Friday, March 2, 2012

The Beds are Made

It was fate.  The day after I posted about my son's room redo without the new bedding I found bedding.  I was doing my grocery shopping at the Meijer and I decided to quickly check out their bedding department and there they were - the elusive navy blue comforters.  I had wanted navy blue to complement the other elements in his room and I didn't want to spend a lot since I am buying for 2 beds now.  I had previously found comforters I liked at but they have been out of stock for almost 6 weeks now.  I also liked a navy blue quilt from pottery barn kids, but, of course, they were $100 each plus $35 for shams which is just too much.  Anyways, the Meijer had these reversible down comforters for $40 each.  They didn't have matching shams but that was okay.  After getting the comforters home and deciding they were worth keeping I dragged the little one to the fabric store and got some fabric to make custom shams.

Here's the whole ensemble...

The comforter is reversible and the light blue side goes perfectly with the new wall color.  I was apprehensive that it would clash but it is just right.  I paired it with new white sheets and the new pillows that I made.  I didn't put an additional blanket on his beds because the comforter is really warm, and he also has a fuzzy fleece blanket that was made for him by his aunt that he likes to use.

Once I decided to make the shams I knew I wanted to do something a little special so using some leftover fabric from the curtains I made a monogram for each sham using the same technique from this post.  The only difference was that I decided to edge each letter with a zigzag stitch.  My son's initials are Z and B so I made one sham with each letter.  

The shams are standard size with an envelope opening in the back and a 2 inch flange.  It sounds fancy but it was super easy to make.  There are a few tutorials out there so just google it and find one you like.  I bought 4 yards of basic cotton fabric.  There were 2 choices at our Joann's and I choose the heavier weave because I knew these might get more wear and tear in my son's room.  The fabric was $8 a yard but like usual I used my coupon and got it for half off.  So together both shams cost about $16 and I have about 1/2 yard of fabric leftover.  Similar shams at Pottery Barn Kids were at least $60 for two.  

You can see I didn't stop with the shams.  I used some additional leftover curtain fabric to make 14 inch square accent pillows.  They cost me nothing since I already had the fabric and the inserts in my stash and they took all of 15 minutes to make.  

Then I got a little crazy and decided to make just one more set of pillows.  I had the leftover navy fabric from the shams, and I started looking through my stash and found the burlap.  I thought they would make great combination for a boy's room.  

I did a google search for train coloring pages and used Word to make the images the size I wanted.  Then I printed the images on cardstock, cut them out, and used them to make my appliques.  I then ironed the applique onto the burlap.  I was worried that they wouldn't bond well to the burlap or the glue would seep through the burlap onto the ironing board but luckily it worked really nicely.  I then sewed the burlap front to a matching piece of navy fabric, stuffed it, and finished the seam.  Again another free set of pillows.

They turned out super cute and my son really likes them.  I was a little afraid that he might think they were too babyish but I think because I left them simple and used the burlap they will work for at least a few more years.

So my cost for the new bedding was $80 for the comforters, $30 for the sheets, and $16 for the pillows.  Not too bad.  My son is really proud of his room now and his brother and sister are both jealous.  I have a feeling the next few weeks I may be making it up to them:).  

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  1. Oh, those pillows are just adorable!!! You did such a fantastic job and they look like something you would see at Pottery Barn. Well done! :-) Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  2. What a great boys room! My son adores trains. I really like the wall lamp too!!!
    aka design

  3. The pillows are adorable thanks for the idea!

  4. The pillows are so adorable, thanks for the idea!


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