I have always been quite the DIY’er (do it yourself-er). I’ve really kicked it up a notch since starting Nikki Sue Photography. I wanted to embellish my photos with really adorable props in addition to the super cute San Antonio kids ;-) However, I became really discouraged when I realized how much all of the darling little props cost! So, being the DIY’er I am, I decided I would teach myself how to create everything that I really wanted (within reason, of course). I taught myself to crochet….no, not EVERYONE knows how to crochet! I bought a sewing machine, a hot glue gun and lots of fabrics!
Next on my list was a Newborn Nest. Not wanting to pay $95 plus shipping plus an additional $45 for filling from Walmart, the DIY’er in me decided to wing it and make my own. There are no tutorials out there for this that I could find. Only people that posted pics saying “Look! I did it!”
I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased 4 yards of black vinyl fabric for $28 (that was the only color they had at the time).
I created to circles about 42″ in diameter. Update: To make the circles, I put a pen in the center and tied a string to it 21 in. in length. I had my hubby hold the pen and I drew my cirlces that way! So 1st grade-ish, but worked like a charm!
The sides are two separate pieces 15″ high, sewn together on one end and I sewed Velcro onto the other end for easy filling and to flip my project right-side out. I sewed the circles onto the sides and pulled it right-side out just like a pillow in 8th grade Home Ec class!!! Then I filled it.
Simple as that! Mine took 4 bags of 3.5 cubic feet polystyrene foam beans from Walmart, which I had to order.
My final dimensions are approx. 40″ in diameter, 14″ high.
It’s not perfect. I’m not a professional seamstress. But it works for what I need for only a fraction of the real deal!
4 yards vinyl fabric, 3-4 bags polystyrene bean bag filler, depending on the size you make your bag. Mine is HUGE!
I do hope this is helpful to any of you wishing to make your own as well!