On our way out to buy the nursery dresser last weekend, Nick and I stopped by a baby consignment show. I’d never been to one before, but I’d describe it as being similar to a very large, very well-organized garage sale strictly for baby and kids’ stuff. We’re still not ready to take the plunge on buying any big baby gear, but everything was marked half off for the last day of the sale so we thought we’d stop in and see if anything caught our eye. We didn’t buy much, but we did get a baby bathtub for $1.50, a Melissa & Doug bead maze for $12 (not discounted at all but I couldn’t help myself), and this boppy pillow for only $6.
I was strangely excited about the boppy pillow. I’ve already started using it to rest my laptop on while I’m on the couch or in the rocking chair (both spots are a little more comfortable for my always-aching ribs than sitting in a regular desk chair). Unfortunately, the fabric cover A) has seen better days, and B) is a little girly. I decided I would make a new cover, which inspired me to go fabric shopping! How exciting! I’ve known from the get-go that I wouldn’t be going all-out with the nursery bedding (I’m a little confused about the point of it, since everyone keeps talking about how the crib shouldn’t have anything else besides a fitted sheet), but I got excited when I started thinking about fabric for the boppy cover. Then I remembered that I still needed to pick out some fabric to cover the soon-to-be-cushioned seat of the rocking chair, plus I figured I might as well whip up a cute little receiving blanket while I was at it and before I knew it I had three projects to shop for.
I spent most of last weekend browsing fabric selections online from the comfort of my sofa before finally settling on a yard each of Waverly Optical Delights in Wasabi for the seat cushion, Premier Prints Zigzag in Twill Storm for the boppy cover, and Pretty Paisley Flannel Dots in Pear Green for the receiving blanket. All three arrived yesterday, which on top of the arrival of my long-time BFF visiting from Atlanta and Nick sweetly planning a surprise birthday dinner with friends made for one pretty awesome day.
The cushion cover will only use up a little more than half of this fabric (the most expensive one I bought at $22), so I’m hoping to get inspired to find some use for what’s left over.
I love how this grey zigzag is really gender neutral and would fit right in anywhere in our house. I was encouraged to realize that there are a bunch of boppy covers on etsy made of the exact same fabric, taking it as a sign that the weight and texture of it would be good for that purpose.
This green flannel is super soft and I figured the dots might be interesting for a brand-new baby to focus his little eyes on during tummy time. I plan to use the whole yard to make a receiving blanket backed with plain white flannel.
I definitely won’t be working on any sewing or upholstery projects this weekend, but I like that they’re each small-ish projects that I can tackle one at a time over the next few months. The only one that will even be a new challenge for me is the boppy cover, and there are so many tutorials online that I feel confident I can handle it (once I get around to it, haha).