Friday, 29 May 2015

DIY - Replace the baby seat cover

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Well, well, well, I can't believe it, I've finally finished making the new cover for the car seat that a friend left me for MiniSuperNene :)

Here are the before and after of the chair:

DIY - Baby seat cover before & after

I tell you, a friend of mine gave me a baby seat that had been used by six babies and, although the seat is fine, the cover was literally destroyed, this was its appearance:

Old seat cover

So I gathered my courage and went to buy materials to make the cover, first I took the measures, I wanted to make the back with a printed fabric and the sides with a solid color that combined, so I dismounted the cover and estimated about 15 cms. extra just to prevent any fail at cuting or sewing...

Seat cover dismounted

In this photo I had not finished undoing it and it lacked to remove a seam in the middle of the armrest and the one that shapes the curvature, but well you get the idea.

With my measures I went to a fabric store and bought canvas fabrics for the front, wadding for quilting (twice the measures, to be a bit more comfortable) and a simple cloth remnants that was in the store for the back of the cover (the part facing to the seat).

DIY baby seat cover materials

I started drawing the outlines of the parts in the back of the fabric (here you see how awful was the back part of the original cover):

DIY baby seat cover
  I cut the pieces and the wadding:

DIY baby seat cover wadding

And began sewing, first, the whole outline in zigzag to prevent fraying and then making diamond shape to keep wadding on its place.

DIY sewing baby seat cover

once I had the pieces, it only rested to present them over the original to copy the positions of the eyelets for the belts, make them with the sewing machine and sew the parts following the original pattern, and finally sew bias all the edge along to have it better finished...

I thought it would be harder to do it but as in this case, the original case was not necessary to preserve, it had helped me to use it as pattern and not have to be taking exact measures and making patterns :)

DIY finished baby seat cover

What do you think? I used to think this would be impossible for me to do anything like this, but I have discovered that it is only a matter of taking risks and try it all, all you can lose is the money you spend on the cloth... We should take risks!!! :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Do you know the Montessori Method? What do you think about it?

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Some days ago, visiting the SuperBoy school blog I saw a review about this learning method and since the I've been thinking about it.


It isn't anything new, in fact, it was developed at the beginning of the XX century, but I have never listened anything about it (and I have found that there are even schools that apply it at 100%). Did you know it?

The method was developed by Maria Montessori, according to Wikipedia, she was an educator, scientific, medical, psychiatrist, philosopher, anthropologist, biologist, psychologist, devout Catholic, feminist and humanist (OMG, all those things in just one life) and also she was the first italian woman to graduate as a medical doctor.   

Basically the method, as I could understand it, consist of promoting the free development and learning of children, just under the supervision of a guide, is implemented for the first six years of life because during this time their brain has a large ability to assimilate everything around them. They learn through experiences in which they interact with their environment. The role of the teacher or guidance is reduced to prepare the environment for the experience to allow them to develop. I don't know if I explain myself well (or even if I've understood it correctly).

The activities promote from the emotional growth (self-esteem thanks to the complacency caused by the discoveries) to physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for the child's future. It also makes a lot of stress upon avoiding both punishments and rewards, including the 'Well done!' say ....

Prepared environment

The idea is to have a room dedicated to the Montessori method that allows the child to become independent, child-sized materials, but real, not toys, and materials neatly stored on low shelves easily accessible for children, to facilitate also take responsibility of collect it properly.

I see this in my case difficult, at least until I win the lottery and buy super-mansion, but hey, I think I'll keep researching the method and its application in my tiny flat :)

If you want to know more, this blog is very interesting with ideas to apply at home: (don't worry is in both languages, Spanish and English)

And Pinterest is full of ideas, in fact I've already created a board to save ideas I like.