With just a week’s notice my son invited me to go to his partner’s baby shower. The second thought to cross my mind (the first, ‘Ooh, lovely’) was to wish I hadn’t rushed to give them the Retro Orchard Puff Quilt!
But it was only a fleeting thought and based only on the time remaining to complete a gift to give on the day. I had a few ideas, one of them being the Nappy Stack I’d seen on Pinterest. So I set about searching. I found lots of lovely possible gifts but no sign of the very one I wanted.
It took just a little while for the light to dawn and for me to realise the language barrier issue! For Nappy Stack read Diaper Stack. Of course! As soon as I re-worded my search there it was. And, hey presto one click and I was on the Sew 4 Home site. You can sign up for a weekly email from Sew 4 Home and I remembered that was where I actually first saw this. There are some great projects on the site and you can pin direct from the email link so it’s easy to keep the projects you like the look of.
This one caught my eye initially because grey and yellow are the nursery colours. As it happens I’ve been stashing away a little collection of yellows and greys ready for a quilt. I chose some Michael Miller ‘Here Kitty Cat’ fabric and some Riley Blake grey and white chevrons. I also think it’a a pretty nifty idea and much nicer than just having packs of nappies hanging around the nursery. I’m a sucker for idiosyncratic storage.
So, here is all the fabric cut and ready to sew. The instructions on the Sew 4 Home tutorial are really clear and every step is accompanied by a clear photograph. Excellent! They also add links to technique tutorials like sewing curves and making piping. Useful if you come across things you haven’t done before.
Basically the stack is made in two parts: the top hanger cover and the bottom sack. There are some fiddly bits, like the opening for the hanger hook in the top section, and of course, that piping.
The binding might have been a bit of a fiddle too but for my recently purchased Estone biased binding makers. This was the first chance I’d had to have a go with one of these and although the pattern didn’t call for bias it was magic for folding the binding evenly. Cheap as chips at £4.20 for a set of 4 sizes! You push your binding strip through and press it as it comes out folded at the other end. No more burned fingers!Here’s the main body part with the binding sewn on and the pockets in place.And here’s the top part with the hanger inside.And here’s the nappy stack complete with nappies, wipes and creams in the pockets.
Oh! Just one other thing. You will need a child’s, preferably wooden, coathanger. I didn’t have any so it was a case of thank goodness for Amazon and next day delivery, we have a handy family subscription to Prime. Living out in the sticks brings shopping challenges so it’s worth having. Who would ever have imagined there is somewhere called ‘Hangerworld‘?
Here is the link to the tutorial on Sew 4 Home. I know now exactly where to find it. I’m going to need it, I’ve already started a second one at the request of my daughter.
Here is the second Nappy Stack. Made with two fabrics from the lovely Nature Trail collection by Bethan Janine for
Dashwood Studios. They consistently come up with fabrics I adore, in colours that just make my mouth water.
And a pic of the binding in the making. Next time I do it I’ll add a decent sequence.
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