How to do a Patterned Dot Wall

patterned dot wall

When I found out I was pregnant last year I was of course thrilled for a new little bundle to join our family. Soon after it sunk in,  I got super excited to do another nursery! We didn’t find out the gender with either of our boys and they were so close in age that I just used the same nursery for both of them. It was gender neutral and of the “pre-pinterest era” so I have had years to collect ideas and get inspired :) I already knew what I wanted long before I even knew the gender so when I found out this girl was a girl… I knew a dot wall was happening.

I know I’m a little late to the gold-vinyl-dot-wall-party but I still love it, so I thought it would be perfect for the wall behind the crib. I have seen the gold dots randomly placed on walls and while I do love random I wanted a pattern this time. I searched and searched for a tutorial on how to get THIS LOOK  in my inspiration photo but I wasn’t able to find much. I called for backup, my mom and sister. I’m sure there are many ways to achieve this look but this is what we did.

I bought gold sticky vinyl online and used my cameo to cut 1.5″ dots. I have the silhouette file saved, if anyone wants it let me know.gold vinyl gold vinyl dotsgold vinyl dots

Other than my dots, I used these supplies: a ruler, tape measure, piece of cardstock, scissors, some very sticky double sided foam tape and a pencil. The other must have tool is a laser level. I found this one at Home Depot for around $8.patterned dot wall

lazer level

After measuring my wall, my mom (the math star of the team) figured out how far apart my dots could be based on how many dots we had. I bought 8 feet of vinyl (8′x12″) and the dots were 1.5″ in diameter so she figured each dot needed to be 6.5″ apart. The very first two rows are the hardest because you have to get everything set from those, so we started at the top of the wall. Thank goodness for my mom and sister! My sister climbed the ladder for all of the tall dots, I didn’t take over until we were about halfway done. (grainy iphone pic)

patterned dot wall

 The whole trick to getting the pattern to look like a pattern is getting straight lines on your wall, enter the laser level. I’m sure you could also use other methods like an overhead projector, use a regular level with a tape measure and pencil, pop a chalk line, etc. But I really liked this little tool. We used the double sided foam tape on the back which needed to be changed every few rows. Once you get it taped it up it rotates 360 degrees so you can get it lined up correctly after mounting it to the wall.

laser level

There is a level on the back but it wasn’t super accurate because of you move it just a hair the line at the end of the wall moves inches up or down! For the first row we started measuring from the ceiling and made a pencil line 6.5″ down on both sides of the wall. For the other rows we measured from the previous dot line. Then we just played with the laser until the line was touching both pencil marks on both sides of the wall.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

This is a very hard picture to see but the laser line on the left is below the pencil marks so you have to play with the laser until the the line is perfectly on the marks like the picture on the right. patterned dot wall

As far as the spacing on each row we also spaced the dots 6.5″ apart. Instead of holding a ruler or tape measure between every dot we measured a piece of cardstock and used that as the ruler. We measured 6.5″ from outer edge of each dot and made sure the top of the dots lined up with the red laser line.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

After you get your first two rows up, its pretty easy. A few other tips… every other dot on our left side had to be cut in half. And I did have one dot that I had to put under the power outlet plate.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

I really love how it turned out and I can’t thank my mom and sister enough! We worked one night from about 2-3 hours then I finished it up the next afternoon so it was a pretty quick project. The most time consuming part is getting the level lined up but I love the patterned look so it was worth it!

patterned dot wall

Here is a little peek at the crib. I will have the details on the bedding and quilt next week.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

So does anyone else have a dot wall at their house? Let me know if I left any info out… I am suffering from pregnancy brain lately :)

It’s a…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I posed a few weeks ago that we are expecting baby 3 this summer :) It’s especially fun this time around because we are sharing the excitement with two big brothers! Last time I was pregnant my first baby was 9 months old, needless to say he had no idea what was going on. He couldn’t even walk and didn’t have teeth so the word “baby” wasn’t on his radar.  Now that they are 3 and 4 years old, sharing this baby news with the boys has been fun every step of the way.

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Of course every mom wants a happy and healthy baby but all four of us were not-so-secretly rooting for a girl. How perfect would it be to get to be a boy mom and a girl mom? How fun would it be for these boys to get to grow up with a sister and learn a little about girls? But, I have always pictured myself a mom of three boys, which I was excited about too! We know boys and we have boy stuff and these boys are really really fun. It was a win-win but I was super nervous for some reason. Also both of our boys were a surprise so we didn’t find out the gender with either one of them. It’s actually way more fun and I highly recommend it! But with an empty nursery and two curious boys it made sense this time to find out. So, guess what… It’s a…

girl

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We are all so excited! When I say “we” I mean our entire extended family! We have all been buying/doing boy stuff for years so this is different and it’s fun! Let the girl sewing and decorating begin. I already spent this past weekend buying dresses and girly pink outfits. I am going to need all of you girl moms to send me links to every cute girl tutorial and bow place on the www… It’s a whole new world! I already decorated the nursery IN MY HEAD, Right now it is a pile of boxes so I will be sharing the nursery projects as I get to them. Yay for a little girl!

