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Fluff Friday 149

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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Juli Burdette!

She will receive:
2-Flip One-Size Diaper Covers

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Fluff Friday 148 WINNER!

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So many of us list “saving money” at or near the top of the reasons why we use cloth diapers. How great does it feel to walk right by the diaper aisle at the store and pat yourself on the back for all the money you are NOT throwing away every week? And how many of us have used the money saving argument to win over our husbands to using cloth? So if there is an opportunity to cut costs even more - let’s do it mamas!

What if I told you that you could have a diaper pail liner for less than $4.50? Most pail liners retail somewhere between $15 and $20, depending on the brand. All you need is some VERY basic sewing skills and a few coupons. This project took me maybe an hour, including toddler running around and dog slobbering water bowl drool all over the floor next to me, so if you’re uninterrupted it would take even less time. It’s even an easy enough project that if you’ve never sewn before and can get a buddy to show you the basic ropes of how to operate her machine, you could make this your first experiment! I’ve included lots of pictures to help you out.

Here are the basic details:
* Finished dimensions: 22” wide x 29” tall (copied the measurements from a storebought pail liner I already had.) The elastic at the top edge will draw in the top measurement to 13” (measured across one side, not the whole circle).
* Need to buy: 23” PUL material (the fabric I used came 60” wide), 26” knit elastic, and thread if you don’t already have some laying around. (Note: if you’re new to sewing, just find a sales associate at the fabric store and ask for help finding what you need. It’ll save you some hunting time!)

I bought my supplies at Joann fabric. The PUL is usually $9.99/yard for solid colors ($12.99 for prints), but I used a 40% off coupon, so the 23” of fabric I bought cost $3.83 (doesn’t saving money feel good?? I love paying in the single digits for things!). The elastic is usually $1.29/yard, but again with a 40% off coupon I spent $.58 (I actually love paying less than a dollar for things even more!). That brought the total price of the pail liner to $4.41! Compare that to the $20 that you could spend on buying one already made! (About the coupons - I’m signed up on their mailing list and they send coupons every few weeks.)

So now we come to the how-to part. Use the pictures to follow along and hopefully it will all make sense. :)

Here is a picture of the fabric just as I got it at the store (please excuse aforementioned running-around-toddler). The 23” you purchase is the skinny measurement and the width it comes as is 60”.

Now, fold the bottom up to the top so that there will be no seam on the bottom of the finished bag; just the two sides will be sewn. Now, just in case you get to thinking that I’m a sewing genius, I’ll state for the record that I used an existing store-bought bag to get the general idea of what to do for this project. Case in point - how to do the side seams:

As you can see in this comparison picture (white bag - store bought, green bag - mine), there are two lines of stitching along the side seams. The store bought bag used a serger (special edging machine) to finish the edges, so I improvised with my machine and you see that the results are pretty darn close. Here’s how to do it.

First, sew a regular old straight stitch with a typical 5/8” seam allowance. Start at the bottom fold and sew towards the upper edge. You want to keep the open edges together, but I don’t advise pinning them, because it will puncture the water proofing. Just hold the edges with your hands and go carefully.

After you sew the straight stitch line, go back to the bottom edge and get ready to sew the next line of stitches, which you can see on my machine is listed as stitch 15. Most machines have diagrams of what stitches you can choose, so you should be able to find something comparable on your machine.

Next, I decreased the length of the stitch (vertical dotted line on my machine’s display, next to the number 1.0) to make the zig zag part tighter for a better seal.

Now you’re ready for your next line of stitches! Go patiently at the beginning because this kind of fabric might need some convincing to play nicely at first. Once you get going, it’s fine. Sew approximately 1/4” from your first line of stitches, but not getting too close to the edge of the fabric. I lined up the edge of the fabric with the edge of my presser foot. Again, go patiently and try not to get too close to the edge of the fabric or it will get stuck and make you want to say bad words. Stay away from the edge and no little ears will hear things they shouldn’t. :)

Trim the edge of the fabric down, right next to the line of stitches you just did. This gives you a nicely sealed edge, and strong too!

Now, you’ve got your first side seam! Sit back and admire your skills! Now go make sure the toddler isn’t sticking toys into the outlets. Everyone safe? Ok - next part. Just do the same thing again on the other side: straight stitch at 5/8”, stitch 15 (on my machine) at 1/4”, trim edges. Done! Now to the very last part: the top elastic.

