It’s no secret that I love sewing for babies and kids, so when someone from Babyville Boutique contacted me and asked if I would like to try some of their products, I was thrilled!
And, when I got the package of products in the mail, I actually let out a little-kid squeak of excitement:
I could hardly wait to get started sewing! (Except I had to get Halloween out of the way and then things got busy with the holidays—so it was actually quite a while before I got to sit down and make something!)
Babyville Boutique was started to meet the needs of mothers who wanted to use, and make their own cloth diapers, but it has since evolved into a whole line of coordinating products that you can use to make just about anything your heart desires!
What’s special about their products? For starters, they offer PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric which is waterproof—fantastic for baby stuff! They also have this amazing Pull Over Elastic, which of course can be used to add stretch to an item, or it can just be used as a decorative finish (which provides a handy solution to all your edge-hiding woes!) I think my favorite thing, though, is that they have ways to coordinate everything. They have appliques, labels, and ribbons to match the different fabric patterns so you can add a special touch to any project. So fun!
I had a few things by Babyville Boutique in my arsenal at home already:
Someone gave me this book quite a while ago, and I have to say that it is AWESOME. There are TONS of fantastic ideas and tutorials in it, and again, they all seem fairly straightforward (I didn’t have any problems following the instructions for the items I made).
I bought the snaps and pliers a long time ago (before I even knew what Babyville Boutique was) and I use them all the time. They are something I can’t live without at this point.
I’ll be totally honest here: I’ve never used cloth diapers. And my sister-in-law (for whom I wanted to make some things using these products) doesn’t use cloth diapers either. So I knew I wouldn’t be using these things to make any cloth diapers. I did look through Cloth Diapers Made Easy, however, and it all seemed to be well-written and explained, with LOTS of pictures to illustrate each step. Love!
Because I already had Baby Essentials Made Easy, I decided I’d go ahead and try my hand at some of the projects in that book and here’s what I ended up making:
A bib and a waterproof baby-to-go bag. Confession: I didn’t take pictures of the making-process because it was in the middle of December and I was in in the middle of a serious Christmas time-crunch!
My first project was the baby-to-go bag. I just love bags, and so I couldn’t resist. For this project I used some PUL fabric, some Pull Over Elastic, a dinosaur applique, and some EZ adjust tabs (similar to Velcro, but MUCH stronger!). I also used a zipper, which I purchased myself.
I was impressed by the fabric right away. Initially I was a little anxious about sewing with the laminated side down, because I was anxious it would “stick” to my machine and wouldn’t feed very well. But nope! It was just like sewing with regular fabric.
I also wasn’t sure how sewing the dino applique would be, either. It’s quite thick (the same feel as a Boy Scout merit badge). But again, I didn’t have any problems. I used a blue thread close to the same color as the outline of the dinosaur, and it ended up looking really great! If I do say so myself.
The whole bag took about an hour. It was very simple! I love the idea of having a waterproof bag, too. You just never know when you might need one.
The bib was next. For the bib I used more PUL fabric, some Pull Over Elastic, a design label (which I purchased myself), and a snap. The bib was VERY simple and quick to put together. There was a pattern in the book and once the fabric was cut out, all I had to do was assemble the pocket and add the elastic around the edge. Adding the elastic was very simple, all I had to do was sandwich the fabric in the middle, and sew it down! Even with the thickness of the folded elastic, I didn’t have any problems feeding it through my machine.
Really easy, and I think it came out looking fantastic!
Last came the snap:
I’ve been using these snaps for a long time now, and they’re great. They’re easy to apply and they work really well.
I had big plans to make even more things for my nephew but the Christmas rush got the better of me. I have contented myself, for now, with a similar bib for my kiddo:
After seeing it on him, I might add another snap lower on the big to make the neck a little smaller, but other than that, it’s perfect!
What I love:
- The waterproof fabric
- Ease of use
- Instructions and ideas found in books
- Coordinating fabrics and accents
My one critique? I wish they had just a few more prints. This is totally just my personal taste and preference, but I’m picky when it comes to prints, especially for boys. I would love it if they offered a few simpler designs that are less busy. Again, that’s just my personal taste!
My son’s bib has gone through the wash several times now and the fabric seems to be holding up really well. It washes with all his other clothes, which is great, and I haven’t noticed any issues with it shrinking or de-laminating thus far.
One of the really fun things about Babyville Boutique is that you can find a lot more ideas on their website and blog. Seriously, some of the things you can make are total genius! Be sure to check their sites as well as their Facebook page out for more great ideas! Their products are available at several retailers, including JoAnn Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby.
And now, I am super-excited because Babyville Boutique has graciously offered to give one of my lucky readers a Babyville Boutique prize package valued at $50! The winner will have the opportunity to select whether they want their prize package products to be for a boy, girl, or if they want something gender-neutral. How fun!
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