Easy Crib Skirt and Curtains for Nursery

After all the challenging sewing work with the chair I needed something a little quicker and simpler to work on next. I decided to take on the crib skirt and the curtains for the nursery since they are pretty much just simple straight seams.

Since my crib has solid sides I really only wanted and needed a skirt on the front to cover the side of the mattress base. I thought about doing something more fancy but in the end decided to just go with something really simple.

I was only going to use just the teal polka dot fabric I had but I didn’t have quite enough fabric. So I ended up adding a little strip of the green polka dots in the middle.

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I guessed on how I wanted to split up the three panels but it ended up working out perfectly so that the seams are all behind the slats of the crib. It’s actually a little hard to tell the difference between the two colors in the photos and in person it’s pretty subtle as well.

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I know that it’s not a super exciting crib skirt but it’s enough to cover up the wooden side of the base that was just hanging out.

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Since the frame of the my crib base is wooden I decided to hammer in some small tacks to keep the fabric in place. It should be pretty easy to remove when we are ready to drop the mattress down lower since I don’t think we will need  the crib skirt then.

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Now on to the curtains.

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I used the woodland animal fabric (that I talked about in the mood board) and a matching green chevron. For the green chevron I cut a 45″ width of fabric in half one for each curtain. Then I just folded it in half and sewed it along the side of the woodland fabric. I also lined the back of the animal print with a white muslin to finish it and give it more weight and thickness.

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Here’s a look at the curtains with the roman shade down. (If you want to know more about the roman shade I made check out this post.)

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And another shot of the curtains.

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If your curious the rod came from Ikea and it’s the same one that I put up when this room was the sewing room.

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I love the pattern and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Hopefully the baby will like them too.

Update on the Outdoors (Summer 2014)

I’ve got a few projects going on for the nursery but I haven’t quite got them finished and ready to share. So, while I’m still working away I thought I would finally get around to sharing some of the updates that Chris has been doing around our yard.

Just like last year he got some more bark and laid a thicker layer and filled in some of the spots that hadn’t yet gotten bark.

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Oh look there he is all proud of his work.

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We had some issue with some of the plants we got last year and they needed to be replaced. A few ended up in the front of the house under the window.

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Chris also picked out a few more trees and shrubs and made a little bed in the corner of the yard. It looks like a few of them didn’t quite make the move well so we may have to replace them next year.

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He also planted some trees next to the deck that he just finished up the skirting on.

 

 

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Here’s a better shot of the deck. Chris did all the work to install and paint the skirting around the bottom to finally finish out the deck. It’s amazing how finished it makes the deck look.  He also laid some stones at the bottom of the stairs since it gets really muddy and trampled there during the winter.

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While Chris was doing his yard work this year he also put in a horseshoe pit.

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He’s been wanting one for a while so it was nice that he got the chance to put one in up on the back hill.

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Other than general maintenance I think he’s pretty much done for this year. Has anyone else been working out in their yard? Do you have a lot of projects left you want to finish this summer?

Above the Kitchen Cabinet Decor

I’m taking a brief break from baby stuff to share the decor I’ve finally added to my kitchen. I’ve been thinking about doing this for months and even went so far as buying frames (months ago I think) but I just couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to put in them.

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I finally decided what I wanted to do with the frames. I whipped out my Silhouette Portrait and cut out kitchen themed shapes and arranged them on various scrapbook paper backgrounds.

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Here’s a close up of all five frames I ended up doing. I didn’t come up with the sayings on my own. As usual I stole those from the internet.

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Then I lined them up on the counter to figure out what order I wanted to hang them in. For reference all the frames I used are the Ribba line from Ikea. The smaller frames are the 8 1/2″ x 11″ size and the larger are the 12″ x 16″ size.

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As usual I stood on the ground and Chris hung all the frames above the cabinets.

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Finally there is something it fill that awkward space above the cabinets.

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Has anyone else come up with some fun ways to fill the space above your cabinets?

It’s a Pouf

While I was trying to figure out how to make the cushions for my nursery chair I made this pouf to use as an ottoman with it.

