Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIY Baby Bedding

Are you having trouble finding the perfect baby bedding for your nursery?  Why not make some?   By recovering a crib bumper, pillows, and a standard changing pad (all found at the Salvation Army) with some inexpensive fabric from Joann's, we created a custom look that's bright and cheery.  Kathrine was our seamstress extrodinare for the project, so lets give a big thanks to her for all her hard work!

So how did this begin?  As I told you yesterday, Katherine and Pavitra picked out these lovely fabrics...

Not only do they work with our contemporary coral and mint color palette, they also bring in some brighter greens and a little yellow.  This works because the colors are in the same family and we spread them throughout the room to create a sense of balance and unity.  You'll see the more intense greens in the fabric covered suitcases, the storage bins in the armoire, and on the table lamp (which I have yet to tell you about); while the more muted green is used for the back of the armoire, the side table, frames, and the floor lamp.

Anyway... moving right along... we found various size pillows at the warehouse.

As well as a changing pad and crib bumper (which you can see in the box below).  Duchess thought I brought home a bed for her, but to her disappointment, the pad (along with the bumper and pillows) was sent to Kathrine's for a new cover.

First Kathrine measured out pillow sizes... 

Then she sewed some simple squares with the machine (good sides facing each other), popped the pillow inside, and sewed them shut by hand.

She also took the existing bumper and simply covered it with our chosen fabric.  For the ties, she simply cut small holes for the original ties to fit though. 

As you can see, she ran out of fabric at the end, but picked up some more and matched up the pattern to finish it off.  She also used this happy fabric to create a new changing pad cover.

My kitty wasn't the only furry creature excited about these projects!  But anyhow... she also made a fitted sheet for the mattress, which I don't have photos of, but there is a simple tutorials here.

Rachel also repainted the crib, which was the most time-consuming painting project of all.  But all that hard work paid off.

  The cirb with all its fresh white and new bedding looks amazing!

All of this bedding, the changing pad cover, and pillows are still on silent auction at the Huntington Beach Salvation Army.  So stop by and name your price!  And here's a few more shots of the goods in situ. Enjoy!