Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pinspiration Sunday: DIY Door Jammers

Have you seen these door jammers floating around on Pinterest? If you haven't, the idea is can sneak in and out of your little one's room without having to turn the door knob and wake them. They are super cute and a crazy great idea...and once you've bought one, you realize, these would be so easy to make. Like everything else in our baby girl's nursery, I needed a custom made one to match, right?!?! ;) The best part? I already had all my supplies so it didn't cost me a thing...I love FREE! 
So here's how I made mine.

2 hair ties (those really thick ones)
cushiony (if that's a word) fabric like felt or fleece (I used fleece)
measuring and cutting tools
sewing machine

I had some fabric leftover from my crib bumper makeover so I used that. You want to cut your pieces into rectangles. My section of leftover fabric was 6 inches wide, so I cut my pieces 6" X 4" to get started.

Next, you want to fold your fabric edges over and iron them down. This will give you a nice smooth edge for your finished project. I didn't measure mine, just did one piece all the way around and then matched the second piece by laying it on top to see where my creases need to be made.

Next I cut my corners down so there wasn't so much fabric there.

Then, I cut a piece of fleece slightly smaller than my two fabric rectangles. 

And put it inside the folded over edges of one of the fabric rectangles.

Next, I put the hair ties in place on each end of the rectangle.

After that, I placed the second fabric rectangle on top, lining up the edges and pinning them together.

Now, you're ready to sew. As seen in the other images of door jammers, I sewed along the outside edge then moved in about a quarter inch or so and sewed all the way around again. This is how it turned out.

Here's the door jammer on the door, ready to go.

Hope you liked this tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Crib Bumper Makeover this project was a little more difficult then I liked...mostly just stuffing the old bumper into the bumper case I just created. I started out taking pictures and then I was just kind of over it. I pinned this tutorial from the Dickerson Diaries, please check out that tutorial. For my project I used one fabric (bought 3 yards used almost all) then another solid color for the ties (1/2 yard). Here's how I used just one fabric. I measured the bumper I was planning to cover (bought it at a second hand store, washed it, dried it and then I was ready to cover it) which was 9 1/2 inches tall and 153 inches long. I measured my fabric and cut it to be 12 inches tall and cut the entire 3 yards length. I did this until the entire bumper was covered twice (to cover inside and out). Then I sewed all pieces together to make one VERY long strip. For the rest of the process I would check out Dickerson Diaries.  It's a great tutorial and was easy to follow. The only thing I changed was instead of having both ends meet and both ends have ties, I connected ties to one end and on the other I made holes using my button hole feature on my sewing machine then laced the ties from the other end through those before tying it to the crib. These are pictures from some of the process and the finished bumper.

button holes on one end, ties on the other

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nursery Reveal

So my hubby was hard at work making over our spare room into a nursery for our baby girl. Here are a few pictures of what the room looked like just as we were beginning the transformation.

After some spackling, sanding, carpet ripping, painting, floor laying, projecting finishing and looks like this:

Some DIY projects:

Scrapbook paper over fixture covers



crib bumper

artwork found on Pinterest

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pinspiration Sunday: DIY Changing Pad Cover

Here's another post on getting the nursery ready. I'm on overdrive as they are thinking of placing me on bed rest and have given me steroids in case I should have a preterm delivery. So it's time to get these projects done. This one came from Pretty Prudent again. I used the left over fabric from my crib sheet tutorial and my adjustable crib skirt tutorial.

Fabric of your choice
sewing machine
pins and a safety pin
measuring tools

*Be sure to wash and dry your fabric before you begin*

My changing pad is the standard  32" long X 16" wide and 3-4" high so these directions are for those measurements. Since I used two fabrics I measured one to be 17.5" X 32" and the other 30.5" X 32". or you can use one fabric and cut it to measure 48" X 32".

Place your fabrics facing one another along the 32" side and sew them together. Jaime suggested then trimming the seam with pinking shears but I don't own those so I did not (like I've said before I'm not a seamstress). Then iron your seam flat.

Next cut 8" X 8" squares out of each corner. 

Now with the two sides facing each other sew along to create your corners.

Now it's time to create the hem to feed your elastic through. Fold your fabric over about a half inch  or so and iron. Then fold over again and pin (this time I didn't iron...I'm lazy). Next sew along to create your hem leaving room so that you can thread your elastic through. Start in one corner, back stitching and leave room when you come back to that corner to thread the elastic and back stitch.

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Jaime said to use a yard of elastic 5/8" or less. I used a 1/2" elastic and once I finished it was too tight and my changing pad would not lay flat so I took the elastic out and used a 46" piece and this worked great for me. Pin one end to the cover and pin a safety pin to the other end and feed through the hem you've made.

Once all the way through, sew the two ends of the elastic together. 

Now you can finish sewing the gap you left. You should get something that looks like this.

Now it's time to put it on the changing're done!

Thanks for stopping by!