Let's start at the beginning. When I was pregnant with Kailyn, we were living in a 630 sq ft house. We had no space for an extra crib, so a friend loaned me a moses basket and stand. Perfect, except that it had no accompanying bedding. So, I went to the local fabric store and purchased some minky and a cute cotton print to make my own bedding. When Kailyn was about 3 or 4 months, she outgrew the moses basket (in length) and I just couldn't bear parting with the bedding I had worked so hard on. So, I decided that someday I'd repurpose it into a lovey for her. Well, here we are, almost 1 year later, and I've finally done it.
Here's how (note: I was using repurposed bedding for this, but you can certainly use these tips/techniques and start the project from scratch):
The first step, of course, was to deconstruct the bedding *sniff, sniff*
The next step was to cut out the largest rectangle possible. This is where a rotary cutter and mat come is handy!!
Now, I had originally made 2 sheets/bedding for the moses basket, so I had 2 pieces to work with. I cut rectangles out of them separately, then I placed them on top of one another (wrong sides together) and squared them out so that they would be the same size. Unbelievably, they were almost exactly the same size. I only had to do one cut to even them out - pretty amazing to me, considering that I didn't use a pattern to make the bedding and I made each one separately by laying the fabric in the basket the pinning and cutting.
|Start by placing a safety pin in the center of the piece, then place pins out to the sides and up and down, making 4 quadrants on the piece.|
|Add pins quadrant by quadrant (here it is 1/2 completed)|
|Here is what it looks like when its fully pinned. I know, I know, it looks like a LOT of pins, and it is, but these pins will keep everything in place as you proceed with the rest of the project.|
|all pinned on and ready to sew|
|I like to hold the work at the outer edge, then I fold the remaining binding over to make the mitered corner (If you look at the arrow, you can see where the stitching ends along that edge)|
|Here is what it looks like after I folded it over. You can see my fingers still holding that outer edge in place so that it doesn't squirm around while folding the corner over.|
|I stitched it on in the center of the tie so that I could knot it to get the look I was going after|