Triangle Baby Quilt

triangle baby quilt

Triangle quilts are all the rage this year. So, I knew I had to make one for my pregnant friend Courtney, one of the Coyotes. She isn’t finding out the sex of her baby which I am a big fan of, I was surprised both times too. It adds so much excitement but it can be hard to pick out a gift. I love making baby gifts and I feel like a quilt is the perfect unisex present. I went with a range of colors and even though I added two pinks I made sure to add more blues just in case. But either way- it’s a baby and a little pink on a quilt is OK for a boy in my opinion :)

baby triangle quilt

For the front I used 11 different solid cottons, 1/4 yard of each color. Then I used 1 1/2 yards for both the batting and the back. I made a quilted triangle pillow a few months ago and I cut out all the triangles by measuring. So this time bought a handy little triangle ruler. I didn’t realize that the flat top on the template was for another quilt pattern and all of my triangles were cut incorrectly. Bummer but since they were all consistently wrong I just went with it.

After I cut all of the triangles out I placed them in stacks. I laid the quilt out in a random pattern and I made sure no color was touching the same color. Then I sewed the triangles together horizontally making rows.

triangle baby quilt

Then I sewed each row together vertically. Because of the flat tops on the triangles it made them more of a trapezoid shape, which turned out OK it just made the quilting part a little different. I placed the back fabric right side down, then the batting then the top. I used very thick and fluffy batting because I thought it would make a perfect “play-on-the-floor-tummy-time-quilt”. Then I placed the quilt on top, right side up. Here is a very rough diagram of how I quilted the whole thing.

triangle baby quilt

I started with 1 and sewed horizontally all the way across each line. The diagram just shows 4 lines but I actually did all the the horizontal lines down the full length of the quilt. After I was done with that I started the zig-zag quilting. Because of the trapezoid shape I wasn’t able to just make diagonal lines. I actually started in the middle and did that zig-zag pattern down each “line”. This made it look like every “triangle” was separate, which I loved!

baby triangle quilt

baby triangle quilt

I just used some white cotton that I already had lying around for the binding so I’m not really sure how much I used. The quilt ended up to be 42″ x 52″ so that will give you an idea for the length of the binding.  Also, The day I went out and took pictures I got some awesome sun-flares… Baby Quilt Magic :)

baby triangle quilt

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Before I quilted everything I added this little TaylorMade tag to one of the triangles. triangle baby quilt

triangle baby quilt

I honestly thought about keeping it for myself because I loved it so much. I guess that makes a good gift, if you want to keep it! Now I just need to make one in my size.

triangle baby quilt

triangle baby quilt

make a baby girl gift set

baby girl gift set

I am in that time of my life in which every month I know someone having a baby, and I love it! I know new moms need “registry gifts” but when I was pregnant I really remembered the people who got me something original and different. I also had two colic-y babies who went through about 15 burp cloths, bibs and onesies a day! So, that’s my go to handmade gift. Any combination of the 3 make the perfect baby gift set, you just can’t have too many! Save the cute outfits for when they are older am I right?

handmade burpcloths

Taylor Made Baby Gift Sets from the Vault 1/2/3/4/5/6

Being the spit up expert that I am – I became a burp cloth connoisseur (should I add that to my resume?). Hands down the BEST BURP CLOTHS ever are the Gerber Cloth Diapers. No, Gerber does not know I’m saying this, I wish they did, but I just love them that much! They are the perfect weight, size, texture… I could go on. But a white cloth diaper is kind of boring so I always have to make them pretty.

handmade burpcloths

I talked about how I make them in a previous post HERE. But it’s really simple! For these I just cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the middle section. I traced with a pencil on the wrong side of the fabric to measure the correct size. Then I used my serger and serged the edges, if you don’t have one you could just fold under to make a hem. Then I sewed them down. Easy.

handmade burpcloths

I paired these with a burp cloth. I use my own template because I like them a little longer than average.

handmade bib

I just free-handed the initial and used wonder under with a zig-zag stitch all the way around.

handmade bib

handmade burpcloths

Has anyone used this style of burp cloths? Trust me, if you give this at a shower, the mom will be calling you in a few months asking for more :)

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