With baby’s expected arrival only a few weeks away, I had a sudden urge to sew some bassinette sheets.
I made a simple pattern by measuring the bassinette mattress, then I added 9cm to each side of the rectangle to go down the walls of the mattress and wrap under it. Once cut out of the fabric, I sewed the side walls together, right sides facing.
I finished the edge of the sheets with some fold over elastic. This was so easy to do, and I think it gives a very clean finish.
When picking the fabric for these sheets, I started by selecting this printed cotton, then chose colours and prints that matched it.
This yellow print is especially cute.
This green fabric has a mottled polka dot print, and it was actually the most expensive fabric of the lot. I think once bub is out of the bassinette I’ll repurpose these sheets into something she can wear (I want to get as much mileage out of this fabric as possible!).
I had an idea to use the small square offcuts made from cutting the sheets, and turn them into a matching quilt. I bought more fabric than I needed for the sheets with the quilt in mind (1 meter of each print, plus some solid colour fat quarters).
I decided on a simple pattern, using a half-square-triangle design. It’s just the right size for the bassinette, so pretty small when it comes to quilts, but I feel this is a great beginner size.
I managed to get some points matching up really well!
Others, not so much! Haha! But I really don’t mind, I think little quirks like this add to the personality of the piece.
For the actual quilting step, I kept it very simple and just highlighted the design. I did this, not only because I have a standard sewing machine, but I really wasn’t confident in quilting a free-hand pattern. I used a white thread in the top of my machine, and a pink/maroon thread in the bobbin.
I cut a very small straight-grain binding, only 1 inch wide. I used my machine to sew the binding rights sides facing to the front, then turned it under and hand-stitched it to the back of the quilt. This gave me a lot of control over the mitred corners, and I really love a bit of hand finishing.
I’m thrilled with this little set and I had such a great time making the quilt. I have so many half-square-triangles left over, I’m having a hard time deciding what to make from them. Clearly another quilt, but I think I can also make a cushion cover to match this set.
As I mentioned, this was my first attempt at making a quilt, and while I had a vague idea of what to do, I found Youtube to be a wonderful learning resource. I especially enjoyed watching The Midnight Quilt Show (while quilting, of course), and this video by Fons & Porter really helped with getting a clean finish on the binding corners.
- Pattern brand/name/number: No pattern for either project
- Style/size: My bassinette mattress measured 75.5cm x 37.5cm and the finished quilt measures roughly 60cm x 70cm
- “Pretty Fields” printed cotton poplin from Spotlight
- “Seeds Allover” printed quilting cotton from Spotlight
- “La Vie En Rose Dots” printed quilting cotton from Spotlight
- “Prima Homespun” in Pure White from Spotlight
- “Prima Homespun” fat quarter in Hunter Green from Spotlight
- “Prima Homespun” fat quarter in Lipstick from Spotlight
- “Prima Homespun” fat quarter in Butterscotch from Spotlight
- Light-weight batting that came from my Mum’s fabric stash
- White fabric used for the back of the quilt came from my stash, it’s a light-weight cotton with an almost shiny finish (?)
- Notions: White fold over elastic from Booby Traps, matching thread
- Modifications/alterations: None
I loved sewing this project, and I think you will agree that the finished result is pretty cute! I’ll be back soon to show you what I made from all the left-over quilting bits.