July 31, 2009

Why Not...Turn Your Old Clothes Into Diapers?


This early Meiji-era diaper at Sri Threads already sold, but you can follow these simple instructions and make your own, no problem! It's easy and economical, plus it helps the environment!

Here's what you'll need:

  • An old yukata summer-weight kimono dyed using the arashi shibori pattern popular in Arimatsu, Aichi Prefecture.*
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Here's what you do:

  1. Cut a 133 x 38 cm strip from your yukata.

  2. Fold it nearly in half crosswise, leaving about a 2cm overlap on one edge.

  3. Sew the 2cm flap over the top edge.

  4. Then fold the sides over, about 1.075cm on each side and sew them closed.

  5. Iron the edges flat [oops, I guess you'll need an iron, too.]

And there you have it! Perfect for summer outings!

* If you don't have an arashi shibori yukata, you can use that diagonally striped shirt you bought in 2004. Since your shirt probably isn't 130cm long, you can cut a 67.5 x 72cm piece and fold it in half lengthwise. If you can't get a single piece of fabric that size off your shirt, you'll need to cut two 67.5 x 38cm pieces and stitch all four sides together.

An Arashi Shibori Diaper: Recycled Arimatsu Shibori, SOLD
[srithreads via reference library]

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