Miss Tweedle picked up this cute Moses basket in a stand from kijiji. Although it was in excellent condition, the colours didn’t match her décor, so I offered to remake it.
I started by sanding the wooden stand lightly, and priming the dark wood with what is supposedly the best primer on the market, called Kilz.
I finished with three coats of semigloss in my favourite tint of white, called Martha Stewart’s “Fine White.” I have used this tint for every white painting project in the past ten years.
Since we live in a very dry climate, the paint dries quickly, but I allowed twenty-four hours between each coat to be on the safe side.
I did a simple machine hem around the edges.
I found that the existing cushion was a little too small, so I purchased batting, measured the bottom of the basket and cut a piece of batting to fit.
Using the sheet remnants, I cut out two oval shapes. With right sides together, I pinned and machine-stitched them, going around the edges twice but leaving a hand-sized gap to stuff the batting inside.
The batting went in easily, and I whip-stitched the gap shut.