Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baby Make: Moses Basket bedding

Once upon a time...

Moses Basket bedding

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.

Moses Basket bedding

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.

Moses Basket bedding

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!

Moses Basket bedding

Just thread through the elastic, gather and voila!

Moses Basket bedding

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.  

Moses Basket bedding

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.

Moses Basket bedding

After quilting both ways the mattress is nicely dense and flat.  Yay, sewing to the rescue!

Moses Basket bedding

I had also bought a large wool puddle pad, which I converted into 3 right-sized waterproof mattress pads. 

Moses Basket bedding

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!

Moses Basket bedding

I finished 3 sheets!  Two frog prince Far Far Away prints and one of this cursive text print from my stash.

Moses Basket bedding

I think it makes a dreamy bassinet sheet!

Moses Basket bedding

Moses Basket bedding

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.

20 comments:

  1. Smart quilting!
    I am always surprised to see bumpers in cribs, because in the Netherlands (where I live) they have been 'forbidden' since the 90's to prevent suffocation. Please read up on the use of bumpers, for instance the AAP recommendations.

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  2. This is beautiful! When my babies were little I had a flat sheet that was fitted with elastic at one end. I just always thought it was nice to be able to pull the sheet up over them and not worry about it getting tangled up since it was secure at one end. Don't even know if they make them anymore.

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    1. This is a brilliant idea! I might try this for my toddler when she moves to her full size bed.

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  3. They look beautiful, and I'm please to hear that you are keeping things in perspective. You really are ready, whenever the time may be.

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  4. It is just lovely. Beautiful work.

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  5. Just love the look of these sweet sheets with the Moses basket...can't wait to see your sweet little one in it!

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  6. The sheets look great. Baby will be very happy.

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  7. Fabulous! I must admit to being a little scared of both corners and elastic - but this looks super achievable. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Just keep crossing those items off the list, you will be done before you know it!

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  9. Great idea! I think I may be copying you. I'm due in December.

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  10. Beautiful! That looks like such a great, cozy spot for baby to sleep!

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  11. All your preparations are so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing so much! The wee sheets are perfect, as is your "happy little notion"! Happy baby making ;)

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  12. Oh that froggy pink one is divine! They all are!

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  13. awwwww! I remember getting the bassinet ready before my oldest was born and just being in awe of the fact that soon there would be an actual person sleeping there. It didn't seem possible! So exciting :-)

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  14. Just perfect. Sewing for babies is such a joy.

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  15. I've been meaning to comment on this all week, Rachel! This is amazing!

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