12/31/2010

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, IBB Style

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
ten Grandma El's samples,
and a wipes sampler in a pair times three. 

That is, all orders over $50 placed today, 12/31, go in the hat for ten Grandma El's samples and a cloth wipes sampler pack containing six wipes. 

Like more details? See here

Have a safe and happy New Year! 
XOXO

12/30/2010

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, IBB Style

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
a lovely All Day Wetbag, 
and a wipes sampler in a pair times three. 

That is, all orders over $50+ placed today, 12/30, go in the hat for a Wahmies All-Day wetbag and a cloth wipes sampler pack containing six wipes. 

Like more details? See here

Until tomorrow. 
♥ 

12/29/2010

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, IBB Style

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
a lovely All Day Wetbag. 


That is, all orders $50+ placed today, 12/29, go in the hat for a Wahmies All Day Wet Bag (an $18.50 value).

Like more details? See here

And congratulations to Bridget B., winner of yesterday's GroVia shell+Biosoakers! 

Until tomorrow. XOXO - 

12/28/2010

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, IBB Style

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
a GroVia shell and five Biosoakers. 

That is, all orders $50+ placed today, 12/28, go in the hat for a GroVia shell and five Biosoakers (a $19 value!). 

Like more details? See here.

And congratulations to Jennifer P., winner of the first three days of Christmas! 

12/27/2010

On the Third Day of Christmas...

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
one mama package, 
a small wetbag, 
and Babylegs in a pair three. 
(that is, one Green Body Basics deodorant and Wasabi Mommi pantyliner, 
a small Wahmies wet bag and three pairs of Babylegs)

There weren't any qualifying purchases yesterday, so today's gift gets even sweeter! 

All $50+ orders received today (12/27) go in the hat for the following items:
First Day (12/25): 3 pairs of Babylegs
Second Day (12/26): Small Wahmies Wet Bag
Third Day (12/27): 2.5oz Green Body Basics Naturally Effective Deodorant and Wasabi Mommi Works pantyliner

For complete details, please see here

XOXO - 

12/26/2010

My True Love Gave (Giveaways) To Me....

For me, the days following Christmas are a bit sad. No longer is anticipation hanging in the air, nor presents tempting from beneath the tree. So I figure, let's cheer up these post-holiday blues! Let IBB be your true love, and give you something special. Presenting - 

The Twelve Days of Christmas, IBB Style

AKA, GIVEAWAY TIME! 

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
Babylegs in a pair three!
(that is, three pairs of Babylegs)

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 
a small wet bag,
and Babylegs in a pair three!
(that is, a small wet bag and three pairs of Babylegs)


The Details
  • Every day I will announce the giveaway item or items (each giveaway will be announced on both Facebook and the blog at 9am CST)
  • Every $50+ purchase that day will go into a hat, and the following morning I will announce the winning order
  • If no orders are received, the prize carries over to the next day (so, in theory you could wait to order and try to get multiple prizes, or order immediately if you really want said prize(s) and hope for no other orders)
  • Your winning item(s) will ship with your order
  • Unlike previous giveaways, trial package deposits will count as a qualifying purchase 



So, all $50+ orders received today (12/26) go in the hat for the following items:
First Day (12/25): 3 pairs of Babylegs
Second Day (12/26): Small Wahmies Wet Bag

And stay tuned for the remaining Twelve Days of Christmas, IBB Style!
Third Day (12/27): TBA
Fourth Day (12/28): TBA
Fifth Day (12/29): TBA
Sixth Day (12/30): TBA
Seventh Day (12/31): TBA
Eighth Day (1/1): TBA
Ninth Day (1/2): TBA
Tenth Day (1/3): TBA
Eleventh Day (1/4): TBA
Twelfth Day (1/5): TBA

And I'll be singing Faa la la la lahhhhhhhh all the way to the Post Office with your goodies.
Your IBB true love.
xoxo.



ps. I truly hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I certainly was very blessed to spend so much time with my dearest friends and family.

