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Baby Quilt Projects and What Size to Pick

When making a baby quilt or baby blanket, there is the dillema of what size a proper baby quilt should be. While there is no legal rule set in stone when it comes to setting the size of a baby quilt or baby blanket, some thought should be put into the dimensions of the quilt before undertaking a project like this.

When deciding on the size and dimension you would like the baby quilt you are making to be, you may want to consider such things as the size of a standard baby crib as this is one of the ideal places where the baby quilt will be used.

The most common size and dimensions of a baby crib bed or matress is 36″x52″. If you would like the baby crib to fit the baby crib, you may want to take those dimensions into consideration when planning your quilting strategy.

Another factor worth consideration is the age of the baby. Healthy babies do grow at a steady and speedy rate, so making smaller baby quilts and baby blankets may not be what you would want to do. If the baby is a newborn, how long do you want the baby quilt to last?

Baby Quilt Sizes

Although size should be considered, do not worry about measurements too much. There are much more important aspects to fret about when making a unique baby quilt. But here are some sizes that are commonly used:

* 32″x40″

* 36″x36″

* 36″x45″

* 36″x48″

* 40″x52″

* 36″x60″

* 45″x60″

* 60″x60″

Those dimension listed above should be more than enough to give you an idea of what you size you would like to create. The 32″x40″ size should fit a baby crib mattress nice and snug while the 60″x60″ size will allow room for the baby to grow and when the child becomes a toddler and perhaps older, the 60″x60″ will still be more than ample for use.

However, no matter what size or dimension you choose for the makings of your baby quilt project, the baby quilt will be unique and memorable because it is gift from you. The pouring out of your heart and soul into the making of the baby quilt is really what should matter.

If you would like to purchase unique baby quilts and baby bedding online, check out Unique Baby Quilts for many great brands of baby bedding including Pottery Barn, Disney, and Suzy’s Zoo crib sheets, nursery decor, bassinet bedding, baby blankets for boys and girls, and many more baby bedding items.

For great deal on unique baby bedding, check out the Unique Baby Quilts online store.

Beanbags - What About It?

Beanbags are used as a housing decoration these days. The fabric for this is usually made up of leather, cotton, fun fur vinyl, suede, micro fiber or denim.

Beanbags are made up of fabric that is filled with very tiny pieces of foam. These are also called beads. These beads are strictly designed inside a type of bag whose purpose is to be a type of chair placed on the floor.

Beanbags are usually placed in front of the television, along the lounge or in the children’s room. The fabric is usually made up of leather, cotton, fun fur vinyl, suede, micro fiber or denim.

Beanbags are fabric bags filled with small pieces of foam, beads, or PVC pellets. As mentioned above, these bags are designed to be set on the floor, usually in front of your TV, in your children’s rooms and in your lounge area for seating purposes. The frivolous constructions of these beanbags make them so easy to keep inside the closets and to be pulled out whenever needed. They are also available in various shapes, sizes, and colors.

Here are some tips when buying Bean bags:

Fabric: Select a beanbag that is made with from long lasting and high-quality fabric. The fabric should be able to endure wear and tear. It should also feature highlighted double-stitched seams in order to avoid the fillings from breaking out.

Fill: To be able get the most excellent support and comfort, select a beanbag, which is packed with, recycled polystyrene filling. They should be soft enough so as to be relaxing as well as durable enough to endure compression and other impacts. This recycled quality material of polystyrene makes it environment-friendly as well.

Bean Bags for Decoration

In the midst of various kinds of interior décor in the market, choosing the right beanbag can be a huge and major dilemma for some people. Before buying one, you should consider the style or motif you have for your house. All houses differ in this area, of course.

If you will be buying a beanbag as a gift, make sure you know the house’s style of the person you are giving it to. Otherwise, your gift will just be stocked somewhere. Therefore, it is necessary to choose what type of bag will match with the furniture. You can accomplish this by judging the supplies of the individual rooms of the house or particularly the area where you want it placed. Beanbags are perfect in decorating all kinds of rooms in order to give it a very attractive look.

For children’s use, you can procure a small sized beanbag. Large sizes as well as beanbags that are sofa sized are also very much available in the market. They can give an extra touch of “completeness” to your own house. Don’t be concerned regarding the actual shades for your rooms because beanbags are very much present in different kinds of color, are it either in bright or soothing shades.

Thus, if ever you see that there is a tear in your beanbag, make sure that you have this fixed right away. This would usually start with one and then other areas will have tears. You need to fix this, especially if you have kids. For beanbags with small story content, kids may inhale this and get stuck in their nose. If ever this should happen, bring your child to the nearest ENT physician.

Steps on how to make Bean Bags

Step 1

Begin with your very own fabric scraps. You can also search through the residue bins of fabric stores. This is the best place to find suitable materials for your beanbag project. Any kind of fabric that is closely woven will do. To be able to make and produce 10 beanbags with 4 inches of square fabric, you will need around 1/2 yard. Thus, this is from a 45-inch-wide fabric.

