Happy Wednesday!! Thought I’d drop in to give you an update on the nursery!
Steve spent the weekend on a mountain bike adventure (and if you remember last time he did that, I painted the entire garage by myself) so my mom decided to come down and help me with some nursery stuff (and make sure I didn’t get any wild hares to do anything similar this time). Our mission for the weekend? Sewing, sewing and more sewing! I had been unable to find much affordable, pre-made nursery items that weren’t super pastel, or on the expensive side. If you remember, awhile back I previewed my fabric choices, and I’m super excited to show you what I did with them!
First up — the changing pad. My cousin gave me the changing pad she used with her girls, it’s still in fine shape, just needed a fun cover to make it a little more festive. I picked up some orange minky fabric from Hobby Lobby to fit the bill. Each changing pad cover takes 1 yd., so I got 2 yards to make 2 covers. Total cost? Just under $20.00.
As for how we did it, I don’t want to disappoint, but our mission of the weekend was productivity, not tutorials. We basically followed this one though from Prudent Baby without much issue at all.
Next on the list? The crib skirt. I’d pinned a few ideas and ended up combining them to make the skirt. If you want to make a similar skirt, check out this tutorial from Domestic Adventure. Rather than go the velcro route, we decided it would be easier to adjust if we did ties to the mattress spring instead. I got the idea from Urban Grace. This was fairly complicated and took us right around 6 hours to get accomplished. A good portion of that was spent on doing all the math to make our pieces come out correct and strategizing on the orange pleat in the front. I love how it came out!!
For the ends of the crib, we made 2 panels out of the jungle animals fabric. I’m excited to make use of the under crib for some extra storage! (Lucy had other ideas for what the underside of the crib should be used for during the thunderstorm tonight)
Curtains — We decided to give ourselves a mental break and sew some curtains. Easy Peasy. I am still figuring out the curtain rod so I don’t have a great picture of them yet, but they are made out of blue zebra and I’m really excited about them!
No worries, once we get them installed, I’ll have PLENTY of photos to show you
Crib Rail Protector/Teething Pad — We were so lucky to get the crib our nephew had when he was little. My sister in law had been saving it for the last 4 years and graciously gave it to us for Baby P. The only caveat with the crib is that Aiden had chewed on it. I figured I’d find some way to cover it up or paint it or something. Once again, internet to the rescue! I found a great tutorial from Baby Rabies for a crib rail protector.
This is currently competing with the crib skirt to be my favorite thing we made. It was really simple but I think adds a lot…especially since crib bumpers are a big no go now days.
I saved the worst for last…one of the first things we decided to make was crib sheets. I found some awesome green fabric that I loved, and my mom found this tutorial, so we were pretty sure this would be a SIMPLE task, no problem…well…she made one awhile back, and not having a crib mattress at her disposal, convinced my dad to accompany her to Target where she tried her sheet on the store mattress.
This was the result:
It didn’t quite fit over as much as I would like to feel safe knowing it wouldn’t pop loose in the night. She mailed it down to me, just in case the plastic covering on the mattress was adding too much bulk, but alas, it didn’t fit any better on the mattress we have. So we tabled it until she was down here. After a SIGNIFICANT amount of trial and error, and a purchase of a cheap sheet from Target, we were able to figure out how to make our sheet fit. Again, if you are curious, let me know and I’ll do my best to explain, but we were in the thick of it and didn’t write out a tutorial.
More nursery details coming soon, all told, it was a VERY productive and fun weekend, and it’s so excited to see the crib ready to go for Baby!!! Less than 8 weeks until he’s due, I can’t believe how fast it’s gone! I feel like I have too much left to do!