A Sewing Update

A few of you have been asking how the sewing was going for the diapers and pads I am making to donate. Mentioned here in case you missed it. I am so excited with the progress I have been making. So far I have 12 complete diapers done, and supplies for a couple more. I also have found myself really loving working on the shields and liners for the girls in Africa. It is such a rewarding experience because with just a little bit of my time I know that it has the power to completely change the course of some girl’s life. Where she once felt shame and was forced to either drop out of school, or do horrible things to be able to take care of herself, now she will be empowered, and confident and able to better her life for herself. It is amazing to be able to be a part of that. I have made a total of 10 shields so far (each kit has 3 of these) and 21 liners (each kit has 10 of these) and 5 wet bags (each kit contains one of these). I don’t need to worry about making complete kits, as It’s Our Mission: Period! assembles the kits and makes sure there are the right amounts of everything included. A few other ladies have asked to help partner with me in sewing, pinning and assembling the materials. We are going to try to have a Sewing Bee this weekend! I am so thankful for the support I have received in this project. I look forward to helping as much as I can in the future too. Here are some pictures of some of the things I have been working on.

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five diapers in the newborn/small size
seven diapers in the medium/large size
(over $125 worth)

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examples of three different waterproof shields

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five examples of reusable flannel liners

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated money, fabric, and time to help. We are making a difference!

Proposing A Partnership

In the past few weeks I have stumbled on two charities that really speak to my heart. One is called Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. Here is a little about them taken from their website:

“Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States. This enables families to conserve money that would have been spent on disposable diapers and use it towards other necessary expenses. It also reduces the environmental impact that disposable diapers have on landfills. We are devoted to a greener planet and empowering families and thus, primarily focus on cloth diapers.”

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The other non-profit organization is called It’s Our Mission – Period! This group of women sews economical, earth-friendly, washable & re-usable cloth menstrual shields and liners. These are then distributed to girls in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and more. Girls in these places face many problems when it comes to enduring their periods. For us in America it is simply and inconvenience. For these girls the situation is so horrific that they will sometimes find used pads in garbage dumps and try to wash them out to reuse because they can not afford anything better. Others turn to prostitution to pay for supplies.

“What if there were no toilets, no toilet paper, no pads, no tampons, no water?  Can you imagine the emotional and mental discomfort counting the days until ‘that time’ came around again?  Consider this:   Globally, 100 million girls currently enrolled in school may drop out — because of their period.”

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Both organizations need support. I have decided to sew donations for both, but I do need help. Please consider partnering with me to help pay for the supplies I will need to sew diapers, wet bags, shields and liners. If everyone gives a little we can make a big difference! Because I will be sewing everything myself nothing will get caught up in operating expenses and 100% of what you give will go to the cost of supplies. Just a few dollars can help. For around $8 I can make one complete diaper, and around $15 can provide about 24 menstrual shields. If you prefer your donation to go towards one charity vs. the other please let me know. This isn’t anything formal or fancy and I can’t provide any tax deductible offers for you, but if you feel drawn to help please consider it. I’ll do all the work! I will keep you updated on what we will accomplish together.

Click here to send money via Paypal. The email address is anina duren @ gmail . com (remove spaces)

Published in: on April 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm  Comments (2)  
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The New Stash

You may remember seeing a post a few months ago showing the diapers I made for “Spout”. Well, turns out Little Man isn’t so little and will not be fitting in those ones long! So I quickly got started making more in a bigger size (with even bigger adjustable snaps!) I was super excited to find a new website just perfect for me. It’s called Diaper Sewing Supplies. Not only do they have a ton of cute waterproof fabric options, but you can buy them in “diaper cuts” which is just big enough to make one diaper. Great so I don’t pay for fabric I don’t need! AND with every $10 purchase you can choose from a variety of options for FREE items. I have gotten fold over elastic already, but they also have mystery scraps, button hole elastic and more. Seriously, such a great site. So check out my new stash!

Top three are for the girls, and the bottom two rows are Wyatt’s.

Little tools! How cute is that?

Old Man Plaid!

Here are a couple more I would love to see on a diaper.

