Most of us will admit that we love to sleep, meaning that our bedrooms are very meaningful to us as places of refuge. Your bedroom is the most intimate room in your house and therefore requires highly personalised styling, as well as a comfort factor that just makes you want to snuggle in and sleep. However, what are you to do when you go from one store to the next and can’t find the right bedding textiles to match that picture in your head of your dream bedroom? Make it yourself!
Start With The Sheets Start with some outstanding sheets. Of course there are DIY options for sheets, but since you want these to be ‘fall into bed and directly asleep’ comfortable, and they won’t be visible under your other bedding anyway, it is probably best to just purchase these. Finding the right sheets can take time, but it is worth the investment. You don’t necessarily need to buy designer 500 thread count Egyptian cotton running into the hundreds of pounds either. Mattress manufacturers Eve, for example, have 100% cotton sheets, with a 200 thread count, and are just as exceptionally comfortable for under a hundred. Ultimately, you’ll want to go for something soft and breathable, but also durable so that they will last.
Duvet Cover & Pillow Cases Because a duvet cover is essentially just a lot of fabric and a couple of straight seams, they are actually quite easy to make. You will need around 10 metres of your desired fabric (go with more if you want to make matching pillow cases). When choosing your fabric, you should be led by what intrigues you; however, sticking to cotton or linen will ensure that you end up with something soft and breathable that is easy to wash and iron.
Before you do any cutting, wash, dry, and iron the fabric in order to pre-shrink it. Then measure your duvet, followed by an appropriate amount of material. Remember to subtract the selvedge edges of the material from these measurements, which you will cut off anyway. It will likely be hard to find material that is sold in a large enough width to accommodate a duvet cover. To achieve natural seams instead of one seam directly down the middle of the cover, place a large panel of material in the middle with two smaller panels on each side. Remember to add about a 2.5cm for seam allowance when measuring out these panels and 6cm or seam allowance with the length. Since you need a front and back, make duplicates of each panel.
Sew the panels together and the front and back of the cover. Remember to use thread that matches the fabric so that it blends in perfectly. Feel free to use whatever sewing techniques that you want to, but for a really professional look without exposed fabric edges we recommend using a French seam – see how to sew French seams here. Finally, you need to decide on a closure method – buttons, zip, snaps, etc – and sew into place every 20cm along the cover closure.
Follow the same process with your pillow cases, measuring the material to size and leaving seam allowances. Decide on an open or closed design. To create envelope pillowcases, also cut out a piece of material that is the front length -25.5cm and another length that is +2.5cm to create the flap of the envelope. This could change depending on the size of the pillow; the rule of thumb is to allow for 10cm of overlap on the back panels. Sew your seams on each piece, then take your main panel, laying it flat, and place the smaller panels on it, wrong side up. Pin them in place so that they don’t shift. The two back panels should overlap now, creating the envelope opening. Sew around the edges, remembering to backstitch beginning and end. Cut the corners while it is inside out so that when turned right side out, the corners appear pointed; use a knitting needle or something pointy to further push the corners into shape.
Furniture Accents Sometimes really original furniture accents, like a unique bedside table, can add to the tranquil appeal of a bedroom. Both aesthetic and practical, bedside tables really pull the look of a room together. You can achieve a unique look on your own by trying out some upcycling designs. We came across this gorgeous suitcase table idea and fell absolutely in love. If you love the look as well, check out songbirdblog for step by step directions of how to create this look on your own.