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Nursery projects part 4

{part 1 here} {part 2 here} {part 3 here}

I recently spent a whole afternoon ignoring the sunshine and choosing instead to sit at the sewing machine determined to finish the baby’s quilt (matching blanket and burp cloths).

Finished baby quilt

The beautiful owl flannel fabric does all the work. I accented it with lots of freehand machine embroidery, backed it with a plain brown flannel and finished it with a turquoise binding.

Close-up of embroidery

I’ve always shied away from binding but now I’ve done it (this is only my third ever baby quilt) I’d definitely use it again and would love to make my own binding next time. I followed the tutorial by Prudent Baby on how to attach it to the quilt.

Baby's first quilt
I still have a couple more projects to show you but I need help from my husband for one of them (a mobile) and I’d like to have Baby model the other (the finally finished crochet blanket, sneak peak here) so you may have to wait a while. Plus I thought the quilt deserved a post all of its own.

Nursery projects part 3

{part 1 here} {part 2 here}

Baby due date is just a week away now. I don’t think he or she is going to arrive for a while yet though so there’s still a bit of time to finish up some crafting.

This will be a bit of a whistle-stop tour of all the latest projects as some are so simple they don’t need much explanation.

First up: burp cloths and blanket.

Yes that's my 39-week belly

The blanket is simply one layer of flannel hemmed all the way around (it’s approximately 40″x40″).

The three burp cloths are made from two smaller fabric squares. I sewed the two layers, right sides together, leaving a gap to turn it through. Then I top-stitched all the way round.

I have a matching quilt in the works but I’ve run out of thread so hopefully I’ll be able to finish it and show it to you soon.

Next: owl bookends

These are simply two rectangles of linen with an owl applique made from vintage fabric applied to one of them. I used freeehand machine embroidery and a couple of buttons to pretty them up. Then I stitched the two rectangles together (right sides together) leaving a gap to turn and fill them. They were then filled with cheap rice and the gaps sewn closed.

Not forgetting: teeny tiny baby hats

I used a tutorial by Alisa Burke to get the basic idea. They’re simply made from an old jersey t-shirt, decorated with some pretty fabric paint and stitched together (or you could use fabric glue like Alisa). I didn’t leave the end long enough so instead of tying a knot I sewed it down so it kinda looks like one instead.

Last but totally not least: freehand machine embroidered owl picture

I sketched this owl a little while ago so I decided to play with my favourite craft technique and make a little framed picture.


I backed brown fabric with some heavy interfacing and cut it to fit my frame. I decided to use freezer paper to transfer the basic outline to the fabric. I just ironed it to the fabric and sewed over the top of it. You could use a fabric pen instead. Once I had the outline I tore off the paper and then filled in the details. I’d quite like to make some more of these as they’re so easy.

I’ve got a couple more projects to finish so hopefully I’ll have time to get them done and I’ll be able to show you soon. In the meantime I’ll keep crafting to distract me from the wait until we meet our little boy or girl!


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