Friday, September 23, 2011

Fabric ABC Magnets

Alright, so I'm getting impatient about this whole nursery reveal... so I'm going to show another tiny piece of it just to entertain myself a little bit.

We got this magnet board at IKEA and I made all of the fabric letter magnets.  I actually made 2 sets of letters because I always get annoyed when you're trying to spell a word with one set of the alphabet and don't have enough letters... not that this happens to me very often, but when it does it is frustrating :)

Obviously we won't be needing these for real spelling for quite some time, but they're still fun, right?

These magnets were probably the most time consuming thing I made in the entire room, but I'm happy I did them.  

I bought a set of cardstock letter stencils at The Dollar Tree so I didn't have to cut out my own letters using my cricut/print them out from the computer and cut them out/or just draw them out freehand.  I wanted to have something to trace, and it was a lot faster and easier using pre-made stencils.  

I cut out random sized pieces of fabric (I didn't measure any of them, just guessed), batting and another piece of fabric for the back and put them into piles.  Then I traced each letter stencil onto the piece of fabric I wanted on top while keeping the stack of fabric/batting/fabric together and pinned them.  

Then I sewed on top of the lines that I traced, and cut the letter out after they were sewed.  Then I used a zig zag stitch around the edges of each letter so they didn't have any raw edges.

After they were all sewed together I put Mod Podge all over the backs of each letter just to make them a little more stiff and sturdy (and to help control any fraying of edges).  I let them dry overnight and then super glued magnets to the back. 

There are lots of tutorials you can find online and follow, but it is really pretty simple.  I did look at a few different websites before I made mine, but I ended up just kind of figuring it out on my own as I went along to get them how I wanted them.

Here are a few I looked at, though:
The Purl Bee (A no-sew option)

I am definitely glad I made them because I think they turned out pretty cute, but making two sets of letters was slightly more time consuming than I anticipated.  But I'm happy to have them all and won't be stuck only spelling words that require one of each letter! :)

Fingerprints on the Fridge
Somewhat Simple
ABC and 123
Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Polly Want A Crafter
Skip to my Lou
Tip Junkie
A Glimpse Inside 
Tatertots and Jello

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Partial Nursery Reveal

Well, our nursery is about 95% done and I am EXTREMELY excited to share some pictures... but I'm going to try to hold off for a little while.  At least 2 weeks.  It is going to kill me probably, so I'll show you ONE wall to tide myself over.

It's the smallest wall in there but I think I can allow myself to share it.

So here it is!

(ignore the glare)

The dresser is one we had that I painted white and put new hardware on.  

A BYGEL rail from IKEA and FINTORP containers (I spray painted the metal rings/hangers around each container silver... I didn't like that they were black) to hold baby wipes/diapers in the long one and I'm imagining a thermometor/fingernail clippers and such/diaper rash cream/miscellaneous items in the small ones.

The changing pad with the cover I made from Joel Dewberry fabric.

Then the print I made on Picnik that cost a whole $2 to have printed at MPIX (which stayed pretty true to color from what I saw on my screen).  Michael sends me emails basically every morning from work and titles them all ''Good morning sunshine'' so I thought it would be cute to make a print with that saying in our baby's room.  When he saw it for the first time he was like ''Hey, I say that to you all the time...''    ''...yep...'' That's the point, buddy :)

I got the frame at Michaels with a 40% off coupon so it was only about $12.  I love it.  I really wanted a big chunky frame for this wall since there wouldn't be much on it and I'm really happy they had just what I was looking for!

It's not a very good sneak peek but it's all you get for now!!

I'm really excited that it's basically done!  Now we just have to wait... a long time... D'oh.

P.S. You know what's annoying? Having hips that were plenty wide enough to begin with but you can feel those suckers getting wider by the second.

Also, outie belly buttons have always kind of creeped me out.  No offense if you have one... I am now one of you.

Blue Cricket Design
Someday Crafts
Somewhat Simple
A Glimpse Inside 
Fingerprints on the Fridge