Fast forward a year. We were now expecting our fourth child. And, even though we were having a baby, we had a lot of travel plans already made for our summer. Since I knew that we were going to be traveling a lot with this baby in the first couple of months of his life, I seriously looked at all the options for small portable beds. I was especially drawn to a Moses basket, but I was not drawn to the price. I decided that I could still use my basket idea, but I wanted to make it a look a little better.
It worked better than I imagined it would. I was able to keep this basket at my bedside everywhere we went, and then move it into other rooms where we were working, relaxing, or playing. He slept in it the majority of the time until he was two months old. We used it at my dad's home, at our church's camprground in a cabin, at friends' homes, in hotels, etc. And, he used it again for a couple of weeks this October. I certainly got my money's worth out of this DIY. I only spent about $20 specifically for this project, as I had several of the items already in my stash.
This basket is just the right size for the littlest ones. But as you can see, ones that are a little older will also think it's a great place to hang out and play!
Supplies for a DIY Moses BasketLaundry basket
1" foam cut to size for a mattress
1/2 meter outdoor fabric to cover mattress
3 packages eyelet ruffle
scraps of fabric
scraps of quilt batting
Steps to Make Basket1. Measure basket and cut foam to size. Measure the mattress and cut outdoor fabric to size, adding a 1/2" seam allowance. Sew zipper in, then sew up mattress cover. Insert foam into cover. Your mattress is now complete.
2. Measure basket. Get measurements and cut fabric according to this pdf pattern. Sew the bottom ends of pieces B and C to piece A right sides together. Then sew sides together to form a box.
3. For outer sides of cover, measure and cut pieces of eyelet ruffle, making enough for 5 rows on each side. You will need 10 long and 10 short pieces. Mark pieces D and E on the right side at 1.5 inch intervals starting at the bottom. Pin and sew eyelet to fabric. Cut 4 lengths of ribbon, one for each side. You'll want them at least 12 inches longer than the width of pieces D and E. Heat seal ribbon ends. Center ribbon and attach to each fabric side covering where the top eyelet row attaches. Hem bottom and sides of each piece D and E. Then sew each piece, right sides together to the tops of pieces B and C. Slip your completed cover into the basket and tie ribbons to hold the cover in place. Slip you completed mattress in now too.
4. Make a miniature quilt, if wanted. I used two scraps of fabric that I had that were big enough to have one on top and one on bottom. I pieced a layer of quilt batting over the bottom fabric and sandwiched it with the top fabric and pinned it together. I then quilted it with simple wavy lines and bound it with more of the top fabric. I love how it turned out. It is also the perfect size to tuck around him in his carseat to keep him from getting cold.
5. Make little sheets, if desired. Or you can slip the mattress into a pillowcase. Or you can buy little sheets for a bassinet or pram that is similar to the size of your mattress. That is what I did.