Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Time For Bed/s...


As many of you know, a few weeks ago I made my 100th post! To celebrate, I announced a giveaway. Anything that I purchased or made for Alki Point during this period would be one for me, one for the lucky winner. The drawing will be done at 11:59 on December 31st, 2015. The winner will be announced on New Year's Day. There's still time to enter, so just post a comment to this blog post: Post Comment Here

It was time to make the bed for Alki Point. I already had the 3d printed headboard, so I had to figure out what kind of bed to make for the giveaway. I went to my handy box of beat up and discarded old furniture to see what I could come up with. Aha! A headboard!


Now I just had to make a simple frame. I used 1/8" x 3/4" basswood for the outer frame, 1/8" x 3/8" for the three cross braces, and two Skinny Sticks as supports.


I glued the frame as a separate unit so that I could work with the headboard by itself. I sanded it and gave it a couple coats of a medium grey paint after adding legs to the end of the frame.


I covered the back and side pieces with the same quatrefoil fabric I had to use on my bed. I also painted the part of the legs that would show.


I traced and cut 3/16" foam core to make a headboard insert. Then I glued on two layers of quilt batting to give it an upholstered look.




I covered it with the same fabric, attempting to match up the pattern on the back of the headboard. Then I used Kris Compass' Upholstery Button Tutorial to make tufts in the center of each tile. For buttons, I used sewing pin heads pushed right through the thread. I cut the excess off with nippers, then secured them with a bit of glue on the backside.



After attaching the completed headboard to the frame, it was time for a mattress. I used the same 3/16" foam core, covered again in quilt batting.



Thinking that the recipient may want to match their own sheets, blankets and pillows, I finished off the mattress with a piece of white cotton. The 'One For You' bed is all ready for it's new owner!


Intermingled with making this bed, I was making the one for Alki Point. I started off pretty much the same way, with a frame made of the same materials, I just painted it in the same grey that I used for the cabinets.



I used the same quatrefoil and white cotton for this bed. The white cotton is actually a handkerchief  that I had on hand. I liked that there was a perfect finished and sewn edge that I could use as a sheet edge. I used Heat Bond to attach the sheet and bed cover together. This was nice to have only one piece to attach to the mattress.



I will hold off on making the bed and decorative pillows. I want to do a good job, so I need more practice. The last batch I attempted were horrid! This just might force me to bring grandma's sewing machine down from the attic and get it serviced! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.


10 comments:

  1. Both beds look lovely. What a view the owners have out that window, the lucky ducks. Everything seems to be moving along smoothly on this build so perhaps the bedding will fall into place too, I know you will do a great job the next time you tackle it.

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! I may switch to the lighting first. I need to work up my courage!

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  2. The beds look lovely :)

    I sew my pillows by hand right side out, I get better results that way. I iron both sides to the same size with a nice crisp fold, then sew them together using a blind stitch in the folds.

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    1. That is definitely a good suggestion! I am thinking I'll try the hand sewing and the Heat Bond, then see what looks best in the end. There's a corked bottle of Riesling left in the fridge from Christmas, so I think I'll have a little of that first to help me relax~ :O)

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    2. