Anyone who knows me would never use the word "thrifty" to describe me, unfortunately (Steve, stop laughing!). BUT...I swear it's in me somewhere deep, because there's this crazy thrill I get out of crafting things in a thrifty way. So today I present to you some examples of my recent thriftiness. Hee hee.
Super Thrifty Example A: Cloth diapers. I have plenty of fitted diapers left from both boys, but my wee little babes (both around 6lbs) seem to swim in them at birth, so I wanted to make some super tiny newborn prefold dipes for those first few days and weeks. I made these completely out of discarded T-Shirts of Steve's, and old flannel sheets. It's basically 4 layers of tee shirt (with one folded in the middle for extra thickness) sandwiched between two flannel pieces, serged around the edges, and top stitched in the middle. There's an abundance of "sew your own" cloth diaper resources out there on the web, but a few of my favorites are:
Born To Love
The Diaper Hyena
and for supplies:
One Stop Diaper Shop
Super Thrify Example B: Burp Cloths. Yes, I know...very exciting...burp clothes. But seriously, who wants boring white diapers? I made these clothes with scrap pieces of fabric--a layer of flannel on one side, and cotton on the other, serged together. Atleast my baby will have something beautiful to spit up on.
Super Thrifty Example C: Cloth Menstrual Pads. Okay, so this may be a bit over the top for some of you, but I am *way* into these. I started using cloth in college and haven't turned back--love 'em. So comfy and it makes me feel so damned environmentally correct, and hey--they're even healthier for ya. These were made with old towels as the inserts and flannel as the outer fabric, serged together, and with snaps on the wings (the snap press! I did it!). There are loads of different patterns online for these if you just do a search for "sew cloth menstrual pads", so I'll just link you to a good pattern and some reading about the benefits of cloth if the concept is new to you and you're interested in knowing more:
Eco Friendly Menstrual Products
See, I'm thrifty!