I just finished one of the sweetest projects for Avery’s nursery! I am obsessed with hot air balloons right now, so when I found a pattern for a hot air balloon mobile, I had to have it! I found the link on an Etsy store named CraftSchmaft. It is only $9 and well worth it! They even have bundles with the pattern and fabric panels! I chose to just get the pattern, since they didn’t have any that went perfect with my mint and coral theme.
I was a little nervous at first, because sometimes patterns scare me a little. It was really easy to follow along. The only thing I did differently was the baskets. The pattern calls for felt that you use embroidery thread to make look like a basket and you put it together yourself. I tried one and wanted a more authentic basket, so I went back to Etsy and found some miniature baskets that were PERFECT from loveitshabby2. Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE ETSY?!
I also wanted something that moved around and had some music to it. I found a mobile arm with music box on Amazon.com. It plays “You are My Sunshine” which is one of my favorites! I was worried that the bars on my crib were not going to work with the part that attaches to the crib, so I had some ideas in case it didn’t. Luckily it fit perfectly and I didn’t have to worry about it!
Check out a video of the mobile in motion at on my YouTube channel.
I posted a tutorial last month about how to make a flannel rag quilt using strips of flannel. This tutorial is a more advance version of the same technique. I was walking through the amazing flannel section at Joann’s and found the most adorable skulls with bows flannel and I had to have it! Alex loves skulls and since we are having a baby girl, I thought he would get a kick out of that fabric!
Now when I purchased the material, I only got 1 yard of each, because I was thinking I was just going to make a strip rag quilt. After I got home, I decided to challenge myself and do the square quilt. Since you cut the sides of each square all the way around, this was going to shorten my blanket quite a bit. I went back, and of course I could not find the black and gray chevron anywhere. I did find a gray chevron that was the same, just a much lighter shade. I ended up getting another yard of the skulls and pink flannel and one of the gray chevron. I probably could have got away with 1 1/4 yard of each material since I did 4 different fabrics.
Square Rag Quilt
4 coordinating fabrics 1 1/4 yard each
rotary cutter and mat
2 spools coordinating thread (I ran out and had to get more, but this project takes a lot of thread, especially when you quilt an X through each pair of squares. I would have 2 just in case!)
Continue doing this with each row until you have all your rows sewn. Then it is time to sew the rows together!
My Grandma Bloesser came down over my Spring Break and we sewed til we dropped! I had a long list of things to make and we sure got a lot done even though I was still recovering from being sick. Many people told me I was crazy for wanting to sew my own crib sheets, but I am so glad I did! They were so easy and fun to make! I have looked at crib sets that they sell out there and I can’t justify spending over $100 for crib bedding when they say crib bumpers and comforters shouldn’t even be used because of suffocation risks. All you really need is a few crib sheets to get you by. I love this because I got to shop for all my materials to coordinate in Avery’s nursery and it is coming together so beautifully!
DIY Crib Sheet Tutorial
2 yards of fabric
80 inches 1/4″ skinny elastic
Rotary cutter and mat
Prewash your material and iron good before cutting.
Cut your material to 42×67″. Cut out a 7.5 x 7.5″ square from each corner. You can fold the material and cut two out at a time. We tried doing 4 the first time and they were a little off.
Stretch out the elastic all the way around all the corners and voila! A crib sheet is made!
I will get more tutorials up over the next few weeks, so check back!
We actually found out back in November that we were expecting a little girl in June. I was only 11 weeks along, and there is a new blood test out there called Verify by Progenity. They test for chromosomal disorders and pulls the baby’s DNA right from my blood stream! I am amazed at what they can do these days! However, I was not buying anything until we had out 22 week sonogram to verify it! When the ultra sound tech asked us if we wanted to know or already knew, we told her we had the blood test and she said it is about 99% accurate. I still wouldn’t tell her what the result were because I wanted her to look herself and sure enough…it’s a girl!
No one understood why I wanted gray walls for a nursery. They didn’t understand my vision of an accent wall with white stripes, but it turned out so beautiful! I guess mommies just know best!
A huge shout out to my mom for buying us this beautiful crib! It is so beautiful and we really appreciate it! I can’t wait to get that baby in that crib…Hurry up June!!! Also, thank you Troy for all your hard work sanding that dresser and painting the nursery. Thank you grandma for helping me sew all the pretties for Avery’s nursery! As you can see, grandma and I were super busy sewing this week! I will have tutorials on some of these things coming up on the blog over the next few weeks, so check back! I am so excited to get in there and start adding all the special touches!