Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Big Girl Bed | Thinking Outside the Bolt

I'm still chipping away at transitioning Ellie's room from nursery to big girl room.  Last week I shared the sparkly globe pendant I hung above her rocking chair.

 

Today I wanted to show you the new accent pillows I made for her bed, and the gorgeous fabrics didn't come from a bolt.


I bought the duvet cover and Euro shams about a year ago but was waiting to find a few accent fabrics I really loved before adding any other pillows to the bed.  I was only recently introduced to Roberta Roller Rabbit's home line and the cheerful prints were just what I had in mind for Ellie's room.  They sell pre-made pillow covers for $50 apiece but I wanted different sizes than those offered.  And, honestly, $150 in new pillows seemed a little steep for a two year old.

Luckily, Roberta Roller Rabbit offers their patterns in lots of different products and they had the exact patterns I wanted in sets of 4 napkins for $32.  Six of the eight napkins I ordered (one set of each pattern) became the new pillows on her bed, and I am in love with the bright colors and fun patterns.

Ellie's room has a lot of aqua and I had been hoping to bring in some more of the raspberry pink you see in the print above her bed.


There is still a wall in her room taken up by the crib and changing table but they'll be moving out soon and will be replaced by my childhood dresser, which will likely be getting a makeover.  So far I love the way things are coming together in here.


Have you ever made home furnishings from an unconventional source?

Linking to Silver Pennies, I Heart Naptime, The Shabby Nest, Craftberry Bush, Home Stories A to Z, The Winthrop Chronicles.

21 comments:

  1. ooh love the color! they add the perfect punch and "grow up" her room a bit!

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  2. They are just so beautiful! I love the colors of them. Megan

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  3. What a perfect pop of color for your neutral bedding! I haven't made pillows from napkins yet, but thanks for the reminder...what a great option!

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  4. I wouldn't have thought of using napkins - clever you!

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  5. They are beautiful! Smart thinking on the napkins! I never seem to find any I like but will have to continue the search! :)

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  6. I love the whole bed and the napkin pillows are gorgeous. I also have an Ellie, too!

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  7. Love the prints!! I have a few napkins that I bought to make shams too (hopefully next week? :) They can be a great cost saver!

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  8. What a great idea! Thanks. I'll be pinning this on my sewing board for future inspiration. The bed is lovely. Love the bird picture!

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  9. I love to blog hop and find a new blog with beautiful photos. This room is so pretty. I found you through the comments at City Farmhouse.

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  10. The colors and patterns are fabulous on those pillows. Love!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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  11. I adore the room and those pillows---ohhh I love them! I pinned them to the Inspiration Gallery Link Party Feature Board! Thank you SO much for linking up!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

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  12. This is such a precious room!! I love the colors so much! The pillows turned out beautiful! Stopping over from the link up! I'm a new follower!!

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  13. Love those fun patterns in her room, and the great idea ~ need to keep that in mind when I'm looking for pillows!

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  14. WOW what a gorgeous combo of colors and patterns in Ellie's room. She'll have an awesome room for a special little 2 yr. old. So sweet and incredible for her. Aren't napkins awesome? Perfect size and all hemmed already, that's a great way to make pillow covers. Love the colors and patterns you used.
    I recently got a pair of great napkins at Target on clearance, one of first things I did was make a pillow cover out of one. Was kinda waiting to see what I'd do with the second one. Found it today so will be working on it tomorrow.
    I've used napkins for years for pillow covers. Rarely use two for same pillow, I like to put other fabrics as the back of pillow cover. I've gotten great napkins on clearance after holidays.
    I made pillow covers of smaller rectangle place mats years ago. I was in Pier one and saw these place mats that were a nice weave, like a tweed, with cute beaded edges on either side. The light bulb went on in my head. I opened up part of the bottom of both place mats, put a travel pillow in each one and sewed it up by hand. Wala, pillow cover. Later I put a transfer on each one.
    Usually I'll make my own pillow covers as I'll buy different shaped pillows (mostly at thrift stores after I give them a good wash) to cover with my own covers but those place mats hit me the right way. Now I'm always eyeing place mats for pillows. Such fun to see what I can find and what I can do with it.

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  15. Love this idea and they look so sweet in her room! The napkin fabric was definitely the way to go. Thank you so much for sharing over at Silver Pennies Sunday link party!

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  16. Hi, Thanks so much for linking up over at The Winthrop Chronicles! I will be featuring these pillows on Tuesday. I am also transitioning my little girl's and using the same colors you did! And then I noticed that your playroom was grey and yellow with grey and white stripes on the wall and that's exactly what her room used to look like when it was the guest room! Great minds think alike right! :)

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  17. I love how your pillows turned out! I too have a hard time spending a ton of money on bedding for my kiddos since I know how messy it will get. I have used king sheets to sew custom twin and full duvet covers to save some money but still look nice.

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  18. adorable. i looove the patterns. this is a great option to use expensive textiles but not pay the price!

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