Saturday, January 14, 2012

Little E's big girl bed!

Happy New Year! I have a serious goal to post more on this little blog. We are planning on buying a house in the next few months, so I'll have plenty to share!
My little E. won't be moving out of her crib for a few months, but I wanted to start thinking about the vibe and style of her room. I want a calm, neutral atmosphere, with a vintage-y, romantic feel. BUT... she is a little kid! I also want some whimsy and bright touches of color. E's bed is mostly neutral, but don't worry, her room won't be all bland!
I love LOVE this wrought iron bed frame. It was mine growing up, and I'm keeping it forever. The vintage quilt at the foot of the bed was also mine. (I'm sorry I didn't notice all the wrinkles! E was trying to get her stuffed turtle while I was taking pictures.)
I made her bedspread from cuddle soft fabric (found at Joanns,) and some fabulous paisley-print minky. If you live in UT, Nuttals has a huge selection. The minky was expensive even on sale, but it holds its softness and wears so well, so I splurged. I got 2 1/2 yds of each fabric, so the pieces were 90" by 60".
To make a the scalloped edge bedspread, lay the fabric down, right sides together, and pin together in lots of places. Find a bowl that is as big as you want your scallops to be, then mark the halfway point on both sides of the bowl. Trace the bowl along the edge of the fabric, stopping each scallop where your halfway marks on the bowl are located.
Cut out the scallops and pin each one close to the edge. With a 1/4" seam, sew around the entire blanket, leaving a 5" opening. Turn blanket right-side out, and poke out each scallop. Top stitch on the outside to give scallops a crisp look. (Make sure to tuck in the 5" opening before stitching.)
Here's the finished edge! Cute! I love the colors in this pillow. I found several cute examples on pinterest, which is where I got the idea. The embroidery was a little time-consuming, but a perfect movie-watching activity.
Ahhh! It looks so cozy, fuzzy, and inviting. Elsie likes this bed already!

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  1. I love the scalloped edge ... so sweet and feminine. And that pillow is just adorable!

  2. I LOVE that pillow. I think I have the same one pinned. The finished room looks so cute!

  3. Hi Ally, beautiful job and the pillow is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Fancy! All Taven has is a mattress on the floor with old blankets of Mikes