First, a brief note about sewing elastic onto fabric: your elastic is shorter (when not stretched) than your fabric, so you have to stretch it as you sew. Start by anchoring it with a few stitches at the beginning, then hold both edges of the elastic and stretch it as you feed it through the machine. This is the only part of this project that may take a little sewing finesse.

Now, as I mentioned before, you don’t want to pin this fabric because it will puncture the water proofing. So in order to make sure that I was staying on track with stretching my elastic enough, I folded it in half and marked the middle first. That way, I could start at one side seam, then match up the pin with the next side seam, to make sure I wasn’t stretching too much or too little.

So - start at one side seam and lay half the elastic under the fabric. Then fold the other half over the edge to seal it in. You’re going to sew a basic zig zag stitch here because it will stretch with the elastic. Start sewing a few stitches without worrying about stretching the elastic, just to get things anchored. Once you’re comfortably started, pull the bottom elastic out very tight, fold the top of the elastic over the edge of the PUL and pinch it between your finger and thumb. (As you can see from the whiteness on my finger and thumb, you have to do this part nice and tight.) Now feed that section through the machine. You’ll have to do this part in sections like this, since you’re not pinning anything. Helpful tip - it may help you to use your other hand (in my case, my left hand) to gently pull the fabric behind the presser foot, helping to feed it through the machine. This will keep the elastic nice and tight as it goes under the foot.

Use your halfway point mark to match up with your other side seam, and then continue all the way to the beginning point, making sure to leave a little extra on the end for overlap purposes. When you get to the end, go back and forth a few times to really seal it.

You’ve done it! You’ve sewn your own diaper pail liner for $4.41!

I gave you lots of details, trying to be helpful, but I hope it doesn’t sound intimidating - just two side seams and some elastic around the top. That’s all there is to it! If you’re a veteran sewer, this will be a piece of cake. And if you’re a novice sewer, this is a fun excuse to get together with your friend who has a sewing machine and she can help get you started while your kids run around crazy together. :)

Happy Sewing and Happy Savings!
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Do It Yourself Pail Liner Project!

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Have you heard the rave over the infamous diaper sprayer? Have you considered purchasing one but just can’t make up your mind? Need a few reasons to constitute spending that amount of money? Well, I am going to take a few minutes to explain a few things to you about diaper sprayer and why I would NEVER trade mine for the world, cloth or no cloth! I realize that many items in this discussion will not directly relate to cloth diapering, but bear with me, you will be thoroughly impressed by new things you will learn.

In general terms, the diaper sprayer is a device that simply attaches to the rear water line of your toilet. It comes in several different styles and brands but they all primarily do the same functions. They can be different colors, styles and attach by different mechanisms. However, what we purchase them for is to SPRAY POOP off of diapers and make it easier to wash. They do just that, they reduce the plopping, scraping, dunking, shaking, etc. Just hold the diaper over the water, turn the nozzle and spray…all poop is pretty much removed in a matter of seconds. The greatest invention since sliced bread!

Once I received my Knickernappies diaper sprayer in the mail from Kelly’s closet months ago, I was thrilled beyond compare. I knew I couldn’t cloth diaper without it any longer, having a toddler. I ran to the local hardware store, purchased a stainless steel water line, our house had an old copper line and wasn’t flexible. I had my husband attach the new water line and the sprayer. It was simple and only took 20 minutes to apply. Once it was connected, we gave it a shot and the amount of pressure that comes from this little nozzle was absolutely astounding! I knew cleaning diapers would be a breeze from now on with that type of pressure.

The additional uses that manufacturers recommend for the sprayer include post-natal care. I know when I was out after giving birth to my son; I was given a sprayer in the hospital but could never attach it to my bathroom sink as directed. Well, for future use it could be a great post-natal care cleansing product. Personally, I wish I had a sprayer in EVERY bathroom in my home because they are amazing for more than just cleaning diapers. I have learned that you can use the sprayer to clean the toilet and showers, too. In my son’s bathroom, the bathtub is next to the toilet and I scrub the tub with cleaner and use the high pressure sprayer to fully rinse clean with ease. It makes routine cleaning/disinfection a breeze! My final recommended use it to use it to spray your child. Before the sprayer, I was using a handled cup purchased in the baby section of the store to rinse soap and shampoo from my son’s hair and body. It would take several times of dumping water over his head to get all the soap out. However, with the sprayer it takes one good spray to remove all the soap. He loves being sprayed by it too, it is fun and he laughs hysterically the entire time. The water that comes out of the sprayer isn’t warm, but not freezing cold, so he can stand playing in it for a brief moment.

