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Free Printables

“You Are Loved” Free Nursery Printable

Yesterday was one of those days with my children where my patience was non-existent.

I was extra snappy, extra tired, and I wasn’t exactly the mother that I’d like to be.

I’m sure you have these moments too. You go to sleep with some regrets and hope to wake up in the morning with extra hugs and kisses for their little faces, a kinder voice, and more patience to hear their wee requests.Continue reading

DIY Home Decor

Mood Board: Colourful Boho Craft Room & Office – Our DIY House

Currently, my “craft room” is my kitchen table (shared with our microwave and Hubby’s stash of paperwork) and my office is a 5 foot wide nook right next to Little C’s room (shhhhhhh… don’t type too loud)!

Needless to say, I’m ecstatic about having an office/craft room on the main floor of Our DIY House that has doors that can open to the kitchen and living room or close for privacy.

The look I want for this room is colourful and fun with a bohemian vibe. I want to include colours from the living room and kitchen for flow (yellow, red & turquoise) and it will have a desk and oodles of storage for paperwork, fabric and crafty supplies.Continue reading

DIY Home Decor

Mood Board: Sunny Woodland Nursery – Our DIY House

I’m excited about every single room in our new house (because we’ll actually have rooms for individual things and people), but this nursery for Baby A is one of my favourites.

Baby A has never had her own room (because our current Garage House is too small for that). This new “sunny woodland” sunny woodland” nursery will be a spot that she can call her very own! It will be wonderful for all of us.

I want a fun and playful bedroom for Baby A with lots of sorbet-inspired colours (sunny yellow, cheerful coral-y pink and minty blue) and retro woodland animals. When I found this fabric panel from Fabric.com ( Woodland Tails Panel Blue), it really inspired this space.

Mood Board: Sunny Woodland Nursery - Our DIY House by The DIY Mommy. Sorbet inspired shades of yellow, pink, coral and mint with retro woodland animals make a fun and sweet little nursery.

The inspirations:

  1. DIY Recovered Glider
  2. Woodland Tails Panel Blue Fabric
  3. Lyrik Shade from IKEA
  4. Crib from IKEA
  5. Homespun Chevron Pink Rug from RUGS USA
  6. DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner
  7. It’s My Forest Walnut Clock from decoylab
  8. You Are My Sunshine print from The Wheatfield
  9. Tree Decal

(And my DIY crochet granny square blanket is in there too.)

What do you think – will Baby A feel happy in her new, sunny room-to-be?

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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Decoupage Fabric Coasters

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

DIY drink coasters have been popping up all over Pinterest and the web lately and I think they’re great! What a fun way to incorporate your decor scheme into your table/coffee settings.

I picked up some inexpensive coasters at a dollar store and used up some scraps of extra fabric I had in my stash to make a few coasters to match my living room’s colour scheme. These lovely, simple coasters in yellow chevron and a turquoise graphic print turned out great and they were so easy to make. My 4 year old helped me with most of it!

Supplies:

  • ceramic coasters that you want to cover (or, you could use ceramic tiles and glue felt squares on the back)
  • scraps of fabric (cotton decor fabric was used in this tutorial)
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • white paper or fabric (if your covering fabric is a little see-through)

Directions:

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Using the coasters as a pattern, cut out square pieces of fabric (with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter). If the fabric is see-through, cut out some more squares out of white paper or white fabric.

Apply a thin layer of decoupage onto your coaster’s top (this is an fun project for children)!

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

My white & yellow chevron fabric was a little see-through and my original coasters were dark, so I had to apply a piece of white paper first. My daughter did this part, and then she even did the next step – applying another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper (let it dry before moving on to the next step).

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a square of fabric in the same manner, smoothing it out well. Let it dry completely.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a thin layer of decoupage over the fabric. Let it dry, and then apply one final coat.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

The Mod Podge will appear milky before it dries, but will dry to a smooth, clear finish.

After the coasters are completely dry, trim off any uneven edges of the fabric square if necessary.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

All done! Enjoy a Chai Tea Latte on your new coasters (or gift them to a friend for their housewarming)!

DIY Sewing

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair

by Christina Dennis

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

You know the early-90’s-ish glider rocking chairs you can buy from big box stores for your nursery? The ones that are beige coloured and “blah”? We had to snap one up when our first baby was born. Do you know why? Because the thing was just so darn comfy!

