DIY Bassinet Sheets

Did you know that there isn’t a standard bassinet size in Australia? I sure didn’t!

We purchased a secondhand bassinet as I couldn’t justify spending over $100 on an item that might only be used for a few months. We picked up a bargain, and were able to buy a great quality bassinet for $20. The only issue was the mattress including (from the original supplier) was so thin, and covered in a PVC material that it would rustle every time we touched it – not ideal when trying to put a newborn to sleep!

I searched online for a new mattress which is when I realised there is no standard size. Our bassinet is 800mm x 400mm with rounded corners, and the cheapest I could find was over $60, as it would need to be posted – kind of defeating the purpose of purchasing second hand! I ended up getting foam which is 50mm thick, cut to the exact size required for half that cost thankfully.

Whilst I was searching online, I also realised that bassinet sheets would be hard to come by, and the few sheets that I did find were quite plain and simple.

I decided to make our own following similar instructions to those that I used for our DIY changing mat cover. They were really easy to make, and only took me an hour or so to sew up and to add the elastic in them. Check out my previous post and the link to instructions if you’d like to try your own. The best thing is there were great value ($18 for 4 bassinet covers, versus over $20 for 1 in the shops) AND I got to pick awesome fabric!

I gave the fabric a wash and dry before I stitched it up of course, mainly to get rid of any chemicals that might be residing on it, but also to prevent shrinkage after their first wash.  I used cotton for the sheets, and also stitched up a custom waterproof cover for the bassinet mattress (which I won’t show you, because let’s be honest, it’s not nearly as exciting as the sheets!).

I picked some vibrant fabric, and I think it’s gender neutral personally. It’s just another touch of personality in Coco’s nursery now :)

It’s a measly 7 weeks until we reach our due date, and Coco is baking away happily right now! There are lots of bumps and stretches which I love feeling, and we cannot wait to meet our new addition.

DIY Bassinet Sheets

 

Erin1

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Minky / PUL Change Mat Cover

Mr A and I were kindly given a changing mat for Coco, and due to space constraints in the nursery, we’ve set it up on a chest of drawers for changing.

Having heard a lot of babies who love nappy free time, and who get a little ‘wee’ happy, I thought it would be best to make a waterproof change mat cover to go over the change mat which will allow us to simple wipe down the cover instead of having to wash the whole thing when ‘accidents’ occur.

I thought having a completely waterproof fabric across the change mat might be a little cold for Coco, so decided to do a combined minky / PUL combination. This will allow Coco to lay on the warm minky, whilst we change nappies on the waterproof PUL section.

I used this tutorial as the guide, and simply swapped out fabrics to suit what I wanted. One piece of advice is to make sure you measure your change mat before you sew or cut, because I followed this tutorial thinking it was a universal size, but it turns out our change mat is waaaay bigger! Here’s how it turned out – I’m super happy with it, and the minky is sure to keep Coco nice and warm, whilst the PUL is sure to be easy to wipe down for any ‘accidents’ whilst nappy changing.

Minky / PUL Change Mat Cover

Taggie Blankets + Baby Shower Cushions

So I couldn’t help myself; rather than working on items for Coco I’ve made some taggie blankets and cushions for girlfriends who have babies on the immediate horizon, and had baby showers over the last 2 weekends.

I haven’t worked with minky before but I was super keen to give it a whirl. I’ve heard it’s a very slipper fabric to work with which is why I haven’t tried using it as a backing for a quilt yet, and my gosh, minky really does like to slip and side everywhere!

It’s also the first time I’ve made taggie blankets and it was such a fun process. I used Cassie’s tutorial (find it here) to step through it, but it’s a pretty easy process really. I made mine 8 x 8″ so it’s really a travel type taggie blankey.

The first cushion I made was a bunting cushion with an applique on the front, along with a coordinating taggie blanket. This cushion is for a baby girl, and I used  a very cute pastel based animal fabric for the bunting flags, back of cushion and back of the taggie blanket. The applique and binding was done in a very light, sweet green.


The second cushion and taggie blanket I made couldn’t be more opposite! This is for a boy whose parents love anything Star Wars / superhero / Pokemon related. I was able to utilise various Star Wars fabrics that I had in my stash from completing this cushion, and used a disappearing 9 patch quilt block to create the final look. I’m really pleased with how this turned out, as I personally love the punches of red and yellow throughout the top.

I’m excited to give the Star War cushion and taggie blanket to my girlfriend this weekend – I can’t wait until she opens it, because I have a feeling she’s going to be over the moon!


Now that I’ve got these out of my system, I’m moving onto items for Coco including a gender neutral baby mobile, and of course, a quilt and cushion for Coco! I’ll be cross stitching an adorable fox pattern which I’m going to sew into Coco’s cushion. I’m thinking of using a jelly roll for Coco’s quilt so I’m in the process of finding some jelly roll quilt tutorial inspiration, as I haven’t used one before!

I’m really looking forward to making some handmade items for our bundle of love.

 

 

Erin1

Finito! – Irish Inspired Quilt

So this is my final completed commission before Coco arrives – an Irish inspired personalised quilt. My client sent an emblem they wanted to use as colour inspiration for the quilt; the colours were navy, light blue, white and grey. My client wanted to add a name, and 3 applique animals to the quilt to reflect the pets the family own.

She wanted a simple design, so we stuck with a straight forward checkerboard pattern with feature fabrics to reflect the animals. Boy themed feature fabrics were used for back of the animal applique. I stitched a rabbit, dog and cat :)

Animal Applique

I used Irish type lettering for James’ name, and I love how it turned out – the light blue really contrasts against the navy. The quilt was finished with white polka dot binding, and the backing was a simply grey star fabric. My client request that stars were added into the quilt somehow, so when I saw the grey flannel fabric I knew it would work perfectly. I stitch in the ditch quilted it to create the checkerboard pattern on the back of the quilt.

Here it is in all it’s glory!

The finish of this commission means I’m now able to start on some pieces for Coco! At this stage, I’ll definitely be sewing up a quilt and most likely a cushion, I just haven’t decided on the design yet .. The possibilities are endless!

I’d also love to try and make some shelves and a mobile for Coco’s room, so we’ll see how that goes – I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Erin1

Tada – Applique Cushion

Latest completed commission is a pretty adorable personalised applique cushion for a baby girl. My client stated she wanted something girly, but not overly so, so no huge use of pinks or purples. Once I saw this fabric range, I knew we we were onto a winner as it’s feminine and girly, but subtle.

There wasn’t too much scope for this commission, just that Stella’s name be on the front of the cushion. I kept the pattern quite simple to show off the fabrics, and had fun adding ric rac to define the edges of the pink rectangle. I also like having different textures on cushions for young children, so the ric rac was a double win.

I kept the back simple with applique hearts and more ric rac to tie in with the front, and used fabric within the range for the binding also.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and so is my client which is the main thing! :)