Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pack N' Play Sheet Tutorial

It's looking like poor lil' number 3 will be stuck in the P n' P for a more than just the first few weeks here until his older brother cannot possibly safely be confined fit in the crib any longer ...

Soooooo I thought I'd start making this Pack n' Play business a little more cozy for the hopefully long haul ahead of us.

First thing's first, we need to get this baby bird some upgrades to the starchy Graco sheets to some softer ones while spending less than his college savings. Best place to look... my own linen closet!

Between the hubby and me we have tons of queen size sheets from our single days that just hibernate in our closet until the lucky day when guests come to visit. And even then, only the few and the fortunate get slept on. So I "borrowed" a few jersey sets to recycle into pack n' play sheets.

And it took me whole 20 minutes!

Which is about all the sewing time I have these days :)

Wanna try?

Here's what you need:
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • 36 inches of 1/4 or 3/8 inch elastic
  • Thread
  • Sewing goodies (machine, scissors etc)
  • 20 minutes

Here's all you do:

Step 1: Cut the fabric
A standard Graco Pack N' Play sheet is 26" wide x 38 1/2" long when it's all said and done, so if you don't have a Graco brand make sure to measure your standard sheets or actual pack n' play to be sure these measurements will work.

A few options:
  • For raw or serged edges cut the fabric 34″ wide x 43″ long
  • For hemmed ends cut the fabric 35″ wide x 43″ long
  • If using knit or jersey fabric like I did in this tutorial cut 1" smaller in each direction to account for the stretch.

Step 2: Cut the corners
Fold the fabric in half long ways and make sure the corners match up as closely as possible.

Mark 4″x 4″ squares out of each of the 4 corners and cut them out.

Step 3: Sew the corners together
Fold the corners of the corners together to make a diagonal edge with the fabric inside out.

Serge or stitch together with a zig zag stitch on your machine

Step 4: Finish the edges
I simply serged my edges since no one will see them, but since I know not everyone has a serger I made one sheet with hemmed edges to show you :)

Step 5: Attach the elastic
Cut 4 pieces of elastic each 9" long. Fold the 9" piece in half & mark the center

Turn the fabric inside out and line up the center of the elastic with the edge of the seam in the corner and pin in place.

Then you want to mark out 9″ from both sides of that point and pin the lose ends of the elastic to the sheet. Start sewing at the middle of the elastic on the seam.

Stretch the elastic from both ends as you go and sew the elastic to the sheet with a zig zag stitch then turn over and sew in the other direction.

It should look something like that when you're done.

Or, if you used the hemmed edges string the elastic through to the 9" mark and sew in place. Pull the other end to the 9" mark on the other side of the corner and sew in place.

Go ahead, that's all... try it on...

Tah Dah!

Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go snuggle with my favorite new born and that scrumptiously soft baby skin!

As close to Heaven as it gets here!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Learning to use a spoon

Off to a great start

Ok, in goes the milk, now there is no turning back!!

Steady... steady... you can do this Son...

To the target... you got this buddy!

That's right... curve the spoon and eat

You did it!!

Now let's try one more bite...

Wait, with the spoon!
The spoon. Use the spoon!

Ok, ok, geez, Mom! I got this.

Um, actually, this spoon stuff takes too long.

Would a kiss make it better?


My first born fooled me. She was too easy. I feel deceived.
How do you teach this stuff?!

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