19 August 2009

The Finished Product

I gave you a peak at the cloth pads I was working on. Well, after more like 2 or 3 hours (not the one hour that I predicted), they're done!

In addition to photos, I thought I'd re-answer some of the questions asked in the comments of the last post, for everyone's benefit.

(Yes, the flame fabric might just be my favorite.)

Q: What are the snaps for?

A: I put them on the flaps to keep the pads in place. If you do an Etsy search, you can see what different styles of pads look like. They almost all use snaps. Snaps last longer than Velcro, and are nicer to the rest of your laundry.

Q: So what kind of fabric do you make them out of?

A: The ones I'm working on now are flannel, towel, towel, windsuit, flannel. :-) The windsuit material gives it a little waterproofness.

Q: How do you take care of used ones? And how long do they last?

A: Before I got pregnant, I would rinse them in cold water until the water ran clear, then keep them in a closed bucket of water and baking soda. Then I'd wash them in hot water every couple days. Now (when I start needing them again) I think I'll rinse them and throw them in with the dirty diapers (Which are in a dry pail and get washed in hot water every day). This is because it will be easier since I'm washing diapers anyway, and because it's unsafe to keep a bucket of water around with a toddler.

Depending on how many you have, what they're made out of, and how you care for them, they can last up to 5 years.

And there you have it.

Also, although I planned to serge around the edges of these (as I serged the flaps and the pantyliners I made that I didn't show you photos of), alas, my serger is wimpy. It couldn't handle all those layers. Phooey. Zig-zag stitch plus walking foot, to the rescue! (Which, by the way, I scored at an estate sale for $30. Sounds like a lot for a sewing machine presser foot, doesn't it? Well, they regularly sell for $50+ on eBay. Yeah.)

1 comment:

Katie said...

yeah. The flames are pretty great.