12/20/2010

Congratulations, again

Redrew for the Fishnoodles givaway and the winner is #21 - Kristin!

She said:


Hi, following!

Please email me by December 24th to claim your prize!

12/14/2010

IOU: Pt II

Two winners to announce!

1. November's WAHMlight winner is entry number 49, Leigh!

2. The winner of a free Fishnoodle is entry number 39, Tara (commented on this thread on August 15th, 2010 at 3:03pm). Tara, please email me within by Saturday, December 18th at noon CST to claim your diaper (itsybitsybums AT aol DOT com). If I don't hear from you by then I'll redraw. 

Thanks for everyone for entering! 


12/13/2010

I. O. U.

Where do you do your best thinking? For me it is the shower. I can run through to-do lists, upcoming events, life. In other words, I can think. Uninterrupted thinking - a beautiful thing when you have an almost-18-month-old running laps around you most days. 

Well, tonight I was thinking. Dear readers, I owe you not one, but TWO things. I'm so sorry!

  1. The blog has reached 100 followers, which means it is time to giveaway a Fishnoodles Solo Flyer All in One diaper (my favorite, as you may have read). 
  2. November has ended (shocking, isn't it?!). It is time to give away November's WAHMlight goodies
Therefore, I put forth this IOU that I will be back tomorrow, December 14th, to post both winners. Stay tuned!

12/11/2010

One Giant Leap For Cloth Diapering-kind

Last month CBS's 'Eye on Parenting' featured a segment on the great diaper debate: cloth versus disposables. Their cloth diapering 'expert,' a pediatrician, discussed the pros and cons of the two types of diapers (you can view the original segment here).

Unfortunately, the segment was far from objective. Not only did they perpetuate the ever-pervasive notion that cloth diapering is difficult, wrestling with pins, Gerber prefolds and plastic pants, but glazed over the environmental impact, stating that the EPA posits disposable diapers in the landfill '[aren't] the worst kind of waste there is.' Wow. Given how much toxic stuff is being disposed of (anyone recall the Hungarian toxic sludge spill earlier this fall?), I don't know if the reassurance I'm the worst offender would be all that reassuring.

I will say, I do agree with the 'experts' concluding statement: 'you have to make the right choice for yourself.' You absolutely have to do what you believe is best for your family. Maybe you found an amazing daycare that supports your parenting philosophies, but will not use cloth. Maybe you only have access to laundry facilities on the weekends, and only cloth diaper Thursday-Sunday. Maybe you can only afford to slowly build a stash, and supplement with disposables until you have enough cloth. There are so many situations that cannot be predicted, and people should never feel badly when they make the best decision for their family. BUT (and this is a big but), I believe cloth diapering should never be ruled out until you have tried it. Just like Natali concludes, it is so much easier than you would ever imagine. To make the decision to use disposables, without researching the alternate option, is short-sighted and unfortunate.

Needless to say, the segment as a whole was very poorly received by the cloth diapering community. Thanks to the open mind of the segment's host, Natali Morris, she quickly responded to the requests to try cloth herself (you can follow her cloth diapering journey at her bog here and here). 

Now, a month later, CBS follows its original segment with an update, featuring expert Tereson Dupuy (the CEO of Fuzzibunz). Drat... will not embed correctly. Please do watch the newest segment - you can find it here

What do you think of the revised segment? A win for cloth diapers? 

12/01/2010

WAHMlight: Jingle Bell style

Welcome to the WAHMlight Cloth! is the New Diaper! I have known Mel, the WAHM behind CND! (the typical abbreviation for the brand) for what feels like years, but in reality it is more like 15 months or so.
case in point, my lovely Baby Girl wearing a CND! fitted last fall

And I'm so excited to introduce you to her and her diapers. Please stay tuned at the end of the interview for a giveaway opportunity.

Without further ado, welcome to the WAHMlight Cloth! is the New Diaper!




