DIY Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Another quick sewing project I did for the nursery was to make a couple of changing pad covers. I found this tutorial online about how to make a countered changing pad cover.

I ended up piecing together two different covers using some minky and cotton fabrics that I had left over from other projects. They weren’t my first choice of fabrics but I wanted to work with what I had.

Here’s the first one I made. . .

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and the second.

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The directions aren’t to complicated but it did involve me having to create my own pattern for the ends which I didn’t love doing. The pattern ended  up being a little lopsided but it did turn out ok.

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For the top all I had to do was piece my fabrics together to get the dimensions I needed.

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The most confusing part of the process was actually sewing the top to the side pieces.

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As a side note: With my first cover I used cotton on one end which doesn’t stretch at all. I found it really frustrating and nearly impossible to get lined up with the length of the top. The corners were also really hard to get to come out smoothly. That’s the reason I switched to using the minky on both ends of the second one.

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Once everything was sewn together I serged the edges to finish them and then just created a casing for the elastic. I did find that since I used some cotton fabric the covers didn’t stretch quite as well over the pad. I think on the second cover I did use a longer piece of elastic than the tutorial suggested.

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I know the color choices and fabrics may not be ideal for a changing pad but at least we’ve got a few covers to start out with.

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Folding Laundry Bag for the Nursery

Since I still had an over abundance of left over fabrics I wanted to figure out a laundry basket that I could make instead of buy. I found a tutorial on Make it and Love it of a wooden framed laundry bag. Nursery Laundry Basket 8

The tutorial is really detailed so I don’t have a whole lot to add to it. If you’re interested in making your own go check that out.

Since the laundry bag is reversible I chose two different fabrics to use. One is a heaver weight home decor fabric left over from the pouf and the other is a lightweight cotton. Nursery Laundry Basket 1

The only difference I made from the original pattern was making the straps so that they have a different fabric on each side. Nursery Laundry Basket 2

For the frame Chris cut some 1×2’s for me following the sizes in the pattern. Then I just used some of the Minwax express stain in onyx to give it some color. Nursery Laundry Basket 3

After the stain dried Chris assembled the frame. Nursery Laundry Basket 4

Then all that was left to do was hang the bag on the frame. Nursery Laundry Basket 5

Here’s the chevron side out. . .

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and the green side out.

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I’m happy with how it turned out. Right now I’ve got it tucked in a corner and since it’s foldable it’s really easy to move around. I think the only change I would make if I did it over would be to make the straps a little shorter and make the shorter sides of the bag a little wider. I’m not sure what it is but it doesn’t seem to fit the frame quite right.

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There’s another nursery project done and up on the blog! I’ve still got a few more projects to share before I’m ready for the final reveal but I’m getting close.

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The nursery is pretty close to being finished! I’ve only got a few smaller things to wrap up but I’ve fallen a bit behind on sharing the projects on the blog so here’s one of those projects that’s been done for a while.

After I started putting the nursery together I thought it would be nice to have a storage basket to put next to the chair. That way I can throw in a blanket or anything else that I might want near me that doesn’t work on the cart.

I found an easy to follow tutorial on the blog Make it and Love it. The tutorial explains it well so I don’t really have a whole lot to add. I’ll just add a few comments as to what I did. I used the same supplies suggested and cut the fabric to the same sizes. The main green fabric I used is left over from the ottoman, lined with a stiff fusible interfacing and the lining fabric is just a thick muslin.

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Other than gathering all the needed supplies I pretty much just followed the tutorial from there. As you can see I already sewed the bottom corners to make the box shape and then pinned the tops together, right sides facing out.

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If I remember correctly I did go ahead and serge the top of the bag before turning it twice for the top hem.

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Once the basket was together I installed the eyelets using the directions that came in the package.

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All that was left after that was to tie on the handles.

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For now I’ve just got some stuffed animals and blankets inside for show but we’ll see how it ends up getting used.

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This is the first fabric basket I’ve ever made and I’m surprised with how quick and easy it was. I still have enough eyelets left for another basket so maybe I’ll make a second one later.

Don’t forget to check out the tutorial I linked at the top of the post if you want to make your own. There are a lot more detailed instructions there.

Throw Pillows for the Nursery

I thought it would be nice to have a couple of throw pillows for the chair in the nursery. I don’t know if I’ll end up using them but this way I can if I want to.

I came up with a pretty simple pattern using fabrics that I had left from the other nursery projects.

