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I've been looking in fabric stores and online for the perfect fabric to make the crib skirt out of, and looking for a ready made crib sheet that (a) went with the perfect crib skirt fabric and (b) wasn't crazy expensive. I haven't been having much luck. Most of the fabric I liked was over $10/yd and I wasn't finding any crib sheets that fit the above criteria.
Yesterday I was wandering around Walmart's baby section and I saw these cute polka-dot flannel crib sheets. They were inexpensive and the pattern matches the colours I wanted in the room, and is subtle enough that I figured I could probably find some fabric somewhere that would go with it. Lo and behold, I found a small bolt of inexpensive fabric in the craft section that perfectly matched the colours from the sheet. Woo! Here's the finished product...
It's a hard to tell from the photo, but the little polka-dots on the sheet are brown, orange, green and aqua. The nice thing about making it myself is that unlike store-bought crib skirts, this one actually goes down to the floor. Also, I made it so that it's adjustable. When I move the mattress down as the baby gets bigger, I can shorten the skirt so that it stays just touching the floor.
The other thing I found at Walmart were a pair of really cute dish towels. We live with my parents, and they have plenty of dish towels, so we didn't really need them. But I loved the colour and pattern and they were only $2, so I got them. Then I realized, while I don't need dish towels, I DO need a cover for my non-standard sized changing pad. The towels are microfiber, so they're really soft, and dish towels wash well, so I know they'll hold up. So this is what I made with them...
A custom made, double-sided changing pad cover for $2 instead of $20-$30. The towels were about an inch short all around, so I used a bit of leftover fabric from the crib skirt for the edges. The cover has little snaps at the bottom so that it can be easily taken on and off.
I'm really pleased with the way my projects turned out today. I've even got enough of the floral material leftover for a valance for the window. The print is a little brighter and busier than I had planned for the room, but I think when it's behind the wooden slats of the crib it mellows it out a bit. And even though it's floral, I think it still works for a baby boy because of the colours. Plus, the room is a woodland/forest theme. Forests have flowers!