My fabulous daughter has decided to use cloth diapers. Rather than using a diaper pail she asked me to make her an extra large wet bag, big enough to fit two days of soiled diapers. What is a wet bag? Well it's a waterproof zippered bag that gets washed in the laundry. This tutorial along with several others provide excellent instructions to do-it-yourself. I used outdoor fabric (100% polyester) for the outside and PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) for the liner. Both of these fabrics are waterproof.
Two zippered pouches, a pleaded smaller one for baby clothes
and a large PUL lined one for soiled diapers.
The handles have two plastic snaps.
The outdoor patio fabric frays, so all the raw edges were serged. This was a an easy fun project. I will be making smaller ones for diaper bags to carry soiled clothes or swimming bags for wet towels.
Since the arrival of grandchildren, much of my sewing has shifted from quilting to making baby items. I have made insulated baby curtains, receiving blankets, burp clothes, bum wipes, bibs, quilts, fitted crib sheets and recently (yesterday) fitted play pen sheets. I had a pattern for crib sheets but could not find one for a play pen anywhere. Hence this tutorial.
Required materials for one fitted sheet:
1-1/3 yards of washed, dried and ironed flannel fabric
two 18 inch pieces of 3/8" elastic
two safety pins one small and one large
Fold the fabric in half and then quarters.
Cut the fabric on the open edges to 23" by 16.5" if using a sewing machine without a serger cut the fabric (23.5" by 17") half an inch bigger to fold under the raw edge when hemming.
Cut out a 3" by 3" square in the raw edge corner. Unfold the fabric and pin the corners with right sides together.
Stitch all four corners together with 1/2" to 5/8" seam allowance. Serge the seam allowance or zig-zag the seam allowance after stitching it shut.
Knot the corner thread tale.
Serge the entire raw edge of the sheet. Or fold the edge over 1/2", iron into place, tuck the raw edge over 1/4" then hem entire sheet.
Mark with a straight pin 8" away from the corner seam on the long sides of the sheet.
This will be the starting point of the casing for the elastic.
Fold over half an inch and stitch leaving about a 2" opening to insert the elastic.
Now comes the fun part. Pin one end of the elastic with small safety pin and the other end with the large safety pin.
Insert the small pin into the casing and thread it around the short end of the sheet.
Pull the little safety pin out. Gather the fabric tighter in the middle of the casing and pin the elastic in place at both casing openings with straight pins. Remove the safety pins, stitch the elastic ends and then stitch the casing ends closed. Repeat on other end of sheet and its finished.
Standard padded bottom that came with the play pen.
This sheet is big enough for a thicker mattress, which I made for my play pen using 2" of upholstery foam and outdoor waterproof patio fabric.
Dear readers, if you use this tutorial please let me know if it was user friendly. Happy stitching all.
The quilt back is a 100% polyester velveteen blanket.
With right sides together the blanket was folded in quarters to find the middle. The centre was marked with safety pins and then white chalk.
With a quilt that is too big for the table, start with the middle section, lay the quilt back out flat and clamp or tape it in place on all four sides of the table. There is no quilt batting in this quilt. When using a cotton quilt backing with batting and quilt top, the cotton back is stretched taut before the batting is laid out flat on top of it.
Match the centre back with centre quilt top.
Start in the middle, smooth out the quilt top to the outside edges so it is laying completely flat and wrinkle free.
Pin baste quilt top to bottom beginning in the middle. This quilt was pin basted every six inches.
After the entire middle section is pinned, move the quilt forward or backward to smooth out and clamp the next section. I did the bottom third second then the top section last.
Heart shaped leaves were free motion quilted in the 12 inch centre block with white thread.
I used a Schmitz 80 titanium quilting needle. On the vintage napkin some of the brown fuzz from the backing pulled through the needle holes, this should disappear when the quilt is washed.
The quilt design looks lovely on the backside because the stitches are hidden by the plush.
Two entwined hearts were quilted on all the blank purple squares.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.