Kindle E-Reader Cover

Before Nolan was born I had a few posts in various stages of being worked on. Obviously I never got around to finishing them but I don’t want to leave them out so I’m going to try to finish them up now. One of those projects was a kindle pouch that I made back in last January (as in 2014) and I just never got around to finishing up the post. Chris and I were planning on a vacation at the time and I knew I wanted to take my kindle along. I already had two different pouches. One that was envelope style that was really bulking and another that I had made a while ago that was book styled and I never loved how it looked or worked.

I did a little searching on the internet and found a pattern that I thought I would like a little better. I hoped it would be protective yet slim and flexible.

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I used <this tutorial> to come up with the size and the basics of how to put it together.

I cut out one piece of a pink chevron cotton, one piece of black chevron flannel and one of quilt batting. All of which I already had on hand. I chose the flannel for the inside because I wanted it to be a little softer so it wouldn’t scratch the screen.

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Just like in the <tutorial> I rounded the top edge for the flap using a diapering ink pen.

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Before I assembled it all together I attached half of the velcro to the flannel since that’s what I used for the inside of the pouch.

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Then I sewed all three layers together and left a small opening at the bottom to turn the fabric right side out.

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Once it was turned right side out and ironed I top stitched the bottom to close the hole. Then I folded up the bottom to make the pouch and top stitched around the rest of the pouch.

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Lastly I lined up where I needed the second half of the velcro and sewed that in place.

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I ended up using the pouch for our trip and it worked out great. It was slim and protective and when I wanted to read I could just pull out my kindle and there was nothing else in the way. I just love projects that I can do with what I already have. Especially since lets be honest I already have way to much fabric.

Have you ever created your own case or pouch for a tablet or e-reader? What style is yours?

Nolan’s Monthly Photos 1-4

Since I’m just now getting back into blogging I’ve got a few months of Nolan’s photos to catch up on posting. So much of the time has already started to blur together. In future months I’ll probably write a little more of a specific update on how the month has gone but in the mean time here’s Nolan up until now.

Looking at his one month photo I miss that tiny little body and all those warm, sleepy snuggles. However, I do not miss how little sleep I was getting.

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I think around the two month mark he started to roll over from front to back. He doesn’t always do it now but he still can.

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Around the three month mark I think he starting grabbing and batting at toys with a lot more precision. He still couldn’t always get what he wanted (and still can’t) but he was showing interest and getting better at it.

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At his four month well child visit he was 13lb 14oz and 25 inches long. He’s grabbing toys like crazy and trying to roll over from front to back. Right now he’s still getting “stuck” about halfway over.

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We are frequently able to get him to smile and laugh now. We just have a hard time capturing it on camera (without the blurry hands).

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Our little wiggle worm won’t stay anywhere for very long. He may not be rolling over but he’s still finding ways to wiggle around in circles. I occasionally find him turned 180 degrees in his crib by morning.

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We are pretty much past the stage of having him easily fall asleep on us. I loved being able to hold him for hours while he slept on me all warm and snugly.

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Fall Yarn Wreath 2014

I have to admit that fall just came up out of nowhere for me. I guess it’s here’s since it’s getting colder and all the leaves are turning and falling off the trees. That being said my yarn wreaths still had spring flowers from when I switched out the last time (which still had fall leaves on them from last year).

Since my fall wreaths stayed on the front porch until last spring the paper didn’t really survive very well. I ended up just throwing away all the decor I used last year.

This year I just wanted to do something really quick and inexpensive.

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I ended up gathering a few fall colored papers I already had on hand and then just cut a few leaves and a bow shape out using my Silhouette Portrait. The only thing I had to purchase was the bow shape from the Silhouette store since I already had the leave shapes from last year.

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They may not look amazing but they were really quick and only cost a dollar to make.

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Now I guess I can forget about them until next spring like last year.

If you’re interested you can find the leaf cut outs here and here and the bow cut out here.

Woodland Animal Nursery Reveal

Here it is. The nursery reveal! I’m calling it finished . . . at least for now. Lets take a little tour of how it all turned out and I’ll mention all the sources I can along the way.

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First up I’ll start behind the door on the left hand side of the room.

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These two paintings were made by a good friend of mine Christina. They are just so cute and match the theme of the room perfectly.

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Rounding the corner we’ve got a bunch of things going on.

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I made the shelves back when this room was the sewing room. (Info here). The decor on the shelves is a mix of things from Hobby Lobby, Target, Ikea and some things I already had.

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The mobile in the corner was a decoration from one of my baby showers and it was made by another friend Callie.

