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Bedskirt for a Box Springless Bed

February 22, 2012

We’re running a little low on space in our tiny apartment (hopefully we’ll finally find a house soon!) so no space can go to waste when it comes to storage. That means that under the bed is prime real estate, space which we’ve already filled to the brim with clothes, a shelf we don’t have room for but want to keep, and various paintings and drawings. All these things fit pretty neatly under the bed, but it’s still not the kind of storage situation that you want to look at everyday. Problem is, our bed doesn’t have a box spring because: A) it is very Swedish and doesn’t require one and B) we are very cheap and didn’t buy one, so putting up a bedskirt that looks halfway decent is a bit of challenge.

We used to have  a pretty standard bedskirt (also from Ikea) on our bed that you can see here, but it was much too long (see how it’s laying on the floor? Yuck) and pretty quickly got dusty, dirty, and gross past the point of no return. So, I trashed that one (trust me, it was time to put it to rest), and decided to make one that was actually tailored to our bed.

Mission one was finding some plain gray fabric, which, believe it or not, wasn’t easy. Joann, among their hundreds of selections, didn’t have a thing. I ended up driving out of my way to go to Hancock Fabrics which had a great color and it was on sale, too! I also picked up several yards of velcro (not the name brand kind, which is crazy expensive) to use to attach my bedskirt to the bed. Sound weird? Let me explain.

There’s a small (1 inch or so) space between the edge of the wood on the bed frame and the metal parts that hold the slats. Perfect for velcroing a bedskirt into place. This velcroed bedskirt won’ t require going over the slats, can be tailored to fit perfectly to the legs and space between the floor and the bed, and will show off the wood edge of the bed. A perfect solution!

I started by getting all my measurements in order, cutting the fabric, and doing one hell of a lot of pinning. Easy work, yes. Fun work, no. This took quite a bit of time and I was super glad when it was all done. You’ll notice that the velcro gets pinned to the pretty side of the fabric.

Next, I took the mattress off of the bed and pulled back the slats. Around the entire edge of the bed, I hot glued the “hook” side of the velcro strips.  I think eventually staples or another kind of adhesive might be in order for long-term durability, but for now, hot glue is fine. There was one hang up in that I didn’t realize the end of the bed had a bracket on it, but I simply loosened it and slid the bedskirt under.

Then, to the sewing machine! I sewed three individual pieces for the bed, one for each side and a short guy for the bottom. Really easy, as it was all straight lines.

I came back into the bedroom to find these shenanigans happening. Uncool, dudes!

After removing the cats from the top of the mattress, I got to work pairing up the velcro so the bed skirt could hang. Super easy to put on and to take off when it needs to be washed. I put the mattress back, and viola! It looks so much better than it did before.

The cat even came back to try out the bed, horizontally this time.

Design

Printer’s Trays as Wall Storage

May 19, 2011

I recently picked up a type case at a flea market for only a few dollars. Covered in spider webs and chipped up, it’s a bit rough-looking to say the least but that’s the way cheap finds usually work.

Originally, this tray and ones like it would have housed the various letters and symbols a printer would need to load into a printing press to create a newspaper, book or poster. The slots are varied sizes reflecting the space different letters would have taken up. There are still places where old-fashioned methods of printing like these are used, but for the most part, type cases are much more readily found being used as display cases or serving other decorative functions.

Image from Librarienne's Flickr Feed

As for my own type case, I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to use it. Right now it’s home to some small tchotchkes but little else. I’m hoping I’ll get inspired by some of these other cases to make mine into something special, but at the moment I think I like it just as it is.

  1. Boxwood Cottage: This is one massive tray! It does provide a great home for all kinds of small items that might otherwise end up in a drawer.
  2. The Design Tabloid: This ReCreate design is pretty cool. I would never have thought to make the tray into a storage cabinet. There are so many different ways this could be used around the house.
  3. Dolorix: My old rock collection is gathering dust in the closet. Perhaps it could get a new life on the wall with the help of a tray like this one?
  4. BluebirdHeaven: With a few adaptations, this Etsy seller made this tray into an awesome storage solution for jewelry.
  5. Hilde C.: Ah, to have a sewing room. I can see how this would be a great place to store small stuff so it’s right out where you can see it.
  6. Jill Ruth: Another cute way to use a tray in a sewing room.
  7. Mondo Cherry: This printer’s tray has a fun use: storing Legos! Totally cute.
  8. Please Note: I would love to own half the cute stuff being displayed in this tray.
  9. ReCreate: While most trays seem to be filled with random items, this project demonstrates that they’re great for showcasing a unified collection as well.
  10. Rosenatti: A nice piece of glass could turn this coffee table into something special.
  11. Vintiquities: I have to say, the trays look great painted white. A contrasting color on the back would also be a great addition.
Crafts, Sewing

New Life for Old Sweaters

June 2, 2010

One of the bad things about having pets is that sometimes the little angels enjoy chewing up your belongings. One of my cats decided to chew a hole through a nice sweater– one that was so big it was impossible to repair without looking like a ragamuffin. Rather than throw items like this away, however, you can keep the fabric and make them into something else. I made my sweater into a little librarian-inspired pillow. It’s incredibly simple and lets you keep enjoying your favorite now-defunct items of clothing.

A pillow is only one way to make use of old knits, however, and with a little creativity you can use your wooly items to make a variety of household items. This post on 100+ Ways to Reuse Your Old Sweaters is an excellent place to start looking for project ideas.

Here are a few photos to inspire you to hang on to those less than perfect sweaters to make them into something else.

Sweater not working out for you to wear? Hand it down to your doggie! Photo from Resweater

Felted wool makes a great coin pouch with a little embellishment. Photo from Sesame Seed Designs

This old sweater found new life as a super stylish purse. Photo from Sassy Crafter

Hard to believe this owl used to be a sweater! Photo from Squishyfish Creations

Combine a few different sweaters and make  a cute plush pear. Photo from Whimsy Wire and Wool