Monday, March 19, 2012

Babyville Boutique Review and Giveaway

Today's review was completed by guest blogger (and dear friend) Laura B.  She and I have been friends FOREVER and have been lucky enough to share our love of cloth diapering.  I had received the Babyville Boutique supplies LONG ago, but due to sewing machine troubles, I was never able to get this review completed!  So I begged Laura to do this review for me, and she graciously (and nervously) agreed!  So a HUGE thank you to her!!!  ~Laura


If you have ever thought about making your own cloth diapers...here is a new brand that has made making your own diapers a cinch!!!  Included in what I received to review were a three pack of PUL fabric, Fold Over Elastic (FOE), EZ Adjust Tape, and the Instruction manual.


First of all I’d just like to thank Laura D. for letting me be a part of this awesome blog!  I will be honest though, I was very nervous to try making a cloth diaper cover.  I have used cloth on my children since my son was 9 months.  My two kids are 4 and 2 ½, so we are now out of diapers.  I’m anxiously awaiting the time when we’ll be able to use them again! I have never had the ambition to make my own, until having all these things so easily available and such a great book with the how to’s!   



I decided to go with the newborn hook and loop diaper cover.  What I received came with a how to book, which had pictures and instructions to follow.  Also it had patterns for all the sizes and types of diapers listed in the book.  As a novice sewer, I decided to go with what seemed to be the most simple version.  I had been given the adorable pul material with frogs and turtles on it, with matching green EZ Adjust Tape and fold over elastic.  I’ve used many different brands of pul covers and I have to say the quality of the material and supplies were great!  The EZ Adjust Tape was nice and strong and would hold up nicely! The choices of patterns and colors are great as well! It could become addicting with all the choices and appliqués available!   



I had been putting off making the cover, since I had never done anything with fold over elastic before.  When I finally got up the nerve to try it, I was at my mom’s so I had back up! ;)  Luckily she was only moral support, because everything was easy and self explanatory.  I didn’t need her for any advice while making it.  The book was fairly easy to use.  There were a few times I had wished the picture would have shown more details.  Though after reading what it said to do and studying the picture, I always got it right.  It’s fairly straight forward.  I had very little issues with it.  I did have to redo one of the leg areas, but it was my own error.  I know the more I would do the technique of stretching the elastic while sewing, it would only get easier.  It wasn’t hard, just something new that I hadn't done before.  I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to complete.  Cut out the fabric with the pattern, sew on the aplix, and go around it with the fold over elastic.  That’s all, hardly any steps!  So it really doesn’t even take much time to complete.  I would say I had it done in between 30 and 45 minutes.  Definitely doable in a naptime!  Which is when I find the time to sit down and sew uninterrupted!   



The pattern was easy to cut out and pin to the fabric. The pattern was well labeled and easy to understand.  The fabric cut really well and was so simple to use.  The fold over elastic is FANTASTIC!  I can’t imagine it being any easier, really!  I really enjoyed sewing it and felt very accomplished when it was complete.  I am looking forward to making more covers!  There are just so many cute possibilities waiting to be made!  If you have sewn at all, you can make yourself a cloth diaper cover.  It really went so well and I was pleasantly surprised.  You will be too! I made it yesterday and am already itching to get my sewing machine humming with another one today!  Thanks again TMG!! 


Overall Stars:  ★★★★☆  It was easy to sew, had all the nice materials to work with, but the pictures on in the book weren't always the most helpful. If it could have had a bit more pictures with the details being shown it would be a 5!


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37 comments:

  1. I would choose boy or neutral.

    (Rachel N on raffelcopter)

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  2. I learned that they offer a wide range of products including super cute appliques and snaps!

    (Rachel N on raffelcopter)

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  3. the project tab has 2 cute tutorials... love the soft block!

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  4. their parent company, Prym Consumer USA, "is the largest manufacturer and distributor of sewing, quilting, and craft-related notions in North America"
    (mary michaud)

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  5. I'd choose neutral and I learned that they carry snaps and diaper bling

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  6. Girl!
    mmjohnson555@gmail.com
    Rafflecopter: Mechele JOhnson

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  7. I learned that they also sell snap pliers! As well as cute little tags and patches to accesorize dipes!
    mmjohnson555@gmail.com
    Rafflecopter: Mechele JOhnson

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  8. I learned how to you can add contrasting wing tabs that make the diaper even more unique!

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  9. I learned they have cute matching buttons.

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  10. not only do they sell a myriad of different fabric choices but the also have cute snaps and appliques to add =)

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  11. i would choose the gender neutral
    debnnmike m

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  12. i learned they also sell snap pliers!

    debnmike m

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  13. Gender Neutral please!
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  14. I learned that they have Project instructions listed on their web site for free!
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  15. Ugh I accidentally hit enter instead of cancel for following Babyville on twitter! Can you delete it for me? I can't follow because I am at my twitter limit! I haven't had time to eliminate some of my older twitter follows...
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  16. I would select girl for my granddaughter.

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  17. I learned the prints and solids are waterproof and breathable.

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  18. Boy! And I learned I can buy their products locally!

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  19. I'd do Gender Neutral or boy.

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  20. They aim to make sewing fun easy and rewarding!

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  21. I'd go with the Gender Neutral. ngiraldi at gmail dot com

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  22. I would choose gender neutral!

    huntermb3 at gmail dot com

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  23. I learned that they provide project instructions on their website!

    huntermb3 at gmail dot com

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  24. I would love to have a gender neutral pack!

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  25. I learned that on their website they have featured products!

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  26. I learned they offer some of the cutest PUL and embellishments around

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  27. I would choose the ducks, but even more I would like to have an assortement with coordinates

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