IBB: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
CND!: Well, first and foremost I am a mother and wife. I have a wonderful husband who, in reality, belongs to the US Military and not me. I am so thankful for him and the sacrifices he makes so that I can stay at home with our children who are Kaylah (age 10), Rowan (age 3) and a new baby joining us in mid-February. Aside from being a wife and mother, I love to write, read, sew, play the Wii with my kiddos and cook, not that I have time for the majority of those things, LOL.

Cloth! in Action

IBB: When did you start sewing diapers?
CND!I started sewing diapers when my son was around a year old. We had starting using cloth diapers when he was 6 months old, and quickly realized I wanted to save even more money so I decided to try and sew my own. I literally started out using old sheets, t-shirts and receving blankets!

It's A Wonderful Life

IBB: Tell us about the start of Cloth! is the New Diaper.
CND!I decided to test the WAHM waters last summer when my husband deployed for the first time during our marriage. I figured I needed a hobby or something to help keep my mind off the news and off his absence. Like most WAHMs, I did a few rounds of product testing and decided to give it a shot.

The name of my business comes from a combination of my favorite celebrity blogger, Trent who owns and runs "Pink! is the New Blog," and a desire to have a business name that wasn't overly cutesy and that reflected the overall rise in the cloth diapering trend. Since the birth of my bussiness, the nicknames "CLOTH!" and "CND" have taken hold, both much easier to type out. :)


Mel's Fabric and Snap Stashes

IBB: Where do you see Cloth! in one year? Five years?
CND!: I see it right where it is now... a small WAHM business that generates just enough funds to feed my own CDing and wool addiction!

Miracle on 34th St

IBB: What is your favorite part of being a WAHM?
CND!: My favorite part of being a WAHM is knowing that something I made is being loved and used by so many people. It really is a pleasure and an honor to have people from all over the world love your product so much that they come back for more.


IBB: What is your favorite Christmas or winter fabric stocked at IBB?
"White Christmas"--the one with the skiing monkies! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. My second favorite would have to be "Nanook of the North."


Nanook of the North
(that shiny bit at the center is a quarter, meant to give you a sense of scale)

IBB: Anything else we should know about the fabulous Mel?
That I'm not really fabulous! ;) (Editor's Note - Yes she is!)


Now that you've met Mel and CND!, you can shop her amazing All-in-Ones here. So often people ask why buy cute fitteds if you have to cover them with a waterproof layer. Well, now you have the best of both worlds - an ├╝ber-cute diaper with the waterproof layer hidden in the shell! Not to mention that her soaker is topped with a stay-dry fleece layer, so your baby will always feel dry. 


WAHMlight stocked a bit early (just in time for Black Friday), so early birds snagged some of the diapers. BUT, there are still three adorable prints in stock (one of which is my ultimate favorite - note the action shots of Little Girl above). 


Now for the giveaway.How about $10 to spend at IBB? Here's how to win:
  • Post a picture of your little one wearing your favorite Cloth! diaper to IBB's Facebook page
  • All entries must be posted by December 31st
  • Feel free to post as many photographs as you'd like
  • I will select a winner no later than January 2nd
  • Winner will be announced both on the IBB Facebook page as well as on this very blog
  • Any and all photographs you post must be your original artwork and, by posting, you agree I can use the winning photograph for my blog or website


11/24/2010

Fabulous Hats



What: five amazing hats to give away

Why: because they are amazing and fabulous

When: Black Friday & Cyber Monday; 8am - 5pm CST

How: watch Facebook!

I will make periodic announcements throughout the day Friday, then again on Monday. 

The announcement will look something along the lines of: 'The next person to purchase a red diaper* will be the proud owner of a 0-6 month polka dot hat.' The first purchase that comes through Paypal will earn said hat! 

The times will be random, but no earlier than 8am and not later than 5pm (yes, I know you stalkers are sitting at your workstations, BUSTED). Please note the CST.

Easy peasy, right? 


