Family Cloth First Hand


  • Family Cloth is Something that people get grossed out just thinking about it. For those of you who don’t know Family cloth is a lot like Cloth wipes for babies but for the Whole Family. Gross right who wants to wash their husbands poop cloth wipe.
    I decided to write this blog post for two reasons. One: ( Caution I am about to get real personal with you) I went potty one day to do some “real Business” and like a dummy I didn’t double check to make sure there was enough TP and when I realized we were out I didn’t know what to do since we don’t use paper napkins or paper towels just cloth, Well long story short I pulled up my pants as carefully as I could and Waddled in to my daughter’s room and used her cloth wipes (thank God no one was home!) and to be honesty it was soft and kinda nice. Two I met someone who uses family cloth and decided to conduct a Letjoy Interview for my Readers to learn more in the land of family cloth.
    I interviewed a lovely Lady by the name of Ali Kunde who is the owner of Woolbutts.  FYI the shoties in woolbutts  FB profile picture is Mine (just thought you should know). Ali is an amazing natural momma who cloth diapers, uses cloth papertowels, cloth napkins and family cloth. Needless to say I had questions and here they are.
    Letjoy

    • how did you hear about family cloth?

    Ali Kunde

    • hmm not sure really, I think it was on one of the blogs I read. They always seem to be doing crazy things like that. It seemed a little long-haired-hippie-ish I guess.

  • Letjoy

    • what made you want to try it?

  • Ali

    • We were down to our last two rolls of toilet paper, when I thought about trying it. I asked DH how much toilet paper actually costs us and he informed me that for the “nice” stuff it’s actually very expensive. So I wondered aloud if I could get everyone to try cloth wipes. I figured it really couldn’t be any different or more work than the diapers I already launder.

  • Ali

    • **Insert shrug here

    • and since I had a pretty good response from the fam I went ahead with it

  • Letjoy

    • what did your hubby say when you suggested it?

  • Ali

    • He pretty much said it was up to me because he does his “business” at a certain time each day and that time is during work mon-fri. So the only time it really would affect him at all was on the weekend. I also asked Ivy (my 11 yo) if she would be okay trying it out with me and she gave me a sweet sure mom.

  • Letjoy

    • how long have you been using Family cloth?

  • Ali

    • We have been using them for about 2 weeks now.

    • and yes we did invest in tp for guest lol

  • Letjoy

    • how do you like using family cloth? and how does your husband and daughter like it?

  • Ali

    • I like it a lot actually. I have always found tp to be lacking in the softness area (unless of course you buy the über expensive) The cloth wipes are super soft of course since they are made with babies in mind wink and we have a small wetbag hanging right under the tp to toss them into. So they are super easy to “dispose” of. Joe especially likes if he catches them freshly made (warm) wink and Ivy is fairly ambivalent, but she is kinda crunchy like me and always willing to try new stuff.

  • Letjoy

    • do you use cloth wipes (for babys) or are there different ones for family cloth?

  • Ali

    • Well they all go in the same laundry and get all mixed up so I see no sense to trying to separate them. I do have certain ones that I keep dry, they are a little thinner. But other than that I just fill wipe buckets and put them in bathrooms and changing areas.

  • Letjoy

    • do you fill it with just water?

  • Ali

    • I use a couple of different wipe solutions. One from Knickernappies and the other is LuSa Organics. I just like how they smell, and the LuSa gives the wipes a soft lotiony feel.

  • Letjoy

    • when people come over do they ask what they are?

  • Ali

    • Nope. I have always had a wipe box in the bathrooms, we started out having them in there for jack when he was learning to do his business alone. Then everyone started using them.

    • They may wonder what the dry pile is for but they haven’t asked yet lol

  • Letjoy

    • Do you tell people you use family cloth if it comes up in a conversation or do you keep it to your self because its a taboo subject?

  • Ali

    • It is weird that you are the only person I have told. I don’t care that they know, but definitely don’t offer up that information. I wonder if I should…

  • Letjoy

    • what would you tell someone who is on the fence about using FC to get them to try it

  • Ali

    • It’s kind of a no brainer if you are already do laundry at all this won’t add any more loads than you already do. It saves a ton and is pretty easy. I do find that it takes a little more thought and prep, but making one bucket of wipes or three is only a difference of a few minutes. Your backside will thank you.

