Not every Momma has the luxury of having a separate room just for their new baby. Trolling through Pinterest, one can easily get a case of nursery-envy, with large swafts of square footage dedicated entirely to the new little bundle in your life. Room for a glider, baby’s own dresser and closet, and even a spare bed–SAY WHAT?! In our case, living in a two bedroom apartment where our three-year-old was lucky enough to nab a room, needless to say, baby will be “rooming-in” with mom and dad! But just because you have to co-room with baby doesn’t mean you can’t have a kick-ass-cute nursery nook! Hey, wait a minute, what’s a “nursery nook?” Well, it’s just a really cute and coordinating crib area in the master bedroom, I guess!
My pregnancy mission was to hand sew a complete crib set for baby Kamryn. I just finished this project with one day to spare! In the coming weeks I will be posting tutorials for crib bumpers; fitted crib sheets; a super-easy, fleece-backed baby blanket (that is the perfect DIY gift for a baby shower); a crib skirt that can adjust with the height of your crib; and my personal favorite, a small, Asian-inspired decorative pillow edged in a mini-pom trim. The final finishing touch to Kamryn’s nursery nook will be a paper mobile of dragonflies (but mommy is currently crafted-out so that may have to wait for when baby is older).
The inspiration for the nursery was this year of the dragon print I found on Etsy.com. You can find it at the moderngenes shop owned by Trisha. Not only am I sucker for anything Chinese zodiac related, I didn’t want typical girlie colors for the crib set. I was also lucky enough to have sufficient yardage of a floral fabric in the same colors as the year of the dragon print. After dropping WAAAY too much money at Michael’s for a custom framing, the dragon print really motivated me to get the crib set sewn!
I’m not going to lie and tell you that it cost me less to make my own crib sheets because about 10 trips to Jo Ann’s would prove that’s far from the case. It was really about doing something special for my daughter, keeping my hands busy (and my mind sane) and because it just plain looks cuter! All the crib sets I’ve seen at the baby stores were uninspiring or too pink or purple for my taste. By sewing my own set I also got to customize things I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. For instance, I detest too many bows on the crib bumpers so, I used bows sparingly as my ties and did the rest as Velcro tabs.
I have to give a big-fat shout-out to my husband for putting up with the pins and needles (and obsessive pregnancy hormones) and taking Kysen out for hours at a time for me to get this puppy done! I suspect no one is happier than him that this mega-craft project is finally put to sleep. I will be posting the tutorials for each of the crib items in the coming weeks, so check back if you too are planning to make your own handmade nursery nook!