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I knew that I wanted an easy to make, comfy, lightweight fabric pouf that could be moved around. After surfing around the internet I finally settled on the Living with Punks tutorial. I liked that it was simple and I could easily tweak it to work with the height and size of my chair. I pretty much just followed the tutorial but here’s the basics of what I did.

To start with I drew a circle on a piece of paper to use as a pattern for the top and bottom. Originally I was going for 16″ across but it ended up being closer to 17″. I used this pattern and cut out two circles from an thick outdoor canvas.

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Then I cut out a long strip about 54.5″ long. I just used scissors to cut along the pattern since I didn’t want the pattern to go off at a weird angle. I also cut it about 14″ tall so that it would be a good height for the chair.

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Just like in the tutorial I made a little strap to carry it by. I pretty much just eyeballed cutting the fabric for it out and it ended up being about 4″ x 10″ before I serged it together.

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I centered the strap on the side fabric and pinned it down with a little slack so that I could easily get my hand underneath it.

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Then I just sewed down both ends securely.

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After the handle was attached I sewed the short side of the long strip to make it a tube. I left a few inches open so that I could stuff the pouf later.

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Then I sewed on the circles, turned the fabric right side out and stuffed the heck out of it. I ended up using three 12 oz bags of fiber fill, some left over foam chunks from the chair cushions and about a yard of thin cotton batting to get it as firm as I could. If you were just using fiber fill you might need somewhere between four and six 12 oz bags.

Once it was happy with the filling I hand stitched up the open seam and it was done.

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It ended up a little lumpy and mounded but it’s pretty comfy. I’m happy with the fabric choice and the way the pouf turned out. I know in the end it was cheaper and goes with the rest of the room better than if I had bought something pre-made.

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Plus I really like how it looks next to the finished chair.

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Slowly but surely things are starting to come together in the nursery!

DIY Poang Chair Cushions

Here’s the warning: This is a wordy and picture heavy post. I attempted to create a full tutorial with this but to be honest this was a very time consuming (30-35 hours of work) and trial and error type of process. I also attempted to keep this post as short as possible so if something’s confusing please ask and I will try to explain. If you are interested in making your own the very bottom of the post is where all the dimensions I used are. Please use those at your own risk and double check everything before you jump in. If you’re just here for the pictures feel free to scroll quickly towards the bottom. Other than that enjoy :)

A while back I found How Joyful’s nursery Ikea Poang chair recover and fell in love. Although there aren’t detailed instructions I used this as my inspiration. Between the photos in the post and some help from my very smart mom I was able to come up with something pretty similar to this.

Photo From: How Joyful Blog

Photo From: How Joyful Blog

I loved that the cover was custom and looked so much more comfortable than the ones that you can purchase from Ikea. When I started looking for chairs for our nursery I had such a hard time finding one that didn’t seem huge, expensive or like it only belonged in a nursery. Since our nursery is pretty small I really wanted a simple chair with a small footprint. I finally decided to go for it and I bought just the Ikea Poang frame in brown black.

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After a lot of hours of work and probably just as many hours trying to figure out dimensions and  how to sew it all I’m finally down with my very own cushions.

Although it may look like it I actually didn’t use the same fabric as the other chair above. I purchased mine from the home decor bolts at Joann’s. I didn’t intentionally choose a chevron print (even though I obviously like them). I chose what was as much of a grey-brown as possible so that it wouldn’t clash with the wall paint. This was pretty much my only/best option and I’m pretty happy with it.

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Now on to the how I did it.

Materials:

3″ Foam (~1.5 yards)
Batting (~2.25 yards)
1″ Foam (just for head rest ~8″)
White Fabric or Muslin (3.5 yards)
Home Decor Fabric (4.5 yards of 45″ wide)*
4 – 22″ Zippers
4 Snaps
Corresponding thread

I purchased pretty much everything from Joann’s if you’re curious.

I started out by cutting the 3″ thick foam to size for the seat. I put that in place and then started measuring what I wanted for the rest of the cushion pieces.

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Unfortunately I didn’t have any better tools so I used a serrated kitchen knife to cut the foam to size. It made the cuts pretty rough but it’s not noticeable in the finished cushions.

