Remember back when I first started the nursery curtains only to discover a little snag in the plan when the fabric arrived? The back-up fabric for the curtains worked out beautifully, but I was left with five yards of a great fabric that I needed to find a project for.
Enter basket liners part 1. Our changing table (which received this makeover) holds four baskets from Amazon that fit it perfectly - but the white liners were lacking for looks.
When my aunt (an excellent seamstress whose skills I envy) asked if she could sew something for Olivia’s nursery, I asked her opinion on the liners and a couple of other projects (soon to come).
Liv loved the idea!
And the baskets look amazing, just what the space needed!
To sew liners for your own baskets, create a pattern by using a seam ripper to take apart the current liners. If your baskets are empty, use the measurements of the width, depth and height of each edge and the base of the basket to create a pattern out of paper (don’t forget to take into account the hem and overhang on the outside of the basket). Use the paper to cut your fabric pieces and sew each edge. A little elastic in the outside hems around the corners will help keep the basket liners in place!
Easy! A quick makeover that changes the entire look of the baskets.
That’s our hanging diaper pail from our cloth diapering adventure hanging on the right side of the table next to the hanging hamper that we love. Dirty cloth diapers go into the wet pail (which keeps all smells out) and dirty clothes are tossed right into a washable hamper.
Liv digs it.
Thanks great auntie Laurie!
More Project Nursery posts: the great glider makeover, sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.
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Check out this before & after, I’m so thrilled with the results!
I’ll be recovering the footstool shortly in the same Thibaut print which I so L-O-V-E. I’d cover every chair in my house with it if I could.
My dad purchased our Stork Craft Hoop Glider as a gift for the nursery back when we found out we were expecting. I loved the comfort of the glider but wanted to add a slip cover for two reasons, a. I wanted a washable option just in case spit up, etc stained the cushions and b. it was a great opportunity to add a modern pattern to the room.
Instead of tackling the project myself (beginning sewing novice over here…) I took the cushions to my local alterations/dry cleaning company (a hidden gem for upholstery work) and had the chair cushions covered for just $15 per piece. I had an actual upholstery company quote me just over $300 to do the same job.
I’m just getting the cushions back now because of my ordering error on the fabric. Lesson learned: always take into account shrinkage due to washing fabric before you determine how much you need! The 54″ width of the fabric shrunk to 48″ and I ended up needing twice as much in length to account for the missing width.
But the glider is in full use in the nursery now and it looks great! I couldn’t be happier!
More Project Nursery posts: sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.
Tags: Accessories, Before & After, Decorating, Fabric, Home, Nursery, Patterns & Color, Sewing
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The curtains are up!
- UPDATE – (Thanks to all of your lovely responses about how low the curtain rods in the images from earlier today were hung – I absolutely agree, how did I miss that? and prefer rods hanging higher as in this bedroom makeover – and have moved the rods several inches north! If you’re reading this post for the first time you don’t have to see the low hanging curtain version )
There’s just one final step in finishing my mammoth-of-a-project lined drapes, and that’s hemming these babies (here’s links to Part 1 and Part 2). To get a more accurate read on where these drapes hit the ground (so I can hem just above that mark) I’ve added the curtain rings ($4.99 a set at Target) to the tops of the panels and am letting them sit in this position over the weekend to let the heaviness of the fabric stretch out.
After that they’ll get another set of pressing (don’t worry, those wrinkles will go away and the folds will be a bit more defined) and a final trip to the sewing machine. Woohoo!
Go ahead and ignore that broken light sconce hanging out of the wall below. That’s a few items down on the list!
Just in case the curtains are showing up a bit orange on your screen, here’s how they’ll look when matched with the crib bedding that’s in the works.
The actual color of the curtains is above on the right, the new bumpers will be the stripes in the middle, and the skirt will be out of the fabric on the left. All found here at Thibaut!
Now one more question – to valence or not to valence?
Does it add a little something special? Or too much? My photoshop version isn’t great, but it’s a rough idea of what it might look like to include a valence. The jury is still out on this one.
Almost there. Hopefully the awkward lighting in this post will make the big reveal later that much sweeter. Fingers crossed.
If you’re catching up on Project Nursery, here’s a link to the sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.
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