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Date: 4/3/14 7:38 PM

For you family tree buffs- my 1st cousin has 2 married sons. Each of the wives is pregnant and due in August and September. I don't know what the name is for that relationship except happy.

I've seen terrific baby projects on different PR boards- quilting, embroidery, or for a specific machine. How helpful to collect and be able to see them in one place, like here. For sure we can count on more babies coming along; what a rich resource this can be to welcome our little ones into the world.

Let's be inspired by your fantastic diaper bags, diaper covers, burp cloths, bibs, quilts and on and on. Please post what you're working on now and even re-post photos of your past creations.

Practical tips are wanted too. Do you have favorite super soft fabrics, backings, things that wash especially well and methods that stand up to childhood? I'm an embroidery novice and that aspect is so appealing.

My own baby girl is 23 and not thinking babies now. Whew! These folks are closer to 30 and are a new generation of wonderful parents. I think these families will truly appreciate a handmade or personally embellished baby gift.

Thanks in advance.

PS I recall a gorgeous pullover sweater I made on my knitting machine for my 6-month old daughter. I wouldn't say I knew a lot about babies. I didn't completely factor in DD's "big, fat baby head". I nearly had her in tears at the 1st try on. In short order I opened the shoulder seam then refinished it with buttons and loops. Happy ending.

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Date: 4/3/14 8:12 PM

Diaper bag I made and basket of embroidered burps, bibs and other baby goodies that I posted previously.



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Date: 4/3/14 8:17 PM

A couple of quilts and hooded towels. Yes, I have lots of little grandchildren.



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Date: 4/3/14 8:23 PM

See what I mean? Inspiring and practical and immediate gratification! Oh that adorable bunny!!! All great and thanks. No joking you have the perfect name- Sew Nanny.

A few newbie questions-
* Did you make all the items from scratch, like the bibs and diaper covers? If not and you bought them- where should I go for the same? If you did make them, I'd like to learn how. What fabrics and suppliers do you like?

* Any particular patterns, like the diaper bag? Patterns for anything else?

I don't mean to bury you with an avalanche of requests. You can point me to a site and I'll sift thru. That will be fun.

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Date: 4/3/14 8:43 PM

Thanks, Wendy. The bibs are blanks I bought on eBay a few years ago, but there are several online stores that sell blanks. The diaper covers I made from scratch with PUL and FOE I bought from Babyville Boutique. I lucked up and found some Babyville PUL fabric on clearance at Walmart. I used their pattern but also have a diaper cover pattern from Sew Baby. The diaper bag pattern is Butterick 4560. The bunny is also a Sew Baby pattern called Blankie Buddy. That should be enough info to get you started.

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Date: 4/3/14 9:00 PM

You are a fount of info on all things for baby!

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That should be enough info to get you started.
Ya think?

I just learned what PUL is.
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Waterproof, breathable, food safe
OK? It's all purpose, both a diaper and a bib (food safe)? Sounds like a skit for Saturday Night Live. I think I get what they mean. Scrinches up nose.

Is there anything to know about PUL fabric? Like, does quality vary? There is a Fabric Outlet near my house and their stuff spans cheap to high end designer cuts. They have a barrel with PUL. Is there anything to look for or avoid?

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Date: 4/3/14 9:39 PM

This was my first experience using PUL, so I don't know much about it. My 830LE didn't like sewing it at all, but my CB hook machines handled it fine. I'm not any help as far as quality -- sorry.

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Date: 4/3/14 9:46 PM

I made a diaper clutch/changing pad from a tutorial. I saw on youtube. It is so cool because everything you need for a diaper change is in it. You just grab it instead of the entire diaper bag.

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Diaper changing pad tutorial

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burp cloths, so easy and so fun to decorate!





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Date: 4/3/14 9:56 PM

I never found a lot of variance in quality of PUL. I made a LOT of diapers for my grandson!

If you need it to stay waterproof, like for diapers, use a small needle and polyester thread. (cotton thread wicks moisture-just what you do NOT want to happen with a diaper around all the edges!)

It is a bit stretchy. There is also laminated cotton, NOT like the thick tablecloth kind of laminated but polyurethane laminated. I do not like this as much for diapers because it does not stretch.

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Date: 4/3/14 10:41 PM

Oh goody, goody, goody! Burp cloths- made from scratch by you? Cute as can be. So, I can go over to your Applique thread and learn how to do the extra great embellishments for everything, right? I much prefer how you made the diaper bag flap an arc with a modified corner compared to the rounded video version. Cat, it's very well thought out in all the details, thus saving me a lot of trouble. Thank you.

I like how useful this set up is and I had a sorta funky version of this when my Avril was little. I had no changing table at home in our teensy "cottage"; living in a city I had a small umbrella stroller- no place for a big stocked diaper bag. I even forgot it once- mother brain! So I vowed to live lightly and packed a few things- not nearly as nice as this though. The folks at Britex knew us well from our many diapering breaks on their carpet with my little quilted pad. They were nice about it and after all I did buy fabric.

I've forgotten a lot about babies in the ensuing 23 years from the arrival of our Avrily. However, no way I'd forget the time I locked DD in the car on a sunny day. I had the key in my hand and I shut the car door only to discover I had my key chain, but no car key. That darn key went somewhere very special. My neighbor had a key, but was preoccupied since his partner was in labor and having a home birth. We managed to get the car open and DD needed a diaper change. You can guess where the key had fallen. I recall thinking all mothers were so together and wondering why I had such glitches.

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