Pumpkin Vines

Pumpkin Vines 
Washable Family Solutions &
Parenting Advocacy

Our Story

The Start of Pumpkin Vines

Pumpkin Vines LLC was the brainchild of Katherine and Barry, both are cloth diaper enthusiast; they love to spread the word of the fun and ease cloth diapering. Together Katherine and Barry used cloth diapers for their daughter against the "better judgement" of many family members. By age two their daughter was (day) potty trained.

A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design Katherine designs custom diaper fabrics for “cut & sew” and diaper cut applications. Each design is conceptualized by this husband-and-wife team in order to have the widest variety possible while still maintaining a graphic style that a diaper addict can be proud of.

About the name. Pumpkin Vines LLC is named after our children. For years we have called our three dogs our “pumpkin heads.” with the arrival of our first human child it was only natural that we called her pumpkin too. 

The Company Name

We've both always been amaed at the strength in our daughter's little fingers as she wraps them around hair or fingers or your clothes. One day while driving Barry said to me “She's got her little pumpkin Vines wrapped all around me.” From then on we knew if we ever decided to do this and start a company devoted to finding products that enhance our family it would have to be called Pumpkin Vines. Just like our little one has wrapped herself around our hearts and our three dogs continue to wrap themselves around us (sometimes quite literally with their leashes) we know that a pumpkin vine is something that stretches and grows and feeds all of the fruit that connects to the main plant. We hope you will love each of the items that Pumpkin Vines LLC has brought together as much as we do.

Creation

As a familiy we committed to cloth diapers before even having a child. For the entity of Katherine’s pregnancy, she met with her mother weekly to sew our first stash of cloth diapers. With the help of her mother, aunt and her own commitment on the day that our little arrived we had a stash of:

• 40 homemade pocket diapers
• 6 newborn covers
• 10 adjustable one-size pocket diapers.
• 20 Flour sack towels
• a few random inserts

Over the course of the time using cloth we have increased our number of FSTs in our stash and added a range of additional inserts and some extra fun pocket diapers & covers.

Modern Cloth

Many people who use disposables do not understand why someone might choose cloth; you may encounter social stigma for using cloth diapers. If you aren’t sure if it is right for you start small. For many they find that it is easier to do the “all or nothing approach” for others it is easier to pick and choose when to use cloth.

Many people do not know or understand modern cloth diapers and picture pieces of fabric, pins and plastic pants; this is a cost effective way to diaper that is still available. Many of us in the cloth diaper community choose adjustable polyurathane laminated (TPU) fabric diapers. This website has an overview of types of cloth diapers. 

Keep Them Clean

After we began using cloth we got into a rhythm for washing, folding, stuffing and changing. You will find a full explanation of how WE wash diapers on this website. There is a lot of information about bleaching and stripping diapers in online forums: if you have a good wash routine from the start this will not be needed. There is a great graphic on the website about cleaning diapers when you have an issue.