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Baby Room Accessories

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

When I was pregnant with my daughter I wanted to make some co-ordinating items for her room. I didn't know she was a she at the time so I wanted to make some unisex accessories. I made these items a while ago so have no shots of the work in progress unfortunately.
I thought I would show some shots of the finished items and explain a little how they were made.

Simple paper baby pictures

I bought three long lengths of wood from the local DIY shop and cut each one into 4 pieces. I used a mitre saw to create a 45 degree angle at each end of each piece so they would all fit together. Then I used a staple gun to secure each piece together - making a square frame. Then I used some leftover wallpaper to cover two of the frames and some scrapbook paper to cover the third.

I found some icons on the web with some simple characters I liked - I can't claim I created these images myself. They were very poor quality so I traced over the lines using Adobe Illustrator to create a new cleaner version. From Illustrator I could then separate each character into a series of shapes which I printed out in coloured card. I print the reverse of the image so that I can turn over the printed shape when its cut out and there are no black lines! For each shape, say the horse's tail for example, I have two pieces. There is the darker blue tail which acts as the 'outline' and then a lighter blue which is stuck onto the darker blue shape. When layered in this way it looks like a light coloured shape with a thick outline. So I made each shape in this way and pieced them back together to make the character. As you can see I added a number on each picture. Each frame was finished with some red gingham ribbon, very long so that the ribbon was a feature too.

Applique cushion hack

I was not keen on making a cushion cover from scratch so I bought a cheap plain black cushion with a cream background and pulled it apart. I had a ready made cream background, finished zip and piping and all I needed to do was create a new front panel and sew it back together again.

I used panels of fabric and ribbon to make a new front panel for the cushion. The horse is appliqued using felt and cotton, plus a ric-rac tail. I used a simiar technique as described for the paper picture - cutting individual shapes in fabric and piecing them back together again with a little fabric glue. Then each shape is secured round the edge with a satin stitch and zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.

Horsey horsey don't you stop. Just let your feet go clippety clop...

Applique drawstring bag

Drawstring bags are pretty easy to make. Fold over a piece of fabric, sew the sides, make a large hem keeping one end open and then feed through a piece of string. I wanted to add a pocket with an applique lion, so again as above I cut out a series of shapes and secured the edges with satin and zigzag stitch.

I used a hoop to keep the fabric taught as I sewed, and gradually built up the lion with the pieces of fabric. I stuffed his cheeks a little for a slight raised 3D effect. When the applique was complete I stitched the edges of the finished piece to the drawstring bag, leaving the top open so it could act as a pocket.

Duck doorstop

To keep my daughter's door open without closing by itself I created a doorstop using four rectangles and two squares for the top and bottom. I just made this up as I went along really, stitching the four side pieces together, then adding the base. Then I attached ribbon to two edges of the top for a handle and stitched that to the side sections leaving one edge open to turn 'outside out' and stuff. I used some cotton wadding and small bag of rice to weight the doorstop.

Again the duck was appliqued, simple shapes secured with satin stitch round the edges.

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