I'll confess right up front that though I don't do a lot of dealings on Etsy, I love browsing through what this chic flea market-esque venue has to offer in terms of creative, unique, and dainty hand-crafted items. When I first saw Sweet Bobbins on Etsy many months ago, I couldn't get over just how cute her items were. As my sister often says, dramatically, her stuff is so cute, "it just makes me wanna puke" (in a good way, of course!) ;) It's true though--head over to Angela's delicate little shop and you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces covered in everything from dainty birds, owls, flowers, and leafs, and other delicate nature themes and sweet patterns! Angela is also quite handy with a sewing machine, creating all her own items, including cloth wipes, bibs, wet bags, washable nursing pads, and more! In addition, Sweet Bobbins sells sewing patterns for bibs, tutus, pail liners, and other popular items--all for nominal fees of under $10. If you're a seamstress (or even an aspiring one, like me!), this could be a good place for you to get your start with baby items!
Up for review, Angela sent me two of her most "in-demand" items: a sample set of (4) girly cloth wipes, and a wet bag in her Michael Miller Bird Swing print. Are these not THE cutest things you've ever seen in your life?
When I tore open the mail package they came in, I sucked in a huge gasp and oohed and aahed over them for a couple of good minutes. Not only are they SUPER cute, but they are also SUPER soft! With the printed side as a soft cotton flannel and the backside as a soft OBV (organic bamboo velour), these are probably the most luxurious thing that Baby Aurelia's bum has ever come in contact with! Before I had used them, I sent Angela a little message, saying that they were too cute to even want to use. I loved her reply and have to include it here for you; she said, "LOL! They are cute, but also very functionable. :) I used to pick one up and think, "how pretty! I think I'll go wipe up some poo!" LOL!" Ha! I had a good laugh at that and then bucked up to the task of using them to do the dirty deed.
I've been wetting my wipes with just water, and these were absorbent to suck up a terrific amount of water (or wipes solution, if that's what you use) to really get a smooth, clean wipe. They are what I would call a medium-sized wipe, bigger than a Bumma or a baby washcloth, but smaller than some of the very large wipes that were out there. This made it very easy to wield one-handed while my other hand was tied up holding Baby's legs still. The size, I think, is just right!
I've laundered these wipes several times now (I washed them once before use, and have washed them a few times after being dirtied, as well), and I am THRILLED to say that they are just as soft as when they came in the mail! They are not pilling or curling (as some of my other wipes have done after even 2 washes), and are so, so soft and flexible. They are also stain-free, having washed up so, so clean even after some messy jobs! I LOVE these wipes!
Angela also sent along this adorable wet bag for review! This is a medium-sized wet bag with a ProCare Barrier Fabric layer for the waterproof inner, and a cotton-blend print for the exterior. Sweet Bobbins' wet bags are available in a variety of prints & sizes, or you can create your own custom! Angela even has a second Etsy shop, Sweet Bobbins Fabrics, to show off all her cute fabrics or even sell them by the yard for other people who love sewing and crafting!
Every wet bag that Sweet Bobbins puts out also comes with a thick, sturdy snapping strap that easily attaches to a stroller handle, doorknob, or nestles in the crook of mommy's elbow for easy toting!
I personally love that the inner lining is not attached to the exterior print with this wet bag, as I just pull it out (inside out like a sock) and leave it hanging free from the cotton print altogether so that when I launder the whole thing with my diaper laundry, the entire bag washes cleaner and dries faster than if I had to keep all those thick layers bunched up together. I personally hang all my wet bags to dry, though this one can be dried in the dryer from time to time (though to prolong its life, hanging to dry is better).
I also love that this bag is available in a variety of sizes. With this size, I could honestly fit 5+ dirty diapers in here if the trip needed it. This would be great for long day trips (to the lake, etc), or even a short overnight stay at Grandma's! I love that you could just pack the one zippered bag, contain all the stinkies in one spot, and only have to launder one bag when you get home. The zipper is sturdy, the bag never leaked, and it is cute as can be when you have to tote it around in public spaces. This will be a favorite wet bag for anyone who picks one up. Plus, they start at only $12.50 on the Sweet Bobbins Etsy shop!
My only complaint about the Sweet Bobbins Etsy shop is ... Angela! Why don't you make diapers too?? ;) ;)
One lucky winner is going to walk away with a mini starter set of sweet little wipes of your own, though, so read on!
Head over to the Sweet Bobbins Etsy Shop right now to buy a set of cloth wipes or a cute wet bag starting as low as $5.25!
Sweet Bobbins is generously offering one lucky reader a mini starter set of cute cloth wipes from her shop! Choose from boy, girl, or gender-neutral for your set of wipes if you win!
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