Car seat mobile

Car seat cloud mobile by witkonijn.com

A friend of ours recently gave birth to her second son. Because she already had all the baby stuff from her first son, I just asked her what DIY gift I could make. Turned out a mobile for Maxi Cosi would be useful and I got inspired by this white cloud mobile posted by the “Do Small Things with love” blog. Continue reading

Baby crib mobile

Baby crib mobile
This baby mobile was made to go with the colour block quilt we posted earlier this month.

From our experience, babies are more interested in mobiles that contain a combination of bold shapes and colours. Therefore we choose an easy star shape and decided to work with contrasting colours on each shape that are also used in the blanket. This way the quilt and mobile match well together and the baby is stimulated by the mobile (which benefits the parents as well). Continue reading

Colour block quilt tutorial

colour block quiltWe made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:ixxi_Loco_StudioBoot01

If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: http://www.ixxidesign.com/ great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.

colour block quilt front

The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.

Read on for full instructions…

Handmade quilt and bibs

Really, we’ll use any excuse to start making something. But a new baby is definitely one of the better ones. When our friend Shirley told us she was having another baby we couldn’t wait to make something. For her firstborn we made this cute little cloud shaped mobile.

So now we had to pick something different (I secretly have to admit that mobiles are probably our favourite thing to make). Together with the proud new mum to be we picked out a fabric that would coordinate with the birth announcement card. She didn’t have a clue what we were planning to make, but it was fun being able to incorporate her in a part of the decision making process… We chose this gorgeous red apple fabric, for those of you living in Belgium, it’s part of the new Veritas line of crafting fabrics.

Veritas red apple fabric

Woops, ignore the bad stitching

Then to decide what to do with it. We’ve made some quilts before, and I think it makes a lovely versatile gift: use it as a blanket, put it on the floor to play on, use it in a crib. So one of those was definitely on the list. Then we added some bibs, because Annelies is very good at making them (I still haven’t tried one) and well they’re super useful, obvious. So here’s the final gift:

Bibs

Three cute and practical bibs

bibs detail

The cute ribbon detail was actually added to hide the bad finishing, but shhh

red apple fabric quilt

The finished quilt

Quilt detail

Detail of the quilt

bibs and quilt

The whole finished lot, ready to wrap up

We’re pretty proud of this one!