DIY Nappies10/08/2010 10:27am
Sew your own!
Are you a whizz with a needle and thread? Are you master of the sewing machine?
Well even if you aren’t you can still have a go at making your own Real Nappies!
We’ve found some websites that provide you with basic guides to making your own Real Nappies, so now you can unleash your creative talents and make something truly unique for your baby.
http://verybaby.com/ (you have to pay for templates)
Those of you that are already interested in creative textiles probably know exactly where to find all the bits and pieces you need to start sewing your own nappies, but we’ve found some sites that sell nappy-specific fabrics.
Make your own fleece liners
Fleece is a great material to work with as it doesn’t fray so therefore doesn’t need to be hemmed/finished off around the edges!
Thinner microfleece works best for nappy liners and is available from any fabric/craft shop.
Making your own liners means that you can choose their size and shape depending on the size of your baby and the type of nappies you use.
Simple rectangles work brilliantly and save on wasted fabric too.
Once you’ve cut them out, give them a wash (fleece fabric colours shouldn’t run in the wash, so are safe in with your nappies/other washing) then you’re ready to use them!
Make your own wet wipes
Disposable wet wipes may be convenient, but are expensive and not all are biodegradable. As you are washing nappies, it’s really easy to use washable wipes too.
Many parents opt to use ready made washable wipes or flannels (cheap and readily available!). However, you could save even more money by making your own.
Why not reuse an old towel or cot sheet – simply cut into squares, wash and use, if you’re handy with the sewing machine finish off the edges to prevent fraying.
For extra comfort, layer the fabric with some fleece on one side.
Clean water is sufficient to wash baby’s bottom – at home just use a bowl. When out and about some people like to carry some damp wipes in a plastic box or bag, while others take along a small plastic spray bottle and some dry wipes.
Make your own wet wipe solution
Steep a camomile tea bag in hot water until the water goes cold.
Add a few drops of vegetable oil or baby oil.
Add 1 drop of pure lavender oil if desired.
Use with your washable wet wipes.
NB Please do not use any of the ingredients listed if your baby is sensitive to them. For external use only.
As everyone knows... mums (and dads) know best! So comment below and give us some of your best DIY Nappy tips, you never know who you’ll be helping out!
Posted byJo W