Showing posts with label bedcover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bedcover. Show all posts

Monday, 19 August 2013

Easy-Sew Quilt Bed Cover


This week I decided that my sewing cupboard was a mess, and that I wasn't going to let myself purchase any more fabric until I’d used most of what I had already. 

I needed a project that was going to be simple, and also one that used up heaps of fabric in one go!

So I decided to make a beautiful quilt bed cover for our king-sized bed.

This project was very simple. I didn't even use ONE pin! It did, however, take a little bit of time getting the whole thing sewn together. All up, I think it took me about 6 hours (includes cutting up the squares).

Firstly, I gathered all my material to ‘use up’. Don’t worry about matching any of the fabric, it will all work very well together once it’s sewn into the quilt!

Then I found something square-ish to use as a template to cut my first square.

I used one of my daughter Poppy’s little canvases and added a bit onto the side when cutting it out so it was the exact shape.

Once I’d cut one square the size I wanted (and allowing room for the seams in the size of the square), I then used this piece of material as a template to cut up the others. I decided I needed about 13 rows of 10 squares for our bed.

If you decide to try this project, just cut one square out and then put it on your bed and roughly work out how many you’ll need. 

Once I had all my squares cut out, I started sewing them together. The easiest way to do this (I think!) is to get one square, put it right-sides together with your next square and sew down one side of it. Don’t worry about pinning anything first, just hold the squares together with your fingers. 

Once you've sewn the squares together, fold them both open like a book. Then grab your next square and do the same thing onto one of those first squares you have sewn.

Pretty soon you’ll end up with a long line of sewn squares. Once you've sewn as many as you need, move onto the next panel.
I sewed 13 panels of 10 squares each (as I mentioned above).

Then you’ll need to iron open the seams of each square (the sewn side only). This makes it easier and flatter when you come to joining all your panels together.

Then it really is just a matter of joining each of these panels together. Match right-sides together again for the panels and away you go with the sewing machine!

I found that not all my seams matched perfectly when I came to sewing all my panels together. But I didn't worry about it! It all looks good in the end!

My plan for the back of this bed cover is to purchase a king-sized bed sheet next week (when I make it into a town somewhere), and sew it onto the back. I will again just put the right sides together, sew around them, then turn it out and iron it all down. Then I’ll sew up the remaining area (where I turned it out from) and it will finally be finished!

I hope you give this project a try – it really is VERY easy! It also uses all your scrap material up very quickly!

Happy sewing!


Monday, 3 December 2012

Baby Wrap Bedcover for an Easy Christmas Gift


The other day I was shopping in Target, and I saw these beautiful muslin baby wraps. The packet says they cost $15, but actually they were on special that day, so they only cost $12 per set of three.

I wanted to make something with them for Christmas and thought they’d be lovely as a summer bedcover for someone. A very easy-to-make and inexpensive Christmas present! So I purchased two packets so that I had four wraps of the designs I wanted.

This project was very quick, and the sewing was very, very simple. I’ve also done up a quick drawing of the process that I followed to make this Baby Wrap Bedcover: you can see it below.

Firstly, I sewed two sets of wraps together, right sides together. I didn’t bother pinning or ironing anything. A more “rustic” and imperfect look adds to the finished product in this case!

Then I held the two sets of sewn wraps together and lined up the seams of both of them, right sides together. Then I simply sewed the two sets of sewn wraps together to make four in total. Just make sure that you hold open the two seams flat before sewing them together (on both sides). They will all sit better together that way.

And that was it! The four wraps (120cm x 120cm each) makes a good sized bedcover for a king sized bed (pretty good for $24). And I even have the two lovely spotty ones leftover to go in with any future baby presents.

Happy sewing!