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An Epic Failure

Well, maybe I’m being a little hard on myself, but this one turned out pretty yucky.  Good thing it’s a Christmas present for my own daughter, but then again I’ll be staring at it for the next __ years.  I was into a groove when I started it and it was going pretty smoothly. 

Then I attached my walking foot on my sewing machine!  Apparently I must have broken it because I had my husband tighten the screw on the back of the foot and it got a little too tight.  It took tiny little stitches and puckered and stretched the whole thing! 

It doesn’t help that I was in love with these fabrics.  My daughter loves red (although not as much as she used to), and the starling fabric is just perfect. 

I did hand bind the quilt, which is 36″x48″.  It was fun and the first time I tried it on a quilt.  It was nice to sit down and watch a couple movies with my husband while working on it.  Yes, it took a couple movies, hopefully I’ll get a little more speedy someday.

I’m moving on to make a similar quilt for my other daughter, wish me luck…

Oh, and I also decided to treat myself to a little present from Japan…you’ll have to wait until later to see what’s inside.

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Christmas Presents

I’ve been waiting and waiting for the right thing to pop into my head about what to use this fabric for.  It’s a super soft cotton poplin, so I finally decided I had to make pillow cases!  I’ve always had a thing for bedding, I remember picking out my bedding in 6th grade even (which I still have by the way – it’s just tucked away).  I think it’s still cool and that doesn’t happen too often when you think about things you used to like in 6th grade.

So I hunted down some instructions for pillow cases with french seams.  I used Bari J.’s measurements for the pieces and then realized her instructions didn’t have pictures.  Not good when you’re trying to figure things out at 12 o’clock at night.  So I jumped on Little Birdie Secrets’ blog and used their great tutorial here (and just used the french seam instructions from Bari J.’s). 

I made 3 last night and they came together really quickly.  I can’t wait to give them away at Christmas.  That’s one project off my to-do list for Christmas, yay!

I also have some great books on my desk from our library (I think this is either the second or third time I’ve checked out most of these.  There are some really great projects in the Impatient Patchworker that I’ve already made a while ago.

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30 Minute Modern Bed Skirt

I’ve always made my own bedskirts for my beds because I’m so cheap frugal.  I think it’s really inexpensive, modern and not a lot of frill.  I don’t like ruffles on bedskirts.  On dresses, yes, bedskirts = no.  What I do is buy an extra flat sheet that coordinates with my bedding (mine is from Ikea a couple years ago).  And since I have two comforter covers, I’m sort of making a double layer bedskirt by adding another layer on top of my bedskirt I made a while ago.  When I switch bedding, I’ll just flip up the different colored bedskirt, and tuck it in between the mattress & boxspring.  Hopefully my pictures won’t mix you up (I’m adding the dark blue layer over top of the sage green layer). 

Ingredients:

  • 1 flat bed sheet (mine was a queen size because our bed is a queen).
  • material to make the decking with (probably white muslin or other inexpensive fabric)
  • pinking shears (makes it even speedier so you don’t have to worry about finishing the seams)
  • thread

First measure the height you’ll need to make the bedskirt.  Measure from the floor to the top of the boxspring, plus a little extra.  Then measure the three sides of the bed, side, end, side.  Making sure you add a half inch or so for hemming.

Cut your pieces from the sheet.  This is the quick part because most of the sheet is already hemmed for you! 

Sew the unfishished sides of the bedskirt sheet pieces.  Just turn under, iron, and sew.

Pin the pieces you just cut from the flat sheet right sides facing to the decking material.  Sew together using about a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do this for each side and end of bed.  I extended the piece a little longer than the decking so the boxspring won’t show through the corner as much.

Here’s a closeup of the corner.

You’re done! Put it on your bed!  If you want, add some ties to the corners to keep your boxspring from peeking out.  My bedskirt cost me about $15 and it matches my bedding perfectly!  You’ll have a bunch of extra fabric from the middle of the sheet, so make some matching throw pillows!

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for reading!