With baby number two now here and with the fact that we had to move the glider to the living room due to space issues, I thought it was time to update the chair to make it more modern and fun looking.

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

To be honest, I found this project quite challenging – a definite “labour of love”! I really like the results, though, and the hard work was well worth it.

Want to know how to update your dated glider with fabric and paint? Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

  • 2 1/2 yards of cotton decor fabric in main colour (I used Premier Prints Twill Suzani Corn Yellow – it’s that “Suzani” pattern that I loved and also used on this boutiqe blanket project!)
  • 1 yard of cotton decor fabric in contrasting colour/pattern (for sides of cushions and piping if desired)
  • piping cord
  • 2 cans paint + primer spray paint in white
  • reupholstery batting (it’s a heavy-weight, fluffy batting)
  • upholstery zippers (for back and for bottom cushions)

Directions:
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Remove all of the cushions from the chair and the ottoman if you have one. Paint evenly with spray paint outdoors, following the paint’s directions. I decided to distress the paint with sandpaper, sanding all of the edges of the chair as shown above for a shabby chic effect. This works well if you’re painting over a dark coloured stain.

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

In my opinion, something that really dated the look of this glider was the rounded back cushion with the buttons. I covered the entire cushion with thick batting and squared the corners (I stuffed the corners with polyester batting to fill them out). I also cut strips for the edge of the cushion, making it have a “boxier” look. I hand-stitched the sides to the front and back loosely, just to hold it all in place over the old cushion. I repeated this process for the seat cushion.

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Next, make some piping if desired for the edges of the cushions (I definitely wanted some on mine to define the edges and give my cushions some interest). Measure the diameter of your cushions and multiply that number by two to determine the length of piping that you need. Cut 2″ wide strips of fabric and sew them together at an angle (like the first photo above). Fold them over some piping cord and sew to secure (like the second photo above).

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Measure both of your cushions carefully and cut out the front and back pieces for each cushion based on your measurements. If you’re using a largely patterned main fabric like I did, make sure you decide whether or not you want to center any motifs on the cushions and cut accordingly! Cut the side, front and back rectangular pieces from your contrasting fabric based on the measurements of your cushions and the thickness of your cushions. For the back of the seat cushion and bottom of the back cushion you will be sewing a zipper in, so cut this piece 1 inch deeper (higher) and then cut in half lengthwise (as pictured in photo one above). Sew the piping onto the edges of the tops and bottoms of the cushions, meeting the raw edges of the piping with the raw edges of the cushion (as shown in picture two). Where the piping meets, cut the cord so that the beginning and end just meet, and ensure the fabric wrapping it is slightly longer. Then, fold one side of the fabric from right to wrong side to create a finished seam and sew down (as pictured in photo three above).

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For the side pieces, start with the zipper side and sew the zipper in place – it joins the two narrower strips as shown in the first picture above. Topstitch, and then fold a scrap piece of fabric in half and sew on the wrong side against the short raw edge as shown in picture two above to create a zipper “stop” that will prevent the zipper from falling off. Now, sew these side pieces to the other front and back pieces of the cushion that you’ve cut out and have added piping to previously. I used a TON of pins for this part, and even then I found it quite difficult to get my seam at a nice location so that the stitch on the piping wouldn’t show. The corners were hard too! I did the best I could by machine, and then hand-stitched the corners and the little mistakes I had made earlier. It worked for me!

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

If your glider has a rocking ottoman, it’s a cinch to recover! Flip the upholstered piece over, remove the staples around the edges of the bottom covering fabric. Cut a piece of main fabric and batting about 3″ larger than the ottoman on all sides. Lay the fabric right side down on the floor, then the batting, then the ottoman (centered). Pull the fabric around and staple it down to the underside of the ottoman on all four sides, tugging gently and smoothing as you go. For the corners, I gently pleated and pulled them to create as smooth a corner as possible (as shown in picture three above). Finally, replace the bottom cover piece with staples.

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Stuff the cushions into the cushion covers you’ve just made, place them on your glider and sit back to admire your work! I was general happy with my glider update. It certainly was a tough project, but it gave my rocker such a different look and it will look so sweet when we are able to put it in a nursery for my little girlie!

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Since I did not go into detail on some upholstery basics for this post, you may find the following links helpful for this project:

Don’t be afraid to give this project a try! In my opinion, it’s well worth the effort and much less expensive than buying something new. Plus, it’s totally custom and you could make it match so perfectly with any nursery decor!

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