Trash to Treasure: the Moses Basket

So, where is my baby going to sleep?

A question that plagued me for the first few months of pregnancy. You see I borrowed a bassinet from my friend for my first two babies, but since we are planning on moving pretty soon after Numera Tres arrives, I thought we should probably get something of our own for her to sleep. It took me a while before I figured out what I wanted, and what I wanted was exactly what my Mama used for my younger siblings to sleep in when they were infants–a sweet little Moses Basket.

I was surprised by how many options there were out there, I guess because I haven’t seen anyone using a Moses Basket for a long time. Apparently there’s an underground market for them, because I discovered a pretty wide selection. Naturally I was tempted by some more expensive ones, but ended up heeding my tight-wad wise husband’s advice, and buying a very economical choice from Walmart.  The quality of the basket seems great, but the bedding was horrific. Straight from the box it was ghetto and completely non-functioning.

Thrifting a while back, I found this amazing sheet and it knew it was destined to continue its life as bedding for my baby girl. This bassinet sheet was a bit of  a pain (I kept on having to piece segments in to make it fit), but it definitely beats that saggy excuse for bedding that came with the basket.

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Right now it’s ready and willing and waiting for a sweet little warm body to rest it’s tiny head upon it’s mattress. I’ll have to see what I can do about that this weekend…

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Holli Coats

I love it! Hopefully there will be more pictures soon, this time with a baby inside!

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Tami

What a great idea. I’ve never had crib or anything for the babes so I understand the dilemma. I love, LOVE it!

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becca

Such a HUGE improvement! Love, love, love it. But is there any doubt that I would not love it? I LOVE everything you make/do (except that desk all those years ago! remember?)
Plus, I love you and I can’t wait to see that precious little gal in her new basket bed!

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Donya

so cute. Have you had the baby yet. Nothing here yet but I will be induced Thursday if she hasn’t come by then. Hope you are less miserable than me.

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Miriam

Nope! Still looking. We’re “moving” as in tentively when Allan finishes his thesis and gets a job which we hope will be at the end of the summer, then we’ll be moving. Nothing concrete yet–still interviewing….still waiting…still going crazy…

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Emily Balling

Barkus is will’n!! 🙂 Was that his name? Very darling, I bet you can’t WAIT to see that girl cuddle-d-buddled-d up in that nest.

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julie

thanks, I found the best home fabric place… everywhere i looked on line for carpet bag fabric, it was like 30$ a yard… then I found this place off 7200 s in salt lake, its right next to the savers, it has tons of home/upholstery fabrics, and lots of real cheap real cute rugs. my fabric was only 9$ a yrd. i almost died. if your planning a thick fabric project, you need to go there for sure!
julie

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xenia

We’ve got one that looks exactly the same. It was used by hubby when he was a baby! We also did a new cover, in bright yellow!

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