  • Letjoy

    • what about the poopy wipes do you just throw them in the wash as is?

  • Ali

    • Yup I do. I clean them just like the babies and I don’t spray hers off either. There isn’t really a whole lot of “stuff” on them. Everything just gets tossed in the wetbag and then dumped in the washer.

  • Letjoy

    • how much would you say the start up to do cloth is

    • FC*

  • Ali

    • A bottle of LuSa Wipe Juice is around $14 (makes 2 gallons of solution) I have around 36 thinner wipes cost of about $18. And at least 20 flannel wipes let’s say around $15 for those. So for less than $50 or slightly more than one months supply of good tp you can get set up with enough wipes and solution for a couple of bathrooms stocked with Family Cloth.

  • Letjoy

    • is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with family cloth?

  • Ali

    • What would someone want to know..? hmm I guess the idea of it is what you have to get over, because once you try it you wonder (as with most things) why didn’t I try this sooner and why don’t more people do this.

       

       

      Well I hope that you found this interview interesting. Thank you to Ali for opening up and showing us a little bit of the Family cloth world. What do you think about Family Cloth? Leave a comment and let me know.

       

      Happy Living 🙂

DIY. Turning a Prefold into a Fitted Diaper


Prefolds are great to use because they are so versatile and one of the most affordable diapers you can get; unfortunately they can get tricky. A lot of dads have a hard time  learning how to use a prefold.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to take a regular prefold and turn it in to a fitted diaper.

 

 

1. Get a regular prefold and fold it in half (chose an appropriate size for your little one).

 

 

 

2. Find or make a pattern for a diaper. Place the straight edge on the fold. To make a pattern take a diaper (cloth or disposable) And a paper bag and trace around the diaper over your bag. Remember to stretch out the legs and back. cut it out fold it in half and cut it down the middle.

 

 

3.Trace your pattern on the folded prefold. Make sure you trace so that the part you cut is on the open side of the fold.

 

4. Cut along the line. no need for seam allowance.

 

This is what your prefold should look like unfolded.

 

5.Surge the edges. If you don’t have a surger you can use the zig zag setting on a regular sewing machine and sew off the edge to get the same effect.

 

 

This is what the edges should look like when you are done.

 

 

6.Now cut three pieces of elastic. For along the back 4 inches, and two for along the legs 6 inches.

 

7. Fold the diaper in half and make marks right under the arms of the diaper and a few inches from the rise of the diaper. (the reason you fold it in half is so you can mark the diaper on both sides in the same spots).

 

 

 

8.Then make your marks for your snaps/ Velcro. You want to make sure the Velcro is even. If you are doing snaps, make ten marks evenly measured from the sides about one inch away from each other.

 

 

If you are doing snaps mark two dots one inch from each other about 1/4 of an inch away from the edge.

 

 

9.Apply snaps using a hand press or table press.

 

 

 

10.Sew on your elastic makeing sure to use a zig zag stitch

 

 

It should look like this.

 

 

11.Then turn the diaper and make sure to stretch out the elastic as you do a zig zag stitch over the elastic down the leg of the diaper.

 

 

It should look like this when done.

 

12.Repeat step 10 when you get to the end of your elastic.

 

 

13. Repeat steps 10-12 On the other leg and along the back.

 

 

14. Take the two scraps from the diaper and pin the flat edges together and sew them together and surge the out side edges making it a long oval shape

 

 

It should look like this when you are done.

 

 

15. pin the top of the oval piece just below the back elastic for a girl and just below the rise of the front for a boy. (be sure you attach it to the inside of the diaper)

 

 

Using a zig zag stitch it should look like this when you are done

 

 

 

 

And there you have it for a dollar or two per diaper and some DIY, you now have a lovely fitted diaper.

 

 

 

 

Happy Sewing 🙂

A dream wedding


here are some pictures from my sisters dream wedding

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