Moving on to project number two for the nursery . . . While in town, Mom helped me finish the crib bumper - I needed serious help - and she created a crib skirt to match the recliner.
The idea for the bumper came from a long weekend phone conversation I had with Em a few months back. The design is loosely based on some bedding I saw at Pottery Barn Kids - oh how I love that set. Unfortunately, my paycheck doesn't agree. So, we invented our own version cause that's what we do.
Now, before you scroll down to look at all of the pictures and then blurt out something like "could this be the most boring nursery ever?" or "doesn't this child need some stimulation?" just hear me out, okay?
For the big pieces of the nursery (i.e. recliner, crib bumper, crib skirt, curtains) I wanted to go super neutral because just in case Jesse and I enjoy this child-rearing thing (the jury is still out - I don't want to get all presumptuous) and we have any more children I don't want to remake these large, time-consuming items . . . while chasing a child around my house. So keep that in mind, and give me a little grace. Cause, I could totally pull this stuff back out for a girl's nursery if I needed to, right?
So, here's the final product (you may need to click on the pictures to see it closer).
Oh, how I love the way it turned out. So clean, so modern. Mmmmm.
I very loosely used a pattern from Amy Butler's Little Stitches. Her pattern helped with the measurements and it gave me the idea of the pockets (see those on the ends). The rest I just sort of made up, which isn't difficult for a bumper.
The part that got difficult for me was the binding. Oh, the binding. I had no idea how to do it, and I needed to put binding all the way around the edges to secure it all together. Boy was it a disaster before my Mom came in to rescue me! I was so lost! She took over and used my sewing machine to bind it, and she did a beautiful job, as always.
To finish it we attached the velcro, which I'm loving. I like it so much better than ties. It's so clean and simple. Ahhh. Just the way I like it.
Alright, from here on out I promise we'll get more exciting with the nursery stuff. Thanks for bearing with me through the boring world of brown, light tan, white, khaki, etc. I love it so far, but that's probably because I've got the bigger picture in my head.
I've got a crib quilt in the works. Plus, a mobile and some wall decor lingering in my head somewhere. It's all itching to be made . . . must find time!