Sunday, March 15, 2009

Updated my website and adding more items every day!


My website has been undergoing some changes and additions over the last few weeks and I am glad to announce that it is up and running and the "ORDER NOW" link has been updated! I am adding new items for sale every day! I am also working on adding video tutorials for some simple sewing and quilting crafts so stay tuned for that!

Please check out my site and spread the word! Also, keep in mind that just because you don't see an item up for sale on my site doesn't mean I can't make it for you! I still take custom orders and am currently working on some quilts that are custom orders.

www.craftygemini.com

Feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns. My email is on the "CONTACT US" link in the website.

Thanks!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Diaper Pants"... it's what my DH calls them.




Ok.. so as you can all see I'm on a roll with this cloth diaper obsession of mine! My DH and I went to Joann's last week and I let him pick out some fabric (all by himself) to make baby #1's "diaper pants." My DH is from New Orleans and he says they call them "diaper pants" there.. I thought that was such a funny name but I like using it now! :oP

Anyway... a cloth-diaper-making friend of mine recommended a free pattern to me for the "diaper pants" (a.k.a- diaper cover, soaker, etc.) and I decided to try it out... Let me just say: "EEEEEEEAAAASSSSSYYYYY!" wow. I was amazed at how quick I whipped this sucker up! I mean literally less than 20 minutes! That includes cutting time and all! I am so happy! I will make a bunch of these in all sizes to continue building baby #1's stash. This of course is a newborn size. I plan to make about 8 in this size and then make some more of the larger sizes.

I was hesitant to use fleece at first because we live in Florida and I thought baby #1 would be too hot to wear fleece diaper pants.... but after some research, it turns out fleece is actually the preferred fabric for diaper pants among many cloth-diaper-making mommas. Apparently, it has good insulation in the cold months and is still very breathable during the summer months. So, I'm gonna make them using fleece and when baby #1 gets here we shall try it out and see. But if other mommas here in FL use it I hope I, too will be successful.

The pattern I used is referred to as Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker Pattern and can be found at: http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

woo-hoo! Baby cloth diapers galore!





Ok... so, I'm addicted to making these cloth diapers for baby #1!

Today I made an "overnight" diaper which is made up of 8 absorbent layers of 100% cotton fabrics (6 layers of snuggle flannel and 2 layers of terry cloth) and also has a layer of Alova Suedecloth to help wick the moisture down to the absorbent layers, keeping baby's bottom feeling dry!

Here are some pics of the diaper before and after I put it all together. The picture that shows two seperate pieces are the two pieces that are made up of three layers of flannel and the one on the right shows the two layers of terry cloth that are sewn on and will be hidden in the center of the diaper when it is all sewn together. I have tried the serging method on one diaper and although it is super quick, I seem to like these diapers better which are made using the "sew right sides together, flip & turn right sides out and topstitch" method. They just look cleaner and more finished.... but again, it does take longer. :o(

My DH and I went to Joann's a few days ago to get more fabric for my latest cloth-diaper-making obsession and I saw this fish fabric and fell in love with it! I even like that it can be for either a boy or a girl since we don't know what we are having yet!

I'm so proud of myself!

My cloth diapers are getting cuter and cuter, don't you think?? ;o)

Monday, March 9, 2009

My hubby and I are expecting Baby #1 this year! Check out my latest baby crafts...




Hi all! I'm back and I hope to post more often from now on...

My DH and I are expecting our first baby this year and you can imagine all the sewing I have been doing lately! I have decided I would like to use cloth diapers and after joining a few different online cloth diaper communities I think I have perfected the newborn fitted cloth diaper I will use for at least the first few weeks... this pattern combination that I have been working on should fit a newborn who weighs between 4-12 lbs.

I am also making a stash of cloth wipes and burping cloths... :o) It is sooooo much fun and to tell you the truth....addicting!!

These diapers have to be used with what my DH calls: "diaper pants" or rubber pants or some other kind of diaper cover made of a non-absorbent fabric (i.e.- fleece, PUL, wool). The inside center liner area is made up of a total of 6 100% cotton snuggle flannel layers. These prove to be pretty absorbent. For the lining area you really want to use a fabric that is at least 80% cotton to help with the absorbency factor.... some other popular fabrics are terry cloth (like towels), cotton knits (t-shirt fabric), etc.

Notice the elastic gussets in the leg holes to help keep baby messes inside. :o)

Once I get more of these diapers under my belt I plan to sell them on my website: www.craftygemini.com

I have also ordered my woven cloth labels to sew on all the crafts I will be selling so please check back to my website often for new and upcoming changes and additions.

Feel free to post and tell me what you think! :o)
 
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