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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: The beginnings of a vintage bassinet makeover


{I've been rather absent from the online world lately and that's mostly due to the new project that I found for myself over the weekend--refurbishing a vintage bassinet that I discovered at a new-to-me thrift store.}  


{The bassinet was structurally sound but needed some help in the aesthetics department.  I stripped the bassinet down to its bare bones and fixed a minor split in the wood trim and then tried to figure out what to do next.}


{Looking at the dingy and somewhat tattered vinyl liner, I had my eureka moment--I could cut the liner along its seams and use those pieces to create a pattern for a custom fabric liner.  It seemed like a pretty straightforward idea so I figured what the heck and started cutting away.}


{Thankfully I had a helper kitty to offer me assistance in the deconstruction of the original liner.}


{Last week I had found some gorgeous teal and green printed fabric at a different thrift store and bought it figuring that I could easily find some use for it.  Turns out I had just enough of it to piece together a new liner for the bassinet!  And the icing on the cake is that I was able to find complementary polka dotted fabric at the Hobby Lobby, so I bought enough of that to try my hand at putting together a skirt for the bassinet, as well as some lovely teal batiste for making some fitted sheets for bassinet mattress.}


{I pinned the old pieces of the vinyl liner to my fabric and started cutting--I added an additional 3" to the height of each piece so that I would hopefully have enough lining to fold over the edge of the bassinet.   With some trepidation I started sewing everything together, beginning with sewing the side panels to the bottom panel, followed up by sewing up the sides.}


{I've never attempted anything like this before, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the new liner not only fits but it actually looks pretty darn good if I may say so myself.  I plan to add some bias trim to the edge of the liner and I still have some ways to go with the skirt, but so far this transformation has me tickled pink.}

8 comments:

Maeve's Momma said...

Looks so lovely! I love how you take such good care of your home and make it your own.

Charli said...

That looks amazing so far! I can't wait to see the finished product. Someone got us a bassinet, and it is not nearly as funky as that one. Maybe I should get it out and see if I can improve it at all.

Katie said...

ooooh! I am so excited to see the result! The fabrics you have are beautiful,and the bassinet is amazing! Well done so far! :)

Susan said...

Wow!! Love, love, love it♥

Lori said...

When I saw this on Intagram I just couldn't get over it! Love x100000!
Love the bassinet and the colors you've selected and you are so talented.

Natalia said...

Wish I was talented in the sewing dept! Love the deep colors, I've used similar ones in baby F's nursery!

Melissa said...

Good grief woman, that's freakin' awesome.

Kim said...

Very nice. I can't believe it was your first time. You totally nailed this!

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