*It will always be a red diaper. So, feel free to pre-shop the red diapers available in several amazing brands: Fishnoodles, Bottombumpers, Fuzzibunz, Tiny Tush, Cow Patties (red must be the predominate color in the print) and Cloth! is the New Diaper.
no snow, so sad.....
ps. you don't want to know what sad stuffed animals are contorted to make those hats semi-stand-up


11/17/2010

Black Friday

A tumbleweed rolls by as the dust clouds swirl on the horizon.
The lone filling station clerk leans against the wall, scanning for signs of life. 
Cue desolate music, with some ravenous bird screeches thrown in for good measure.

No, you aren't in the middle of my latest half-hearted attempt at fiction. Rather, the same solitude fills the halls of Bitsy Buzz. 

Yes, I admit it, I've been quite absent with my posts as of late. And poor Marky Baby Mondays, won't even get you started with my backlog of great Mark tidbits just waiting to be relayed. 

Wonder where Bitsy Buzz had flown off to? Me too. Haha. I had no idea how wrapped up I'd find myself in my first Black Friday stocking. And I'll admit, I liked it. A lot. Planning the varied goodies to bring the lovely ladies and gents who shop at IBB was just up my alley. 

So, without further delay, I introduce to you two of my favorites -

BSRBs, with a smattering of AIOs, TIANs and LBs for good measure

some amazing Christmas fabrics which soon will be Cloth! is the New Diaper All-in-Ones

Also rolling out a new trial package and new brands (can you say For Crying Out Loud!) and items (Fishnoodles snap-in hemp doublers!). 

Lastly, don't forget the giveaways and sales. Wahmies wetbags, Fuzzibunz items, BabyLegs.... the list goes on and on. 

For the most up-to-date list of goodies and giveaways, visit the Black Friday Preview Page.  


Even the Itsy Bitsy Spider has decked his halls.

11/06/2010

Snip, snip

Do you ever buy six-packs? Of pop, I mean (yes, 'pop,' thank you upper-Midwest). What do you do with that plastic-connector-thingy once you are done enjoying your beverages? 


I'm sure there are an intrepid few amongst us who have brilliant craft projects designed expressly around these rather benign objects of the everyday life. But what about the rest of us? Do you just toss them in the trash? 

May I encourage you to take a quick extra step? Consider cutting the plastic rings apart before throwing away. 

Why? Imagine scavenging animals digging through landfill-bound trash bags. What happens to one of these animals if a ring was to get caught on its snout, clamping its mouth shut?

While I'm positive a host of doctors and my mother would encourage me to stop drinking my body weight in Whole Foods Orange Creme Soda (gah, POP!), I would hate to imagine my sweet tooth ever hurting an animal. 

So, next time you finish off your six pack (of pop), consider grabbing the scissors and quickly snipping all of the rings apart. Not only will you potentially save a raccoon, but you also might discover a good test of hand-eye coordination and reflexes (word of warning, never cut while trying to stop your toddler from putting applesauce in her hair). 





ps. to those creative ladies amongst us, what kind of crafty projects could you do with one or more of these thingys? 

pps. if you know the technical term for the 'thingys' please let me know!

(p^3)s. 'soda,' 'pop' or 'coke?' 

11/03/2010

Congratulations Nacho Dipe contest winners!

Yes, that's right, I said 'winners.' Plural. Winners. That darn Russian (Filipino) judge just couldn't make up his mind! But, unlike those finicky Russian judges, this Filipino has one strong sense of humor! 

So I give you the two winners for the month, congratulations Autumn G. and Laura M.! You've each won $10 to spend at IBB!

10 points for that landing!

toe pick!*

Thank you to everyone who submitted your cutie patooties' photographs! I adore looking at all the smiling faces, pudgy legs and bum shots! Truly, thank goodness Mark has to pick the photos as I'm sure all would be declared the winners if it were on me to decide.

Don't forget this month's giveaway. Details can be found here

*for all you 80's children, you will appreciate the reference - 






11/01/2010

Welcome to the WAHMlight: Double Feature

For this month, the attention shifts to you! (But not to worry, great diapering specials in store for both Black Friday and December's WAHMlight! Stay tuned in the coming days for hints.)

