From nappies to nursery furniture and toys, new parents are faced with a seemingly endless list of expenses that often start to mount before bub is even born.
But thanks to one thrifty mum, parents across the country could be saving a little extra cash on bedding this year.
Melbourne mother Jessica Drew, 25, recently shared one of her clever money-saving ‘Kmart hacks’ – the mum transforming one quilt cover into two sets of baby bedding for just $14.
An avid sewer, Ms Drew was searching for baby bedding for her seven-month-old daughter Eva-Lee but couldn’t find any cot bedding that she liked, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Melbourne Mum Jessica Drew, 25, turned a $14 Kmart single quilt cover (left) into two sets of baby bedding including fitted sheets for a cot (top right) and change table (bottom right)
Ms Drew had sewn dresses for her daughter and locked down the basics of needle and thread. Naturally, the next step was to take on a new challenge of making baby bedding.
Ms Drew had watched many sewing tutorials on YouTube and came across the idea of turning an adult single quilt cover into two mini fitted sheets suitable for a cot and change table.
‘I started sewing just after she was born. And I just can’t find any quilts or anything that I like for the cots,’ she said.
‘I watch a lot of sewing tutorials on YouTube and I just came across it.’
Jessica Drew said, ‘I started sewing just after she was born’ and she has sewn dresses (left and right) for her 7-month old daughter Eva-Lee (pictured left)
When she was searching for bedding for her daughter’s cot and change table, she hadn’t found fabric patterns that appealed.
However, in the adult bedding section of Kmart, she was spoiled for choice.
Attracted by the marbled pastel pattern in baby pink and lilac, Jessica selected a single quilt cover from Kmart.
‘I really liked the fabric on the quilt so I thought I’d try that one,’ she said.
To start, Jessica dismantled the quilt cover by removing the stitching to turn it into a flat piece of fabric to work with.
‘I pretty much unstitched all the fabric. Cause it’s a double sided quilt, so it gave me more to use,’ she said.
This is the $14 ‘Dreamer’ single quilt cover set from Kmart that Jessica transformed into two fitted sheets for a cot and change table
Jessica Drew, 25 (pictured right) and partner Daniel, 27 (pictured left) are parents to 7-month old daughter Eva-Lee (pictured centre). Jessica is a keen sewer who transformed a single quilt cover into two sets of baby bedding for Eva-Lee (pictured centre)
The next step was to check the dimensions of her daughter’s cot mattress. She then cut a piece of the quilt cover which was large enough to cover the cot.
Jessica then cut rounded corners into the fabric and sewed around the edges of the sheet to prevent the material from fraying.
‘And then I measured her cot mattress and I had to leave extra, because it’s a fitted sheet, so you need to go underneath and put elastic in it,’ she said.
‘Just cut it out and stitch the sides up because it was cut, so to prevent it from fraying. And then, you have to cut out corners to make a rounded corner for the mattress.’
The final step was to sew elastic around the edges of the sheet, to turn it into a mini fitted sheet for a cot.
Jessica unstitched a $14 Kmart single quilt (left) and turned it into a fitted sheet for her daughter Eva-Lee’s change table (right)
‘And then, just sew the corners back together once I’d cut them and then I just made casing for the elastic and threaded the elastic through. And it was the exact same for the change table,’ Jessica said.
Jessica took only an hour to make both sets of sheets.
‘The change table only took me about 15 minutes. The cot took me a bit longer, because my daughter’s teething, but it would have only taken me about an hour altogether,’ she said.
The Kmart single quilt that Jessica used for her project is on sale here for $14.