Wednesday, June 04, 2014

{review and giveaway} Babyville Boutique Diaper Sewing Supplies {closed}

As many of you know I have sewn most of the diapers that we own. I love that I created something that saves my family money and is good for my baby. When I purchased the supplies for my first round of cloth diapers over a year ago, I purchase my PUL from a fabric co-op.  I had tried going to Joann’s; I asked one of the employees if they carried PUL or other cloth diaper making supplies and she looked at me like I was crazy and proceeded to take me to the utility fabric (think large rolls of plastic and tablecloth fabric) and tell me that was the only thing she could think of that would work. The co-op worked well, but it took a long time to actually receive the fabric (most co-ops have an 8-12 week turnaround time once you place your order to receive the fabric). A few months ago I was in Joann’s cruising the aisles dreaming of what I could make if I had all the time in the world and I saw it..... Babyville Boutique fabric! I am excited that I could buy cloth diaper materials locally (however, I’m sure my husband is not so thrilled, haha). I contacted the company and they sent me a whole box of their products to try.


I made a few diapers out of the patterns that came in the instruction book they sent me. I really enjoyed the instructions in the book; they were really helpful when trying to figure out how to sew fold over elastic and they also showed me some great ideas on different ways to sew cloth diaper. However, I did revert back to the patterns I drew up because I could fit two newborn diapers on each cut of fabric and the tummy panel is a little shorter. After sewing the first few diapers, I already liked the PUL so much that I went to Joann's and purchased more PUL by the yard. Here are some of the newborn diapers that I made:


Want to try making some cloth diapers yourself? Here are some tutorials/free patterns that we have posted on our blog: Newborn pocket cloth diapers with adjustable elastic, a free newborn pattern, a OS pocket diaper made with adjustable elastic and how to sew newborn inserts. We also have a tutorial on how to make mama cloth here (the pattern is available on our Etsy shop - Simplistically Modern). 

The three things that I wanted to try out most from Babyville was their PUL, wicking jersey fabric, and their snaps. So this review is mainly going to focus on those three products.

PUL
PUL is a laminated fabric that makes cloth diapers waterproof. It is what I choose to use on the outside of my diapers. The first thing I noticed about Babyville PUL (besides how many cute prints it comes in) is how easy it is to sew. I had some left over co-op PUL so I used it to sew some diapers at the same time I was sewing the Babyville PUL; the co-op PUL felt sticky in my sewing machine and I had to do a lot of pulling to get it to feed properly. I didn’t have this problem with the Babyville PUL; it was slick and my sewing machine fed it through the pressure foot super easily.

I also made some larger pocket diapers out of the Babyville PUL so I could try them on my toddler. He’s a heavy wetter at night so I had to stuff them clear full but I didn’t have any leak issues through or around the PUL. Here are a few of the pocket diapers that I made - aren't the prints super cute?!?


I did notice that the solid color PUL feels a little different than the print PUL. The print PUL feels a little slicker on the fabric side and a little thicker than the solid PUL. Personally, I like the way the print PUL feels more than the solid color PUL. But I haven't noticed any difference in the performance of the prints fabric vs the solid colored fabric.

Wicking Jersey
 I really liked the Babyville wicking jersey. It was a lot softer and silkier feeling than the material that I got through the co-op. It also stayed softer after I lined dried it. It was stay dry just as I expected wicking jersey fabric to be. The wicking jersey can be purchased either in precut packages (coordinating colors) or by the yard/bolt (only white colored). 


Snaps
The snaps that I have been using previously to the Babyville snaps were KAM snaps (which I really like). The Babyville snaps are a tad harder to snap and unsnap than the KAM snaps but other than that I haven’t really noticed a difference between the two in performance or application. I have always used Babyville pliers (which I purchased from Joann’s) to apply all my snaps. I didn’t have any problems with the Babyville snaps so far. The snaps come in cute coordinating colors. 


Fold Over Elastic
Babyville sent me some fold over elastic (FOE) to try. I’ve never used it before and let me tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I can’t compare it to any other brands. But FOE makes diaper making so much easier! I hate using regular elastic in diapers; it seems like 50% of the time the elastic is all uneven, or I sew through the elastic and have to unpick everything – it’s such a pain. FOE solved my problem and makes sewing covers and basic pocket diapers twice as fast. 


Cost
I feel like the Babyville PUL and wicking jersey is a bit overpriced compared to the co-op fabric that I am used to purchasing. However, when I looked online they are pretty comparable to the prices of most online diaper sewing supply retailers. I really like that Joann's often has 50% off coupons that you can use on Babyville fabric, which makes it a lot more affordable! I would recommend purchasing the fabric (both the PUL and the wicking jersey) by the yard because you end up getting more fabric for your money and you end up with more diapers.

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Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products for free to facilitate this review. This did not affect my opinions. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or even write a review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

72 comments :

  1. I would like to try the Totally Trainers Pattern Booklet alonf with the Little Pirate and Skulls assorted PUL package

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  2. I only just started sewing a couple years ago( mostly just this past year though) and so far I have only made a cover, I would like to try the athletic wicking jersey in a pocket style diaper.

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  3. Very excited to try sewing diapers for my new grandson

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  4. Want to make a wet bag. Would love to try Little birds pul!

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  5. The little bird pul is adorable. Think I would love some!

