Happy Friday! For those of you who are reading this blog for the first time, Fashion “Friendly” Friday is where I show you how I’m turning my closet into an environmentally friendly wardrobe by learning to Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse.
This posting is a little different, let me explain. We’ve been pretty lazy about potty training Little Pumpkin Doodle, but after she had an accident on the sofa we decided to get it together.
We thought we were doing the right thing by asking LPD if she had to go potty and then encouraging her to use the potty by giving her praise. Even after all the praise, she continued to pee in her pull ups. It was no surprise when I picked her up from daycare last week that she was wearing a different outfit then what I put her in that morning.
Our day care provider is awesome and she gave it to me straight! She told me that in order for children to learn to use the potty, it has to be easy for them to get undressed when they feel the urge to go.
You see, I was making it hard for Little Pumpkin Doodle to remove her clothing. Most of the time LPD wears a dress, but since I worry about sun safety and skinned knees, I dress her in a onesie and leggings with her dresses. (Imagine wearing wearing a body suit and pantyhose under your clothing and having to to pee real bad). No wonder LPD was flooding her pull ups!
I have to admit, I didn’t want to give up the onesie because that meant she was growing up. As my friend Melinda said to me the other day, “It’s time to change that channel!”
As soon as we arrived home from day care I ordered some undershirts for LPD to replace the onesies, but after shipping costs, $20 for 3 tee shirts didn’t make sense. I knew there had to be a less expensive alternative. I decided to cut the bottom of her onesie’s and use iron on hem tape to make undershirts. I had all the tools except for the tape, which I purchased for $2.49 at Joanne’s Fabrics.
Since most of her onesies have stains I also use them for play clothes and to dry her hair since t-shirts are the best way to dry curly hair (See The Curly Girl Method-Organic Hair Care).
The whole project took 10 minutes. Check out the tutorial below. The pics are self-explanatory.
Here are my tools: Heat Bond tape and scissors
I cut the onesie
Here are more uses for that onesie:
Rag Rug-my mother in law’s mother used to make rag rugs out of her old clothes.
Update: LPD is doing great with her potty training and I’ve washed a couple of the undershirts and they’ve held up great.
How do you UPcycle your children’s clothing?
If this is your first visit to Mommy’s Organics start here to catch up:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!