To start off the family focus with a bang, I've got not one, but two great WAHMs to introduce you to! In addition to amazing women, they also make amazing products. If you haven't considered a switch to natural products for yourself and the rest of your family, I highly recommend tipping your toe into this water. I am confident you won't regret it! 

And of course there is a giveaway. More details can be found following the two interviews. 

First up, Mother Moon Pads


Itsy Bitsy Bums: Please tell us about yourself and your family. 
Mother Moon: My name is Denelle, and I live in Neenah, WI, with my husband Henry, 3 children, and 1 fur kid. Henry and I have been married 10 years. Gwendolynne is 13, Ezekiel is 3, and Eleanor is 7 months old. Our furry child, Lady Bird, is 8. We are a very close knit family and family means everything to us. 

Mother Moon wingless liners

IBB: Is mama cloth something you grew up using? If not, do you recall when you first learned of it?

MM: I was not fortunate enough to use mama cloth growing up. I didn't learn that such a thing existed until I started cloth diapering my son. There was this sucession of "crunchiness" for me. Everything started with babywearing my first newborn, almost 14 years ago. When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew I wanted to wear him too (although not in the overpadded Nojo I wore my oldest in!). When I found TheBabyWearer, I learned about other natural parenting/living lifestyles, which led me to cloth diapering. Cloth diapering led me to DiaperSwappers, where I learned about mama cloth. 

OBV (Organic Bamboo Velour) topped pads
IBB: How did you decide to start making mama cloth? 

MM: I'm a very do it yourself type of person. I have a hard time purchasing items that I can make. When I convinced myself to try mama cloth, I knew that I could make it myself. Hundreds of tester pads later, I started selling MotherMoonPads under the KeepYourBabyClose name. 

the fabric stash!

IBB: Have you ever considered adding additional products to Mother Moon? What might they be? 

MM: In 2006, I started out in business as KeepYourBabyClose. I made and sold pouch slings, ring slings, linen wraps, nursing covers and mei tais. Over time, I have transitioned to what I truly love making, which is mama cloth. At this time, mama cloth keeps me more than busy, so I will not be offering any additional products. I do occasionally make custom embroidered diapers, or matching newborn diaper and postpartum mama cloth sets. 

I believe that by creating things that make me happy, this in turn makes me a better seller and happier person all around.

Denelle's sewing area is in the dining room

IBB: What tips do you have for WAHMs and WOHMs when it comes to juggling so many things at once (a little birdie told me you are also persuing a degree in accounting)? 

MM: My biggest piece of advice is: Do what you love, love what you do, and accept that you can't do everything. 


I am a WAHM and full time college student. I graduate this December with my BA in Accounting. I very carefully schedule my days and weeks in an attempt to fit everything in. I am fortunate enough to have a husband that is able and willing to assist me when needed. 

Our typical day consists of waking up, making breakfast and getting our oldest off to school and Daddy to work. My younger two love to play together while I start the orders for the day.



We also love to have morning playdates. Every Wednesday is our day off. We love to go to the Children's Museum or have friends over to play & sew. After lunch, my 3 year old lays down to have rest time. I wrap my youngest on my back, and we settle in for nap time (her) and sewing (me).


After nap time, we make supper together, and sit down to eat when Daddy gets home from work. We eat together every night. After supper, I work on homework and have family time. It's a crazy, action filled day, but it seems to work for our family. 


I do, however, have to accept that there are days where my children might need me more than usual and we will accomplish nothing. Those days are okay to have to. After all, my main goal is to keep my family happy and their needs fulfilled. 

Denelle's favorite view of her serger ♥ 


From the WAHM behind GBB, Kristin - 

'Thank you, Abby, for featuring Green Body Basics as your WAHM business of the month.

'WAHM is one of my many roles. I am a mid twenties, degreeseeking, partner, internet surfing, shopping loving, natural thinking , tea drinking, karma believing, book loving woman.