Step 2

Buy enough filling material for the preferred number of bags. Make use of any fiberfill or plastic pellets especially sold for beanbag projects. These materials or items can be found mainly in every fabric and craft stores in your locality.

Step 3

Remember to use a yardstick or ruler to draw a 4 1/2-inch square on strong paper or cardboard. Thus, the additional 1/4-inch on each side will be for covering or stitching together the ends of the fabric. Cut out this square in order to make your template.

Step 4

Iron your fabric, if needed. Moreover, lay it down on an even surface.

Step 5

Put your template on the fabric and utilize a fabric-marking pen or a colored chalk in order to trace approximately 20 squares. Make use of a good pair of scissors in cutting out the squares so that the cut is even and straight.

Step 6

Fasten or pin two pieces of fabric together in order to create one beanbag. Make sure that the right sides are joined together, inside and out.

Step 7

Make use of a sewing machine to stitch a 1/4-inch ridge (example would be 1/4 inch from the edge) around the ends of the fabric square. You can start at 1 inch from any corner. Whenever you reach a corner, maintain the needle inserted in the fabric, raise the presser foot of the sewing machine and spin the fabric about 90 degrees. Then, let go of the presser foot and hem the next side. Discontinue sewing, leaving it about 2 inches short from where you started to allow an opening, which will let you rotate the bag with the right side out.

Step 8

Rotate or turn your bag right side out at the 2-inch ridge opening, and load your bag with fiberfill or pellets.

Step 9

Use a sewing machine or draw on a needle and thread to stitch up the gap.

Step 10

Repeat steps 6 to 9 to assemble the remaining beanbags.

Take note:

? Make sure you utilize assorted of fabrics with every beanbag. The entire yardage needed does not necessarily need to appear in just one piece of fabric.

? You can make your beanbags any size you wish. But make sure you make your pattern 1/4 inch larger, for the seam allowance.

? Keep away from using beans, birdseed or rice for bag filling. These items may work very well as stuffing but they have the tendency to draw insects.

Since there are various types of beanbags, the prices also vary. At Pottery Barn, they sell cube beanbags from $99.00 up to $129.00. You can choose fro m their striped to solid colored bean bags. On sale, these beanbags would cost around $59.99 up to $69.99 only.

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Dream Butterfly Bedrooms on a Budget


Butterfly Themed Bedroom on a Budget What little girl wouldn’t want a butterfly themed bedroom or nursery that will inspire her to wonder about these magnificent creatures? Creating a butterfly themed bedroom can be costly, depending on how far you take it. However, there are many ways to create a butterfly garden bedroom on a budget.

Before you begin your butterfly themed bedroom, decide on your color scheme. Most girls’ rooms are pink, which is a beautiful place to start. You may also want to consider blue to reflect the sky, or green to give it a feel of a meadow. The color of the bedroom helps to determine the color of the rest of the room’s accent pieces. As a rule of thumb, if you have a pink room, you would want your larger accent pieces to be a complementary color such as blue or green. Yellow rooms look good with purple accents.

A great place to start would be hanging nylon butterflies. These butterflies have become very popular thanks to places like Pottery Barn. However, you don’t have to spend a lot to have that classic catalog look. These butterfly decorations can be hung from the ceiling or placed directly on the walls. They come in different styles, shapes, sizes and color. The possibilities are endless with these butterflies and a hot glue gun.

Butterfly Curtains: Butterfly sheers are all the rave these days, but sell for an average of $50 a panel. Get a plain sheer for $7 a panel and decorate them with 2” mini nylon butterflies at 85 cents each. Depending on how big your curtain is, your cost is about $14.42.

Butterfly Holdbacks: Now that you have your beautiful (but much less expensive) curtains, you may want something to hold your curtains back. Holdbacks can cost around $35 for a set of 2. Why spend so much when you can have something even more beautiful at a fraction of the cost? Buy some organza ribbon for $4 a roll. Take about a foot of ribbon and glue a 5” nylon butterfly at $4.95 to the center and tie them around your curtains to pull them back. Your cost? $13.95 plus extra organza with which to decorate.

Butterfly Lamps: Instead of spending $25 on a butterfly lampshade, you can take smaller 3” nylon butterflies and hot glue them to a plain lampshade. Three butterflies for $6, plain white lampshade for $3 give a grand total of $9.

Other ideas are to use butterflies as accents on picture frames, growth charts, and mirrors. The possibilities are endless.

Once you have hung all your butterflies, why not create a full butterfly garden with dragonflies, flowers, bumblebees and ladybugs?

Let your imagination take over and inspire your child to wonder!


Teacher and owner of The Butterfly Grove, hanging butterflies, flowers, bumblebees, ladybugs and dragonfly decorations to inspire.