Layered Fabric Flower

Layered Fabric Flower

This fabric flower can be made from tattered circles or flower patterned pieces of fabric folded into quartered pieces.  You can use 9 petals of t-shirt material or any pattern or solid cotton fabric.  I’ve even tried this with singed satin irregular circles or sheer material.
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Use 5 rounded edges on pattern of flower.  Fold the piece of material in half and then in half again so it is triangularly shaped.  Fold so that they do not line up symmetrically. 5 edges is the trick, I tried 8 bumps the first time and that is too much. After gluing down 4 petals on 1 layer, then make a second layer on top with another 4 petals.  Roll the 9th petal for center, snip off the tip so it is not too tall (about 1/8-1/4″) and put puddle of glue in center and push down with finger.  Then glue closest edge of outer petals up to the center rolled piece to add dimension.
Video I watched to learn how to do this:
Another YouTube Video shows a neater way to fold the petals for even more texture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gecQrb1fzIk&feature=player_embedded
More Examples:

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Tongue Style Cloth Diaper

I followed a pattern to make this diaper and since this was my first time sewing a cloth diaper, I took lots of photos along the way.  I’m going to try to change the pattern a bit more to my liking. But for now, this should help me remember how I did it.

Cloth Diaper Sewing Adventures

I am new to sewing, but started sewing my first cloth diapers a few days ago.  First I tried a combination pocket/all-in-one, but I wasn’t so happy with the extra material in the back.  It was listed as a one-size-fits-all, but it was too big for my 2 month old.  The smallest rise setting wouldn’t fit all the fluff in the back inside.  So I had to put it on the 2nd rise of snaps, but the belly snaps were either too tight or too loose.

So I moved on to a different pattern, one that a paid for and downloaded.  Let me tell you, the Very Baby pattern is by far my absolute favorite diaper ever!  And we had tried tons.  I  had purchased a handful of diapers from a friend that were made by Nana’s Bottoms.  So I did some research on her and read that although she uses her own pattern apparently, her diapers and very similar to the Very Baby.  So that’s when I decided to give it a try.

The ones I already had were a Medium and fit my little 2 month old perfectly, so I decided to start with that size cause it seems like there is room for him to grow in them.  I was surprised at how well I did, being it was only my 2nd diaper ever sewn (and only about my 5th sewing project ever).  I was even able to complete the whole diaper in 1 evening (after the kids went to bed.)  So I made him another one the next night, and was just as happy.  for us they easily took him through a whole morning, his first diaper change of the morning up until another change before nap time 4 hours later.  No leaks either and they feel very trim on his bum, not so bulky (and the bulky one always leak.)

Today I decided on a new diaper, I wanted to sew some of my prefolds into fitteds.  I tried this tutorial by Arfy.  I wasn’t impressed with my own work, very sloppy, but it is much more difficult to keep several layers of cotton flat and straight on the edge than flannel and PUL.  So I think I’ll try another prefold-to-fitted tutorial next and we’ll see how it comes out.