Bedroom Things! (Comforter)

Inspiration PhotoI saw this comforter on Pinterest forever ago. Honestly, I think it’s been a solid year at least. If not longer. Anyway, I fell in love with it. But between moving last May and then working on curtains for that house (keeping people from seeing us walking around less than fully clothed took priority) and just life in general, the project kept getting put off. Which turned out to be a good thing since we replaced our bed this year and changed sizes.

There were a couple things I wanted to do differently on mine. The first being that white is most definitely the most ridiculous color we could ever have on a piece of fabric in our house. 1 black dog, 1 black cat, 1 tortie cat, and one Siamese mix cat = LOADS of colorful fur. Plus, we eat in bed. We’re human, we make messes and spill things sometimes. And kids… White comforter + kids? Ha!

Second, I wanted a more sophisticated look to the bed. I loved the look, but felt like jersey would be too casual looking in person. Originally I wanted a sateen fabric to give a gorgeous sheen to it. However. When I finally got my ass in gear and picked a color (charcoal) and priced a sateen… OUCH. That got scrapped pretty quick. The project got put off again while I worked on figuring out a more affordable option. I started looking for sheet sets I could cannibalize at places like Ross. But I never found anything I like and those stores never have just flat sheets! (Who wants to deal with a fitted sheet?) And then, I found Target’s Threshold Performance sheets. Perfect! They had that rustly, solid feel to them that I wanted. Plus, each flat sheet was in the vicinity of $15. MUCH better. Bonus: Sheets are made to last and to be washed.

I ended up using 2 king flat sheets and 1 queen flat sheet with quite a few squares left over (my fault- I miscalculated how many I would need). (Someday I will find a use for those…)

My mom came and spent hours and hours on this thing- it is not a project for the faint of heart. Hourly, I probably would have been better off buying a nice comforter. 😉 So I’m really glad she did so much on it or it might never have gotten done!

A few tips we discovered along the way…

  • It sounds like it would be easier to do a gather stitch and just gather the squares rather than pin each side so many times. No. Just no. Tuck and pin as instructed.
  • Use at least 2 strands of thread when you’re knotting your squares. One strand is a bit weak- I had one pop within about a month of using it and while it’s pretty easy to fix, you don’t want to have to fix them.
  • Don’t trust duvet measurements!!! I spent hours and hours searching for the biggest oversize king duvet I could find. (Hubby & I fight over blankets a lot, so I wanted to solve that.) The one I eventually got measured quite a bit shorter than the seller listed on Amazon. 😦 (Maybe if I were super talented and motivated, I would have made the duvet part, too… But I spent $30 on Amazon for that duvet. To make my own would have been at least 3 times that plus all the extra work. Not happening.)
  • It’s a lot of work. A lot. But it’s also a very forgiving kind of sewing project. Your squares don’t have to be perfect, the knots don’t have to be perfect, your gathering doesn’t have to be perfect. Which makes it the perfect project for someone like me who couldn’t make a neatly blocked quilt to save her life.

After all that? I’m really happy with it. I wish it was a bit longer and wider to fully give it the look I wanted. But it makes me happy to walk in and see it on our bed. And it seems to be large enough that we’re not constantly fighting over it, so I guess it’s the size it needs to be!

Love. Maybe I'll start making the bed? Naw. Probably not. Nice idea, though.

Love. Maybe I’ll start making the bed? Naw. Probably not. Nice idea, though.

And it looks amazing at night with the super cool bed frame my hubby planned and we built. 🙂 (I am beyond excited about having those under bed LED lights for midnight changings and such- I can turn that on without having a super bright light or waking all of us up fully.)



Nursery Projects: Rocking Chair

Ok, what’s with the glider obsession? Maybe I’m weird- and I must be, considering what follows- but I just don’t understand why you would want a glider over a nice rocking chair. Obviously, based on my shopping attempts, I’m in the minority here.

Even in SoCal, where you can find just about anything without going far at all, I wasn’t able to find a decent chair. So… Off to Craigslist! I found this guy for $35. It just needed some TLC (that ugly gold floral bit HAD to go!).

It looks ivory... When you get close, you can see that it actually was white once upon a time.

It looks ivory… When you get close, you can see that it actually was white once upon a time.

A 40 minute drive, some sandpaper, 3 cans of spray paint, and we have a much more modern looking chair. Plus, hubby did most of the work on it- score!

Rocking Chair- After

(No picture is complete without a cat somewhere)