DIY: Moses Basket Salvage
It's been fun prepping for our second daughter!
The first time I had wanted to do the nursery very gender neutral and quirky, but this time around, also knowing ahead that we are expecting a girl, I wanted to go more femme on decor as well as clothing and ease up a little and allow some pink and frill in.
I had wanted a Moses basket the first time around, but never got around to buying or finding one, and somehow I survived without it. Not really a necessity or matter of survival really, but more of a design feature and handy tool around the house and yard, I thought I might try one out this time around.
I saw one out thrifting once before, but never really gave it any serious thought, but when I ran into another one about a month ago, for $5 by the way, I decided to go for it. This one was a little worn on a handle and chewed up in a couple spots, so I thought I'd spruce it up with some funky mending. It also came with, what looks to be, a handmade pad with a cotton clown print. Not exactly my style, I also wanted to cover it for hygienic purposes.
I brought the basket home with me and hubby gave me a laugh, as he usually does with my ideas, but he actually thought it would be pretty cool to have around. I gave the pad a wash, and it's practically in new condition, probably barely used, and I headed to the craft store.
I decided I wanted to use fluorescent pink yarn and touches of yellow and mint green. The pink yarn was 99 cents and the silk cord was about 20 cents a strand, per color. I happened to browse the fabric swatch and scrap bin, not really looking for anything in particular, and ended up finding the perfect cover! I found this scrap of shearling suede for $11! I haven't sewn it into a case yet, and might just leave it raw and folded over the pad as I have it now.
So there you have it, a Moses Basket for about $18! You can find them brand new, without the hood like this one by Wendy Anne, or even this one by Badger Baskets with a hood if you want more of a traditional look. If you want, you can purchase a stand or cradle for it as well, like this by Jolly Jumper, and use it as a bassinet which is like a two-fer! If you go hooded, or open, either way, a great way to add personality and edge to a somewhat VERY traditional baby accouterment, hello MOSES as in Old Testament days!!!, is to do something by way of this EASY yarn selvage. Fun to think up other ways to jazz a basket up! Comment below if you have tried this or have plans to do something else with a basket! I'd love to hear!
I think it will be nice way to take baby outside in the yard with us when we rake leaves in the fall! Just have her with us getting some fresh air...
My moses basket below was thrifted, but see the same one here.
Simply tie a double knot with yarn or cord to start, around the edge of basket you are mending, and wrap multiple times until area you wish to cover is hidden, and then tie off a knot to finish. No glue, no sewing needed. Just a pair of scissors. Any color combo you desire! I actually only mended one true area, the other two are simply design aesthetic.