Once upon a time...
These fairytale fabrics from Heather Ross' Far Far Away couldn't be more sweet for baby. Especially for moses basket sheets, I wanted to use soft, creamy fabrics that wouldn't distract from a sweetly swaddled baby within. Windham fabrics kindly sent these cuts, some for this project and some for projects to come.
I've never made sheets before, so I was happy to find that the process is super simple. For this rounded mattress, I traced and cut fabrics at 4" larger than the mattress all the way around.
Then I pressed the sides under twice to hem and once more about 1/2" wide to accommodate the elastic. At the rounded edges you have to let the hem fold and gather, which can be a bit frustrating to sew. But, happily it all ends up on the underside of the mattress anyways. No need to fuss!
Just thread through the elastic, gather and voila!
As I was working on the sheets, I gradually realized that the mattress that came with the moses basket set is much more soft and squishy than seemed safe.
The simple solution? Quilt it! Quilting will compact it to reduce loft. You can see just how much loft there was at this stage, when I've just quilted sparsely in one direction.
After quilting both ways the mattress is nicely dense and flat. Yay, sewing to the rescue!
I had also bought a large wool puddle pad, which I converted into 3 right-sized waterproof mattress pads.
Feeling very productive and thankful for my sewing skills! My goal is to sew one project per week from my Baby Makes list. Crossing fingers!
I finished 3 sheets! Two frog prince Far Far Away prints and one of this cursive text print from my stash.
I think it makes a dreamy bassinet sheet!
When I was done, I had this happy little notion that it's already enough. A safe place for baby to sleep and mama - that's all that baby really needs!
OK... and diapers.