Going back to my first recommended use, post-natal care…you may wonder if it is high pressured will it not be too much pressure to clean “down there” and just so you know, there are two ways to adjust the pressure. You have a valve to turn the water off and on to the sprayer itself on the water line hookup, and you have a button to press on the sprayer handle. It can be full blast or trickle out. My one last suggestion is when you are not using the sprayer, to switch the water off at the water line valve, because they can and will leak on to the floor if left on. And coming home to water all over the floor is no fun.

I hope that I have convinced you to purchase a diaper sprayer if you are on the fence about getting one. They truly are a multi-purpose tool. You can get good use out of it before, during and after a baby is born. So, go and buy your diaper sprayer from Kelly’s Closet today!

By: Tabby a mother and wife, that works full-time and finds ways to make life a lot easier and economical!
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More Than One Use?

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Sometimes I feel like I am doing something illegal, and because of that, every time I walk into a certain building I find myself nervously looking around and trying to be as unnoticeable as possible. And just what establishment is this you may be wondering? Why the Laundromat of course!

Not having our own washing and drying machines was the number one reason why my husband and I had initially considered using a diaper service instead of buying our own diapers. However, once I realized how much money we would save if we purchased our own diapers, we decided buying was the better option. Yet I was still really nervous about how the washing was going to go for us, myself especially, because I am not a fan of heated confrontations!

What would happen when people saw me put a bunch of dirty diapers into the machine next to their clothes; would they get mad and yell at me? Would people tell me how gross it was and that I “contaminating” their machines? I did not see it going well for me on every laundry trip. But I tried to encourage myself by reminding myself that it did not matter what they thought because I had just as much of a right to wash diapers at a Laundromat as anyone else does to wash their socks! After all, I told myself, if they can wash underwear –which have the same things on them as diapers (plus usually a few other things!), the only real difference is the quantity on them! Plus, it is not like there are signs inside the buildings stating what is and is not allowed to be washed on the premise. With those thoughts in mind, I decided I had nothing to be ashamed of and could proudly display my diapers.

Of course I chickened out the first couple of times. Using instead the machines at our parents’ places, where I knew I would not run into anyone. But that could not last forever, and I soon found myself having to go to an actual Laundromat. My first time there I (of course!) had issues with the washing machine and had to have a staff person fix the machine. I was so worried I was going to get in trouble! But she did not say a single thing, and while I did not know if it was because she did not notice or just not care, either way it was not an issue and I was thrilled!

Ever since that initial trip, my experiences have all been (surprisingly) uneventful –for which I am very grateful! My hope is that my trips will continue to be without incident, as everyone is focused on their own laundry. And as I have begun to notice, people wash a lot of other things that are deemed gross (i.e. blankets and rugs that animals have done mysterious things on!), and if those things are deemed acceptable, than so are my little one’s diapers!

And while a part of me still tenses every time I dump the contents of my wetbag into the washing machine and hurriedly shut the lid, I have also gotten braver at the same time. For example, I am now able to hang up the clean covers, AIOs, and pockets to begin air drying, while waiting for the inserts to dry in the machines, and no one even seems to realize what those colorful things are hanging off of my basket!

I do not know if my experiences are normal or not, but I hope they can serve as some encouragement to those who have not been cloth diapering due to not owning washing machines. It is not nearly as intimidating (or costly) as it initially seems; and if I can be “brave” enough to launder in public, then so can everyone else!
Rebecca Brown is the mother of a really tall five month old boy. She is also looking forward to moving into her own place so that she can have her own washing machine and be able to do laundry at any time of the day or night!
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If This Is Legal, Why Does It Feel Wrong?

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"I’m sorry, I can’t keep Noah any more."

Not exactly the words I was expecting to hear from our in-home sitter just two months after she started keeping my son. And just about a week after we’d plunked down the money for a full set of 26 Bum Genius cloth diapers with the understanding that she would be glad to help us keep the kid in cloth.

When I was pregnant with Noah, my husband Bobby and I considered cloth diapers, but we wrote them off because we figured there was no way we’d find a day care that would be willing to use them. I knew I would be returning to work, and cloth diapering just on nights and weekends didn’t seem worth it to us.

