mercredi 27 juillet 2011

cloth diaper diy

here a tutorial to do a cloth diaper "all in one" with a funny fabric (fashion style!)

I have picked the materials for the diaper on a French site named i took this for the impermeable part and this for the size that is "in touch" with the skin, it's micropile (I know, it is not as natural as  bamboo or hemp but I like it because it leaves the baby skin dry).

for the external decorative fabric, you can obviously use what you prefere. and for the inside absorbent part, I have sewn some double rectangles in hemp (I bought hemp here).

1) I have started by doing the pattern from a diaper I had already just to have an idea about forms and measures.

2) cut the 3 fabrics in the form that you have drawn.

3) cut the upper micropile side (if you use the microplile), it's from there that you will insert the stuffing. the micropile do not fraye but I have stitched two little points to avoid that the opening opens too much.

4) now assemble the impermeable part and the colored fabric (i didn't put pins to don't make holes in the impermeable fabric, i fixed them with TAPE)
then, with a cloth pen I marked the points where will be the buttons (or the strap). position the fabrics wrong sides together.

I have added a small rectangle of micropile before putting the buttons to consolidate the fabrics.

5) you should now have these two pieces: the fabric of micropile already "shaped" plus the impermeable fabric and that decorative one kept together from the buttons (or from the strap)

(in this pics i didn't finished putting buttons. it take too much long, i hate this part!)

6) assemble the two pieces (that are actually 3, if you follow) right sides together. (oh yes, also the micropile has a side!), pin in place (put the pins in a more external position in comparison to where the seams will be for avoiding to have a riddled impermeable part!) and sew the whole perimeter.

nb: you don't have to leave openings because you will turn the diaper (inside out, at the end) from the opening of the micropile (smart^^)

7) after having sewn the perimeter, you can add the elastic. the elastic is sewn with a zigzag point holding it taut. and it must be put in the narrowest part (where will be legs) and also in the upper part (where will be lower back).
did I explained my slef? :S

8) turn it inside out

9) now you can add closing buttons (or strap) 

e vooilàààà!!!!

lundi 25 juillet 2011

sewing a mouse-mole

here's a tutorial of a "step by step" how to  sew a toy. i only ask you two things:
  1. don't use this tutorial -or final toy- for commercial uses. don't sew it and sell it on ebay/etsy/bigcartel/dawanda/markets/neighbours/etc
  2. if you sew it, please, send me a pic. i'm just too curious!
  3. this drawing/toy/immage are copyrighted, thanks

it started with a sketch.

then a little more detailed sketch

then a "final sketch" (can I say that?) to choose colors and fabrics.

and here we go:

the face, a cone.

the "hairy" ears and the cloth eyes.

arms are long and tubular.

stuffing the face

pinning the face/cone on the rest of the face.

i sewed the face to the rest of the body "right side facing them" to hide the seam

and now the assemblage of the front and of the back of the mouse-mole.
you have to sew them right side together and don't forget to insert arms, legs and ears, so you'll sew them together all in once:

in the photos here above everything is fixed with pins: arms, legs and ears are turned toward the inside.

sew the whole perimeter leaving an opening to be able to turn it.

turn it.

now stuff it and sew the opend part to close it.

then i sewed a tote bag to put it inside, for the pattern of the bag you could rely on great Soulemama and her book Handmade Home.

I have decided to sew the letters with the "appliques" method (it was a present for "Swan", a girlfriend's kid) cuz i were galvanized by the Sew Liberatedbook.

now i just have to explain to my daughter that the present is not for her...

...and it will be hard.
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