As Ellie and I planned her new room we had tons of ideas for her bedding. We shopped and shopped and couldn’t find anything that matched our vision. Everything looked a little too…regular…for my spunky little girl. So for the past week I’ve been sitting at my trusty Brother sewing machine trying to create something that matched Ellie’s style and personality.
She wanted something that looked a bit like this, with the colorful fabric stripes (from Bee In Our Bonnet):
We also loved the ruffles of this (Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover, originally found at Urban Outfitters):
And the look of this (from Kiki Creates):
I found some great fat quarters at Craft Warehouse (most, but not all, were Moda fabric) that matched the colors Ellie wanted and I started ruffling. I ruffled and ruffled and ruffled. I used two white twin sheets I had in the linen closet and made my own duvet (I filled it with a light weight comforter from Target).
I think the finished product turned out a lot like our vision and really represents Ellie’s uniqueness. I just love it!
The ruffles were made of pink, green, yellow and turquoise fabric. I’ll show the ruffling technique later this week. It was a rather simple process, but time consuming with so many ruffles. The pillow and top of the duvet are embellished with appliques using the fabric remnants.
I ironed heat transfer paper onto the back of the fabric remnants and cut out the hearts and letters using my Silhouette. I placed them to look like a fluttery heart pennant garland. Ellie loves hearts. And garlands.
The “E” is in the Channel font – perfect for my fancy little girl.
I also added an E and some hearts to a pillow sham I found buried in the linen closet. Now I have matching bedding! The yellow and gray pillowcase is from the sheet set Ellie chose at Target. The set came in a matching fabric bag, which I cut up and made into a ruffle on her duvet. Now the sheets match the homemade duvet! Score!
What do you think of Ellie’s new custom bedding? I think I’m going to make curtains to match. Maybe white ones with the heart garland across the top and a few ruffles lining the bottom. Or maybe something less matchy-matchy.
And on to the other new additions…
A few weeks ago I was in Cannon Beach for a girl’s weekend and I found this in a little shop called “The House of the Potter”.
I also gave her lamp a revamp. It used to look like this:
But a little spray paint a a new shade have turned it into this:
They both look nice on her night stand. It won’t stay like this, though. I would like a different alarm clock (maybe a retro looking metal one) and I may stencil the table top or move in a different night stand altogether from the garage. It’s currently waiting to be painted.
For now, her room looks like this:
If you’re wondering what her bed frame looks like, you can keep wondering. She doesn’t have one. Her mattress actually sits on the floor, waiting for the hubs to build her a platform bed. The bedding, however, didn’t look right that way so I slid some Rubbermaid tubs full of baby clothes under the mattress to lift it up. Tricked ya, didn’t I?! Hopefully the bed will be built by the end of March. Redecorating a room is a much slower process than I want it to be.
But in the mean time, Miss E is loving her bedding. I’ll show you the details of how I made the duvet later this week.