It is amazing to me how many people in 2013 see me change a diaper and ask, “what’s that?”
To the vast majority of society cloth diapers are still the prefolds and rubber pants from 30+ years ago. I love to see the surprise of their faces when I show them how easy, fun and quick modern cloth diapers are.
I don’t always have a baby with me to spark the conversation or to show a cloth diaper in action.
Almost as adorable as a cute baby modeling the latest fashion in diapering are the super cute cloth diaper key chains made by Weensy Baby on Etsy.
When I received my package of key chains I was completely blown away by the TINY details. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to sew on this small of a scale…I find it difficult sewing a straight line on a large scale.
The artist behind Weensy Baby is Joanna. I asked Joanna to share a little about her family and how Weensy Baby came to be.
My name is Joanna, and I am the WHAM behind Weensy Baby. I am married to my childhood sweetheart, and am a stay at home mom to seven wonderful kids. They range from toddler to teen, and are all home schooled. In addition to being a mom, and sewing itty bitty diaper cuteness, I raise goats, chickens and a large garden.
I started sewing as a young teen, and have enjoyed creating fun things for my family and friends ever since. I cloth diapered all my children, starting out using flats, pins and plastic pants. When my sixth child was one year old, I really wanted to try something new, but the thrifty part of me could not bear to buy cloth diapers when I knew I could learn to make them myself. Learning, and then making and using them became a passion that I had not expected. I have been sewing diapers for 4 years, and have made just about every type known to man (or woman). In 2011 I was asked to be part of the design team for Babyville Boutique. It has been a great opportunity to exercise my creative side. I love developing projects and ideas, and helping others to learn to sew cloth diapers for their children.
Early in 2013, I was part of an online discussion about cloth diaper key chains, and I decided I wanted to try and make one for myself. I had seen many simple ones, but I wanted to challenge myself and try making a miniature cloth diaper with all the details. I found that I really enjoyed the challenge, and it turned out so cute that I had to share it online. The response was overwhelming, and I had several requests to buy one. Weensy Baby was born shortly there after, and I have found my own “little” niche in the cloth diapering world.
Since the beginning of Weensy Baby I have continued to experiment, challenge myself, and develop new products for my fans. I make a variety of cloth diaper styles, including most of the popular types of cloth diapers on the market. I have even made replicas of a customer’s favorite diaper style and brand.
People have, at times, asked “Why key chain diapers? They are adorable, but what’s the point?” It is a great question, and I will share my thoughts. Many people out in society have not heard of cloth diapers, or if they have, they have a picture in their mind of soggy, saggy prefolds and pins, covered by poofy plastic pants. These cute little key chains are a great conversation starter that allow you to show others what modern cloth is, how cute and convenient it can be, and just how modern cloth diapers work. They are portable, visible, and are kind of like a bumper sticker for your keys, diaper bag, or purse, allowing you to share your love of cloth, and, perhaps, introduce others to modern cloth diapers.
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You can’t look at these tiny, perfectly sewn, detailed cloth diapers and not be amazed. Each of my children were begging to keep one for themselves. Only one person in my house failed to see the adorableness. My husband. Oh and my besties’ husband. They don’t count though.
Joanna sent me 3 key chains: one for me, one for the bestie whose husband didn’t appreciate the talent, and ONE FOR YOU!!
Here is the key chain up for grabs