Sunday, November 15, 2020

A little practical sewing...maybe

 Back in the day, when my kids were babies, I had a stack of Curity gauze diapers.  They were great, useful for everything from spit up rags to mopping up various fluids ejected from baby to actually being pinned on as diapers, with plastic covers, to increase the discomfort of soiled diapers and encourage the move to the potty and big kid undies.  And, because they were so soft, 3 of my 4 kids actually used them as security blankets for the first couple of years  (One of my kids, who shall be nameless, was HORRIFIED to learn recently that the well-remembered security blanket was actually a diaper that had been...USED...no matter how much I assured said child that it had been completely washed and sterilized and was no worse for the wear).

I still have about 5 or six old, fraying Curity diapers that I use as pressing cloths.  They work great.

So, my standard gift for new moms was a package of cloth, preferably gauze, diapers.  When I could no longer find Curity diapers at the local retail outlets, I went with the Gerber diapers that were shaped a little differently and were the birds-eye weave.

Then, a few months back, with Covid restrictions and all, I decided to just order several packages of cloth diapers, as I had several near and dear who were having babies. I went looking for the Curity diapers, thinking I could find them online.

Yeah...at ebay, for about $250/dozen.  Apparently they are no longer being manufactured.

So sad.

So I looked for the Gerber diapers and found them and all was well...until I read the reviews.  I was shocked to see that the cloth diapers I had been cheerfully buying in sealed packages and giving to friends were little better than cheesecloth. Bad review after bad review mentioned that these were nothing like the old Curity diapers.

So...what was one to do? 

I ended up buying a 15 yard bolt of 36" wide 'diaper fabric'...a cotton birdseye weave that is supposed to be good for diapers.

I measured my Curity diapers and found that they were 20" x 40"...so I cut  5 40" pieces and split them in half lengthwise so I had 10 18" x 40" rectangles and ran them through the serger.  I wove the serger tails in and added a drop of Fray Check to the corners to hopefully keep them from unravelling.

Then I washed them twice.

The gold standard...and the slightly smaller reproduction.  They did shrink a bit, the next batch will have to be cut a little longer, if it turns out to be a problem.

                                                  

One of them had a spot that apparently had a flaw in it, because there was a 3/8" diameter hole frayed out in it.  I darned the hole, but it was rough and scratchy and not suitable for a diaper and I threw it into my rag bag.  But I now have 9 roughly-Curity-sized-and-shaped birdseye weave diapers for product testing.

Folded and stacked for use.

                                                     

 

And I just so happen to have a handy product tester recently added to the family...

Number 1 Grandson, born to the Princess and Prince Charming on 11/10/20.  He lives just a fuzz under 2 miles away, but in Covid season it might as well be out of state.  So far all we've had are porch peeks and photos.

But, this too shall pass.  And we'll see how the home crafted diapers hold up. If they prove as useful and versatile as the the good ol' Curity diapers...well, I've got about 9 1/2 yards left and I can make a stack of diapers for gifting.  If not...well, it will be kitchen towels, lol.


14 comments:

  1. Not long ago I uncovered a gauze diaper in my rag store. My youngest child is 57 years old. It is too bad they are no longer available; they were excellent. Bleached bright white in the sun, soft & comfortable for baby. I never liked birdseye, they seemed too stiff.

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    1. These washed up kinda soft...but not the flannel-y soft of the curity diapers. Hm...maybe cotton flannel would be better? The birdseye is supposed to be quite absorbent. Curity's double gauze was unique.

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    1. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can actually find that out, lol.

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  3. What wonderful news-congratulations!! May God continue to bless and keep your family safe and close. And great news you were able to find some material that may fill the gap left by another prod phase out.

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  4. Congratulations on a baby bottom to wrap in homemade cloth diapers! I wish you hugs and cuddles soon! Alana

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  5. Congratulations on your precious grandbaby.

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  6. Your grandbaby is gorgeous. I bet you can't wait to scoop him/her up and give that baby a big grandma hug. Nothing like it! As far as the diapers, I so love mine. My girls were both cloth babies till they were "trained". Luckily, for 2.00 dollars a week I had a diaper service that gave me the fluffiest, whitest, most sterile diapers imaginable. They came to the door each weak all bundled up in neat tied bundles. The delivery guy, who always smell like baby pee but was as clean as a whistle in a white uniform and hat, would go in the bedroom take out the hamper, theirs, of dirties and replace with a new hamper with new disinfectant installed. It never stunk. It was a new mom's dream and a life saver. Rumor had it they went up to 3.75 after I was done doing business with them and after that it was plastic pamper time which did them in. No mom wanted cloth any more. I always had backup with a couple dozen of my own Curities and used those to polish furniture and floors for the next twenty years. Great textile. Wish it existed today. I would buy it just to have for household use.

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    1. I heard from a number of folks that they would get Curity diapers just because they were good for so many things. Now that disposables are getting a bad carbon-footprint reputation you'd think someone would bring back the classics...

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