Howdie folks, it is cold, wet and grey out here in the low lands. And there are no promises of better conditions anytime soon. But I don’t really care that much. I am comfy inside. I have got my living room decorated for Fall, there are candles burning at all times, there is a beef stew in the crock pot and I got a warm cozy bed to look forward too, so who cares about some rain outside.
Speaking of my bedroom. There is a new addition in there. I made myself a nice comfy, super soft new bedspread. I have added a blue blanket to my bedroom decor.
I need loads of extra blankets and spreads on my side of the bed. My love and I run at different thermostats, he wants to have the thinnest summer duvet on the bed at all times, even in mid winter when it is freezing outside. I on the other hand, am always cold. I share with the guy the need to have at least one window open for fresh air, no matter how cold it is outside. But within my bed I want to be warm and snugly. So I typically sleep in a flannel pajama and under a mountain of extra blankets. It ain’t freezing yet so I only need a light extra cover now. This new one is perfect.
It is made from an old bed spread that I could not use anymore but did not want to part with either. It has sentimental value.
Back in my twenties I was a poor PhD student with no money to spare. But even then I had a hunkering for nice home decor stuff. I had a favorite shop in town that I used to hop into at least once a month. It had a bit of an exotic feel and lots of there furniture pieces had that old world charm that we all love so much. They also carried a lot of fabric items, like pillows, duvet covers and blankets. All so wonderfully luxurious and beautiful.
It was my go to store if I wanted to browse and dream. They knew me there and knew that I wasn’t buying anything except an occasional small gift. I was totally smitten with one of their silky smooth bedspreads in particular. I went in especially to stroke it, and to caress the velvet edge. I could not afford that spread, not even close.
And then after about 10 years of fighting it my research was finished, my thesis written and the date set for me to defend it. As tradition had it the colleagues at the department would all chip in for one big gift. I knew that (many of my fellow PhD students had already had their day in the spotlight), so I did not have to think long and hard about what I wanted to receive from them. That bedspread.
And so it happened. It was/ is gorgeous, super soft, light weight and comfortable.
Except it is also bright orange on one side and pinkish red on the other. It used to fit in beautifully when my bedroom was all deep purples and reds. Those days have long gone and I never used that blanket anymore because it just looked awful in my natural, white loving home.
But I never got rid of it. It is still so very nice to use and it is a memory of a special time in my life.
And now I can use it again, albeit a bit disguised. I had been thinking about recovering it for some time. But finding double wide fabric for a reasonable price isn’t easy (normal fabric would require extra seams and I wasn’t digging that idea) and the options for that kind of fabric are limited.
And then it occurred to me – no idea why that took me years! – how about using a duvet cover? Those are double wide already and can be found for very reasonable prices.
I searched quite a bit. I did not want to invest a fortune but I did want the fabric to be beautiful and at least as soft and comfortable as the original blanket.
In the end I found this duvet cover from Esprit Home. It was love at first sight. I simply loved that mix of blue patterns and I was convinced it would look great not only with my bed linens but on my sofa as well (this new blanket is bound to travel through my home). The material of the fabric didn’t disappoint either, it is wonderfully soft almost satin like. And the extra bonus is that it closes with a hidden zipper.
I only had to make one cut and then stitch that long seam to make the cover fit my blanket perfectly.
I am still considering if I shall quilt it (which I have never done before). I think it would look awesome but I am a bit afraid to try it, since I have no experience whatsoever. Do you quilt? Can it be done on any regular sewing machine? Got any tips?
I also have the pillow covers to play with. They are in a ridiculous size right now, huge and way too big for any of my pillows. But that means there is plenty of material to make a couple of matching pillows.
For now this blanket is keeping my warm at night. And when the time comes for bigger and stronger measures to keep me cozy under the blankets it will travel to my coach, so I can snuggle in it while reading or watching the telly.
Yeah, quick little project that is making me very happy these days. What is making you happy?