Recycling Fabric

When we had Lady Niblet, we kept her close to our bed in a co-sleeper. She was born at 38 weeks and was 4 lbs. and 10 oz. She was born two weeks early due things starting to point to pre-eclampsia. She was small and wore preemie clothes for two weeks and suddenly jumped to newborn size. At the time, we didn’t have a crib at the time and enjoyed using the co-sleeper and continued to use it until she turned six months. By then, we needed a crib. However, our place is rather small and very limited so the crib I had so carefully picked and wanted was too big. At the same time, there was a lot of crib recalls and most of them were because they were the drop-side cribs. I wasn’t looking for that but I was also looking for one that didn’t have too high of a side as I am not a tall person. I found a mini-crib. They are just a little bit smaller but it worked for us.

Kidsline Bunny Meadow Valance

Kidsline Bunny Meadow Valance

With a smaller crib comes smaller sheets. At my baby shower, I was given a crib set that I had picked out since the moment I found out I was pregnant, except these sheets won’t fit the smaller crib. I had also gotten a valance but never used that either. As time went by, I thought the print was so cute and I remembered when I worked at Minnesota Fabric (later to become Hancock Fabrics) and remember seeing fabrics and patterns from Daisy Kingdom.  I remember some of the fabrics we sold from them that were border fabrics. These were usually used in dresses with a design running along the side of the fabric. One would just hem the selvage on that side and use the other side to be sewn to the bodice. Looking at the valance, it was a great idea to do something similar to what I would see with Daisy Kingdom.


McCall Pattern m6312

I decided with View A and eventually in the near future I will be making some shorts or capris to go with the top. I used the print fabric for the skirt part of the top and the green fabric for the bodice part and trimmed it up a nice embroidered trim. The only thing I left out of this was the chocolate brown strip of fabric. I’m sure it will come in handy somewhere in the future.

Finished Top (View A)

The only thing left to do on this top is make some buttonholes and add some buttons. I’m looking forward to some warmer weather in near future (hopefully) so that I can put her in this and get some pictures.  I also need to work on the shorts/capris but I do know that I need to get started on working on getting those done relatively soon. Now where is that warm weather now that it’s back to being a bit on the chilly side. I’m really looking forward to seeing her wear this.

Next week: Pattern Review on training pants. I recently purchased a pattern on and made a few and had Lady Niblet try one on.


  1. Love the idea of using the curtain material to make the dress the idea of making her Capris is good, what she is using as a dress now, later on can be a top!!

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