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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Making your own Flats

With the flats challenge underway, I thought it might be fitting to talk about making your own flats. This is an even cheaper way to cloth diaper! If you don't know what the flats challenge is, check out this post from last week: http://weelittlechanges.blogspot.com/2011/05/are-you-taking-flats-challenge.html You can also check out this challenge at the source by visiting here: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/take-the-flats-and-handwashing-challenge-may-23-30/

So, what can you use for flats? The most obvious that comes to mind is old receiving blankets! They're big enough to fold, you always get a bunch of them when you have a new baby, and they're one layer of flannel (most flats are one layer of bird's eye cotton).

Don't have a lot of receiving blankets lying around? No problem! You can get them in several different ways for little to no money:

  1. Ask friends for their old ones. Most people get rid of them because they have no use for them once their babies are out of the itty bitty stage. So post it Facebook, ask the next time you're on the phone or out together, just ask!

  2. Check out yard sales. You can get them way cheap at a yard sale and one good spin through the washer will get them clean and ready to use again too.

  3. Check out thrift stores. Everything is cheap at a thrift store and you may just tumble on the mother load of receiving blankets.

If you're handy with a sewing machine (I am not, it is my nemesis, lol) or a needle and thread (this one I can do!), then you can also check out fabric stores for some sale fabric. Many places will have remnants for cheap and will have wintery fabrics on sale since we're entering the summer months. Here's some things to keep in mind if you plan on going the sale fabric route:

  1. Most flats are about 27 inches by 27 inches and 1 layer thick.

  2. You'll have to stitch the edges of the fabric so it doesn't pull and unravel.

  3. You should try to figure the best way to cut your material to get the most bang for your buck so you don't have too much in the way of scraps. You could possibly have the fabric cutter at the store cut your material in such a way that it is already 28-29 inches wide (remember the seam allowance, depending on how closely you can add a seam. I would need more space, lol). That way, you'd only have to cut the other direction.

  4. Try to avoid mixed materials. Your best bet is to stick to flannel or cotton, especially if you don't have a lot of experience in this area.

If you have any other ideas, please share in a comment on this post! See you all tomorrow! J

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