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I worked piece by piece from the bottom up measuring and re-measuring what I wanted the next cushion to be before cutting it. Even with all the measuring I still managed to make the back cushion higher than I was intending. It extends well above the back of the seat. This actually worked out ok since my husband is tall and wanted the back taller anyway so I just went with it.

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After testing out the chair with the foam I thought the top piece (or headrest) was lacking. I ended up buying another piece of 1″ foam to lay on top of the 3″ foam. So the final total thickness of the head rest is 4″. It made a huge difference in the comfort of the chair I definitely suggest it.

Once all the foam was cut I started cutting out and assembling a lining for the cushions. I wanted each cushion to be covered in batting to smooth them out as well as encased in a lining so the final fabric can easily be removed and laundered when needed. I cut out a white muslin as the outer fabric and two layers of batting the same size as each piece. To keep the batting from moving around I sewed it onto each piece of the muslin lining before assembling them into the covers.

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I started by sewing four rectangles end to end to create the gusset. Then I put it around the foam to double check the sizing.

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Once I was happy, I sewed on one square for the bottom and then sewed on another square halfway for the top. I tried sewing more than this to begin with but the foam was impossible to stuff into the cover if it was more than halfway sewn shut with the machine.

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Then I just pinned the opening closed and hand sewed the open edges with a whip stitch. It’s not the most decorative stitch but since it’s not visible in the end I just did what was sturdy and simple.

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Once all the lining covers were complete I put all the cushions back into the frame to see how they all looked together.

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The don’t fit against the frame extremely well but I was hoping that once the final cover connected them all together that they would fit much better.

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With the lining covers completed I moved onto the final covers. I cut the fabric the same sizes that I did with the lining and they worked out well.

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I knew that serging the pieces together would be really difficult so I just serged around all the raw edges to keep them from fraying.

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For the bottom cushion I made two flaps to hold the seat cushion back against the frame.

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For all the cushions I sewed a centered zipper into the piece that is the back or bottom of the cushion so that the covers could be easily removable and washable.

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Then just like with the lining I sewed the edges or gussets into a circle and then sewed on the top and bottom squares of the cushion. For the bottom cushion I sewed the flaps into the seams on either side of the zippered edge while sewing the gussets together.

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For the back cushions I sewed small flaps into the seams so that I could connect the back cushions to each other and then to flap that would go over the back of the chair frame.

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Here is the back of the middle cushion with all the flaps sewn on.

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The bottom back cushion only had a flap on the top back seam.

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Here’s all of the cushions stacked up with the flaps all sewn on.

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You may notice that there is a second set of flaps on the bottom of the chair. I originally thought I needed to strap the bottom of the back cushion down but once it was all together I removed these flaps since they seemed unnecessary.

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With all the cushions stacked up I remeasured them to determine how long and wide I needed the flap that would go across the back of the chair and hold all the cushions together and on the chair.

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Once I liked how everything was set up I removed the foam from the covers and sewed the flaps between the cushions together. The seam between the bottom and middle is sewn so the raw edges are in between the cushions since it wasn’t totally hidden by the back flap. The seam between the top and middle cushion are facing out since they are covered by the back flap.

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I used the rest of the flaps to sew on the main back flap. Since the chair frame has some thickness my back flap ended up being larger than the cushion flaps. I ended up making a pleat in the center of the top and a small tuck on each of the sides just above the hem of the back flap. I think the extra tucks/pleats helped to give the little bit of extra fabric needed to make the back flap fit perfectly around the frame. I also tried my hardest to sew as close to the cushion so that none of the small flap would be visible in the final cushions.

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You can see the top pleat in this photo.

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It’s actually pretty difficult to see any of the extra fabric from the flaps once it was all together.

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Here’s the bottom flaps after I sewed on some snaps to hold them on.

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And just because I’m proud of how it turned out here’s a few more pictures.

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In case you are wondering; yes it is really comfortable. I think I have sighed every time I sat down.

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If you’ve made it this far congratulations that was seriously a ton of photos and words. I thought I would also throw in all the dimensions that I ended up using. I would trust these at your own risk. It’s probably best to work with measuring and remeasuring like I did testing each piece out along the way.

