Elijah is two months old now, and it's time for him to spend a little more time in his crib. And a little less time in my bed. This transition is always a gradual one in our house. I like to put him in there for a couple naps a day, maybe some awake time, and add in some night sleeps after a little while. Pretty soon he'll feel comforted by the crib, and I'll leave him in there over night.
After I cleaned out all the junk that had piled into the unused crib since Esther moved out of it, I wanted to make him something a little more special than the plain white sheet that had been in there before. I'm not using bumber pads this time, so the sheets needed to add some color to his new bed.
I found these two seersucker ginghams at Walmart. (We have one of the last remaining fabric departments at our Walmart. It's nice, until you need someone to cut for you...I waited 20 minutes with two screaming kids for this fabric!!)
After I washed and dried the fabric to preshrink, (never skip this step!!) I cut each one into a rectangle measuring 68 x 45 inches.
Then I folded it into quarters (four layers), lined up the corners, and cut an 8-inch square from each corner.
Now each corner has an L-shaped cut in it.
Bring the legs of each L together to form a point. This will make my corner. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
After all the corners were sewn, I finished all the raw edges with a zigzag stitch. I could have pulled out my serger, but a zigzag works just fine.
I folded over outer edge of the sheet and sewed a 1/2 inch casing around the perimeter. Then I threaded through 80 inches of 1/4 inch elastic. I tied the two ends together, sewed the casing shut, and it was finished!
This is an easy sewing project for anyone. The fabric cost me $4.50 a yard, so each sheet was $9. A little more than a plain white sheet, but these ones make the bed look just right for a little boy. Which he needs, because just two feet away from his bed it looks like this:
This is the only corner of the room without giant flowers painted on it, so this corner is all about Eli.
Come back next time, and I'll show you what he's looking at.
And check out this post to see how I made the big flowers on the wall.