Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baby Bumper To Toddler Pillows

This was one of those projects I really enjoyed doing since the idea wasn't mine! My friend, Katy, wanted to turn her youngest son's baby bumper into pillows. She asked me for some help because A. she wasn't sure how to go about the transformation and B. I have a sewing machine and she does not. I was more than happy to help, it's a great way to recycle and extend the life on this type of item. I failed to bring my camera so no before shots. Sorry.
Bumper Customized
We started by cutting up the bumper between the vehicles. Next we took off all the ties and pulled any seams that held the batting in place. Then I'd sew up an end, Katy would add poly-fil and then I'd sew up the other end. A total of nine pillows when all was sewn and done. They're so stinking cute!
Bumper Customized
There were two smaller vehicle pieces which we both agreed would make great wall hangings once they were personalized with both boys' names. So, I took out the seems on some of the tie-back straps, ironed them flat, then ironed them onto fusible web. Next I wrote out out all the necessary letters (using a template) and cut them out. Followed by a final ironing into place on the wall hanging pieces.
Bumper Embroidery
Some embroidery stitches helped secure the letters as well as mimic the stitching found on the vehicles. Thus helping the old and new flow together. I had a great time working on this project. I have to laugh since it took only two days yet those were almost two months apart! Geez, life with kids and work makes for tricky schedules. Still, Katy is great fun. Work Day 2 came with a beer on the back deck while I embroidered and we chatted while catching some rays. Multi-tasking at its finest... so relaxing. Then I had to use my sewing machine and I recall saying, "Hey, I'm consuming alcohol and operating light machinery!" Ha.


happydays525 said...

Super cool project, well done! I've got some Pottery Barn green and white checked crib stuff...I should dig it out and invite you on over! :)

Patty said...

Very cute! I've said it before and I'll say it again...Misty you are so talented and so hilarious! Love your sense of humor :-)

beth said...

i'm in madison....hi neighbor :)

totally love what you did with the t-shirts and the head band is fabulous !

i saw you on emily's blog....for her traveling around the world art piece....

what i really wanted to tell her was that we tried this once with 25 woman from all over and it was a disaster.....but i hate bursting balloons.

i really really hope this works....i love emily and this will be an amazing activity

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