Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 3

This is the last post about my sudden need to put skirts on all the beds!  This might be the most unique of all of my bed-skirting, mainly because I decided to put a skirt on a bunk bed.  I don’t think most bunk beds get bed skirts!Bedskirt Madness - AnnaVirginia Fashion

With a new baby arriving, I had to get creative with storage space, and there is plenty of space under the lower bunk in the kid room.  I’ve used a bunch of diaper boxes to pack up baby clothes from my two kids to save for future babies.  Well, now I want access to them since babies go through each size of clothes very quickly!  Those boxes fit great under the bed, but didn’t look pretty, so I had to come up with a way to cover them.

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A bunk bed doesn’t work with any bed skirts from the store.  The bed has rails and posts and ledges that make a traditional bed skirt unusable.  So, for this project I sewed up a skirt that used ties to attach to the rails.  I measured everything out to make sure it would go on perfectly.  It turned out pretty nice!  Hopefully you can see the ties in these pictures above and below.Bedskirt Madness - AnnaVirginia Fashion

I used some fabric from my stash that worked well enough with the colors in their room.  The yellow gingham checkers works out pretty well, and gets rid of some fabric that I don’t have any other use for!  The lighting wasn’t the greatest, unfortunately. But you can get the idea of how well it turned out.

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Have you ever seen a bunk bed with a bed skirt?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 2

Here is another bed skirt I suddenly had to make (comes from the fact that I’m pregnant and “nesting!” when I wrote this post).  This twin bed used to have a bed skirt, but I’d donated it to the local second-hand store when I couldn’t get it to stay straight on the box spring once I laid the mattress on top.  I’d seen a few (very few!) posts about people making Velcro or pin-able bed skirts that should stay put better when the mattress is placed on top.  I decided I would do something along these lines for this twin bed.

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I have some shiny, satin-type fabric that I bought a while ago for a different project that never happened.  I had no idea what to do with this fabric.  It was about three yards by 60 inches wide, so I had a lot!  I cut it into thirds lengthwise (the drop for the bed is about 17 inches, so it was perfect to allow for a seam allowance when cut).  Then I attached those long pieces together and started hemming.  I used another fabric for the part that sits on the box spring.  It was just scraps that I had and worked out perfectly.

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I gathered all that gold fabric (that took a while!  It was so much fabric!) and then attached it all together to the “hidden” fabric.  Then I rounded up a bunch of safety pins and attached it to the box spring.  I found that the more safety pins I used, the better.  That helps the skirt to hang as evenly as possible around the bed.  I think it turned out nice!  And stays put much better!

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Here are some sites with tutorials to make something similar, in case you’re interested:

House on Hill Road – Bed Skirt using Twist Pins

Trends and Traditions – Bed Skirt Tutorial

Southern Hospitality – Lauren’s Easy Bedskirt Tutorial

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia FashionI’ve decided to turn my pregnancy nesting instincts to de-stashing some of my fabrics!  I thought I’d use some of the fabrics that I have no idea what to do with to work on bed skirts for various beds in my house.

First off, I added some length to the baby crib skirt.  The skirt I used for my first daughter is a great length for the dropped crib height.  But while this baby is at newborn-crib-height, I wanted something longer that would hide the “under-the-bed drawers” that we’ll be using for her clothes when she’s born.  By the way, the bedroom is a cozy 10 x 11 feet with a bunk bed and crib.  We’ll be fitting three kids in there so we won’t have room for a dresser!

I have some pink fabric that I don’t love.  I’m not sure how I acquired it, but I haven’t figured out a use for it until now.  It matches the pink that was already in the crib bedding so I decided I would add fabric to the existing bed skirt!  I divided the 3 yards in half lengthwise.  Then I divided what I had into four sections for surrounding the crib.  I gathered it up and then used my serger to attach it to the serged hem on the existing skirt.  It turned out a little short (you could still see the drawers under the crib), so I added some eyelet trim that I had acquired from my grandmother.  Now it’s perfect!

