Five Yards of Organic Lavender Interlock

organic lavender interlock and fleece

I am truly just beginning to sew, so anyone who reads my posts can be assured that the sewing posts will not intimidate.  I will try not to hide my mistakes and my penchant for attaching things backwards. There are a million wonderful sewing blogs and books where you can see simple or complicated projects completed to perfection. I cannot offer that, but I will try to share some of my beginner enthusiasm and maybe a reader will decide to dust off their machine and join the fun.

Five yards of organic cotton lavender interlock are washed and fresh from the dryer.  I think it is always the potential that I love the most about a project.  When the fabric is fresh from the wash and still uncut, it can be anything at all.   For farmers, this is the stage when the seed packages are bulging in containers, and seedlings filling trays, but the ground is still too cold to plant.  It is still too early in the season to have any regrets or to have discovered too many mistakes.

the mighty ruffler foot and humble zig zag foot

I don’t have specific plans for the fabric beyond a couple dresses for my one year old which will use small fraction of the material.  But I do hope to use my new ruffler sewing foot. Next to a regular sewing foot, it looks like a monster – complete with teeth, snapping metal parts and lots of complicated engineering. I hope I can make it behave.

My sewing habit started just a few months ago and the truth is, I actually have very little time to sew. Most of my sewing obsession has happened in my head, reading books while nursing or rocking my baby to sleep.  I have had precious little time to actually sew.   And since caring for my young children comes first, when I do sew I am always moments from an interruption.

There is so much to learn at the very beginning of a brand new basic skill, like sewing.  There are beautiful and strange new words – like weft, warp, selvedge, bias, jacquard,silk duiponi and new lingo and acronyms.   I jumped in, possibly a little too fast.  I joined online fabric coops, and saw what the professionals are doing and got dizzy staring at pretty prints.

I was mostly interested in increasing my supply of cloth diapers and I wanted to use lovely organic cotton fabrics and natural wool covers.  I would have thought that this entry into sewing would be pretty unique but it turns out there are tons of moms all over the world doing the same thing and already organized into buying cooperatives and discussion groups on the internet.  They share free patterns and advice.  Since I don’t know anyone in my actual life that would have any interest in joining me for an in depth conversation sewing diapers, these groups were amazing.

There, you are pretty much caught up on why I am folding lavender interlock while my family is asleep upstairs.  My diaper collection is pretty complete for the moment and I am ready to branch into new projects.  But tonight, I wrote this post instead of starting a project.  It is nearly  midnight so I will go sleep with that wonderful sense of potential —  5 yards of fabric could become almost anything at all.  Any suggestions? What would you make?


  1. When I first saw this post’s title on Blotanical, it was abbreviated as “Five yards of Organic…”. I was intrigued. Five yards of organic compost? Mulch? Then I saw “Five yards of organic lavender…” and though “man, that’s a lot of lavender!”. Then I finally read the whole thing, and learned something new — I didn’t know what “interlock” was before this. Thanks for teaching me something. =)

    • That is funny, five yards of organic dried lavender would be amazing too. We grow that on our farm, but not in that quantity. Yes, I am hoping to make this blog broader but you will probably see lots of farm/garden posts here especially during the farming season. By the way, interlock is a knit fabric (like t-shirt material) but thicker and with the stretch you need for kids clothes. Its another fun word I have learned in recent months.

  2. I am mystified, why is it washed and fresh from the dryer? Do you always wash fabric before you sew, or did this particular piece have a grubby history?

    Not a mother, but green, I admire you for using cloth diapers. (The dryer, not so much, but perhaps you are snowed in??)

    • I think the Blotanical crowd must be the right audience for my sewing posts because as a beginner I can actually share something new, and gardeners need a distraction now and then too right? Yes, you always prewash fabric — at whatever setting you want to wash it normally. As I understand, new fabric always shrinks a little or a lot on the first wash but most sewing thread does not, so yours seams will get messed up if you skip the pre-wash. And yes, I love cloth diapers they make so much sense. I cannot line dry this time of year in Maryland though — but soon.

  3. Hello! I found you in the Yahoo sewing group. I also sew, completely self-taught, and have actually gotten pretty decent at it in the last 3 years. It’s amazing what you can do with enthusiasm and the willingness to put down and pick up a project when duty calls–“duty” being diaper changes, snack time, wiping noses, and all those other under-appreciated stay-at-home mom chores, which is also my primary occupation. I have 3 under 4, 2 in diapers, and I’m nursing my 3 month old, so my sewing machine has been rattling out “twirly dresses”, diapers, and tops that easily and discreetly allow me to feed the baby in public. If I had 5 yards of interlock, I’d make some pretty things for the girl, and a couple of nursing tops for myself. Whatever you end up with–happy sewing!

    • Thanks for your comment Melody, I somehow did not see it right away. It is amazing that you are finding any time to sew with 3 under 4, that is amazing. I would love to see your “twirly dresses”, I will check out your blog too.

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