tablecloth

Hi folks! This is another *super* easy sewing project: a tablecloth.

I chose this red and white fabric to give my dinner table an “italian trattoria” style.

For my small, rectangular, IKEA dinner table, I used 2 yards of fabric.

You’ll need to place the fabric on the wrong side over a flat surface and fold the edges over about 0.5”.

Then, fold it again and pin around the edge of the hem and start sewing along the edges, removing the pins as you sew.

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After less than an hour, I got a beautiful tablecloth for our dining table.  I’m no expert at sewing, but trust me when I tell you go ahead and try it! You’ll feel great finding out the beautiful projects you can do for your home!

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baby crib sheets

I found this great fabric with the world map on sale at my local fabric store and I thought it would be nice to have it at home and teach Marco where some of our friends and family live.

I’m still a beginner at sewing but I discovered that I can actually sew anything… as long as it has a rectangular shape. That’s how I thought about using this fabric to make some sheets for Marco’s crib.

I followed this tutorial and I were amazed at how easy it actually was to sew sheets, even using an elastic band one the edges.

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It’s nice to wash the fabric before, in case it shrinks. Also, measure the crib mattress to customize the pattern. I used a 12″ square instead of the 9″ suggested by the tutorial.

This project took about 2 hours but it was a lot of fun and I felt so good after seeing it done!

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During  the weekend, when I put him to bed, I told him where some of our dear friends and family live. He didn’t get much yet because when I asked for his aunt Barbarita -who lives in Barcelona- he pointed to Moscow… but we’ll get closer with some more practice!.

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preschool blanket

On January 2013, I sewed these crib bumpers using regular cotton filled with an organic cotton batting from Warm Company. They looked very good and were very useful.

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Now Marco doesn’t need the crib bumpers anymore. Also, he is starting preschool -yay! I can’t believe that little chubby baby from the picture above is already in preschool!- so he was in need of a preschool blanket.

I decided to re-use the organic cotton. So, first I unstitched the crib bumpers using… my victorinox (I’m more a maintenance technician than a fashion designer lol).

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Afterwards, I sewed the parts creating a rectangle. This was going to become the blanket’s filling.

I got these lovely fabrics for the blanket at my local fabric store. I needed 1 yard of each.

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I put the filling in the middle and I sewed a rectangle leaving about 10 cm. over the edges.

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Then, I unstitched some of the corners to sew correctly the edges.

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And after 3 hours, the project was done and it looked great!

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You can adjust even more the filling by adding some stitches to the middle part of the blanket, using a cross-stich like in a quilt.

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This project was so easy. I didn’t use patterns, I just took the measures properly and used a lot of pins! If you want to do this and need any help, let me know!

Happy first day of school!

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My little one with his blanket.