Craft fail!

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Okay, so this blog is to celebrate craft triumphs along with fails. So here, I present a fail.

Also this post could go down in the "too much information" label but I want to share all successes & misses with you.

Obviously, having a baby is expensive.  We all know that.  So I have been trying to cut some expenses where I can, make what I can & just get the exact things that we need. Afterall, we don't need THAT much stuff.

One of those areas is this idea of paying $20 per box of disposable breast pads. I hadn't really noticed how expensive they were as they were far far down on my "to get" list.  But then they registered on my radar when my sister suggested that I make them out of face washers!  BRILLIANT! She's clever that big sis.

The plan was perfect.  I bought about 6 face washers for $2.90, washed them & worked out I could get 2 pairs out of one washer.  Genius!


I lined up all the materials ready to show you how to do it & got cutting out my perfect little circles traced from a mug.

Then I sat down to the machine & tried to get busy zig zagging the edges.  It's just like Appliqué, I said to myself.  Just edge around the circle with a nice tight zig zag & we'll have cheap, reusable pads in a jiffy.

Here is where things started to unravel...literally.  Due to the terry towelling fabric of the face washer & the fact that I was not using an overlocker, the edges just got jammed in the feed dog & frayed like crazy!


You may not be able to tell from the pic above but here is an attempted pad...all unraveled at the edge & wonky.  I admit it, I swore.  Loudly. 

Here I am trying to be cost effective, had a brilliant plan only to find myself wishing I was back home with my trusty overlocker by my side (insert other homesick thoughts here...lots of them!)

To make matters worse, I've gone to 2 alteration places locally & they don't seem to have an overlocker either.  Or for that matter, interested in making a couple of bucks in edging these little puppies for me.  Maybe that's wise...more wise than me. 

So I'm in a pickle..the alteration ladies think I'm from another planet in trying to make them, me knowing how easy it would be & now faced with either giving up by buying the wretched disposable ones. 

Any ideas anyone? They would be most welcome.
xx





1 comments:

You can get reusable breast pads in many of the baby stores around Singapore. Kiddy Palace in Tampines definitely has them if I remember correctly. Avent is a good brand, also Pigeon (a Japanese brand). I too was shocked by the price of disposable breast pads and they're quite a pain to use!
Here's one online baby store that has Avent washable nursing pads - 6 for $20:
http://babyonline.com.sg/products/products_detail.asp?pid=2953

Or try these made from natural Hemp Jersey - 6 for $19.95:
http://www.zerzula.com/product.php?id_product=129

Hope that helps. :-)