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Nursery Project #2: Boppy pillow redo!

February 29, 2012

I have the above “prenatal” boppy pillow that I use every night when I go to sleep.  It is pretty handy now, but I remembr that with my daughter, we used it ALL the time when I was nursing her or even giving her a bottle.  We ended up keeping the regular poppy on the first floor on the couch, and kept this one up in her room on the glider.  It actually worked really well!

Well, thanks to some chocolate ensure explosions, our pillow cover is pretty ugly looking! (for any of you that are wondering, chocolate ensure and boost do NOT come out of clothing!)

In fact they look down right gross.

Anyways, in preparation for our little man who will be joining us soon, I wanted to revamp my boppy pillow, but haven’t been able to find covers for this one.  So, I decided to make one.

I also needed to fix the stuffing a bit, because after several washes it has become bumpy, lumpy and all bunched to one side.

I just cut a slit in the inner pillow and rearranged the stuffing as well as added some new stuffing to soften up the particularly lumpy areas.  I didn’t replace all the stuffing basically becaus I did not have enough and my trips to the store these days are limited.  So I’m trying to get done as much as I can wthout having to buy more or postpone projects.

As you can see, I didn’t worry about looks when I closed up the slit – I just did a quick stitch to keep the stuffing inside!

Next: I took off the current cover, and traced it on my new fabric, allowing for a 1/2 seach allowance all around.  The one thing I wasn’t sure about was making a cover flap for the zipper.  I have never done that before and was going to skip that part to keep the project simple.  But then I realized that the only zipper I had at home that was long enough, was black.  And since I didn’t think that would look great on my pretty yellow cover, I decded to try to make a flap afterall.’

On the side where the flap would be coming from, I basically cut more fabric where the zipper would be, so I would be able to fold over more of the fabric to cover the zipper (more pictures later).’

This is my fabric (right sides together) all cut out.  I actually pinned it together here, but ended up taking all those out for the next step.


Next I pinned the zipper in place (just one pin on either end) to mark where it would be, and then sewed the two fabrics together on either side of the zipper.  But I only sewed about 2 inches on each side, so that i could still open up the pillowcover to make it easier to install the zipper.



Once I had the sides sewn (which also kept my two pieces aligned to each other), I opened up the two sides of the pillowcase to lay it flat and positioned the zipper exactly how I wanted it.  Then I pinned one side of the zipper in place, with the outside facing down (or out). To do this, I folded one edge of the fabric down, and then pinned the sipper to this folded edge of fabric.

For the other side, I actually sewed the flap down first to keep it in place before I pinned the zipper.

As you can see, I made the flap pretty big, more than an inch.

Then I went back and started pinning the other side of the zipper to this larger flap.

I kept checking the other side ofthe fbaric to make sure that I was leaving enough of the flap free to cover both sides of the zipper from the outside.

Once I had it al pinned, I sewed down both sides of the zipper, and then I sewed perpendicularly arcoss the ends of the zipper.

Phew!  Hard part is done!  After that, i just sewed all the way around the edges of the pillowcase sides from zipper to zipper.  Note – I serged the raw edges of the fabric first)

That’s it! Turn it right side out and you are done!’

And yes, the zipper flap worked! Yay!

Well, that is one completed project.

Project #1 update: The Growth Chart

yellow and gray toddler growth chart with elephants

After buying a very expensive roll of photo paper, I found that contrary to my belief, my printer does NOT print on rolls of paper.  ARGH!  What a waste!!  I will see if I can put it on craigs list…

Anyways, I went ahead and ordered the growth chart to be printed by Vista Print today.  Unfortunately for the size I need, the only option was vinyl.  Atleast their vinyl has  a matte finish instead of glossy, so hopefully it will look ok.

One bonus is that their banner is 30 inches wide and I only needed 13.  SOOOOOOO,  I am getting 2 growth charts printed!  I will just need to cut it down the middle, and then I will have one to give as a gift!  There was also some empty space on top, so I made a simmple welcome sign out of it.  We’ll see how that turns out!

Well, thats it!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Catherine Cudmore permalink
    March 17, 2012 5:47 AM

    I love, love, love your elephant growth chart. I am expecting twins in June and was hoping there was some way you could send me the image so I could download and print one of my own for the nursery.

    • March 18, 2012 11:03 PM

      hi there!

      thanks so much – i’m glad you like the graphic! I was having a hard time finding a place to get this printed (I bought a whole roll of photo paper for my printer only to find out that it doesn’t really print on rolls…ugh!). But I did get it printed as a banner from a business supply store, and have a couple extra copies (the size was so large, I had them print several side by side). So if you are interested, I can send you a picture of what it looks like and sell you the printed growth chart – either with or without the dowel rod and ribbon etc. I.e. i can send you just the printed part and you can attach your own hanging mechanism, or I can include that as well. Let me know and I’ll send you some pictures!

      thanks again
      subha

      • Catherine permalink
        March 19, 2012 8:26 AM

        Thanks Subha,

        If you could send me pictures that would be great. If you could also let me know what type of paper you had it printed on and what you were thinking of selling it for. I can rig up my own hanging mechanisim so I would just be looking for the print out of the growth chart.

        Take care,
        Catherine

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