     

Published in: on June 11, 2012 at 8:01 am  Comments (2)  

The Stash

Many of you have figured out by now that I enjoy playing around with my sewing machine. You might have also realized that I am passionate about cloth diapering our kids. So you can imagine my joy when I recently discovered a company called Babyville Boutique that makes PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric, coordinating snaps, hook and loop tape, and FOE (fold over elastic) for creating cloth diapers, covers and other baby essentials.

So, needless to say, my little mama hands have been hard at work creating a few new covers for both the girls, and for our little Sprout on the way. Check out what I made the girls first.

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And for my little owl lovers…

And here is what Sprout has waiting for him/her (so far!):

Frogs and Turtles

Ducks

Monkeys

And for Daddy’s little Baylor Bear Cub…

The line up

I am having so much fun! And now I can’t wait to see if Sprout will be needing blue or pink covers to go with the ones I have made already.

Published in: on January 3, 2012 at 8:26 am  Comments (3)  
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More Tips for Cloth Diapers

This is my third blog on cloth diapers. To check out reasons why to use cloth click here, and for a suggested starter list and basic laundering click here. Today’s post is more tips for the current user. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me!

Diaper Rash Creams

Please be careful about what types of diaper rash cream you use with your cloth diapers! Many of the most common brands like A&D and Desitin will react very poorly with cloth.

I just heard wonderful things about coconut oil as a diaper rash cream, and am so excited to give it a try. Our girls little butts are very sensitive to certain foods (tomato and citrus especially) and are prone to irritation. Coconut oil is supposed to work wonders and wash completely out with no changes to your laundry routine. I will be picking some up this weekend and will let you know how it goes.

Stains

If you are getting stains on your diapers try laying them flat to dry in the sun. The sun naturally bleaches and sanitizes! If you have set in stains, try sprinkling a little lemon juice on the diapers and then lay them in the sun.

Stripping cloth diapers

If you use cloth diapers for any real length of time, chances are they are going to need to be stripped every now and then. You’ll be able to tell if your diapers need to be stripped if they are still stinky after washing. The most common reason for stinky diapers is detergent buildup. Cloth diapers only need about 1/4 the amount of soap recommended for regular use. Buildup of detergent is easy to check for. Simply run the diapers through the wash with NO detergent and open the lid part way through the cycle. If you’ve got suds you have been using too much detergent.

It could be possible you aren’t using enough detergent also, but I would recommend washing with no soap and checking for suds before jumping to adding more detergent. If you have been using too little though, that is an easy fix. Simply start adding more (in small increments!)

Now, down to actually stripping. I use the baking soda method and have been very happy with. I add 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda to clean diapers and wash on hottest setting until there are no more suds. (I turn up our water heater when stripping to get the hottest possible water – but make sure to turn it back down when you’re done!) Simple as that! It leaves my diapers smelling brand new.

If you are curious about any other part of cloth diapering please let me know! I am always happy to answer questions.

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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sHOOT!

Come ON!

The girls have been needing new diaper covers for a little while. We change a lot of diapers around here, so maybe we go through covers twice as fast… who knows why. Anyways, today I finally ordered some new covers and wet bags and I was really excited about what I found. We had originally wanted to go to a store here in town and help support local business, but wouldn’t you know it? They are closed Sunday and Monday. Yes. Both of Russell’s days off, and the only time I have access to a car. So I bought online. I did have to go to a different website than I normally use to find the patterns/sizes I wanted, but in the end I was pleased.

Until…

I checked my facebook tonight and saw that Thirsties just released a new pattern. An OWL pattern. Our girls are totally obsessed with owls! And it is SO cute. Check it out!

Can you believe the timing on this… Come on!

