26 June 2010

Wool Soakers

Prior to my discover that Target Generic Diapers are the greatest thing ever (they are super soft and absorbent for a much nicer price) I had made these some-what felted soakers.  Inspired by Heidi @ The Maxwell's Craft Room, I gently felted some old wool sweaters in the washer and dryer then made these using the basic pattern provided at: Katrina's Quick Sew Diaper Patterns.  They are adorable.  For the striped one I just used the sleeve cuffs for the legs and folded over the waistline of the sweater for an easy waistband on the soaker.  The grey one is made almost totally to spec, though I just cut the torso bit longer and folded it over to make a waistband made with elastic running through it.  I made that change after discovering that while the soakers fit great everywhere else, the waists were too big for Cha Cha, but some elastic took care of that.


I lanolized them using this method at Green Mountain Diapers. I subbed in baby shampoo for the Eucalan because that it what I had on hand.  It worked great and was super easy.

So far the project was a roaring success, but then we encountered the "three-year-old-factor."  Basically she threw a huge fit and refused to wear them claiming they were "too itchy."  They are not, they are lovely and frankly, I would wear wool undies if they were this soft and nice!  Thankfully the change in diaper brand seems to have eliminated the over-night leaking problem, so I guess it is a moot point now...

Long story short, they are made and ready for use. They are size L/XL, theoretically lanolized and ready to go, though I never had the chance to test that theory.  The craftsmanship on them is less than perfect, but they are fully functional for the job at hand! Does anyone out there want them, or know someone who can use them?  Just let me know and I will gladly put them in the mail for ya.

Happy Crafting!

6 comments:

Alicen said...

I especially like the stripe one but since E will be in a size 3 diaper probably until she hits college we have no need. I could totally see Nathan being just like Cha Cha, 3 year olds are their own breed of crazy!

Heidi Maxwell said...

OK, I think a large will be too big for my girls. I just made seven more out of fleece in the medium size and a longer rise - and they are perfect for them. I have a good friend who does wool with her boy and would probably love these! Especially now that summer seems to have finally arrived.

Heidi Maxwell said...

Oh - and I am eagerly awaiting a pattern for totally recycled material diapers - fitteds, AIOs, Wool Covers - the works. Revamping the stash is a lot of work!

Alexis said...

Heidi- I will toss them in the mail to you and then send them on to anyone who can use them. I do like how they "up-cyled" dead sweaters, but yeah, I can see how doing them all by hand gets time-consuming given how many it is probably nice to have.

Heidi Maxwell said...

Thank you Alexis!

I'm really enjoying making the diapers though! So far, I have 8 Fleece Soakers - 4 for each of the girls. Now I need to work on getting/making fitted diapers to wear underneath them. I've made the one fitted, but am waiting for this darn pattern to arrive so I can make some more to pattern. I've also been trading out my PUL pockets for Fitted and Covers. So far I've got 5 new fitteds and a snap on wool cover in trade!

Heidi Maxwell said...

Thank you!! My friend Gloria was uber psyched about the soakers! They arrived the day before we left for the big trip to NY, so didn't get a chance to post before we left.

And I finally got my patterns for making diapers !! Woot! Now all I need is time!!