Warning: the following post may contain embarrassing segments. Proceed with caution (and cast aside any judgment please!)
So the final countdown to baby is on (darn, now that song is in my head, ugh) and thus I’m unable to procrastinate much longer. Especially since E was 1 1/2 weeks early. It’s considered progress if I’ve pulled out the newborn clothes from storage, right? Not that I’ve taken them out of the spacesaver bags. Or washed them. Or even figured out where the heck to actually PUT them. We are waiting to see the gender of the baby to decide if we will be converting the guest room to a guest room/nursery or rooming the baby with the two girls. It may sound crazy, but we thought “hey, why not try since rooming the two has worked out well?” My better half is planning on building the girls bunk beds with lots of storage, so clothes could go there if we have another girl. Otherwise, I may need to buy another dresser…
Anyway, I was packing our suitcase for the hospital and couldn’t find my nursing bras/pads from the last two pregnancies and didn’t have the heart to make my 6’5″ husband keep searching the the 5′ tall storage space. I’d seen a pattern/tutorial for nursing pads while trying to search for ways to use up scrap fabric so naturally I decided it would be reasonable (and likely faster, hah) to just make new ones.
I found the free pattern on DIY Maternity, which is a site with a lot of different maternity/nursing patterns and tutorials. I had lots of leftover flannel scraps from nightgowns I had made the girls for Christmas. Perfect. Free and I didn’t even have to get dressed and leave my home for the supplies! I’m pretty sure I ordered the fabric from JoAnn’s on Black Friday (while I was on bedrest).
I decided to make two sets, one with PUL (breathable water-resistant backing) and one without. If you’ve nursed and ever had an oversupply issue, you may understand the embarrassment of the resulting wet spots on your shirt and the mere sound of a baby crying. Been there, done that. Not cool. Is it just me, or does it feel the same as if you’d wet yourself? (Another embarrassing pregnancy related misfortune I had not been prepared for!!!) I was curious if backing with PUL would help with that issue. Since it helps prevent cloth diaper leakage, it makes sense for nursing pads too. I made one set of each to test and see if I have a preference.
What a super easy project. Ridiculously fast as well. Cut circles. Mark darts. Sew darts. Cut excess fabric. Place layers together and serge… Ta Da! Done.
Now I can check that off my list of things I still need to pack in my suitcase. I made a newborn sleep gown last week that turned out great so I packed that too. 🙂
The rest of my sewing (and one knitting) projects I’m hoping to get done this week:
1. Nursing bra
2. Coming home outfit for baby girl
3. Gender neutral knitted baby hat
Wish me luck and keep an eye out for more posts!!!