Dylon got in contact a few months ago and asked me to review their fabric dyes, and although not my usual product I also am a crafter so thought that I wouldn’t mind giving dying my own fabric a go. What arrived was a great variety of colours and two immediately jumped out at me: a gorgeous vibrant ‘tropical green’ and a deep ‘burlesque’ red.
At 38 weeks it’s time to start considering the practicalities and one of the things I didn’t really consider last time was breastfeeding friendly clothes until they were needed. Maternity clothing does always translate and do the job therefore this time when I looking over what I had left from the bear, it was clear I needed to replenish my basics as all I have is a few black vests leftover. I hit the usual places; Mothercare, H&M etc but wow…..how expensive?!
Therefore I found this great little hack on Pinterest:
All that’s needed are some cheap vests (mine were on offer for £1.80 each from Primark), a pair of scissors and a needle and some thread and hey presto, I now have 7 breastfeeding vest. All you literally need to do is cut off the strap where it meets the back of the top, trim the strap to a shorter length (I did this to around 5cm each time), fold over into a loop and sew to secure at the front ready to hook over your bra.
Granted as you will see bra straps you can’t really wear these on their own unless you either (1) colour match your underwear or (2) just don’t care – entirely plausible when faced with a hungry baby on a hot day, but they are perfect for popping on under an oversized cardigan and scarf and paired with jeans or similar….the absolute epitome of basics.
The best bit? This was all for less than £15 for all 7 in a variety of colours which is the cheapest option I could find for 2 ‘official’ breastfeeding vests in just black and white.
We had the standard Ikea chair when we did the bears nursery and it was amazing. It worked so well and it was so comfortable that we knew we wanted to use the same / similar chair again but the existing ‘jungle’ theme just wouldn’t work, so we looked for an updated version. Unfortunately when we hit Ikea all the other available colour options wouldn’t suit the theme for the new nursery.
So….time for a challenge to cover the existing one and I have to say it was sooooooo easy!
- Ikea ‘Polarvide’ fleece = £3
- Sewing machine – though optional as it can be done by hand
With hindsight I should have taken pictures as I went along, but as usual when I am playing around and don’t have a pattern to follow, I got too absorbed in what I was doing and simply forgot…oops! Therefore I’ve done a quick mock up using an A4 piece of paper.
Step 1: lay the fleece out flat – you will be working the piece by folding it length ways and working to sew the top and side seams. You should at this stage have a long oblong.
I should have probably ironed it at this stage but I didn’t. Therefore if you have more patience than me maybe give it a quick iron so the finished result is nice and pressed.
Step 2: place the material on top of the cushion you are covering and mark where the cushion ends making sure you leave sewing allowance for the seams. You then want to cut a section out from where the bottom of the cushion ends on one side of the folded material only. When laid back out flat the material should look something like this:
Step 3: you are now going to pin the material ready for sewing. Fold the material back in half length ways. You should have a piece of material that is longer on the bottom and shorter on top on one side. You now want to lift the longer section and fold it over the top. This should look a little like how a pillowcase works.
Pin along the top open edge and along the side making sure to include the folded over section (it will be three layers thick on this folded section). TIP: make sure the folded over section is laid on top so when you turn it the right way around this bit is hidden and the longer piece is showing which will cover the entire length of the cushion.
Step 4: sew!! I used a sewing machine and it was super quick but this can be done by hand too using a standard running stitch. As it’s two long lines to sew, it’s not difficult but it will take a lot longer by hand.
Step 5: turn it right side around and cover your cushion! Make sure the folded section is at the bottom and at the back so it is easily hidden underneath the part you sit on.
You will notice that the shorter side of the folded section is on the inside and is hidden. However this is only attached by the one side you have sewn therefore you will need to smooth this out so it lays flat against the cushion.
Ta-da!! You’re all done.
If you have a go it would be great to see how you got on so please share 🙂