Monday, November 17, 2014

Curtains + Covers + Bumpers, oh my!

Have you ever had a staycation?  It's when (if you're a mom) the kids go away and you get to stay home for the weekend, preferably with your guy, and just have a good time.  We are super lucky to live by wonderful grandparents, who sometime take the kids for weekend trips.  This weekend was awesome.  Lots of rest, creative indulgence and time for just the two of us to be together. Yay!

nursery makes

What did I do?  Make.  I made and I made and I made for the nursery.  In fact, I think I'm getting ahead of schedule!  Woa.  But, don't worry, I'm adding to my list as I go!  No stopping this train until birth day.

new curtains!

First, the curtains.  I'd been just waiting on the curtain rod. Once it was up, these were a no brainer.  Curtains are one of the first things I learned to sew.  Just hem all 4 sides and put them up!  I use Ikea kvartal rods and hanging tape, which you sew onto the back of the curtain top.  Easy.  Will need to add another layer of curtains behind though, to effectively block light.

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I know this fabric choice is a bit... unusual, but I love the whimsy and drama it brings to the room.  Feels like a space a child will enjoy!  And, come to think of it, these yellow-golden globes, that green carpet and wood floors all work together to create a sort of indoor nature space.  Sort of.  I like it!

fabrics from Mad About Patchwork!

These Cotton & Steel fabrics from Mad About Patchwork were next on my list. Honestly, when I ordered, I thought that Dotti in Gelato fabric was a juicy peach hue.   Not so much. It's very, very ORANGE, in a kind of sherbet way.  But, hey, I like orange too.  Don't you think the kitties are the bestest though?  It's a durable cotton/linen blend in a gorgeous, gorgeous aquamarine, same as the Crayola Seafoam crayon when I was a kid.   I adore that shade.  Mad About Patchwork, in Canada, has lots of Cotton & Steel in stock!

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I followed this pattern at The Cozy Pumpkin to make changing pad covers for our changing station.  Some steps had me scratching my head, but I eventually worked it out.  Here I am cutting the changing pad ends with the custom edge pattern you trace, following the tute.  I made my covers with french seams (lots of washing coming up!) so I added 5/8" seam allowances instead of 1/2" seam allowances for my version.

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My first go at it was with the orange fabric, actually. It came out too short, so I adjusted my pattern and added some fabric to one end to make it work.  Love that about sewing!  You can almost always just revise your plans and "save" a work in progress.

Oh, and it tends to make things better, not worse!

changing table cover

My second cover came out just right.  Those pointy corners are tricky with french seams.  Not exactly sure how to do them "right," so I just fudged it.  Whatever, no one will notice but me!  You can see that making a custom edge pattern makes for a nice, contoured fit.

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The underside is just gathered up with elastic. 

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So, that's 2 down.  Again, I need quite a few more - more crib sheets, more changing pad covers.  But now that I know how to do them, "more" is most welcome.  "More" equals more fabrics to choose!  Hehehe (insert fabric glee)! 

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And, I also started on that bumper! 

Yes, twas a very, very productive weekend.  I think baby clothes will make The List after all!  How was your weekend?  Any new makes?

30 comments:

  1. It's all looking so lovely! I especially love that fabric panel you chose for the bumper, and the matching sheet you made. I didn't quite manage to get the nursery done before my baby came, and, well, she's 15 months old and it's still not quite done!

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    1. Nothing that doesn't get done before hand is likely to get done anytime soon, right? It's like when you remodel a room or house, once you move in... That's my experience too =) But now you get to enjoy her sweetness!

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  2. now that's a lot of gorgeous makes Rachel. I so love those adorable curtains, they look very dreamy. Love, love, love.

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  3. I love the curtain fabric. I made a picnic quilt with that fabric mixed with a large black and white check for a school auction and it turned out great! They are perfect in your nursery.

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    1. oooh, that sounds so fun! I actually have over a yard left over, so sometime it'll get another life =)

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    2. would love to see a pic of that picnic quilt. I will check to see if you have a blog - nosy am I, hmm? :-)

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  4. I made Abby Glassenberg's butterfly rattle toy with crinkly wings (thanks to a potato chip bag insert!). Seriously you need to check out her inside out egg and chicken as well as her caterpiller that turns into a butterfly. Those are made out polarfleece and supercute. I have my first grandchild due in January - a little girl! I also made a cute pattern from Smashedpeascarrots site with Riley Blake's Good Natured print with the little foxes in the Aspen trees and I embroidered a Too Cute Fox on the front that I got from Urban Threads. Adorable. And don't get me started on the little rumba panties!!!

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    1. Oh, goodness, there are some ideas. I will have to check out miss Abby's patterns!

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  5. Wow, you got a lot done!! Everything is looking wonderful.

