Monday, May 13, 2013

Car boot Bargains 11/5/13 and Dolly Nappies the Recycled Way

Well this weekend has been a bit wet, so not so many people doing car boot sales this weekend, but managed to pick up a few bargains. There were some jeans for the kids for 50p each, books for the kids for 10p, I am all for them buying books. I managed to find two big bags of wool for £2.00 , which is perfect as I want to learn how to crochet, so that will get me started. I also found a "how to make clothes" book for me for 20p always handy for hints and tips, no matter how much sewing you have done.
But the star of the show for a grand total of One Shiny Pound is shown below
nDolls changing station thrifted
Dolls bath thrifted

It is a dolls baby changing station and bath, you can even fill the bath with water and empty it like a paddling pool, you put the lid down and it is a baby changing station.
This inspired some more upcycling, as we discovered much to my daughter's abject horror, her babies have no nappies , and what good is that when you have a baby changing station.
So I made nappies for her babies, I used an old Terry towelling nappy I had, and got two nappies out of it, but you could use an old towel, or tea towel or even buy cheap flannels if you have nothing available, and you will also need a small amount of Velcro(hook and loop fastening) Here is how I did it.

1) First get your doll that requires the nappies and draw the shape of a nappy on paper to fit, add a 3/8" seam allowance all around , and cut it to check fit. Below is a picture of the finished flat nappy to give you an idea of shape.
dolls nappy sewing tutorial

2) Next use your paper cut out to cut a double layer of your fabric , you will need two pieces of fabric(one double layer per nappy) I placed the short end of the
pattern on a fold to be a bit lazy and cut out some sewing.

3) Place your fabric right sides together and sew all around with a 3/8" seam allowance leaving a 2-3" gap along the middle of the long side of your nappy for turning the right way around.

4) Turn right side out and with the raw edges turned inside sew along the long side of the nappy close the gap.

5) Now with the nappy flat , sew a longish strip of hook and loop along the top edge of the short edge of the nappy about 1/2 inch down from the edge , measurement is not critical.

6) Turn the nappy over and use the opposite piece of hook and loop and sew a small tab on each end of the long side of the nappy, hopefully this will make sense from the picture below if you imagine it opened out, and you have a dolly nappy

Dolls nappy recycled fabrics

Finished recycled dolls nappy

Until next time happy upcycling


  1. Awwwwww man I want some dolly nappies!

  2. I would make that into a real baby nappy! They look soft and absorbent!



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