DIY Nappies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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DIY Nappies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Post by pixeldust » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:38 pm

Some common questions which are asked here time and time again!

<a href="#faq1">Where can I buy nappy fabrics from?</a>
<a href="#faq2">What is the best sewing machine?</a>
<a href="#faq3">How do I remove a misplaced or broken snap?</a>
<a href="#faq4">What is the difference between polar and micro fleece?</a>
<a href="#faq5">How do I tell the right and wrong side of fleece?</a>
<a href="#faq6">What is the most absorbent internal fabric?</a>
<a href="#faq7">How much will it cost to sew my own fitteds and covers?</a>
<a href="#faq8">What are the best fabrics to make fitted nappies?</a>

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<a name="faq1" id="faq1"></a>Where can I buy nappy fabrics from?
In New Zealand, some places you can purchase fabrics online from are:

Greenbeans: www.greenbeans.co.nz (Reviews here)
Wigglebums: www.wigglebums.co.nz (Reviews here)
Little Buttons: www.littlebuttons.co.nz (Reviews here)
Bumbles: www.bumbles.co.nz (Reviews here)
Designer Bums: http://designerbums.wordpress.com
Little Cloth Kiwis: http://www.littleclothkiwis.co.nz
Joel Eze: http://www.joel-ezenaps.co.nz

In Australia:
Bubba Earth: www.bubbaearth.com.au
Wee Wuns: www.theweewuns.au.com
Nappies Covered: http://www.nappiescovered.com.au

<a name="faq2" id="faq2"></a>What is the best sewing machine?
If you ask 10 people, you will likely get 10 different answers! Generally when starting out, a basic bottom of the line machine such as the Brother BM2600 or a Janome S307 will be sufficient for sewing nappies, or a second hand machine from Trade Me providing it has had a recent service.

Some good threads for reference:
What machines do you or have you owned?
Brother vs Janome
Cover stitch machines
Sewing machines on a budget

<a name="faq3" id="faq3"></a>How do I remove a misplaced or broken snap?
1. Put the snap back in the press and press it again, sometimes if you "overpress" the snap it will crack and break off. Though this MAY make the snap harder to remove.
2. Put the snap into the press sideways and use the pressure of the press to bend and break it. This does sometimes damage the fabric though.
3. Using small pair on long nosed pliers, squish around the inside of the snap (the bit that used to be the prong on the cap), if you squish/squeeze it around you can almost get it back to a point, and then just pop it apart, or you may be able break the prong off complete and it will come apart.
4. Another option is to use a small pair of sidecutters. The wee blades slip under the cap/socket/stud piece (whichever way you do it) and cut the prong to release the snap really easily.
5. Melt out the prong with a soldering iron, or drill it out with a power drill

<a name="faq4" id="faq4"></a>What is the difference between polar and micro fleece?
Polar fleece = water resistant fabric, often used on the outside of a nappy
Micro fleece = wicking fabric which allows liquid to pass through it, often used as a "stay dry" layer inside a nappy.

<a name="faq5" id="faq5"></a>How do I tell the right and wrong side of fleece?
Discussed in this thread here, and here and here.

<a name="faq6" id="faq6"></a>What is the most absorbent internal fabric?
This thread will tell you everything you need to know! You can also find some information here regarding the absorbency of Hemp vs Bamboo. And there is a thread here regarding Hemp vs BKT.

<a name="faq7" id="faq7"></a>How much will it cost to sew my own fitteds and covers?
This thread gives a lot of information on the subject of costs.

<a name="faq8" id="faq8"></a>What are the best fabrics to make fitted nappies?
There is a great thread and discussion here on this subject.
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Post by growingclothie » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:42 pm

=D> well done Jayce
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Post by Miss Shelley » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:46 pm

this is awesome! I know I asked alot of these question myself when starting out, this is a great one to sticky. thanks Jayce :smt041
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Post by sassydot » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:50 pm

That's awesome jayce!

As for removing snaps, I have a small pair of sidecutters, which seem made to do the job! the wee blades slip under the cap/socket/stud piece (whichever way you do it) and cut the prong to release the snap really easily.

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Post by pixeldust » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:56 pm

sassydot wrote:That's awesome jayce!

As for removing snaps, I have a small pair of sidecutters, which seem made to do the job! the wee blades slip under the cap/socket/stud piece (whichever way you do it) and cut the prong to release the snap really easily.


Thanks, have added that in.
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Post by Stacey » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:15 pm

and you can melt out the prong with a soldering iron, or drill it out with a power drill (my favourite method for snaps that wont break using the sideways snap method)
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Post by mama anne » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:21 pm

also : supplies in oz can be bought from http://www.nappiescovered.com.au
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Post by kryddle » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:02 pm

i cant get the link "sewing machines on a budget" (or any of the sewing machine ones) to work :smt017
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Post by pixeldust » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:32 am

kryddle wrote:i cant get the link "sewing machines on a budget" (or any of the sewing machine ones) to work :smt017


Works fine for me!
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Post by angel_7777 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:09 pm

kwl very helpful thread, i have been looking into making my own nappies and was having trouble finding were to buy fabric....thanks :)
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Re: DIY Nappies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Post by hannah » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:37 pm

newscctv wrote:. Put the snap into the press sideways and use the pressure of the press to bend and break it. This does sometimes damage the fabric though. custom wedding dresses
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3. Using small pair on long nosed pliers, squish around the inside of the snap (the bit that used to be the prong on the cap), if you squish/squeeze it around you can almost get it back to a point, and then just pop it apart, or you may be able break the prong off complete and it will come apart.
4. Another option is to use a small pair of sidecutters. The wee blades slip under the cap/socket/stud piece (whichever way you do it) and cut the prong to release the snap really easily.
5. Melt out the prong with a soldering iron, or drill it out with a power drill
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Re: DIY Nappies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Post by mama anne » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:47 pm

It's text from pixeldust's post. Weird, hey!
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Re: DIY Nappies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Post by hannah » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:55 pm

mama anne wrote:It's text from pixeldust's post. Weird, hey!
ohhhhhhh I see, cut n' paste and insert yah spammy goodness, hilarious :lol:
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