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  6. The nursery is exquisite and you 'sound' so happy! Your post made my day :>)

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    1. And that makes my night, Janet. So glad you enjoyed the post!

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  7. You are having too much fun! I'm so excited for you!

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  8. I love those curtains! I didn't finish anything for me, but I did finish up a charity quilt that I'd lingered on for too long. I was inspired by your Angled class (though I didn't take it) to try and do something new. I settled on an octagonal (?) star pattern that I found a photo of and figured out my dimensions and angles and such. 45 degrees was a little difficult at first, but I eventually got it to work. I even had some fun with the free motion quilting, and put some words in key places :)

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    1. That octagonal star pattern quilt sounds quite interesting. Is there a photo of your quilt somewhere online? I'd love to see. Also, free motion quilting words - awesome!

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  9. Looks like fun. I simply used a king size pillowcase to cover my changing pad, and tucked the ends under (it just happened to match the room & I had two). Yours is cuter though!

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  10. The curtain fabric almost looks like golden clouds and rain. I love how you brought the indoors inside. And what a beautiful view out her window. I am motivated now to try making changing pad covers too. I've never made anything like that before.

    You are so lucky to have wonderful grandparents close by. Both our parents moved after retiring a few years ago so they don't see the kids even once a year anymore:(

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    1. Good luck with your changing covers, Jamie. Cozy Pumpkin actually updated the post so I bet you'll do great with her tutorial. I can be spatially challenged myself, so it was probably just me.

      Oh no, grandparents can move away? Hadn't thought of that. Eek. Please no!

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  11. The nursery is looking great! I think it will be a very fun space for your little one. I had a thought and I wanted to make sure I passed it on to you. I remember my sister, who just gave birth last year, mentioning that bumpers are no longer considered safe for infants due to the risk of SIDS (I wanted to make her a crib set). You may want to do a quick google search before you finish up your project. I think it's a fairly new recommendation.

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    1. Thanks for your heartfelt concern, Jenelle. So... I am aware for the record that bumpers are not recommended at all anymore. I've looked into the reasons for that and I do disagree. I feel that there are safe ways to use them. I'm going to avoid going into details here though, since I don't want to delve into such an important and controversial issue in this space. I hope anyone considering using a bumper does look into the recommendations and consider the risks carefully for themselves.

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      Rachel

      p.s. I really do know that you are being kind and thoughtful. Thanks!

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  12. Beautiful, I love the curtains and the fun kitty print on the changing pad.

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  13. How fun! The drawer full of cloth diapers made me smile - my daughter uses those, too, in all kinds of fun prints and solids. Love the Ikea fabric/curtains!

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    1. Yay for cloth diapers! We've used the bumgenius before with very good success. (In fact, I have some of them to unload at cost from my old baby store, if anyone needs some...)

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    2. I was just wondering if you made the diapers or if they were bought! =)

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  14. I can't get over all the cuteness going on here! Love it all and so will that new little baby!

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  15. I love watching you curate each piece for your nursery Rachel. I'm so excited for you. Babies spark a whole new level of creativity I think…maybe because they need so many darn things. And gives so many opportunities for yummy fabrics and special trims.

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  16. I did some baby sewing too! Since our youngest is only 15 months old, our baby car seat is just fine (btw, there is a federal law that has passed since yours were babes and in car seats, that a child restraint car seat has to be within 8 years of the manufactured date (to be found on the under side or bottom side of the seat) to be legal. Yes, even boosters. Just an fyi if you are using a used or borrowed car seat. Perhaps you already know this....), but the colors were all boy. And we need girl colors. ;) So I used the car seat cover as a pattern and I'm really pleased with how it turned out! (my most recent blog post shows pictures) I also started a project for my 5 yr old, but the pinwheels turned out so cute, I'm going to use something else for her and make them into a baby quilt! I have enough charms left over for a car seat blanket that ties (we already have one, but again... boy colors.) Funny how that happens sometimes....

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  17. Looks great what you made. At the moment there's too much going on here, too much back pain, too much not behaving kids, too few crafting time because of too not existent motivation to tell I made something. Still love your handmade items. Maybe next year will be again a year of sewing for kids over here.

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  18. it's all so perfect. might your parents be interested in adopted my family? ;)

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  19. Hi Rachel! I love those curtains and everything you have made, so bright and cheerful! I loved making crib and cradle sheets for my little one. Ridiculously easy and they make such a difference in the nursery. This is a non-quilty question, but I was wondering if you could maybe talk a bit about the cloth diapers? We wanted to use them for our now 3-month old, and were given a big sack of hand-me-downs to use. However, every time I try them, they leak out the leg holes. At first I thought her little legs just needed a bit of chub to fill the gap, but now I'm beginning to think the diapers are just leaky. :( Obviously they work for you, so any tips?

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