Foam:

Seat: 21.5″ wide x 21″ deep
Lower Back: 13″ high x 21.5″ wide
Middle Back: 7.75″ high x 21.5″ wide
Top Back: 7″ high x 21.5″ wide (1 from 3″ foam and 1 from 1″ foam)

Lining Fabrics:
Seam allowance used is .5″, I added 1.5″ on each side for seam allowances and extra.

Seat:
2@ 22.5 x 23
2@ 22.5 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 4.5

Lower Back:
2@23 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 23

Middle Back:
2@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 9.25
2@ 9.25 x 4.5

Top Back (Foam is extra 1″ thick):
2@ 23 x 8.5
2@ 23 x 5.5
2@ 8.5 x 5.5

Final Covers:
Seam allowance used is .5″, I added 1.5″ on each side for seam allowances and extra.

Seat:
2@ 22.5 x 23
2@ 22.5 x 4.5
1@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 2.75 x 23

Seat Strap:
4@ 2.5 x 7.5

Lower Back:
1@23 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 23
2@ 2.75 x 23

Lower Back Flaps:
1@ 1.25 x 22.5

Middle Back:
1@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 9.25
2@ 9.25 x 4.5
2@ 2.75 x 23

Middle Back Flaps:
2@ 1.25 x 22.5
2@ 8.75 x 1.25

Top Back (Foam is extra 1″ thick):
2@ 23 x 8.5
1@ 23 x 5.5
2@ 8.5 x 5.5
2@ 3.25 x 23

Top Back Flaps:
2@ 1.25 x 22.5
2@ 8 x 1.25

Full Back Flap:
1@ 18.75 x 24.5 (with 1″ hem and .75″ seam allowance which is how much the flaps hung out)

*Since my fabric had a directional pattern and was only 45″ wide I used pretty much all of the fabric and didn’t have anything left. I even had to cut the backs of the two top cushions going the wrong direction to save on some fabric. You may want to buy some extra if you’re attempting this and have a directional pattern as well.

Adding Legs to the Expedit

It didn’t take us very long to move everything out of sewing room so that it could become the nursery. At the same time we started bringing in some of the items that we already had and that we’d purchased from Ikea. Chris was so excited to start putting things together that he wanted to do something. That something was adding some legs to our Ikea Expedit (Kallax) shelves that we already had.

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My first idea with these shelves was to just sit them under the window for more storage. Then I realized that the heat register was right under the window so that wouldn’t work. I needed some way to get the shelves up off the floor. After a little internet searching I found that a number of people have added the Ikea Capita legs to these shelves. I bought the shortest legs they had which are supposed to be 4 3/8″ tall but I think with the brackets they are a little taller than that.

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These legs come with a bracket/plate and a set of screws so they are pretty easy to install. Chris just grabbed an electric screw driver, predrilled the holes and then screwed them down with no problem.

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The brackets do have a little bent edge which fit well over the edge of the shelves where the sides are a little raised.

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I have to say I was a little concerned with just drilling into these shelves since I know they are basically hollow or pressed fiber filled. I thought there wouldn’t be enough for the screw to grab onto. But once the legs were all screwed down I was surprised by how strong and sturdy they are.

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It didn’t take Chris long at all to get all 6 legs on.

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The shelves ended up sitting a little taller than I originally wanted but it worked out ok since they are pretty much even with the windowsill now.

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Also while I was at Ikea I picked up a few new boxes to go in the shelves for storage.

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Not much to it but there’s the first “project” completed for the nursery.

Nursery To Do List

There’s a lot of diy projects that I’ve been thinking about and I would like to do in the nursery. I didn’t include a lot of explanation on this list but I’ll explain more of the whys and whats when I post how each of these things turn out. As usual this list is probably a little ambitious and it’s probably going to change as we work on it but here’s the starting point.

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(1) Put legs on Expedit (Kallax) shelving. Update: Finished. More on that here.

Expedit Shelves

(2) Sew cushions for Poang chair frame. Update: These are finished. Check it out here.

