Sew Spectacular

It occurred to me this week that there were still a few newborn necessities and nursery components that we should probably acquire before this little ninja arrives. For instance, five receiving blankets, one changing pad cover, no travel changing pads, and no sheets for the mini co-sleeper we plan on using will certainly not be sufficient. Especially considering how many blankets and changing pad covers we constantly went through with both of our other kidlets, one of which was a big time puker and the other who had notoriously explosive diapers. I also needed a crib skirt to cover the ugly gaping space between the crib mattress and drawers below that has been making me a little crazy to look at every day. Adding up the cost of these things came to far more then I was prepared to spend (something like $200+) so I made a trip to the fabric store and $80 later, I was ready to settle in for a few days of intensive sewing.

The five receiving blankets and four washable, waterproof changing pads were by far the easiest pieces to make using my serger. And although getting the proper dimensions for the three co-sleeper sheets, crib skirt, and two changing pad covers were a little more tricky and time consuming, they got completed, fit fabulously, and are quite adorable. I also used a bunch of the remnants I had to make some new place mats and coasters which we always seem to have a use for with two messy eaters in the house. The last thing I made (between spoonfuls of ice cream) was a cute reversible fleece tie blanket to lay on the grass in the shade this summer or on the floor in the playroom for our little ninja. Zoren and Astoria picked out the fleece patterns that were their favorite (pirates and outer space) to make it just that much more special.

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Other minor details have also been taken care of this week. A final batch of cloth diapers and inserts have been prepped, bicycle and world map decals are up on the walls in the nursery, and we hung an adorable wooden bug mobile over the crib. The mobile is probably my favorite item in the nursery because there are five swinging bugs that coincidentally represent each member of our family. It is colorful, meaningful, and the absolute perfect addition to our little guy’s space. I have also managed to down another five pints of ice cream and half a dozen ice cream sandwiches in the past week which all must go right to the baby because I haven’t gained any weight in the last ten days despite the copious amounts of calories I have been consuming in frozen form.

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As you can tell, I haven’t managed to give up the dairy despite my concerns about the probability of this child having dairy sensitivities. But as my doctor says, the ice cream is pretty much the only thing keeping me from losing weight instead of maintaining or gaining since I can only eat small amounts of other foods and basically live on cereal, fruit, and ice cream. Since I need all the fat calories I can get so this baby can pack on the pounds before he arrives and since I am a glutton for the many varieties that Ben and Jerry’s offers, I will just keep on consuming until C-section day. The only downside to this diet is that I keep having dreams that this little ninja is going to be a whopping 10 or 11 pounds due to all the ice cream goodness but my OB assures me that he is going to be pretty average sized, so that’s a relief. I may actually get some use out of all the adorable newborn sized clothes I have for him after all!

And now we are at a week and counting! In four days my mama will be here (yay!) and three days after that I will be getting strapped down to an operating table for this baby’s eviction!! I am so excited to meet the little ninja who has been tenderizing my organs with his karate chops and roundhouse kicks for months. I hope he is ready to join the crazy chaos that is our family because we are all super eager for his arrival! Astoria is especially stoked for her upcoming debut as a big sister and has been practicing her blanketing, diapering, and dressing skills for months now. She is going to be such a great helper!


Rockin’ Naptime Nest for a Little Ninja

Today is the first day of Spring and we are looking forward to some mild weather this afternoon which will allow us to get out of the house to enjoy the equinox along with a bunch of fun activities we have planned. Hopefully I will get a chance to share some of those on here tomorrow. But first, I wanted to take a moment to post about my most recent sewing venture, which had me up far too late last night, but is finally finished.

I found this basket, mattress, and stand at the thrift store for $15 last month and knew immediately that I had to transform it into a nap time nook for our little guy. We have a co-sleeper to keep our sleeping boy close by at night, but are foregoing a pack and play this time around, opting for this basket/bassinet instead. The portability makes it perfect for summer snoozes outside in the shade and I know Z and Stori will love that they can get close and peer into the basket when it is grounded, allowing them to really get involved and keep a watchful, curious eye on their little brother.