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Then I just serged the pieces together to make the top of the pillow cases.

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For the back I used some of the minky that I had left over from another couple projects.

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Once they were sewn together and the pillows inside they turned out pretty cute.

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Another quick project to mark off the to do list. I’m almost done decorating the room! Just a few more things to wrap up.

DIY Crib Sheet

Although I didn’t put it on my to do list I figured if I had enough fabric left over from other projects I would try to make a couple crib sheets.

I found a pretty generic tutorial on the blog View from the Fridge. It’s pretty simple; just cut a piece of fabric to 45″x69″ and then cut out 9″ squares from each corner. Sew up the corners and then make a casing around the edges for the elastic to slip into.

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They were surprisingly quick to make but I will say that the sheets ended up being really tight. I did the full 9″ corners but only did a 1/2″ casing since I serged the edges before I made the casing. The finished sheets takes a lot of maneuvering to get on the mattress.

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The teal blue chevron is the first one I made and I used the suggested 62″ of elastic and it was really really tight and hard to get on. The next time around I did use up to 24″ more of elastic and it helped a little but I’m not sure that it helped a lot.

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I don’t know if I just needed to make smaller corner cutouts or what but the sheets are not very easy to put on and I’m a little afraid they won’t last very long since there it so much stress on the corners. They did turn out pretty cute though and I like that they match the room. Worst case I’ll just end up buying a sheet or two if I need to later.

Has anyone else made a crib sheet and had good luck with it?

Painting the Nursery Dressers

You may not have really noticed yet but the room we are using as the nursery doesn’t have a closet. It’s not really a bedroom but more of an office space. The reason we are using it is because it’s the only other enclosed room on the main level,  which is where our master bedroom is. (For a better picture check out the floor plan page)

I say all of this to explain why I wanted two separate dressers in the nursery. I’m trying to get as much storage as possible in the small space.

The first dresser is actually a baby dresser. My grandfather made it many years ago when my uncle was born. It has 6 drawers and it has a hanging rod behind the larger door.

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I also wanted another shorter dresser that I could double as a changing table. I debated about what to get as a second dresser and originally considered buying something new. In the end I remembered that we had an extra Hemnes dresser that we weren’t really using in the guest room. It didn’t seem like too much extra work to paint it at the same time as the other dresser.

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To get started we brought everything out into the garage and gave all the surfaces we wanted to paint a sanding.

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We didn’t sand down to bare wood. We were really just looking to degloss the surfaces.

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Then we just used foam rollers to apply one coat of primer. As you can see we really only painted the visible surfaces. The primer we used was Miller paint’s stain blocking primer.

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After talking to the guy at the paint store we decided to just paint one coat of the primer even though it wasn’t very opaque.

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Then we came back with the final paint and painted away. We painted the drawers faces with left over flagtone grey (MSL247) from the guest room painting.

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For the main part of the cabinets I picked up some new white paint in the Kelly Moore Dura-Poxy. The color I had it tinted to was Miller Paint’s Cyprus Spring (0411). The baby dresser really only needed two coats of paint but I think we might have done three anyway.

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As for the short black dresser it really needed the three coats. In hindsight we should have done at least two coats of the primer but it still worked out fine.

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Once everything was thoroughly dried we brought the cabinets inside and put on the new hardware.

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I was worried that the two different styles wouldn’t look very good together but once they were painted and sitting side by side I think they look pretty good.

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All the knobs came from Hobby Lobby and it’s so nice that they all match and look more updated than the original ones.

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I added some drawer liners to the bottom of the drawers since they were a little rough and I thought it would protect whatever we put inside them. I found this drawer liner on amazon and I really liked the pattern and colors. (It may still be available so here’s the link I used) The liner wasn’t perfect because it was a little shorter than the drawer depth. If I rotated the pattern I could have filled the whole drawer but I didn’t think it was worth it with the pattern. Just something to consider if you’re thinking about buying this drawer liner since it has a directional pattern.

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I even ended up adding some drawer liner to the bottom of the closet area so that it would match. Chris also installed a second closet rod in the cabinet. I’m not sure that it’s really going to be tall enough to hang things on but we can always just take it out later.

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Beside the chair cushions this was probably the most time consuming project for the nursery. I’m glad they are finally done and ready to use. I am getting so close to being finished with this room. I can’t wait to finally feel like the room is ready.

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!