Monday, July 11, 2011

The diaper stash expands

A while back, both wool soakers where drying and I needed a soaker, so I created a "make-shift soaker".

This is a fleece cutout that was destined to be apart of a pocket diaper, until, that is, I discovered this fleece repels moisture, instead of wicking. I figured this fleece should become soakers, then. But I'd already cut out all the fleece into diaper shaped pieces. Drat. Ah, well, frugalness and creativity to the rescue -- and a soaker was created.

I realized with a bit of elastic around the legs, the fleece would make nice and adjustable soakers. I liked the ones I made, but they were size-stable, and the last two I made turned out too small to get on the child (and they are the same size as the wool soakers, they just don't stretch). Plus, I ended up with all these small pieces and I can't figure out what to use them for -- but too big to just toss in my tightwaddery.

So, TA-DA, make-shift soaker version 2. Beta tested and all! I made one, it worked wonderfully, so I made 4 more. Remember, the fleece is already cut out.

First, I sewed up the sides a channel for the elastic.

Then I threaded the elastic.

To put it on Samuel, since he is still kinda small, I fold down the front, like most the one-size-fits-all style pockets, and snappi it on. I've put it over flats, prefolds and kissaluvs. And they should fit him for quite a long time.

This do-hicky I love! Its a "drawstring threader" and works great with elastic, too. No more using a paper clip or safety pin to thread that elastic through! Yea! Wish I'd spent that $1.50 years ago.

Tomorrow, I plan to cut out flats from t-shirts I acquired from the local thrift store.  Ya know, for being a "thrift store", the stuff is rather expensive, in my opinion. I had a hard time finding anything among the t-shirts less than $5 and many were closer to $10. I guess I just need to go garage sale-ing.


  1. my oldest daughter is expecting baby #2 in December .. she recently mentioned that she'd like to use reusable diapers so I'm interested in your posts relating to all things diapers :)

  2. Fantastic re-purposing! I need to buy one of those threaders - they look awesome. Rachael, do you have Freecycle in your area? I bet you'd get great responses to a request for old clothing or sheets to make diapers from. Our list is very active - lots of giving and receiving going on!

  3. Mrs. Mac -- I've learned a ton from The gal, Autumn, is very knowledgable.

    Little Home -- good idea, I'm on freecycle. The hard part is picking the stuff up!


As another blogger said, comments are like payment, its acknowledging the writer's effort. I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas and responses... best done via a comment!