I took a hiatus from the blog because life got a little hectic. Easton was born September 23rd. October & November were busy with finalizing things for the house & overseeing the final work. We moved in on December 14th. (More pictures to come in a future post.) The unpacking & Christmas shopping & present wrapping kept me busy until Christmas (okay, the unpacking kept me busy until January). January started with the 3 of us getting sick (me, Tensley, & Easton). It took us nearly 2 weeks to completely recover. Both kids were sick again in February and then both had ear infections in March / April. During that time, I also had mastitis – twice. Ugh. So, needless to say, we are more than ready for Spring!
Somehow during that time, I did manage to finish quite a few projects. I’m hoping to be able to post about each one over the course of the month of May. Also, as I was organizing my sewing room, I found a number of items that I think could go to a better home. Stayed tuned for more about the items at the end of this post. If you are interested in them, comment below & I will pick a winner at the end of May.
Easton’s crib bedding was on the top of my “to finish” list. I decided to make a crib bumper for him because he moves a TON in his sleep. From his back to his tummy and from one end of the crib to the other. I have found him cross-ways in the crib many, many mornings. I didn’t want him getting stuck in the crib rails and now that he is 7 months old, and “crawling” (okay, lunging forward repeatedly until he gets where he wants to go), I am not worried about him getting stuck up against the bumper.
I had purchased a yard of this striped fabric about a year ago as the color inspiration for his quilt. The fabric is Seaside by October Afternoon. I decided to go ahead & purchase another 4 yards of fabric to use for the bumper & crib skirt. To make the crib bumper, I essentially made a “duvet cover” for Tensley’s old bumper! I lined the “duvet cover” since Tensley’s crib bumper was pink & yellow stripes that otherwise would show through the Seaside fabric. I went back & forth on making the piping, but eventually decided it would look nicer to do the piping. I used my zipper foot and followed this tutorial. It actually was not difficult at all and I kind of enjoyed it! I made the piping & ties out of fabric I had left over from backing Tensley’s quilt. It matches the brown / grey color in the striped fabric perfectly!
I also made the crib skirt, which was even easier. Because I had purchased 4 yards of fabric & it was cut continuously, I used the length of the fabric to my advantage to wrap it around the bottom of the crib! Easy peasy! I hemmed the top, bottom, & sides, but that was the only sewing required. I didn’t even think to line the crib skirt, but I wonder if it would have given it more structure. It is kind of “floppy”. I could always go back and do that in the future (if / when I have time & decide it bothers me enough). I also should have pressed the crib skirt before I put it on, but again, I could do that when / if I decide to line it or when I decide it needs washed.
Just in case I get questions about how I attached the crib skirt to the crib, I have a piece of plywood under the mattress (on top of the mattress spring). I was originally going to staple the fabric to the plywood, but my dad suggested I try taping it to the plywood first to see if that would hold. The benefit being, when I need to lower the crib mattress, I don’t have to pull out the staples to shorten the crib skirt. So far the tape is holding great (I used masking tape). Thanks Dad!
I ended up with the original yard of fabric left after I made the bumper & skirt, so I decided to make a blanket. I used a blanket I already had for Easton, but one side was sports themed. I sewed the right sides together (striped fabric & blue minky fabric facing each other), then pulled right side out through an opening, then topstitched the opening shut & topstitched around the blanket. Quick & easy!
The best part is that I made a crib bumper, crib skirt, and blanket for Easton – all for about $50!
Now for the “giveaway”.
If you are interested in the items below, leave a comment, and I will
pick a winner at the end of the month of May.
(US entries only please since I am shipping this myself.) I’m going to leave the giveaway open for the
entire month of May to give more people a chance to enter. Some of these items are things that would be
most beneficial for a beginning quilter, so even if you don’t have a use for
them – perhaps you know someone who would like them... Giveaway now closed.
|"A Caboodle in a Box" - not sure exactly what this is... a pattern of some sort|
|2 Quilt Journals (each with 15 entries for journaling about your quilts), Amy Butler Swing Bag pattern, Essential Quilting DVD|
|Miscellaneous floss, iron-on patches, bias tape, twill tape, seam binding|
|Triangle square ruler, 6" square ruler, & binding tool|
|10 HST on the left & 1 HST on the right (I forgot to measure these, but they are maybe 6" HSTs...)|
|2 Swoon practice blocks (I believe these finished at 24.5")|
|3 fat quarters & 2 Moda Turnovers of Fig Tree & Co Patisserie|
Thanks for reading!