Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Getting Crafty

Good morning everyone! 

I took a little break this past weekend from working on the laundry room and worked on a baby shower gift for a friend.  I always struggle with what to give someone who is having their second child and the sex is the same as the older sibling.  They already have all the big stuff and if the seasons match, clothes aren't that helpful either.  Usually I go the diaper route, with maybe an outfit as well thrown in there.  For this friend, though, she has been wisely stocking up on Amazon's awesome diaper sales and really didn't need those.

So, I decided to make some changing pads as part of the gift:

Don't you love the fabric?  Who says you can't be stylish while changing a diaper?

When my boys were little, my mom made me something kind of similar and I used them for changing diapers on my family room floor.  There was no way I was going to go upstairs to the changing table everytime I changed a diaper...I had two in diapers for a while and that just wouldn't have worked for me.  I also kept them in my diaper bag and  also used them as a mattress or sheet protector.  They got so much use around here!

I am not a skilled sewer at ALL, but these were so easy and a great project for someone just learning to sew.  I bought some soft flannel fabric from Joann's in patterns I liked and had some leftover blackout liner that I used as the waterproof pad.  The material really seems to repel water, so why not? 

Then, its just a matter of sewing all four sides together with the nice side facing in, leaving about a 6" opening.  Then I pulled the fabric through the opening so the nice side was facing up and sewed the opening shut with my machine.

I also took a little break to go through the cabinet where keep our medications and some first aid supplies.  It was so full that something fell out everytime I went in for something. 

Its started like this:

Looked like this during:

How did all this fit in that small cabinet?!  Expired meds are on the left.

And looked like this when I was finished:

Much better!  I love a little order!

Wish I could say the same for my basement.  The room where I am painting my cabinets and hutch looks like this:

And the laundry room still hasn't changed much and looks like this:

Lots of big changes coming up though!  The ceiling will be up and finished soon and the hutch will be completed in a few days. 

And finally, one of my all time favorite blogs, Just a Girl, featured my license plate mirror on her blog! I think my heart skipped a beat or two when I saw it. 

I think I will ride that high all week, thank you very much!

OK, I will be back next time with some laundry room PROGRESS!  Have a wonderful week!


  1. LOVE your change pads - the material is so nice! I know what you mean about not running up and down the stairs to change a diaper ...

    Congrats on your feature - the mirror is awesome and so deserving!

    Oh, and your laundry room is looking great; can't wait for the big reveal :o)

  2. Love those Jodi. Such a cute idea and I am sure she will love it.

    I saw your feature on JAG. Congrats!!!

  3. Oh I can't wait to see that laundry room finished!

  4. hiy a, those changing pada are really cute and soo useful too , tfs

  5. hiya , ok that should say changing PADS ??? x