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  6. I love all the BBV PUL, My favorite are the pirate themed PULs

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  7. I'd like to try the playful pond snaps

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  8. I would like to try the EZ Adjust Tape

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  9. The wicking jersey, haven't tried it yet.

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  10. I love all of the pul fabric. I like the frogs and turtles best.

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  11. The Little Birds is so cute! I want to try sewing a few diapers.

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  12. I would really love to try their ruffled elastic!

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  13. I like the Little Pirate PUL prints, so cute!

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  14. I would love to try the PUl diapers and the book 51 PUL Projects

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  15. I would like to have the Playful Friends Monkey and Hoot printed and solid PUL packaged fabric.

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  16. I used to sew all the time, but everything I did before kids seems to have fallen by the wayside. Maybe I will start back up when they are older.

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  17. Your diapers turned out great. I gave up sewing awhile back and gave my Huskavarna to my Daughter.

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  18. I didn't know diapers could be so darn cute. What an awesome giveaway!!

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  19. I wonder if I could make them big enough for my son. We still need him in something at night and if you could make them big enough for your toddler, maybe we can do the same for our son.

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  20. I would have never tried to sew my own diapers...mom wouldn't let me have a sewing machine in my crib!

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  21. These are really cute.Its a great idea if you can make them yourself.

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  22. These are the coolest little things.Sharing with someone I know and love who has the sweetest baby ever (my grandbaby ;) ).

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  23. There are oodles of cute supplies you can use! I didn't know that. Yours came out darling!

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  24. These diapers look absolutely amazing, wish I had pairs to try on my daughter.

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  25. Looks like making handmade diapers is well worth it. I am glad to see a great collection of pieces to help out.

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  26. This is a wonderful way for new mom's to make unique clothing for their little ones.

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  27. Cute colors! I would try these with my kiddo.

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  28. I bet it would make a great group project to do with the church then to pass them around to the newborns in Nic unit.

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  29. That pink daipies look super cute - I'd probably have that when I get my own baby girl

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  30. I sew diapers almost everyday, but I've never tried FOE. I'd love to give it a shot! :-)

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  31. I love all the cute patterns and colors. I think you are very talented in this area. Not everyone can do this.

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  32. What cute patterns on the diapers! I wish we would have used cloth diapers when my girls were still young enough for them. We would have saved tons of money and they would have been eco friendly too!

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  33. I'd love to try the wicking fabric.

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  34. What a cool idea. Handmade diapers are much better then store bought.

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  35. I would love to try playful friends

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  36. DIY diapers. :) Love it!! Would definitely use it for my babes.

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  37. Oh those are so cute, what a lovely gift they would make for a new Mum. x

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  38. I wish I would have got into this when my babies were babies. I could see myself loading up the cart at my local craft stores!

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  39. These are all so cute. I know lots of moms that would love these.

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  40. Those diapers turned out great. I sew but I was not aware of PUL fabrics. Thanks for writing about them.

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  41. Those are sooo cute! Do you have an Etsy store? You should if you do not! I wish I could sew. Maybe one day.... :)

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  42. Whenever I do decide to have kids, I'll be sure to check back for your tutorials. I am definitely gonna try cloth diapering :)

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  43. Those diapers are so cute! I would never be able to figure out how to make my own. I can barely thread a sewing machine.

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  44. I would love to try the butterfly PUL because we're expecting our 1st grand daughter :)

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  45. I would love to try the butterfly PUL since we're expecting our 1st grand daughter this summer :)

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  46. How adorable are these. I wish I knew how to sew. I have tried and failed. I just can't get it. This is awesome giveaway.

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  47. The diapers you made are so cute!

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  48. These Babyville Boutique items look great! I love that you can make your own cloth diapers now!

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  49. I would like to try the pliers. I am very interested in making some of my own diapers and would really like a pair of these!

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  50. Those owls are a really fun print! How cute would a baby be wearing that. :D

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  51. their new little birds pul print is adorable! but id really love to get the snap press and snaps since then i could even do my prefolds into prefitteds and snap convert my aplix diapers that reallllly need help!

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  52. I love the playful pond set! that's so cute!!

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  53. I'd like to try their wicking fabric. I love the cowboy and pirate prints of PUL.

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  54. I'd really love the snap pliers could do so many things with those!

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  55. I'd love to try Mod Girl or Little Birds fabric and ribbon.

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  56. I would like the little birds! Thanks!

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  57. I want to try the playful friends

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  58. I'd love to try the dinos and monsters!

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  59. I love the playful pond collection!

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  60. Dinos & Monsters, way too cute and will match my little monster perfectly!

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    1. I actually liked this set so much, I went and purchased it myself at Joann's today (they had a really good sale). My second favorite is a toss-up between Playful Pond and Playful Friends (I really like them both).

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  61. I would love to try any of this. I've never made my own diapers before!

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  62. Soon I'll be sewing for my niece Sara whom is expecting twins this winter. The diaper covers would be perfect...gender neutral for now since we don't yet know whom those babies are.

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  63. Soon I'll be sewing for my niece whom is expecting twins this winter. The diaper covers would be perfect, gender neutral for now since we don't know the babies sexes yet.

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  64. Totally Trainers Pattern Booklet. I would love to try to make my little man trainers.

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  65. I just love the sweet stuff collection!

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  66. I am going to be a first time Grandmother in September and I would LOVE to make these for my new Grandson

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  67. I would love to try the little pirates pul!

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