I bought this great “rock band” and bicycle fabric that not only complement each other, but also tie into other fun sewing plans I have in the works over the next couple months. A lot of the fabric patterns I have chosen for these nursery projects hold an extra special significance to me because, like the name we are choosing for our Little Ninja, they are completely intertwined with music and physics. I will touch more on that at another time, but for now, I hope you like what I did with this sweet basket!!

This bassinet project cost us a total of $25.50. $15 for the thrifty find and $10.50 spent on fabric, elastic for mattress sheets, and velcro for the hanging pocket. Can’t beat that price for a completely one of a kind, totally rockin’ nap time nest, huh?

Happy Spring!!

Nursery Inspiration

Although we got more then a few inches of snow on Saturday, the blizzard that we had anticipated only ended up lasting a few hours, which was a relief. We got to spend the afternoon celebrating a birthday with friends at our local swimming pool, and as a bonus to my Saturday, I got to do a little fabric shopping and wound up finding some great inspiration for Little Ninja’s future nest.

Here’s what I found:


I love this light and yet stormy looking gray with white, mixed in with zings of turquoise, and the subtle greens in these patterns. Also stripes. Horizontal and Chevron stripes will definitely be incorporated into this nursery.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I pretty much suck at planning big projects with multiple pieces. I find that my creativity works at optimum efficiency when I pick one piece to start working on as a jumping off point for further inspiration. The first thing I pictured when choosing these fabrics was little fingers and toes curling against it in little mister’s crib. So I knew I would be starting with a blanket. Yesterday morning, after a wee bit of sketching, I had a layout drawn up and got busy cutting and sewing this monster together. About two hours later…


I plan on adding some kind of gray and white stripe backing next weekend after another fabric browsing excursion. I found a couple that I liked, but wanted to get the front done first to see which will work better. I am also toying with the idea of binding the blanket with black trim because I think it will really make the turquoise stand out. Stay tuned for an update on the blanket and for other posts involving this nursery project over the next couple months!

I also made a few burp clothes and cloth wipes with some of the leftover scraps from this and from a couple receiving blankets I made yesterday. The robot/science fabric on the burp cloths below is also another weekend find and one of my favorites.


Here is one more fun fabric I nabbed and absolutely adore but am still unsure what to use for. Brainstorming ideas for these cute little birdies today!


Happy Monday!

Rock in the Weekend Project- Ice Packs and Bean Bags

Friday’s tend to be a project day in our house because we like to end our week and usher in our weekend with a little flair. Since we are preparing for a snowstorm this weekend, I thought it would fun to make some rice filled ice packs for the kids (which they have been asking me to make for months). They can also double as bean bags for some tossing games we can play indoors. This is a really simple and inexpensive sewing project as it only uses some scrap fabric and a bag of rice. I used some long grain white rice that we’ve had since before we switched over to eating only whole grains and some flannel fabric squares from my scrap collection. I got the kids involved by letting them pick the fabric and spoon rice into each of their bags. It was certainly a little messy but we had fun.



Here’s how we did it:

- scrap fabric (2 pieces per bag), cut into squares or rectangles, or get creative and cut them into something more interesting, like owlets.
-sewing machine, and minimal sewing skills
- a bag of rice, I suggest long grain white rice because it is inexpensive


1. Lay the two halves of your bag on top of one another with the right sides facing each other like this:




2. Sew all the way around leaving a gap of about 2″ in one section to pour rice into.


3. Turn right side out and fill 1/2 to 3/4 full of rice, depending on desired weight.


4. Close the opening by pinning it together and sewing it closed. This is difficult to do if your bag is too full so be mindful of that during step 3.


Since I had a huge bag of rice and plenty left over, I thought the kids would enjoy playing with it which created a great opportunity talk about measurements with them. I dug out a bunch of measuring cups, measuring spoons, and some containers for them to fill up with rice and let them play while we talked about simple measurements and fractions. It was a lot of fun and we only ended up getting about 1/2 cup of rice on the floor, so not much of a loss there. It was well worth the 45 minutes of sensory play!

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I hope all of you have a great weekend!!