I don’t know if you’ve heard of the term “Crunchy” but that is definitely what describes me right now. From the good ‘ol UrbanDictionary.com
Adjective. Used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc.
Also used to describe establishments where alternative foods and products are sold, i.e. natural food stores.
“I’m heading out to the crunchy store to pick up some fair trade chocolate and tea tree oil, do you need anything?”
I use the word with pride by the way… no poking fun here! I’m turning crunchy and I’m just fine with that! In fact, when I first started listening to Dave Ramsey a few years ago to learn about financial freedom, he always would say “Don’t be normal.” You got it Dave!!
So, there’s many ways to be environmentally friendly, you could go on and on about it really. Especially nowadays with Pinterest ruling the world, there’s so many ways! Now I’m not talking only flushing your toilets once a week or taking a shower once a month.. not that kind of eco friendly. But the cloth revolution kind of way.
Now I’ve seen this done many different ways. There’s the traditional, on the roll type:
Photo Credit: That Short Girl’s Blog
Then there’s what I like to call, the towel pile type:
Photo Credit: Beautiful Somehow
And people even make places for the used towels to go:
Photo Credit: mcbabybump
I will definitely be doing this and will let you know how it goes. I can only assume you’d need 2-3 different “rolls” of the un-paper towels to get by. I get so annoyed with my husband because he goes through paper towels so quickly. And those suckers are expensive! They add up! By having a few rolls on hand, I would think it’d make things a bit easier. Also, I’m not sure which way I’ll go… roll or pile. Any suggestions?
Free Cloth Diaper Patterns
Ok, so I’m a family on a budget, I think you’ve gotten that already. So FREE is where it’s got to be.
I’ve been searching the internet (Mainly Pinterest) for free cloth diaper patterns. I’m almost a little hesitant to even share these yet, as I haven’t had a chance to try them out myself, but how about you try them, and let ME know how it goes? I can’t begin sewing for at least another month until we move into our new house.
I’m going to link you to the blogs that I found these patterns so you can follow their directions and pictures until I get a chance to make some of my own.
- prefold2fitted Newborn Diaper Pattern
- prefold2fitted Simple Diaper Sewing Tutorial
- prefold2fitted Her Entire Free Patterns Download Library
- YouTube video Making a simple velcro newborn diaper (I got a tiny bit motion sick watching this video, but I feel like she explains how to put in the elastic really well, so I recommend watching the video anyway!)
- One more pinterest link of 10 free diaper patterns
Also this website is AMAZING and has great deals on the snaps you’ll need to make the diapers. And this website has great PUL fabrics (water resistant for cloth diapers) and they’re constantly updating their patterns and supplies.
I joined 7 new facebook groups (yeah….) in the past few days that are all about DIY cloth making, anywhere from Cloth Diapers, to Women’s Clothing, to baby clothes, how to clean things with home made solutions… I’m kinda going nuts with all these things!
Ok, on a less serious note, look at these cute clothes my mom and mother-in-law got for us!!