Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A DIY Changing Pad Cover for our baby girl

Hey Y'all!

I am thrilled!
I'll let you in on a little secret... I was scared to death to take on a project involving elastic.
There, I said it. 

I found this tutorial and built up the courage to go for it. This was such a simple undertaking! Really, this project took just a little over an hour start to finish.

Remember my up cycled sheet to water color fabric? This is how I gave it a new life :)
I wanted a little brighter fabric to lighten up the bold print of this fabric used (and will use on more nursery projects), and to lighten the burden of the cost of the fabric.

Right now, the dresser is still in Mr. P's room, but I had to try this on for size!

I followed the tutorial pretty spot on. She only uses 2 fabrics and I used 3, so I took the whole suggested measurement and divided it by 3, knowing I wanted my water color fabric to be a bit narrower, I accommodated for that.

I did also change my seams. I think overcast edges look much more professional and I feel like they hold up better. I also ironed my seams down after sewing them. You can see what I'm talking about in the following photos:

If I decide to make another one, I'll cut off 10" squares from the corners to create the pockets as opposed to the 8" squares instructed. Maybe my changing pad is a bit deeper, but I'd be more pleased if the cover fit a tad snugger.

All-in-all this was a very fun project, very simple, and I'm thrilled that I nailed the elastic!!

Also, Mr. P tested it out and gives it two thumbs up!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY Water color fabric from an old sheet

Hey Friends!

Y'all know I'm no stranger to working with old sheets!

This time I am working on some additional fabric for Baby girl's nursery decor.

If you missed it, here is my inspiration board
I wanted something fun and not perfect to go with the main fabric that I'm using (behind the lettering at the top of my inspiration board.) I don't want to spend more money than I need to and I love to get creative during nap time!!

1. I cut off about 18" worth of fabric from the bottom of my off white sheet and ironed it.

2. I used masking tape to make very uneven lines.

3. I mixed turquoise and white fabric paints to get the color I desired (that complimented my other fabric) and mixed some water in so it got runny.

4. I laid my cut sheet out down the hallway with newspaper under it.

5. I sloppily painted between the masking tape. :) Then I smacked my head because I realized that this was a project the kids could have actually helped with, but they were not here/sleeping.

6. Take your painted sheet piece off of the newspaper while it's still wet and hang over the bare shower curtain rod, or the news paper will stick to the back- which is a hug pain.

7. Let it dry, Iron it to heat set according to paint instructions, then pop it in the dryer on HOT. Your paint is now perfectly imperfect water colored fabric to stitch up to your liking! 

8. I'll wash and dry my fabric again before cutting and stitching it up into my project for baby girl's room!

If you give it a shot, let me know. You inspire me too!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From Baby Boy Clothes to Baby Girl Clothes

Hey Y'all! 
I believe I mentioned in the last post that things were starting to get a bit more girlie around here! 

I'm going to show you guys how to make or up cycle baby boy clothes into baby girl clothes!

Mr. P and I had so much fun going through his old baby clothes and picking out a preliminary batch to alter for his baby sister who is scheduled to arrive mid June.

On my pinterest board "Baby Girl" I have a miss-mash of projects to take on for her room and inspiration for diy clothing and up cycling!

Photographed above are the first round!

#1. Is one of my own designs. The polka dots made me think of sprinkles, so I stamped a sprinkled cupcake on scrap white linen, cut it out into a square and appliquéd it onto the onesie. Once it's washed a couple times, the edges of the cupcake patch with fray and look pretty cool.

#2. and #4. are inspired by this blog post of an embellished onesie.

#3. Is a simple heart cut out of white linen and I zigzag appliquéd the edges.

Here are a few more photos closer up:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A shirt for our music man

There are a million freezer stencil tutorials out there if you google it, so I will not post a tut for that.

I used the trace function on my Silhouette to get the image, cut it out, and painted it with fabric paint- lesson learned that white paint on dark fabric is tough. Not a perfect image, but since happy hubby has a shirt like this, Mr. P is thrilled to be just like his daddy!

Little tip if you want to do there:
Tshirts at Target are super inexpensive and seem to be the best quality, I've used them for appliqué, stenciling etc. This one was $4.

Lotsa girlie clothes will be posted soon, since we found out we are having a baby girl, I have been working hard on making Mr. P's old clothes a bit more girlie!

What have you been up to? Any cool toddler or baby projects these days?
I'm consumed lol

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Baby Girl and Nursery Inspiration Image

Hey Friends!

I have been so sporadic about posting, although we have continued to work on projects and make up fun things to do/make!

I am 19 weeks pregnant!
We just found out that we are having a baby girl. :)
My first trimester was pretty rough and this pregnancy has been very different than my last. I am still practicing yoga, although my schedule has changed substantially. I am staying home during the day all week now and only teaching in the mornings and 3 evenings a week. It's been an interesting adjustment, but so far I'm liking it!

I have designed plans for and priced out a closet system in Mr. P's closet and a built in breakfast nook. I've chosen, painted and designed the inside of my new craft armoire and ripped down all of the shelving in my old crafting space, and we are wrapping up this new little nook. 
But more on all of this later...

I have also designed our baby girl's room!
It'll be a month or so before we get to work on this space since other things need to happen first, but I wanted to share my inspiration! We will be using my bonus daughters' bedroom as the nursery and the girls and Mr. P will share a bedroom during the summer. I'm trying to reuse as many elements in the nursery as I'm able. I also am feeling so much better prepared with this second pregnancy in knowing what I need in the space and what will work best for baby. I have thrown some ideas together on an image board to keep everything straight and stay inspired to finish all of the projects that must come first!

Take a peek:

We are so very excited!