Monday, September 12, 2011

Getting Ready for Michael: Sewing Projects, Fabrics, and a Gift

Excitement doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about beginning these projects for my SON! :) I am thrilled.

The Plan:
  • Make a Crib Skirt (Using this tutorial but adjusting the pattern to make the skirt shorter)
  • Make Bumper Pads (Using this tutorial)
  • Make a Quilt (Using the same pattern I used with following the same pattern I used with Lucy's quilt, Amy Butler's Play Time Quilt)
  • Make Swaddling Blankets
The Fabrics: 

Lucy and Michael will be sharing a room so I really wanted their "colors" to be coordinating but still very feminine and very masculine - my goal is to have Michael's bedding/quilt so "boy" that you do not think even for a second, "Is it for a girl?"

It didn't take long for me to realize that it is so much harder to find fabric for a boy than it is to find fabric for a girl. Brad and I didn't want Michael's (or Lucy's) fabric to be "themey," and we were able to stay away from a theme with girl fabrics (there are so may options/colors that are distinctly feminine but not distinctly a theme) but found the choices more difficult this time around. I finally found a fabric that would be a great inspiration/jumping off point for his quilt. And although it was an animal print, it didn't read "Zoo" to us at all. :) Success!

 (If you would like the names of any of these fabrics, let me know and I'd be happy to find them for you. :))

I've already started the quilt! It is turning out really well so far - I haven't decided what to do about the backing and binding yet, I think I would like to bring a little more green into the quilt - but we will see what I'm able to find. :) 

I decided to make the bedding (Crib Skirt and Bumper Pads) more generic so that I can use them for future sons. The moment I saw this argyle I knew it would be perfect!
This argyle will be the main fabric on the bumper pads and will be the accent on the crib skirt. I haven't found the fabric I need for the piping on the bumper pads and the majority of the skirt - I'm hoping to find a green fabric that matches/coordinates well with our rocking chair and storage boxes in the kid's room (all the storage items I have are "Sage" from the Koala Kids line at Babies R Us, so they are gender neutral). I'd love a polka dot (you know me...) or maybe a stripe, but again - we will see what is available. :)

Next up, swaddling blankets! We loved wrapping Lucy up "real tight" when she was a newborn - she actually slept swaddled until she was about 7 or 8 months!  I was given three beautiful home-made blankets at a baby shower that were the perfect swaddlers. So my mind has been set on making my own for future kiddos. :)
These flannel fabrics make me smile and they match Michael's quilt perfectly. :) Lucy's colors are pink/green/grey and I think Michael's are shaping out to be Orange/Green/Blue. :) There is a lady from church, Emily, who has a surger - and she is going to show me how to use it and let me borrow it! Can't wait! 

fyi: the green plaid is very similar to the shade of green I'm looking for for the skirt/bumper pad piping.

Here are all the fabrics we have so far: :)

Oh! And Emily, the same sweet lady who has a surger - gave me a beautiful gift last week: 
 A stunning sewing table! It belonged to her sister-in-law and when she downsized and moved she gave the desk to Emily.

The desk is complete with: 
  A Singer Touch and Sew Machine - this thing is a beast. It has been maintained beautifully and runs so smoothly!

 The sewing desk has this neat "nook" for all of the essentials that you need to keep close by!

 And a spacious drawer for other do-dads :)

I've been having fun playing with this machine - never did I think I would enjoy having two sewing machines but so far it has been an amazing luxury! :) What a gift! Thank you Emily for encouraging my creativity with this stunning family heirloom - I love it!

Well, that wraps up this post. Are you like me? Do fabric and sewing machines make you happy?


Michelle Watson said...

Cute material. Have fun. Wondering where you get your fabric online or in a store??

Sarah said...

Michelle, for these projects I started online and then supplemented other fabrics while shopping "in person." I bought the animal print, the green and grey "beads" and the argyle from two different online vendors ( and - I also love perusing for fabric and inspiration). I had a few other fabrics that I decided not to buy online, mostly because I felt they were "generic" enough to find cheaper in person (a polka-dot and stripe). I have found that I can find better deals at Joann and Hobby Lobby (coupons!) but wanted to start with unique and creative fabrics and find inspiration from there. :)

RW's Wife said...

Sarah, these are so fun! I can't wait to see as all of your projects materialize!

Sarah Slachter said...

You make me smile...