Mother’s Day is just around the bend…

…and wouldn’t a custom bag be a thoughtful gift? Give the special mom in your life a gift card to receive her own hand-made-just-for-her-because-she’s-awesome bag!

How does it work? Simply purchase the “Custom Oversized Bag” listing in my Etsy store, and  I will send a handmade card to the recipient (or to the giver if they would like to present it themselves), letting them know to contact me to choose the fabric for their bag. After they have notified me of their choice, I will create their gift and mail it to them (gift wrapped, of course) within 2-3 weeks.  Imagine the delight Mom will experience knowing it was created just for her! And imagine how easy this amazing gift will be for you-just an email and a few clicks and you’re a hero.  If you would like to send a smaller gift, gift cards for custom pouch slings and ring slings are also available. Smaller bags of the same excellent quality are available at a lower price, please email or contact me to discuss! There’s a way to meet most any budget.

Still not sold? Then let me share with you what your gift could look like…

I just finished up this beautiful bag today, and can I say I am in L-O-V-E  LOVE?! This one is going to be hard to part with!!

The floral pattern is complimented with a whimsical leaf pattern on the side pockets-notice the tiny squirrels and foxes. I just couldn’t resist using that print somewhere.

A zip-top option was added to this order, as shown below.

The top can be unzipped completely to allow full access to the interior. Inside you’ll find the standard pockets included on the base bag: 2 Large cloth diaper/blanket/change of clothes pockets, one cosmetics/”Mommy” pocket, a divided pocket, and also a snapping key/toy loop. The slings (laying inside) are not included but can be added to coordinate with any order.

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I adore rick rack.  You’ll find it popping up every once in awhile…ok, maybe more than just once in awhile!  It’s going to be a recurring trend here, you’ll see. 🙂

And of course, the back….I would love to make another similar to this for a special someone because I just can’t wait to sew with this floral print again.  Is it wrong to love a pattern?

Until next time…Happy Sewing! And Shopping! 😉

Earth day 2011

Happy Earth Day everybody!! Today is a great day to start a new environmentally friendly habit. If change seems overwhelming, try to start small.

You could challenge yourself to use cloth napkins 3 nights a week, or only use cloth rags when you clean on the weekends.  We gave up most disposable paper products in my household last Earth Day, and while it was achallenge at first to remember to reach for the cloth rag instead of a paper towel, it’s just normal now.  Spills are cleaned up more quickly, and easily, and it really has not added any more laundry to my chores!  Not to mention the cost savings really adds up over time.  It’s such a simple cheap change, I really encourage everyone to try it at least part time.

Another simple thing you could do is give up the plastic shopping bags.  Reusable bags hold so much more, you’ll find that they help shorten the time it takes to unload groceries.  You can find a few upcycled all purpose bags in the Free Rose shop. Not only are they great for store trips, you can use them to carry your lunch, and they make beautiful gift bags!  Wouldn’t they be a nice bonus gift as wrapping on a Mother’s Day present? Check them out here.

To celebrate Earth Day, please use code EarthDayWP in the Free Rose esty store to enjoy 10% off your entire purchase. This offer will expire on Sunday, April 24 at 11:59 PM central.  This is the perfect time to get your pre-order in for the next batch of Organic Fleece Inserts and Trifolds, or maybe try a Ruffle Bottom Cover for the summer.  Happy Earth Day, and happy shopping! 🙂

Oversized Daycare Diaper Bag

Parents with children in daycare know that the list of things you need to take with you-besides the baby-can seem endless.  Make your mornings a little easier with this oversized diaper bag, it will help keep you organized with a place for everything.

Made with your choice of fun cotton print and lining, a hidden inner layer of water resistant canvas give the bag it’s shape and adds durability. Measuring 17″ tall 15″ wide, and 7.5″ deep, it’s roomy but easy to carry.  The outside features a large zippered pocket (optional embroidered name), and two side pockets, each of which can easily carry 2 bottles or sippy cups.

The interior of the bag has a sturdy divider, perfect for dividing blankets and sheets from extra clothes and bibs.  Two extra large side by side pockets are large enough to hold cloth diapers, or to store changes of clothes, disposable diapers, burp rags, etc.  2 more pockets add extra storage space, perfect for snacks, pacis, or your wallet.  A snapping loop is perfect for keeping your keys handy, or keeping track of small toys.  Contrast trim edges the tops of the pockets, adding a beautiful contrast and making them easy to find.

Soft and sturdy cotton straps wrap around the bag to distribute the weight and keep it comfortable on your shoulder during long trips.

Not just for daycare, this oversized diaper bag is perfect for the beach, long trips, flying, and moms with more than one child.  Adult prints are available, this would be a great overnight  or carry one bag as well.

If you would like one of your own, please click on any of the pictures to view the etsy listing, choose the “Shop” tab above or email me at Susie@freerosestudio.com!  I will provide you with many beautiful choices of exterior fabrics, which I will then beautifully match with two contrasting fabrics for the interior and trim.

If you have other pocket needs, I will be happy to accommodate them, available options include a cell phone pocket, waterproof water bottle pocket, insulated bottle pockets. This bag can also be made as a messenger style bag, with a single adjustable strap.  This one-of-a-kind bag will be made to your specifications, you’ll receive a bag hand patterned and crafted just for you, with one line of professionally embroidered text, for $72 plus shipping.  Please contact me for more information or to start the order process, this beautiful and functional bag is perfect for upcoming summer travels!

Just wrapped up a custom diaper…

I enjoy making custom order diapers for clients, because it gives me a chance to do some fun combos I might not ordinarily offer as a stock item.  I just mailed off a great AIO, and it came out so cute I had to share it here! Please use the comment section to let me know if you love it too! All styles can be created as an AIO (all in one) or as a cover; it’s worth noting that cloth diaper covers make excellent swim diapers to coordinate with your child’s suit.

Here is is, check out this awesome Red Ruffle Bottom diaper!  What a great compliment to any modern girl’s wardrobe.

This Ruffle Bottom AIO featured an organic bamboo fleece soaker, covered with cotton to coordinate it with the cotton lining the inside of the diaper. My semi attached soakers are securely attached at one end (at the back for girls, at the front for boys), and a generous length, allowing for them to be folded to double the absorbtion in your babies wettest area, without adding bulk to the entire diaper. This soaker is 2 layers is the lower 2/3, allowing for 4 layers of bamboo fleece (and plus 4 additional layers of cotton) in the wet zone, while keeping it trim elsewhere.

10 columns of snaps across the waist give a close fit, and horizontal rows of snaps create 3 rise options. This picture shows it on it’s smallest settings.

To order a custom diaper in this combination, or to see what colors are currently available to make a unique cloth diaper or cover for your son or daughter, you can contact me using the form below. I also can be reached through my etsy store, or via email at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com   As always, thank you for taking time out of your day to support Free Rose!!

New cover added to Etsy

I’ve started adding the new boys covers to the Etsy page.  While they are “boyish” they are also gender neutral! I added the Yellow with Green snaps OS PUL  Diaper cover first, I think it would be the perfect base for an Easter outfit. Don’t act like you’ve never planned an outfit around a diaper before! 🙂

Check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71215220/yellow-with-green-snaps-boys-os-cloth, and be sure to come back often as I will be listing the others over the weekend.

Being that this is a waterproof cover, it also makes for a great swim diaper! Just throw it over their swim suit while they are in the water, and easily unsnap it for playtime.