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Crib skirt inspiration

Last night we received a surprise phone call. It was from the store we purchased our crib and dresser from saying that the items are ready for delivery! After a few strings were pulled here and there, we got word this morning that our furniture will arrive tomorrow — a whole four weeks sooner than we thought! Yay!

The furniture fairies must have read this post and granted me a wish!

Once the crib is assembled, I can start work on my next sewing project: a crib skirt!

A few months ago, I was window shopping in Pottery Barn Kids and spotted this crib skirt and fell in love with it, but not the $75 price tag.

Yet again, Tonic Living came to my rescue with the perfect grey and white chevron fabric. I ordered two yards of the fabric, which should be more than enough to make my crib skirt and maybe a throw cushion or two. Much more economical than PBK!

Like my inspiration above, I plan to sew a pleated crib skirt for some added appeal. To keep things easy for washing and any future adjustments when we drop the crib to a lower height as the little miss grows, I’m going to attach the skirt to the crib frame using good old fashion velcro. I also see some more blind hemming stitches in my future for a more professional finish.

And, just to refresh your memory, here is a snap shot of our fabric selections for the room.

From left to right: “Varenna, Coral”: curtains (these bad boys are D-O-N-E!), “Emilio Cosmo”: throw cushions, “Flatiron, Grey”: crib skirt/throw cushions — all from Tonic Living. The Orange Dot and Khaki Dot fabric samples are from Land of Nod.

After waiting about a month or so, Land of Nod finally had a free shipping offer on all bedding, plus I was able to use a special promo code I received in the mail, which is great because I have a hard time paying full price for anything. Hopefully the sheets will be waiting for us at our US mailbox on our next trip down to Niagara Falls, New York.

Is anyone else getting cozy with their sewing machine this weekend? If so, what are you working on?

And, they’re done!

Ladies and gents, the curtains for our soon-to-arrive (eek! 9ish more weeks!) little girl are D-O-N-E! As in, no more huffing, puffing, squatting, standing, bending, stretching this big ol’ pregnant body to finish sewing these curtains!

In my last update, all I had left to do was line, sew, grommet and hang the curtains. No biggie, right? WELL! After a few hiccups with the sewing machine (it was in “a mood” for about a week — as in, it would not stop binding up), I got them finished!

I opted to line the curtains with dim out fabric to help block out any extra light that our horizontal blinds don’t block out…

…and then I simply measured, cut and installed grommets at the top of the fabric to easily slide back and forth on the drapery rod.

I will say that math is NOT my forte and that it took me many more hours (yes, HOURS) than I’d like to admit to figure out the exact spacing of the grommets. After some swear words, a nap and a tall glass of gingerale with lots of ice (and maybe another nap thrown in), I figured out the spacing. The actual cutting out of the grommet holes and the installation of the grommets was easy — phew!

And, here they are in all their glory! Pressed, hung and absolutely just as I hoped!

Totally, 100% worth all of the hard work, swearing, sweat, maybe a tear or two and savings by DIY-ing them myself. Oh yea, and the satisfaction of being able to tell my girl everyday for the rest of her life that, “Mommy made you these curtains.” Poor kid is going to be burdened with these curtains for the rest of her life. I hope her future husband likes them.

As for the rest of the room? I have nothing to show you. NOTHING. ZILCH. NADA. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ELECTRICITY IN THIS ROOM! But, that’s a story for another time….

Aside from the curtains, the rest of the room sits empty…and I keep sitting cross-legged willing this baby not to make an early appearance because we are not ready for her arrival. Yes, the crib and dresser are on order and we even broke down and bought a glider for the room (more on that later). I hope that everything arrives in the next four weeks, leaving me 5ish weeks to get everything started and finished.

Plenty of time, right? And, who am I kidding….does the baby really care about ANY of this?! I’m thinking no. Phew, the pressure is off! :)

Source list for this project:
Fabric: Varenna Coral from Tonic Living
Lining: Dim Out from Tonic Living
Grommets: Dritz 1-9/16-Inch Inner Diameter Curtain Grommets, 8-Pack, Pewter from Amazon.com
Drapery Rod: Allen + Roth Metal Single Curtain Rod, Pewter from Lowes

Resources:
I came across this great tutorial on Pinterest to help refresh my memory on how to sew lined curtains with grommets. I highly recommend anyone wanting to tackle DIY curtains to visit Ginger Freckle and read her tutorial.

Sew Painful, Yet Sew Worth It!