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When I lower the crib height after she’s gotten bigger, I will just tuck the newer pink portion under the mattress area and leave the original plaid part out.  I think it turned out great!Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia Fashion

How do you make the most of the space in your house?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Elsa Frozen Dress for My Daughter

My daughter, along with many others, set her heart on having an “Elsa Dress” after watching Disney’s movie “Frozen.”  I know many moms have been making their daughters Elsa and Anna dresses, and I’m no exception!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

The dress I made is stretchy and has no zippers (although it does have an unnecessary button closure on the back neck), so that my daughter can pull it on and off without any assistance.  This is so nice!  I used a Simplicity pattern (#1785) for stretch fabric to give me a sizing on the top part of the dress.  This could have been done tracing a shirt of hers, but I felt a little more comfortable using a pattern.  I modified the pattern to have a change of fabric-type just above the armpits and to be longer than the included dress pattern.Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

The fabrics I chose were all from Joann Fabrics, although the white sparkle fabric was from my stash.  The teal fabric for the main part of the bodice doesn’t have sparkles, but the sheer fabric for the long train is very glittery!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

I got my grandmother’s serger (it came to me when she passed away) up and running, so I decided to use it to attach the pieces together.  This was a good thing since my sewing machine hated sewing these fabrics together and made a big mess whenever I tried!  Unfortunately, I ended up having to make the length of the dress quite a bit shorter than I had intended because the sewing machine ruined a section of fabric.  So glad I have the serger available!Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Initially I had the train sewn right into the seam along the back.  However, after it got stepped on it started to pull right out of the seam.  So I took the dress back to my machine and added Velcro to make the train detachable.  The idea is that if it’s stepped on, then it will pull off, but the Velcro is pretty strong!  It has been nice to be able to take it off when she wants to play hard but keep the dress on.Elsa Frozen Dress - AnnaVirginia Fashion

It didn’t turn out perfect, mainly because of my lack of experience with stretchy fabrics (and my frustrated sewing machine didn’t help!).  But the serger made it a quick project to put together and my daughter loves to wear it.  She plans on using it for Halloween, but that’s still a couple months away.  I wonder how many girls will be Elsa for Halloween this year?

I’ve made my family their Halloween costumes in the past.  Check out my Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Ladybug/Bumblebee and the Jedi costumes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Decorating Around the TV

We live in a world of flat screen televisions that are often mounted to the wall (I’m sure you’ve noticed).  The not-so-long-ago old days of hiding your TV in a fancy entertainment center is not really an option anymore, and this can be kind of interesting to work around if you want your TV to add to your home d├ęcor instead of distract from it.

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We recently rearranged the furniture in our living room and I wanted to make our new location for the television be visually stimulating whether the TV was on or not.  I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and came up with what I wanted to do.

Here are some of the television walls and decorations that I was inspired by:

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Emily A. Clark’s post about this space talks about using a dresser instead of a TV console.  What I liked about this is the placement of the pictures.  I also like how the off-centered TV is still balanced because of the artwork behind and around it.

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Pottery Barn catalogs are always a source of inspiration for me.  I guess their style really appeals to me (too bad all I can afford are their free catalogs… maybe someday!).  In this picture I liked the letters and the plant.  I think the plant makes the “electronics zone” a bit more organic. 

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The blog post about this picture from tells about making your TV “disappear” while it is off.  You can do this by styling around it with things that draw your attention to them.  Like a big lamp.  I don’t have room around the TV in our house for a lamp, but I drew inspiration from the scale of things in this example.

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Although I think the decorations are a little distant from the television, I still like the asymmetry used here, by The Velvet Door.  It’s simpler to coordinate and still visually appealing to balance things that aren’t perfectly matching.

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And this set up from Miss Mustard Seed is so fun with the plates and topiaries surrounding the television.  The plates are perfect in this space with those chairs and TV console.

To make the changes for our space, I only used items that were already in our home (pretend you’re shopping in your own house!  Go throughout the rooms and see what you can use to make up the redecorated space).  In the end, this project cost us $0 (yes!) and a bit of muscle to move things into place.  And I may have made a couple of erroneous nail holes in the wall (shh!).  We’re currently renting our home, so our TV is not mounted to the wall.  Plus, I like the flexibility of being able to rearrange furniture so I’m not sure yet if we’ll mount it to the wall even when we do own our place!

Here’s how our Center of Entertainment is done:

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  • The TV (source: Fry’s)
  • House plants to bring in some life to the space.  (source: Friends who were moving to Germany)
  • Multi-colored metal star for color.  (source: Joann Craft and Fabric)
  • Framed black-and-white poster as the large nearly-center item. (source: Distribution Services)
  • Three-photo frame of family pictures (source: Walmart)
  • “Family” plaque. (source: Wedding gift)
  • A mirror (source: Ikea)
  • A red clock (source: Walmart)
  • The Console is an electric fireplace (source: Costco)
  • Favorite electronics. (source: various electronic stores)
  • And a pair of speakers that sit on the floor to the side of the fireplace.  (source: mail order)

In another angle, you can see that we also have “Pot Shelves” at the tops of our walls.  This detail is pretty popular where we live, but it’s been difficult to figure out how to use the space.  We have some books and other various trinkets up there that also detract the attention from a TV that is turned off.

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How do you decorate the space around your TV?