Granny square crochet baby blanket

Pinterest-Inspired Nursery Projects

by Andrea Cooley

winter-challengeI had good intentions of finishing a chalkboard wall project by today, but then I remembered I have a 4 month old baby who only takes 45 minute naps. What was a I thinking? So instead of a fun chalkboard wall, I have this:

DSC_0579Pretend there is paint and a frame instead of just a taped off area! Maybe I’ll finish it by the time the spring Pinterest project rolls around.

I do have some Pinterest-inspired projects that I’ve finished since baby boy was born, so now’s the perfect time to finally share them!

The nursery was more or less finished when Emerson was born, but of course I had a few more projects I wanted to work on! Let’s be honest, there are still more projects I want to do, but for now, these are the ones I’ve finished. As any mom knows, everything takes longer when you have a baby, so here I am 4 months later, sharing a few more of the things I made for the nursery. Better late than never!

Granny square crochet baby blanketAs soon as I found out I was pregnant (a year ago!) I knew I wanted to crochet a baby blanket. I started it before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl, so I picked colors that were gender neutral. The blue and green go perfectly in the room!

I’ve made a couple other baby blankets, but wanted to try something new. I call it a big granny square. I don’t know if it has an official name, but if you know how to make a basic granny square that’s all it is. Instead of stopping the granny square after a few rounds you just keep going until it’s the size you want! I love how it turned out. I’d definitely make another one. It’s about 34″ square, the perfect size for playing on.

changing pad coverWhen I took pictures of the nursery for the big reveal in October, the changing pad was only partially finished. It still needed elastic, which may sound like an easy task, but for a novice sewer like myself just figuring out how to pin and sew the ends was challenging enough! The thought of sewing a pocket and figuring out how to thread elastic through was more than my pregnant mind could handle!

IMG_0704I shouldn’t have been overwhelmed, it really wasn’t that hard! I followed this tutorial from The Cozy Pumpkin. And now every time I take the cover off to wash it, I give myself a little pat on the back.

Super simple crib skirtAfter the crib was in the room, I decided it needed a crib skirt. We aren’t storing anything under it right now (except for the occassional pacifier that Emerson throws out) but eventually I’d like to keep the clothes he grows out of under there. I knew I didn’t have time to make anything too fancy, so I found some fabric at JoAnn’s. The green polka dots tie into the changing cover and the rug, but they are small enough that you barely notice them. I used this super easy tutorial from View Along the Way.

Super Simple crib skirtThe best part about the crib skirt is that it’s adjustable! Eventually we’ll need to lower the mattress when baby boy starts pulling himself up in the crib. When that happens, we can just shorten the length of the skirt and repin it! All I had to do was measure and sew straight lines on three sides. That’s my kind of project!

I’m linking up with these lovely ladies for the Pinterest Winter Challenge:

Megan from The Remodeled Life

Sherry from Young House Love

Michelle from Decor & The Dog

Kate from Bower Power Blog

Half the fun of Pinterest challenges are seeing what other people are working on! I’d love to see your projects! Leave a link in the comments and I’ll check it out!

And, in case you’re new here, check out our past Pinterest projects:


$3 pillow covers


$5 plush rug

veneer sphere 

Veneer sphere


Easy Air Freshener


Free Kitchen Art

storage boxes 

Perky Storage Boxes


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Andrea Cooley

  1. Congrats on the new baby! :) I LOOOVE that crocheted blanket. SUPER impressive! Thanks for sharing my crib skirt tutorial. Looks like you did an awesome job. Going to be a gorgeous nursery! Lucky baby! :)

  2. Love all of your baby projects!  I am so impressed with your crocheted blanket!!  Thanks for your sweet comment :), love your blog and I love connecting with other women who are in the same boat as well!!  Send me a message anytime you need to vent or need a prayer!!

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