Monday, June 28, 2010

Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery...

...and today I am copying a great little idea over at Home To Three Duncan Boys!

New bedding is in order for the master bedroom, and truly, I find the prices of linens just shocking. Perhaps I've never had the pleasure of sleeping on high thread count sheets, and so simply don't understand their value. If you are one of those fortunate people who have, try to have tolerance for my ignorance as I tell you where I shopped for new sheets and a bedskirt. I've been quite happy with the bedding purchased at Ikea for Max's Bedroom, and the prices...well, you know they are good! So I returned there for our bedroom.


I had some vague idea to dress up the bedskirt, but hadn't given it much thought. Then I read this post at Home To Three Duncan Boys...ding, ding, ding!! This is it, I thought, I am so completely copying Lakeitha. I had forgotten about Stitch Witchery, what a great product. By using it, this project got done in under an hour.


With the headboard fabric as inspiration, I picked up a wide grosgrain ribbon in brown to run along the lower edge of the bedskirt. Nice and simple, but just enough interest to elevate this piece of bedding.


This could not be easier to do. Simply lay out the trim with the stitch witchery placed between the trim and bedskirt. Then iron on.


I worked my way around the entire edge of the bedskirt, tucking the ribbon around to the backside of the bedskirt at each end.


To simplify things even more, the stitching of the bedskirt hem was used as a guideline for the the placement of the trim. This left a thin line of fabric below the ribbon, creating a look that ties back to the Bocce fabric.


Afterwards the pleats were pressed down and the bedskirt placed on the bed. Thanks for your inspiration, Lakeitha!


Then look what caught my eye! More on this tomorrow.

33 comments :

  1. Wonderful touch to the bedskirt, Janell! I forget about stitch witchery sometimes, too. That's why I usually have at least 2 unopened packages in my sewing box!

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  2. Woot! Thanks for the linky love! I'm going to do the same thing with my bedskirt. And I had no clue that IKEA sold bedskirts (double woot!)

    It's going to look great with the headboard!

    Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY;-)

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  3. what a great way to spruce up a bedskirt!!

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  4. So cute! I think I'm going to steal this idea for my bedroom!

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  5. looks great! I'm obsessed w/ that settee from ballard! can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  6. What would we do without Stitch Witchery? 1,2...I'm counting the places I've used it that I can see from where I'm sitting :). I can't wait to see the entire room.

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  7. I am taking this idea and using it on my daughter's bed skirt...it will jazz up the plain white. Loving the settee!!

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  8. The room is really looking fantastic - a nice finishing touch. Can't wait for the final unveiling!

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  9. agreed. linens are out of this world price-wise. great job.

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  10. Lakeitha has some great ideas, and you are right - it's a great form of flattery. Hope you have a blessed week. Sandi

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  11. Looks wonderful! IKEA is awesome for bedding. You can't beat a duvet and 2 shams for $20! I've gotten several sets from them and loved every one. Love your embellishment of a simple bed skirt.

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  12. That looks so...expensive! I'm also an Ikea shopper but when I was high thread count fancy pants sheets I go straight to Marshall's or TJ Maxx. They always have 400 and 500 tc queen sheet sets for under $40. I've also seen 1000 tc for $50 at a women's expo convention but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the company.

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  13. Liz, those are some fabulous prices!! I'll be keeping this tip in mind! Thanks, Janell

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  14. What a great idea. The bedskirt looks fabulous. Love the trim idea. Hugs, Marty

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  15. Looks amazing! Why do I keep forgetting about stitch witchery?????? I always sew everything, making every project so much more complicated than it needs to be! : )

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  16. Love the bed skirt. I've found that higher thread counts don't always equal more comfort. I have some 500 thread count sheets that are super stiff. Meanwhile, the 300 thread count organic cotton from West Elm are the softest, loveliest sheets I own. I've decided I am willing to pay more for organic cotton, but not thread count. Cotton (along with coffee) are the two crops that are sprayed with the most pesticides world wide.

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  17. I saw her post and plan to borrow that idea for my own guest bedroom. Sharing ideas is the best part of blogging!

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  18. I saw this on Lakeitha blog and love it. I think I may copy it myself, this looks so rich and beautiful

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  19. your creativity never stops.....ok, I know you said you "stole" the idea, but still! It looks great!

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  20. I'm so doing this!!! Thanks Lakeitha & Janell. xo~M.

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  21. I'll admit I'm a big fan of nicer sheets -- and it's not so much the thread count (as there are ways to fudge that) as the quality but anyway....I DO think bedskirts are seriously overpriced, especially since they're so infrequently laundered and, frankly, don't need to be super-high quality. Great way to add some pizzazz on the cheap ladies!

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  22. Love it, fabulous! Seriously love when people run with my ideas, makes me happy too!! Have a wonderful week, I'm super busy so I won't be around too much.
    XO
    Kristin

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  23. Great idea...I am so copying this!
    xo, Sherry

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  24. That iron on stuff is like the best invention ever!

    Your bedskirt looks great, its the perfect addition to your hearboard :)

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  25. Gro├čartig! Ich werde es auch machen! :)) Danke euch beiden!

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  26. Awesome on 2 counts - firstly, that Ikea sell bed skirts (didn't know that and was feeling grumpy at the cost of them elsewhere)... and secondly, what you did with it.
    I don't suppose the one you found has split corners, does it?
    Please hop on over if you'd like to enter my $80 CSN Giveaway.

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  27. Yes, it does! I forget the cost, around $19 for a king? I thought I'd share as I now know you won't ask!! (being British and all..) Janell

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  28. lovely detail! you are amazing.

    xo,
    cristin

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  29. I love what you did to this bedskirt, such a nice and simple detail with a lot of impact. Thanks for sharing this!
    Nancy

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  30. Hi, I just discovered your blog and I'm totally smitten with it1 I love all your crafty DIY ideas. That headboard looks totally amazing. Stop by my blog sometime for a chat!
    Heidi@recklessbliss.com
    xoxo

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  31. Love Stitch Witchery - I used it to add grosgrain ribbon trim to some basic Ikea curtains for our guest room. The wide ribbon you chose looks great - very sophisticated with your beautiful new headboard.

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  32. oh my gosh - so simple yet i would have never thought of it! I LOVE IT!!

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