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Back in the kitchen…..well, the dining room (which is where all the good crafting happens).

Back in the kitchen.....well, the dining room (which is where all the good crafting happens). | Making Her Mama

Hello blogging world!

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything.  And I certainly have missed it.

We moved and got very busy with house renovations, then morning sickness as we found out we were expecting our third, who arrived in June.  Life is finally back into a bit of a “normal” swing and I can’t wait to start sharing some of the stuff that we have been up to.

Because I have baby brain, and babies on the brain, a lot of my recent projects have revolved around little ones.  We are cloth diapering full time and I am always looking for the best and most frugal ways to do things.

We have been absolutely blessed with great deals on second hand fitted cloth diapers and built up a very nice stash slowly for a really reasonable price.  Because we are using fitted diapers, they also require a cover and we have found wool covers to be comfortable, great for our little ones very sensitive skin, and cheap (now that we have discovered making our own!).

So, here is what I have made so far!  I have a fabulous friend who had a wonderful stash of 100% wool sweaters and was happy to share and we are splitting the goods.

My first night of sewing I was able to make 6 pairs of longies!

All these pairs (except for the top center ones) were made using the arms of a sweater.  They literally took me about 15 minutes per pair from cutting to wearing!  I am not one to usually just wing things my first time through so I followed an excellent tutorial at The Sewing Dork.  She added elastic to her waistband, but I just made my waist bands about 2/3 the size of the actual waist and went without elastic.  I also haven’t added any cute little embelishments yet, but I think some stars and pockets might be in the works!

These sweet little soaker capris are the ones from the top center picture above.  My friend really wanted some capris for the summer season and I am so glad she thought of it because they are SUPER cute!  I made these ones using Max and Meena’s Maxaloone’s pattern.  It was also really easy to follow and I love the contrasting color bum patches!  The leg cuffs also roll down to make them full length when the summer evenings cool down.  Cutting and sewing for this took me about an hour – maybe a bit more, but I had to nurse several times in between cutting and sewing.

Sorry for the dark picture but here is my handsome little guy trying out the black pair of longies made from the sweater arms.  The fit is awesome!

The final pattern that I tried was Katrina’s Sew Quick Soaker Pattern.  I really liked this pattern because it was easy to sew in an extra layer of soaker.  So both the red and black shorties and longies have this extra layer and they have great absorbency.  

All in all it was a great project and I am super excited to have 7 new pairs of pants/capris for my little guy.
Give it a try!  And let me know how your projects turn out.
Nadine

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Nadine Best

I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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  • Our first #harvest of #rhubarb ! We got 1/4 pound. So what do you do with such a small amount of this vegetable? (That's right! Even though we often enjoy it like a fruit #itsavegetable ). I made #pop , rhubarb pop!! It was delicious πŸ˜‹What is your favourite rhubarb treat??
  • #messy tables usually cause me grief! But not this time, when I turned around and saw our #kitchentable a complete cluttered #mess, I felt happy πŸ’• today my table reflects the mom I want to be for my kids always. We went on a #naturewalk together, #collected leaves, make #leafprint artwork and enjoyed each other! Our messy kitchen table reflects the love and learning that happened here today. What about you? What made you smile today?
  • This #sweet and #serious boy is on the count down to #threeyears! Time goes so fast it's crazy!!! If you've been following my feed for awhile you know how old my baby is! If you multiply his age and Mickey Blues age - they are the square root of my next oldest son! He just had a birthday. How old did he turn??? #math #riddles
  • I'm not good at #mushroom identification but I still like to #photograph them!! We found these little ones growing on the side of the road on our #naturewalk this morning. Izzy and I are starting a #couchto5k program and today was our first #run. We enjoyed our walk back looking at leaves and everything growing along the side of the road. He wants to learn to #identifymushroom . Anyone that can #identifythis ?
  • Things are certainly coming along well in the #garden !  The #garlic is about 2 feet tall, the #potato plants are ready to mound up, as our everbearing #strawberries have flowers on them! Despite the cooler than normal #weather at this time of year, everything is growing and growing well! I can't wait to walk through the garden in full bloom and pick our food πŸ’•
  • Happy Mother's Day everyone! I don't get to see or be with my mom this year so I wrote this letter to her for #mothersday. It's my #mothersdaygift to her and my #encouragement to #moms and #daughters everywhere. #linkinbio πŸ’•
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