Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our Maternity Photos 2013

Here are my favorites from our recent maternity shoot with Michele Sparks Photography:


Friday, July 5, 2013

Easy Car Seat Cover Tutorial!

Hello lovely blog readers,

Well here I am again nesting away, this time I made a cover for Brody's infant car seat.  It is one of the final projects on my to-do list before he arrives in a couple weeks so I'm excited that it's finished - and also very excited at how cute it turned out. :)

Here it is, and directions are posted below:

Supplies needed:

1.  Fabric.  How much depends on the size of your car seat.  I bought a yard and a half of 2 different prints and cut them down to about 36" x 45" or so... but before you cut your own fabric, lay it over your car seat and determine how much you want to hang down on each side.  There wasn't a tutorial I could find that would give me exact dimensions I needed so I just trusted my own judgement and it worked.

2.  Scissors, pins, sewing machine, thread.

3.  Velcro... the sewable kind!

What to do:

1.  Like I said earlier, lay the fabric over your car seat and estimate about how much you want to hang over on each end, and then cut each piece of fabric the size you want.  Match each piece and lay them right sides in.  Then pin around the edges, marking a 6" or so gap to flip it inside out when done.  This is basically the same exact thing as making a baby blanket.

2. Stitch around the edges, I did about a 1/2" seam allowance.  Remember to leave the gap open to turn inside out when done.  Then, flip it inside out!

3.  Now for your top stitch all the way around, again I did about a 1/2" seam allowance or so.

4.  Now you need to mark where your handles are going to go.  The particular car seat that we have has a triangle handle vs. the standard handles you usually see.  So, once again lay your fabric over the car seat and put a pin approximately at the center of where you think you want your handles to be.

5.  Now to sew the handles!  It's going to be a miniature version of what you just did with your large piece of fabric.  Cut out four rectangles of your fabric so each handle has the double sided fabric.  I made mine about 7" long, this turned out to be just perfect length to wrap around the handles, and then I did 4" width.  You can choose your dimensions accordingly!  Place your fabric right sides in, pin around the edges, leave the gap, and stitch (1/4" seam allowance or as close to the edge as possible is what I did,) and then flip inside out.  Top stitch all the way around, and voila!  2 handles.

6.  Now, take your velcro.  Decided which side of the handle you want to show when your cover is strapped on.  I did the opposite print for the outside of the handles.  So, whichever side you choose is where the soft piece of velcro needs to go (see below.)  Then, the rough side of the velcro needs to be sewed just like this one, but on the other end and on the OPPOSITE side of  the fabric.

7.  Now this step was a little tricky.  Lay your fabric out flat and find where you put those pins for the handles.  Lay the center of each handle on the pins and just pin them in place.  Then go back to the car seat and wrap them around the handles, make sure your fabric is laying the way you want.  If it's lop sided then move the handles to where they need to be.  There's no exact way to do it, just use your best judgement!

8.  Once you have picked the right spot for those handles, sew a square in the center of each one.  My square was about 1 1/2" on each side and then I sewed an X in the center of each one as well.  I didn't want to make the squares too big so that I made sure there was enough handle to wrap around the car seat.

9.  Now you're finished! Go try it out on your car seat and enjoy!!!

My favorite part is the color coordinating fabric in a different print underneath.  All of the fabric I used was from Hobby Lobby.  

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Brody's Nursery Reveal!

My favorite part about nesting is decorating the nursery.  Actually, my favorite part about being pregnant in general might be decorating the nursery.  I just LOVE it and I have a Pinterest board called "Nursery Obsessed" because I am!!!

For Brody's nursery I decided to go more mellow with the colors than I did for Cole's... Cole had a safari theme with bright colors and animal prints but for Brody I went with yellow and grey, and of course, CHEVRON print galore. ;)  I guess the "theme" of this nursery if there is one IS chevron considering how much I put in it! It all started when I found the grey chevron crib bedding at Target and I went off of that to design the rest of the room.  I did the entire nursery on a budget and I'm proud of myself for being so frugal!

Here are the pics and details:

My husband put up the chair rail himself and painted white below, and Natural Grey by Behr on the top half.  The crib bedding and curtains are from Target.  The crib was from Cole's old nursery, we spray painted it white.  The rocker is also from Cole's old nursery!  The little table was a garage sale find a few years ago I used to have in our living room, spray painted that grey.  The lamp is actually from Target as well and belongs in our bedroom but I plan on getting a new one for the nursery eventually! The hutch is from Ikea and was actually designed for children's rooms, with the attachable changing table piece you can buy separately. (I will explain more about that below...)

So the story about this hutch.  I originally was going to buy a dresser and put a changing pad on top like all of the other designer nurseries I've seen.  But I needed a spot with shelves to put up decorations and saw that this hutch came with the changing table attachment so changed my mind.  (Plus my hubby liked this one a lot more than the plain dresser.) So the guy at Ikea tells us they discontinued their changing table pads but that the standard size pad will fit in it. So, when I got home I realized he was WRONG, this changing table attachment is 5" shorter than the regular pads! I searched high and low online to find one that size and they don't exist.  So, we bought a regular pad, my husband cut through the plastic and cut down the foam, and then spray glued the plastic back on.  Then, I sewed the cover for it:

I planned on sewing a cover for the changing pad from the beginning anyways, but I'm super excited about how well I did considering my lack of sewing skills! I'm going to make a couple more covers that I can change out for when I wash them! :)  The tutorial I followed to sew this is here... and I just took 5" off the length of her instructions to fit the Ikea table.  Oh, and the chevron fabric is from Hobby Lobby.

I love this corner by the window and can't wait to nurse and rock my little man here...

I was going to make a sign myself until I saw this at Hobby Lobby and couldn't pass it up.  It was $30 plus 50% off to begin with, then I talked them down another 10% off because there was a spot on the front I had to fix myself. This might be my favorite thing in the whole room!

This wall I just put this table we already had there and that mirror I bought awhile back at... I can't remember! Oops.  The yellow candlestick was a gift from my friend Jen, and the chevron on the walls was all from Hobby Lobby and I just framed them and wrapped canvases with it.

The Brody letters are just canvases I bought at Hobby Lobby, wooden letters from Michael I spray painted yellow, and the chevron fabric is from Hobby Lobby as well that I wrapped and staple gunned to the canvases.  To stick the letters to the fabric the only solution I could find that was strong enough was spray glue. 

Chevron sheets also from Target, the little pillow I re-covered with Hobby Lobby fabric (to match the pillow on the rocker and the changing pad cover,) the sleep sheep and sock monkey were gifts for Brody from my girls. :)

The lanterns were decorations from my shower that my friend Jen threw for me, and sent me home with those to use in the nursery.  They ended up working out beautifully! everything on the shelves pretty much were shower gifts.  The personalized Brody bin from my friend Lauren I am using to put diapers in! It's perfect.

The closet used to have mirrored doors so we took those off and hung these grey curtains from Target.

A peak at just a portion of the clothes waiting for Brody man...

And I can't forget this cute little yellow chevron hook I found at Hobby Lobby for $7.99! :)

Well, I have about 3 weeks to go or so before I have this little guy, and I am SO happy the nursery is DONE!!!  Now I can move on to the rest of my checklist.

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