Thursday, March 10, 2011

Katrina's Quick Sew Soaker in Windproof + Regular Fleece

I had forgotten how easy these are to make. They are fleece soakers, which are used for tucking a cloth diaper into and being mostly waterproof. They are used more after your child primarily poops in the potty, since they pull up and down rather than being able to snap off in case of a mess.

Fleece is incredibly versatile. It can be used as an outer waterproof layer (enhanced by a soak every now and again in fabric softener), an absorbent soaker layer in the middle of something, and as an inner layer for its wicking ability. I discovered windproof fleece after I didn't have a need for soakers (and longies~ the long-pants version of the soaker), and am looking forward to using these.

Malden Mills Windproof fleece is soft, breathable, thin, and more waterproof than the regular fleece I buy in the remnant bin at JoAnns (cute firetrucks on that one, though).  It also wears longer without pilling.  I am hoping it will make these longer lasting and more waterproof.  I am also hoping they may be able to fit under clothing, although we are not all that keen on two layers between us and the potty.

To make them, I used Katrina's Quick Sew Soaker pattern in sizes small, medium, and large. Her pattern is so easy and quick. The only thing you need to remember is to make sure you cut the leg and waistbands with the stretch of the material going long-ways, and that sometimes it is easier to attach these items with the extra tray portion of your sewing machine off.

To do this, you pin the leg and waist-bands where they belong. Then you slide that tray off to the side. Next, slide the pinned item in, around the part of your machine that is left behind. Then as you sew, the leg (or waist) part of the soaker circles around the machine. You don't need to be careful of the rest of the soaker slipping in where you are stitching, and it is quicker.

Also in this go-around of making soakers, I went over each seam twice. I stitched them with a straight stitch, then did a faux-serge by zig-zagging over the edge with a wide zig-zag. This reinforces the seam and makes the whole item look more polished.
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