(3) Sew throw pillow covers for chair

(4) Sew pouf to use as ottoman. Update: This is completed! Check it out here

Poang

(5) Sew Crib skirt. Update: This is completed. Check it out here.

Sundvik Crib

(6) Sew Curtains. Update: This is completed. Check it out here.

(7) Make fabric flag garland for wall

(8) Add monogram or letters above crib (if we ever decide on a name)

(9) Make a mobile for above crib or dresser

(10) Repaint baby dresser and change out hardware

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(11) Paint Dresser and add rail for changing pad

(12) Make art for above dressers

Hemnes Dresser

(13) Make clothes hamper of some kind

(14) Fill shelves w/ decor and art

Nursery Shelves

That’s it for now. We’ve got less than 5 months to go so we better get started! Don’t forget to check out the mood board for more information.

Woodland Animals Nursery Mood Board

I have been collecting fabrics and furniture for the nursery and I finally think I’ve got a more complete picture of what I’d like to do. I gathered some snapshots of what I’ve got so far so here it is.

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Most of these things I already have or is something I’m working on fixing up. The room is already painted and I picked up all the fabrics shown a little while ago. I wasn’t planning on going with a real “theme” in the nursery but once I found the fabrics it sort of happened.

(1) The walls are already painted Zinc and the ceiling is Sunken Pool. More info on that here. I’m thinking about adding some of the lighter flagstone grey in when we repaint some dressers.

(2) I have already purchased this Sundvik crib from Ikea.

(3) Also from ikea I picked up the black brown Poang chair frame. I didn’t buy a cushion since I wanted to make my own. The grey chevron next to the chair is the cushion fabric and the green is for an ottoman/pouf.

(4) I’m planning on using the Raskog cart from Ikea as an end table and it’s already in the room as well.

(5) These are actually shapes from the Silhouette Online Store. I’m thinking about using them in some kind of art or decor.

(6) We already have an extra Hemnes dresser in black-brown that isn’t really being used. I’m planning to repaint it to white and grey. We also has a baby dresser that my grandfather built back when my uncle was born that needs a similar makeover.

(7) This is the Ekarp lamp base and the Umfors shade from Ikea. I’ve already purchased two table lamp bases with the 9″ shade and one floor lamp base with the 13″ shade.

(8) I’m re-purposing this Expedit (now called Kallax) shelving unit that I had in the sewing room for more storage in the nursery.

(9) These are snapshots off the cotton fabrics I’ve picked up to use in a bunch of sewing projects like pillow cases, crib skirt and curtains. The colors aren’t perfectly true to life but they’re close.

Well that’s pretty much where I’m going. So now onto the projects!

Changes are Happening

Two weekends ago we moved everything from my sewing room up to one of the rooms upstairs.

Sewing Room

Sewing Room

Why you might ask? Well, we needed to clear everything out to make room for a nursery!

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I am currently 20 weeks (5 months) pregnant with a little baby boy. There’s a lot that I want to do in this room before baby comes and I’m excited to get started and share everything along the way.

Bar Stools Remixed

Sometime before Thanksgiving (yes I realize that was a long time ago now) I got it in my head that I wanted to recover the seats on our kitchen bar stools. There was really nothing wrong with the seats just that they were bland and I was ready for a change. Back when I bought the fabrics for the kitchen window valance I actually bought fabric with the intention of recovering the bar stools.

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Recovering the seats was a lot easier than I expected. The seat was attached with 4 screws which I removed using a normal screw driver.

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I set out my piece of fabric right side down on the floor. Then I centered the seat on top of the wrong side of the fabric. I think for this set I cut half a yard in half at the fold which is basically a fat quarter if you’ve used one before.

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All I did from there was worked in a circle pulling, tucking and stapling the fabric around the curve as I went. I tired as much as I could to make tucks that wouldn’t show on the top.

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Here’s what the seat looked like when I was done.

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Then I just trimmed the extra fabric in the center and screwed the seat back on the stool.

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It took me less that a half hour, a yard of fabric and some staples to jazz up these seats.

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Anyone have some projects that you’ve been putting off that where must faster than expected?