So, wanna see my mess?
My sweet friend lost her Grandma earlier this year. "Nan" was a sewer and my friend passed all Nan's flannel on to me. My friend said she wanted to make sure it got used, and she knows I LOVE sewing with flannel. At the same time, another friend handed down some flannel from her fabric stash to me, when she purged. So here I was with a Rubbermaid tote overflowing with flannel, as well as a few extra bags. Most of it was smaller bits.....not exactly enough to make my usual PJ pants or nightgowns with. So what to sew?
We have a full stash of one sized diapers. There was a time when we had two in cloth, so do I need diapers?...no. BUT, our one sized diapers have a high rise and baby can't be put in them until after the cord stump falls off and I just thought it would be fun to have baby in some mama made cloth from minute one, instead of having to wait on the cord stump.
So today and yesterday, I "processed flannel". I think that term sums it up. Favorite pieces that were big enough to make pants with were cut and sewn into newborn Big Butt Baby Pants. Four still need the casings and hems. That's them on the lower right.
Next, I took all the smaller scraps, and started cutting them into diapers using the Baa Baa Baby 2 size fitted free pattern. That's them to the left of the pants. All scraps from cutting diapers were set aside.
Once I was done with the big scraps, I went through the small scraps left over from cutting diapers. Anything big enough was cut into wipes (ours need some refreshing). That's the wipe pile to the left of the diapers.
All scraps too small for wipes were stacked up in case I needed to piece together tabs for a diaper that didn't have quite enough fabric. You can see those piles above the diaper cut outs.
And at the back against the wall, are the diapers that are made and awaiting soakers.
But wait, there's more. In the Rubbermaid are pieces of flannel I still have that are large enough to make diapers out of. The upper left pile are large pieces, set aside for pants or nightgowns for next winter. And the red pile are solids for inner diaper layers.
Oh wait, a bit more mess. Diaper outers in need of matching inners, and diaper pieces cut and ready, hang on the sewing chair.
And here's my view from the sewing room window. Lissy's not falling out of the trampoline, she's purposefully hanging upside down, which reminded me that I REALLY must find a pantaloon pattern to make my dress loving acrobatic girl something to wear under her dresses! All she does at the park is hang upside down!
So, while I "processed flannel", the kids jumped to music that we blasted.
Then, when they got hot from all the jumping, I took a break from "processing flannel" to watch them cool off.
After getting cooled off, they warmed up again. My kids lay in the sun after a swim like lizards. They love to soak it up.
While Kian napped, I took another break from "processing flannel" to school Logan.....in our own kinda way....again (ahem). Yes, we again are rethinking this whole curriculum stuff. I wish I could insert a picture of me banging my head here.
Anyways, YAY for generous friends who know of my love for flannel, YAY for (MASS) baby sewing, and thank you Lord for the wonderful energy of the second trimester!