Today I am thrilled to welcome Jenn from Compulsively Creative to Go Green Month! Lucky for me, Jenn is not a newcomer to Sew Much Ado. You may remember her awesome guest tutorial on Gorgeous Gathers. Without that tutorial I don’t think my obsession with ruffles would have began. I’m not sure whether to thank or blame Jenn for that one :). I’m sure I’ll be 85 and still thinking of her everytime I sew gathers! Thanks for joining us today Jenn!
Hi, I’m Jenn from Compulsively Creative. I’m so honored that Abby asked me to be part of Going Green month here at Sew Much Ado! She is amazing! When she asked me to participate I wasn’t really sure what I would do, then I realized that the biggest thing that I do to be a good steward over the planet is cloth diapers. So I thought I’d share a little about that and an easy tutorial for doublers.*
Cloth Diapering: not just going green, but SAVING green.
When I heard several of my friends say they did cloth diapers, I thought what you’re probably thinking right now ‘Yeah right. I already hate changing diapers.’ Then after almost a year of paying over $100 a month in diapers for my two little guys, I decided I’d give it a try to save money. I mean seriously, who can’t think of any other way to spend $100?!
So I made the switch primarily for money, and it’s a bonus that it saves a lot of garbage in landfills too.
Cloth diaper technology has really changed since our moms were doing it. Now they have Velcro, elastic, comfort, and ease built into them. I decided on gdiapers simply because they looked like the easiest ones to clean and use. But there are several leading brands out there like, Bum Genius, Fuzzi Bunz, bumkins, and so many more.
Using cloth diapers may or may not be for you, but it give it a second thought, it’s really not that bad and it could be saving you a lot of GREEN, not to mention the earth.
If you already do cloth diapers or decide to switch, here’s a FAST and EASY tutorial on how to make a doubler*
* A doubler is a second cloth you put in with your regular cloth diaper insert to increase absorbency. This is great for nights, long outings, or other long periods of time so your child won’t soak through the diaper.
Description: This tutorial will guide you through making one 6″ X 12″ fleece doubler.
Materials Needed: 2 pieces of fleece 6″ X 12″.
1) Cut 2 pieces of fleece 6″ X 12″.
Fleece works great because it wicks moisture away from the baby’s skin to keep them comfortable and rash free.
3) Serge the 2 pieces together around all 4 sides. If you don’t have a serger you can zig zag, blanket stitch, or even just straight stitch. Fleece won’t fray.
4) Sew 2 lines lengthwise down the doubler 2″ in on both sides.
Tip: If you want to sew a straight line but don’t have a 2″ mark, just put a rubber band around your machine at the 2″ mark. You can also use masking tape. These make great guides!
5) You’re DONE! That was so easy! And it only cost me $2 to make 10 doublers and I have 1/4 yard left!
Thanks Jenn! I’ve never actually considered switching to cloth diapers before, but knowing that you did it and are happy makes me want to try! I love the tip to put a rubber band around your machine for a larger seam allowance. I will definately be doing that from now on. Make sure to check out Jenn’s blog for great tutorials and ideas.