Over the Christmas break, I managed to start work on sewing the curtains for our little one’s room. Going into this, I knew it would be hard work — not the sewing part (that’s the easy part, if you ask me!), but the physical part of prepping and sewing large pieces of fabric. Lots of bending, kneeling, squatting, sitting, standing in front of an ironing board for hours…..you get the picture.

Being seven months pregnant and tackling a project like this is no joke. Part way through cutting the fabric for the curtains, I had to stop and take a shower. The whole process made me break out in a sweat! I felt like I just completed an hour long hot yoga class followed by a 5km race. It was not a pretty sight!

The curtains, on the other hand, are coming together beautifully! I’m in no rush to finish them, so I’ve been plugging away a little bit here and there. Netflix has been entertaining me while I iron all my hems.

This weekend, I managed to get the hems of both panels ironed and pinned. I am now ready for the next step — inserting the dim-out lining in behind each panel, which means more cutting, bending, kneeling, squatting and complaining (oh, my aching back!)

I’m anxious to get behind the sewing machine and start piecing these curtains together. I want nice finished edges, so I took some time over the holidays to practice blind hemming stitches on my machine using some scrap fabric. The result? Perfection! I wish I used this technique on my living/dining room curtains last year, but I didn’t realize I had the right foot for the job until now. Ah well, live and learn!

Am I regretting not having these curtains custom sewn for me? Not yet. So far I have been enjoying the entire process and the money saved by sewing them myself has allowed us the ability to allocate our “baby room dollars” to other items — more on that later! Plus, I’m enjoying working on this project knowing that it’s going to be enjoyed by someone really special. :)

Curtain fabric: Varenna, Coral from Tonic Living

To Sew, or Not to Sew?

After a few days of humming and hawing, I finally made a decision on whether to sew the curtains for baby girl’s room myself, or to have them sewn for me.

The verdict: DIY!

Why? Well, as much as the lazy, pregnant girl inside of me would love to have the folks at Tonic Living sew the curtains for me, the practical, can-do girl inside of me is saying to suck it up and sew! Also, the budget-loving, money-saving girl inside of me remembered that we still need to find a rug for the room to help dampen any hardwood floor squeaks and noises. The money saved on custom sewing can go towards the rug budget. Practicality wins again. Sigh…

So, it looks like my Christmas break (bearing that the fabric arrives before Christmas…fingers crossed!) will be spent doing this…

This…

And a more of this…

Wish me luck!

Fabulous Fabric

Since deciding on keeping the existing beige paint colour in baby girl’s room, it was time to turn our attention to fabric.

I knew that I wanted the space to be modern, graphic, colourful and versatile for years to come — but, that was it. As for a colour scheme? No clue. No clue at all!

That’s why I love Tonic Living. Their online fabric store {which is Canadian, by the way!} is a super awesome source. So many wonderful fabrics to choose from at reasonable prices. You can’t find fabrics of this quality, variety, etc. at a big chain fabric store. Don’t even bother….I’ve tried!

After snooping around for a bit, this fabric called “Varenna, Coral” caught my attention:

If you follow along in “blogland” at all, you might recall that Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone used the same fabric in her little gal’s room. Isn’t it amazing? SOLD!

To make sure that we were on the right path, I ordered a swatch of the fabric along with a handful of other samples.

After playing around with all of the options, Ted and I settled on this scheme:

From left to right: “Varenna, Coral”: curtains, “Emilio Cosmo”: throw cushions, “Flatiron, Grey”: crib skirt — all from Tonic Living. The Orange Dot and Khaki Dot fabric samples are from Land of Nod and will likely end up being the crib sheet and/or change pad fabric.

So, I guess you can say our scheme is a mix of cherry-coral-orange-khaki-grey-white awesomeness! It’s totally not what I thought we would end up choosing {I’m eating my words right now — I always said I wouldn’t include “pink” in a girl’s room}, but I love it and so does Ted, which is important because he’ll be spending a lot of time in this space changing dirty diapers, right honey? :)

Now, the big debate is whether I should sew the curtains myself, or have the capable folks at Tonic Living do them for me. I’ve sewn curtains before for our living room and they turned out super fabulous {and I really enjoy sewing}, but I just don’t know if my somewhat tired, pregnant body has the energy to complete the curtains. The pillows and crib skirt can be whipped up quite easily — it’s the curtains that have me hesitating a bit. I’ll keep you posted!

As an aside, this isn’t a sponsored post. I happen to really love Tonic Living and am happy to promote a local Canadian business run by exceptional folks. Thanks Janine and Shannon for your help!