Coco’s Nursery

With just a week to go until Coco’s due date is here, I thought I’d post some pictures of Coco’s nursery right now. 

I’m so happy with how it has turned out; it’s neutral but colourful, and I cannot wait until Coco is here so we can add some prints and personality to his or her room. 

This is our nursing corner. The wingback chair is courtesy of IKEA and Mr A has very kindly offered to turn it into a rocking chair (if I so desire – I’m not sure yet!). 

This is Coco’s crib featuring our gender neutral rainbow felt ball mobile! I absolutely LOVE it! It pops and spins in the wind when the window is open, and the colours pop against our navy feature wall. Coco likely won’t be in the crib for a little while, as he or she will be in a bassinet in our bedroom to begin with. 

This is our change station, which is actually in a walk in wardrobe. It features our DIY sewn cloth wipes, and minky / PUL changemat cover. In the drawers are our various cloth nappies that we’re using for Coco. 

It’s the cosiest space, and all we need is a new light for the room, plus a throw for the nursing chair in case we get cold. 

My maternity leave has now commenced and I’ve gotten so much done on my nesting list which feels great; cupboards are organised, clothes are washed and folded, oven is cleaned (yes, bizarre nesting craving!) and lots of meals and snacks have been cooked and frozen in preparation .. so now, we wait! <3

Finito! – Fox Cross Stitch Cushion

Just a little update on the fox cross stitch I finished for Coco the other week. Here it is in all it’s glory in Coco’s nursery :)

I backed the cushion with a metallic grey chevron fabric to match the grey walls, and grey nursing chair of Coco’s room. I also bound the cushion with a grey floral fabric, and I absolutely love how it turned out. The final cushion dimensions was 15″ x 15″, and I added a 16″ cushion insert just to give the cushion a little roundness.

I always buy my inserts 1 size bigger than the final size to make sure the cushion has  a bit of firmness, as I personally find this a lot more comfortable than a cushion which has a lot of space in it still.

It’s only 3 weeks until Coco’s due date is upon us, and it spins me out to think he or she will be here with us so soon – we can’t wait for our bundle of love to be in our arms!

 

& a Sweet Baby Fox Cross Stitch ..

I finished Coco’s cross stitch over the weekend and will stitch this into a cushion for the nursery. Somehow foxes have been a recurring theme in what we’ve chosen for the nursery, and I found this pattern so sweet I couldn’t pass it up.

Fox Cross Stitch

 

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it here. I’ve been stitching it on and off over the last 4 weeks and love how it has turned out. I’m planning on bordering it in navy fabric to suit the navy feature wall, and found some lovely grey metallic chevron fabric to back it with.

Looking forward to showing you the finished result.

 

Erin1

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

Sew / No Sew DIY Cloth Wipes

Baby Coco is growing beautifully, and Mr A and I are loving the bumps, kicks and somersaults we both feel. I’ve been plodding away at a few DIY things in the background these last few weeks which has been great.

The first DIY I’ve completed is some cloth wipes for Coco, as we’ve decided we will be using cloth nappies. I figured if we were going to use cloth nappies, we may as well use reusable cloth wipes as well in order to decrease our waste, and because they’re far cheaper than disposable wipes in the long run!

You can buy cloth wipes from various online stores, but they can be quite pricey and I figured making our own would be just as easy.

I researched different material to use and settled on flannelette, as many people mentioned they were soft but grippy enough to do their job. Our local craft store had flannel for half price when I went so it was perfect timing! I didn’t realise this at the time, but turns out I am quite fond of foxes! Here’s the fabric I chose;

Fox Fabric

 

Here’s a little tutorial to get you started if you’d like to make your own. I did up a list of materials for those with sewing experience / equipment, and those without, because these can definitely be made sewn or raw. In each of these methods I recommend cutting squares to be 8″ x 8″ as this is a great size for hands, faces and bottoms and will fit into wipes containers.


No Sew DIY Cloth Wipes

Materials

  • 1m flannel (1 yard)
  • Pinking Shears
  • Long Ruler – I use one like this for my quilting
  • Rotary Cutter (optional) – I highly recommend a rotary cutter, but you could use scissors though take care to cut straight
  • Self Healing Mat (optional) – I also highly recommend a self healing mat so cut on, but you could use a different surface if required

Method

  1. Pre wash your flannel to ensure the fabric has shrunk before you start cutting the wipes up, as flannel will shrink when washed (particularly hot washed, which will likely be done considering these are baby wipes after all! :) You can check out my tutorial here if you need help with pre washing.
  2. Line up selvage of fabric and cut strips to 8″ high using ruler + rotary cutter.
  3. Stack rows of fabric and cut to 8″ wide using ruler + rotary cutter. If you’re not confident cutting stacks of fabric, you can cut the rows individually – this will just take a little more time. The end result will be 8″ x 8″ squares with straight edges.
  4. Cut squares with pinking shears around the edge of the fabric to create a finished edge, which is less likely to fray. If you feel comfortable, you can stack squares together and cut together also.

This method won’t prevent fraying, it will just minimise it so you will end up needing to replace the wipes as you use them. The benefit of this method is that it’s quick, easy, and just about anyone can do this without needing too many materials.


Sew DIY Cloth Wipes

I used this method for making our cloth wipes, and also chose to do double sided wipes as I love the pretty fox fabric I picked! You could sew your wipes and just overlock the edges if you like – it’s completely up to you.

Materials

  1. 1m flannel (1 yard)
  2. Sewing Machine
  3. Rotary Cutter
  4. Self Healing Mat
  5. Coordinating thread

Method

  1. Follow steps 1 – 3 of the No Sew DIY Cloth Instructions above ^^ BUT keep in mind once sewn, the wipes will be 7.5 x 7.5″ so cut at 8.5″ x 8.5″if you want them to be 8″ x 8″.
  2. Sew wipes with right sides of fabric together using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a small opening on one side.
  3. Snip corners (optional).
  4. Turn wipe sides out.
  5. Iron wipes (optional). If you chose to do this, take care at the small opening to turn the small opening in 1/4″ inch, to match what you’ve already stitched.
  6. Top stitch the whole way around the wipes to close the opening. I top stitched at 1/4″ but you could do it at 1/8″ if you like the top stitch to be closer to the edge.

This method gave me 12 double sided cloth wipes from 1m of fabric. I would’ve gotten just over double this amount if I kept the wipes single sided, but 1m of flannel on sale only cost me $5 so I wasn’t too bothered.

So out of 3m of flannel I sewed 36 double sided cloth wipes in total. At first I thought this would be enough, but I have a feeling it won’t be and I’d rather make them up now whilst I have the time, so I’m heading back to our craft shop to buy some more flannel! I may even try one side with terry just to make some that are a little ‘grippier’ than just flannel on flannel.

Finished Products

I’m really happy with how they turned out and how soft they are. The felt balls you see above are for another DIY project I’m working on for Coco – stay tuned :)