'But my most important roll is mother, to my daughter as well as to my two black labs. My daughter is 16 months old and the love of my life.  I met her father 3 years ago and it was one of those "love at first sight" kind of stories.  Fast forward to 2 years ago and we discovered we were pregnant. A few weeks later we receive some abnormal results on our APF test and after further investigation discovere that Poppy-Ann has spina bifida.  This was a changing point in my life, as I had never before considered reducing the amount of chemicals I was exposed to, as I lived "healthy enough."  This lead me to finding alternatives to my daily products as well a leading me to live a less waste producing life.

'One product I knew I could not switch was my deodorant, as I had been a clinical/prescription strength user since my teenage years, suffering from what I was lead to believe was hyperhyrosis(over active sweat glands).  Fast forward again, and after many long months of using myself an family as guinea pigs I developed Green Body Basics Naturally effective deodorant, a completely natural an chemical free solution!  GBB has been recognized by Skin Deep's Cosmetic Database with a '0' hazard score for this very reason.  I submitted my product for review and was very happy to receive the feedback as my product has the lowest hazzard rating available, which is an honor.  From this point I continue my filing with PETA as a "cruelty-free" no animal testing company.


'Keeping in line with natural and environmentally friendly, I try my hardest to purchase all my ingredients from companies with honest environment supporting suppliers and practices. This was also reason for a change to remove palm oil from my products a few months after beginning business, as it was not a resource I felt comfortable using due to it's over farming.

'I love trying and creating new products and have been making my own cleaners and soaps for some months as well.  As for the future of what customer may see at GBB only time will tell, I have a few items for next summer lined up as well as some cold/flu season items that I am hoping to perfect here in the next month.'


Thank you Kristin and Denelle, I am so excited to feature both of you this month, in addition to stocking your products at IBB!


Now, for the swag:
  • 1 1oz Green Body Basics deodorant in 'Sensual' 
  • 4 Green Body Basics scent samples in 'Classic,' 'Immunity,' 'Sporty' and 'Stamina' (one in each scent)
  • 1 8" Mother Moon Wingless Pantyliner
  • 1 Mother Moon OBV Pantyliner (I pick the length for the OBV pads)
  • 1 Mother Moon OBV Normal Flow pad 
  • 1 Mother Moon OBV Heavy Flow pad

Typically WAHMlight giveaways are won by sending in action shots. Clearly I won't be asking for action shots this month. LOL.

Instead, you have several easy ways to win: 
  • Every order at IBB is automatically entered to win (1 entry per order)
  • Grab IBB's button (under 'Share the Love' in the right-hand navigation bar) and display on your blog (5 entries for this! button must remain up for the entire month of November)
  • Become a fan of Bitsy Buzz (1 entry)
  • Become a fan of IBB on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Browse the store, then come back and tell me your favorite item carried by IBB
Please be sure to comment below to enter yourself, including links when applicable. Deadline to enter is November 30th. Winner to be announced by December 3rd on Facebook and this very blog. 


Happy Hunting! 

10/29/2010

Exciting Stuff.....

I'm sorry to have been so MIA the last couple of weeks. I promise there are many great things in store for you that have been taking quite a bit of my time. And of course I like to keep things a surprise! So no hints. 

Well, ok, one hint. Take a look in here for a few suggestions towards upcoming goodies, and a giveaway as well! 

If you are here from Jill's blog, please comment below you are following the blog (either a new follower, or already a loyal reader). 

Thanks folks! Have a safe and wonderful Halloween! 

 

10/07/2010

Trash Talking



I'll admit it, I wish the trash and recycling guys came later in the day. Not that I mind the early pickup, necessarily, but I really just want my trash to sit outside for more of the day. Yup, I want people to eye my trash pile with a curious eye. 

'How on earth do they have so little trash?' I want people to wonder.
Or, 'don't they have a baby, where are all the diapers?'
Or, 'they must drop their trash somewhere else.'
Or, 'wow, their recycling pile is larger than their trash pile.'