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm  Comments (2)  

A new store

So, tonight’s blog is going to be short and sweet. And only for my like-minded Las Vegas friends… so probably no one. Hehe. Anyways, we found a great little shop today called Well Rounded Baby. They sell cloth diapers and home birth kits and breastfeeding supplies. We bought two new Thirsties covers in the next size up for the girls. I encourage you to find a store in your area like it! It was really nice to be able to check out all the different products and supplies. Here is what we came home with:

Published in: on September 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cloth Diapering part 2

Many people know I am passionate about cloth diapering our twins. I won’t go into all the reasons in this post, you can check it out in Cloth Diapers part 1 found here. The purpose of today’s post is to actually help you get started. Recently many people have been asking exactly what my home set up is like, so here it is, with links included 🙂

We have 36 Unbleached Cotton Diaper Rite Prefolds found here. Currently we are still using the Newborn size meant to fit up to 12 pounds. Our girls are 16+ but I figured as long as they still work, I’m still using them!

We have 6 Thirsites covers in the small size found here. I LOVE these covers, they are the best I have tried!

We have 2 diaper pail liners found here. These we use to store the diapers in between washes. I just wash them when I wash the diapers. One to store, and one to use while the other one is in the wash. The bags just fit into a basic kitchen size trashcan.

I have tried cloth wipes, although I won’t give you any links here as I have not found any I really like. I feel like they are too thick to clean properly in all cracks and crevices. If you know of any that are great please let me know.

Please make sure if you wash these diapers yourself you use the correct soap. NO bleach, fabric softeners, dyes or perfumes! We have used Sun Free and Clear and All Small & Mighty Free and Clear found just at our local grocery store and were mostly happy with both. We did have to run extra rinses and strip from time to time. Now I buy our detergent from Ruby Moon and have been really happy. Here is a website where you can check your current detergent. Also, the tote bags and covers should only be put in the dryer about once a month- too much will break down the waterproof layers. Line drying the diapers will also extend their life!

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm  Comments (4)  

Cloth Diapers

O.k. so I wanted to do a post to let everyone with kids (or about to have kids) know just how EASY, CHEAP, and BENEFICIAL cloth diapering is. Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about this.

First- Beneficial.

Disposable diapers contain many chemicals, including Dioxin (which the EPA has confirmed is one of the most toxic of all cancer linked chemicals. It also causes severe reproductive and developmental problems, as well as damage to the immune and hormonal systems) Dioxin is BANNED is most other countries. They also can contain sodium polyacrylate (the stuff that turns to a gel when wet) This is the same substance associated with toxic shock syndrome from ultra-absorbent tampons.

More than 21 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the US alone. Disposable diapers are estimated to take 200-500 years to decompose.

Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.

Babies who have used cloth diapers tend to potty train sooner than disposable diaper babies. Because disposable diapers keep babies from feeling wet it also keeps them from understanding the cause and effect of elimination, which can create confusion when trying to potty train.

Second- Cost.

If a family needs roughly 60 disposable diapers per week, at an average of 25.5 cents each that is $1,600 in disposable diapers alone for just 2 years. (overall cost would be more since most kids are not completely potty trained by age two)

For a family that uses cloth diapers they would average about 6 dozen diapers. Pre-fold diapers, covers and all the accessories can be purchased for around $300 (which can be used for multiple children) The difference in cost is amazing.

Lastly- Ease.

This is the part I was most worried about. I thought it would be messy and difficult to use cloth diapers. In reality it is SO easy. We are using the pre-fold diapers with separate covers. The fact that these two things are separate is about the only difference between the ease of cloth and disposable. You simply have to lay the cloth inside the cover before securing the cover. Covers are basically the same design as disposable diapers, with velcro that attaches the side to the front of the diaper.
The cloth is softer on the girls skin, and not as bulky as one might expect. We have chosen to only buy 36 diapers in the size they are in now, and so with both girls sharing them I wash them every day and a half. This is even very simple as there is no separating or folding. You simply dump them in the machine and start it. If we had more diapers (or less babies) I wouldn’t need to wash as often.

Here are some pictures of our setup, and Kylie modeling the diaper. I want to say that I do feel like this is an easy process and I have no problem finding the time with twins, so it shouldn’t be much work for a parent of a single baby. But, I DO NOT judge anyone who does not feel the same way I do. I simply wanted to put this information out there, as I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about cloth diapers out there. Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Here is the website we have used to buy all of our materials from, they also have lots of information about washing and care on their website. Click here to check it out.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm  Comments (4)