Oh, I’m so excited to show you what arrived in my mailbox a couple of days ago! Fabric for the nest! I absolutely love it more in person than I did online! I knew I was taking a bit of a risk in purchasing all of the fabric online-sometimes colors can be off a bit but I figured it would be hard to not like a fabric from Designer Riley Blake. All of her designs are just so cheery and I love how they coordinate but aren’t too matchey-matchey. She’s also got a blog that’s all about fabrics and design and sewing-my current favorite hobby even over scrapbooking at the moment. Which is pretty hard to believe, even to me. I am a major paper collector and now I’m a fabric collector. I’m constantly on the look out for useful fabric scraps that others deem destined for goodwill or the junk pile! My goal is to not throw out any of our clothes from here on out without first reusing them in some way at least once.
But I digress, back to the fabric at hand! I did splurge a bit on the fabric but I figured my baby girl will only be my baby girl once right? And I am still saving money over purchasing a “complete bedding set” from some of the major retailers like Target or even Walmart. I believe they are usually around $65-$150 give or take quality/style and at minimum include crib skirt, sheet, bumper and a quilt. I’ve been told by numerous people that the bumper is hardly ever left on that the quilt is not needed since family and friends tend to shower you with much more adorable and better quality handmade blankets and quilts. So why would I pay $65-$150 for two or three useful items that I can easily purchase for cheaper separate or just make myself? All the fabric came to about $80 but with that money I can make a crib skirt, crib sheet, rocking chair cushion cover, bouncer seat cover, dresser skirt, curtains, pillows and possibly have some left to spare. And they will all be custom. I like the idea that no one else will have a room just like hers and it will be made with lots of love from her mama. I am not a talented artist like my sister Rogina who can make these crazy beautiful wall murals, but I am learning to sew, this is my way of putting my mark on my little girls room. Something special for her.
I originally wanted nothing but soft sea glass greens and blues in the nest. But when I found this fabric I knew I wanted to use it. I love how there are many colors in it, some soft and some bright and cheery allowing for lots of versatility. I loved the depth and contrast that the chocolate-brown brought to the scheme. I also love using a mix of patterns because that way if I get tired of one pattern I can just replace that one item and go in a different direction very easily saving me time and money!!!
Stay tuned for fabric and nest projects as I complete them in the next few weeks! I’ve only got 10 more weeks to go-time to get crackin’!