriffard at Gmail dot com. Thank you!

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  17. We used cloth too. Took a bit more organization for outings but loved how easy they turned out to be. Maybe a cute headband or something Eleni with the glasses fabric?

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  18. Totally agree about cloth nappies (diapers). I used them for both of my girls and found them easy to use. The only time we had leaks was when traveling and using disposables.

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  19. I loved cloth and used a lot of prefolds, they were the most absorbent, but also a variety of the pocket diapers. I didn't look back once she was daytime toilet trained, I went to disposables for the night time. I was so glad to be done with washing diapers. I have a couple of wool soakers (diaper covers) still if you're interested--I think they're 12-18 mo.

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  20. I am interested in purchasing some of those diapers from you for sure. Can you email me details? Thanks! fwanchic at gmail dot com

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  21. I would be happy to buy some of the diapers from you (5 or 10 if available) My email is
    jafozard@gmail.com. Greetings and hugs from Northern Canada.

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  22. I'd be interested in a few diapers if you have any left! No babies yet, but I'm planning on using cloth when the time comes and I'd love to start stocking up. : ) Thanks for the offer! elliechristine(at)gmail(dot).com

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  23. I'd be interested in buying a few also if there are any left. My email is elzbeth.johnson at gmail dot com Thanks! And I might have to make one of these changing pads for my little guy! I find myself changing him in the back of my car all. the. time. It can't be comfy on a plain blanket!

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