If interlock and knit/crochet are too hard to get or are out of your budget there are still more options. There are tons of WAHMs that can turn an old wool sweater into the cutest pair of longies for your little one. Recycled wool longies are substantially less expensive and work just as well as their counterparts and they are my favorite!
I love Sterling’s Woollybottoms longies. Woollybottoms makes recycled footies and regular longies. We have a pair of footies, recycled cashmere longies and recycled interlock. Woollybottoms allows anyone to have high quality wool items at a fraction of the cost of new ones.
**Wonderland: A Holiday Boutique Oh I am in trouble! While updating the links I came across this site (it only has 1 recycled item lol). This is by far my favorite Hyena Cart store I have come across. Gorgeous items and great prices too! I also love the graphic design of the store and the cleanness of the pictures, makes you want to buy something.
WAHM Nation next to the last store has recycled items.
NickNaks only one pair of adorable newborn longies…get em quick!
Alioop I’ve included this store because of the gorgeous hand dyed wool available. There are many YYMN (your yarn my needles) wool available on Hyena Cart if you’d like to have someone knit up a pair of custom longies for your baby. She does have a couple of girly recycled wool shorties on her store.
Or make some yourself!
If you can operate a sewing machine you can probably make some longies yourself (operating the machine is about as far as my talent goes and I have made a couple of pairs). The pattern I have used is Sweaterpants. Extremely simple. And if you really like the sweater but don’t know how to use the body of it you can send it to one of the above WAHMs and have them convert it to a soaker. I did this and sent it to The Cat’s Meow. Jenn did and amazing job and it wasn’t the easiest sweater to work with!
I am currently using pocket diapers for Paisley so I don’t lanolize the wool. However, if you are using fitteds the wool will need the lanolin to provide the wetness barrier. There are many ways moms lanolinize their wool but this is the system I have found to be the easiest. You will need: Lansinoh Lanolin, natural baby wash, sink and towel.
1) Melt a tablespoon of lanolin in a cup of water in the microwave. Mix.
2) Fill sink with cool to lukewarm water. Add desired amount of natural baby wash. Mix. Add melted lanolin.
3) Add wool items to the sink. Wash areas that are soiled or heavily peed on. Make sure each item is thoroughly covered with lanolin, I do this by kneading the wool gently.
4) Let sit 15 minutes.
5) Drain sink. Carefully rinse soap off with cool water. Don’t be too rough with your wool it can be damaged. Interlock is more forgiving.
6) Lay wool flat on towel and roll towel up. Lay wool on flat surface to dry for the next day or so.
I only need to lanolinize wool every month or two. When the moisture starts coming through the wool you know it’s time. You can spot wash your wool if food or poop gets on it.
You can also separate the washing and lanolin steps in this procedure. Washing the wool first then repeating the procedure for just the lanolin.
I have listed 4 wool items on my facebook fan page if you are interested.