I'll admit, on our old street we often drove by a neighbor's house wondering how exactly they managed to put out one small bag of trash a week. Two adults, one plastic bag (the likes of which you'd get at Target) was all that was ever there on trash day. I've since asked them how they do it and they shrugged off my question (aka veiled compliment). Either they truly don't notice their teeny footprint, or, they really are throwing away their trash elsewhere. 

I'm proud to say, we are getting there (notice this week's showcase, photo above). How do we do it? Live that motto you learned in elementary school - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - very catchy and very true. A few ways we've put those R's into action: 

REDUCE
refillable water bottles - despite being recyclable, plastic bottles are a huge strain
cloth diapers - far fewer diapers needed from birth to potty training
cook from scratch - fewer processed packages to toss/recycle
get off mailing lists once and for all!

REUSE
wax cereal bags make great storage sacks, just roll the top and clip shut
sell or donate used items - make Freecycle and Craig's List your friends

RECYCLE
know your recycling laws inside and out, especially which plastics are accepted
seek out alternate recycling for items such as cork or glass, which are not normally accepted at the curb
compost - my husband has faithfully been feeding our worm composter all summer (and my ferns have never looked more beautiful, thank you worm juice) 

So friends, I challenge you to take a look at your waste come trash day. Are you proud of what you see? I know I am. Although I aspire to one day graduate to my very own Target-sized trash bag!



10/05/2010

DIY: How to Shorten Prefolds

Thank you to my friend Rachel over at Reluctantly Green for allowing me to pass along this fantastic tutorial!

One note I would like to add - while I tend to harass my friends for content to publish here, don't hesitate to contact me if you have something you've written about cloth diapering and would like to share!




From the Desk of Rachel S.

How to Shorten Prefolds

My daughter is 16-months-old with a skinny waist and short rise, but big thighs! This means she requires the width of a premium-size prefold, but the rise of an infant prefold. How to solve this problem? I trimmed the rise of my premium prefolds! This is super easy and really makes the prefold nice and trim because you don't need to fold down the rise. 

I originally found instructions on Karen's Cloth Diapering Site, but decided to take step-by-step pictures because that's what I like to follow. She sews the cut-off piece onto one edge of the prefold for a built-in doubler - great idea! 

Materials 
  • Premium Prefold (any brand)
  • Scissors or Rotary cutter
  • Marking pen
  • Straight edge (I used a large picture book, but if you have a ruler that would be great)
  • Sewing machine (you will be using a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch)

Instructions
Begin with one Premium size prefold. Measure your baby (from the top of her butt in the back to just below her belly button in the front) to determine the rise length that you need. Or, measure a diaper that already fits perfectly.


Use a straight edge to mark where you want to cut your prefold. Mark with a fabric pen or your child's magic marker. 


Cut along your line. 


It should look like this: 


Take your prefold over to the sewing machine. You will begin by using a straight stitch. Sew about 1/4 inch from the edge of the prefold. Use whatever thread you want. I used blue so it would show up in the pictures. On the other prefold that I trimmed, I used white. 



When you're finished, it will look like this: 


Now you're going to use a zig-zag stitch on the edge. Set your machine for a tight zig-zag (short length) that is wide enough to cover the area (long width). 


You'll want your zig-zag to be along the edge of the prefold, so make sure you position it in the machine accordingly. Stitch along the edge of your prefold. 


You'll end up with something like this. Hopefully your sewing skills are a bit better than mine so yours turns out straight! 


If you want, trim a bit on the edge to get as close to the zig-zag stitch as possible. It will look especially wonky in the thickest part of the prefold because you had to cut through so many layers. Remember, the diaper will be under a cover so it doesn't need to be perfect. 

That's it, you're done! Go put the diaper on your adorable baby! :) 


I used the extra pieces to make doublers. One I just stitched along the edge. For the other, I cut off 1/3 of the strip and stitched it over the other thin part of the prefold, making it thick all the way across.