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Moving down is the Ikea Poang chair frame in black brown with the DIY cushions I made. I’ve also got a couple of throw pillows I made on the chair. Instead of an ottoman I made a fabric pouf to throw around. I’m using the Ikea Raskog cart as an end table and it’s pretty much just got a few nursing items on it that I think might be useful. On top of the cart I’ve got one of the Ikea Ekarp lamp bases with the Umfors shade.

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It’s a little hard to see but the fabric basket I made is tucked in between the chair and the crib. The crib is the Ikea Sundvik and the mattress sheet and crib skirt were both made by me. The flag garland above the crib is another DIY project that I finished up recently.

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In the window is the roman shade I made a while ago as well as the new curtains. I’ve even got the garland that matches the mobile hanging in the window for now.

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Under the window is the Ikea Expedit (Kallax) shelving that we added the 4 1/2″ Ikea Capita legs to. Inside the shelves are a bunch of the Drona boxes also from Ikea.

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On the last wall is the DIY laundry basket that’s hiding in the corner. Next to the basket is the baby dresser and the Ikea Hemnes dresser that we repainted and added new knobs to. The taller dresser is holding clothes and a few blankets. Hidden inside the other dresser is diapers and a whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff organized in a few sets of the Ikea Skubb boxes.

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The woodland animal art I made is hanging above both of the dressers. Whenever I take photos of them they look like they are spaced and hanging awkwardly. In person it looks better but it’s hard to get a good angle in this small room.

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Lastly I’ve got a couple of the Ikea Vackert containers holding pacifiers on top of the dresser and some of the Y weave baskets from Target holding diapering things. The changing pad is from BabiesRUs and the cover was another DIY project.

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The room was painted over a year ago now and the walls are Zinc (MSL267) and the ceiling is Sunken Pool (MSL126), more info here.

So that’s it. It’s a little crowed with everything but it’s hard to maximize storage without a closet. So far I haven’t quite filled up all the drawers and boxes. I’ve got some boxes in the shelves and some space in the shorter dresser to put more things. Now all that’s left is bringing home our new baby boy and see how the room works. I have no doubt things will be reorganized and moved around once we see how everything gets used.

Woodland Animal Canvas for the Nursery

Back when I created the nursery mood board I mentioned that I had found some really cute woodland animal cutouts from the Silhouette store. I knew that I wanted to incorporate them somehow and I finally decided on making some art to hang on the nursery.

I picked up six flat canvas boards to use as backgrounds. I also picked out three paint colors that matched the papers I picked out as well and the rest of the room colors. The colors I grabbed where Indian Turquoise Barn Wood and Irish Moss.

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To give the canvas a sharp border I used a one inch frog tape around the edges of the canvas. It’s pretty similar to what the creator of the cutouts did on her blog post here.

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It took about three coats to get a good full coverage of the colors. Once they were dry I just peeled off the tape.

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As for the animals I just adjusted the sizes and cut them out using my silhouette. I used glue to assemble the layers of the animals and then I used sticky glue dots to attach them to the canvas.

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I love how all the animals turned out. I think they are just so cute and fill up this wall without being too much.

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Chris helped me line everything up over the dressers and we used 3m velcro tabs to hang up all the canvases.

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I think that pretty much concludes the nursery! Stay tuned for the final reveal. I’ve finally picked up and I’ve got a few more fun decorative finishes to share.

If you’re interested in the cutouts here’s the links: fox, raccoon, hedgehog, deer, owl, skunk.

Nursery Flag Garland

I’m so very close to calling this room done. At least for now. All I really have left to talk about are a couple of decorative projects I’ve finished.

One of these projects is a flag garland I sewed for over the crib. All over the internet I have seen flag garlands and I thought it would be a fun way to decorate the space above the crib.

With a little research and planning it was a really simple project. All it took was some triangles of fabric and a length of double fold bias tape. I think the triangles I made were close to 6 1/2″ long and about 6 1/2″ wide. The fabrics are the same ones that I’ve been using all over the nursery.

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I love the way it turned out and I think it nicely fills the blank space on the wall.

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You may not remember from my nursery to do list but I actually mentioned that I wanted to have a monogram or something with the baby’s name over the crib. Well we decided on a name and I cut out letters using my silhouette and appliqued them on the flags. They are currently hiding on the back side for the flag garland. Sorry Grandma Dixie we still aren’t sharing but we’re getting close to the due date so you’ll find out soon. :)

Update: Now that our baby boy is born we’ve turned the flag garland around. Check out his introduction post here.

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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.

Simple Fabric Basket

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.