So we found ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. We’d invested several hundred dollars to buy cloth diapers, and we actually found ourselves really liking them after even just a week.

When we started looking for a day care to replace the in-home sitter, the first question we asked was whether they had space available; the second was if they would be willing to cloth diaper our child. Turned out, of the three centers in town that had openings when we needed it, one of the actually was willing to cloth diaper.

Bobby and I were actually pretty astounded that the day care center was willing to do this. We live in the deep south, where cloth diapering isn’t exactly the norm, and the other two places we looked told us absolutely not. The workers at one place even basically mocked us for using cloth diapers, telling us there was no benefit to it and that it was a waste of time and money.

When we asked this question at Little Friends, on the other hand, the administrative assistant who was showing us around lit up. “Yes!” she exclaimed. “You have no idea how excited that makes me because I want to cloth diaper my children when I have them, and we don’t have any babies here in cloth diapers right now!”

Even though the center that was willing to cloth diaper was the most expensive option, and we knew the price difference (about $150 more per month that what we’d been paying the in-home sitter) would put a bit of a strain on our budget, it was worth it to us to put Noah somewhere that was willing to work with us on something so important to us.

Our experience since starting at Little Friends has been a great one as far as cloth diapering is concerned, and their willingness to work with us on cloth diapering is a great reflection of the type of care Noah receives all around. It’s well worth it!

BIO: Misty Mathews is mom to five-month-old Noah, wife to Bobby and pet-mommy to Nom Nom, Rosie and Ranger. She blogs regularly at
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The Day Care Challenge

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OK, I must confess, I am addicted to cloth diapering. Only been doing it for 3 full months and I have managed to buy over 30+ pocket pricey diapers (only because I can’t resist the prints), I have a few different detergents including Rockin Green and Ecos, because I can’t make up my mind on what works best for me yet, and well, the list goes on and on. It’s all I think about most of the time! Why is this?? Do I need help? I wouldn’t say I have an addictive personality, but finding cloth diapers has opened my eyes, and sometimes empties my pockets! LOL. Anywho, as I started thinking of all the weird things I do, and all the symptoms I have with cloth diapering, I have officially diagnosed myself a Fluffaholic… advised, you may find this list describes your condition…haha.

1. I find myself spending my off days, or alone time, browsing for good deals on cloth diapers, better yet any deals on CD’s.
2. I think I enter every giveaway for a cloth diaper ever known to facebook, twitter, or the internet!
3. I frequently desire new prints, and feel unsatisfied until the mail man drops my fluffy mail off, and when he does I feel complete joy and blissfulness!
4. My husband says every week: “I hope I don’t find any diaper, Kelly’s Closet or transactions on this months statement, we really need to pay off my truck!” (let me make sure THAT statement never makes it’s way into the mailbox, ok EVERY statement) .
5. I enjoy doing my diaper laundry, no matter how busy my life is at the moment.
6. I wake up at the crack of dawn the day a new print/style comes out so I make sure it’s mine!!
7. I constantly obsess over how cute my little one’s tush is when I put that cute little diaper on!
8. I make a fluffy purchase at least once a month, knowing the last thing I need is another diaper.
9. I debate for hours upon hours and sit on a “loaded cart” deciding rather or not another diaper is really needed, but always find a way to justify it and push the “check out” button! (and it’s never one diaper, I have to take advantage of the free shipping over $49 and frequent “free diaper” coupons on Kelly’s Closet!)
10. I jump at every opportunity to educate people on cloth diapers!!
11. I, sadly, get just a little bit excited when I have to use my bumGenius diaper sprayer! Lol.
12. I have a 9 month old son now, but I secretly want another baby sooner than we planned, because if it’s a girl, I’ll be forced to buy some new girly diapers!

OK, so I confess I’m a little consumed with my cloth diapers, I love all kinds of brands and types including Fuzzibunz, Rumparooz, Kawaii, Flip, Econobum, Happy Heinys, BumGenius, AIO’s, covers, ect. I feel so relieved to have confessed all this to all you cloth diapering mammas! I know there are some of you out there that may have all these symptoms, and it’s ok, you can admit it! But it’s only a problem if it’s a problem, and I consider it more a hobby!

BIO: Traci is a full time working mother of a 9 month old son, and his bum loves cloth diapers!! She has utilized her fluff allowance this month, but come next month, the first thing she’s buying are the new Blueberry/Swaddlebees prints! Yay! Come on October 1st!
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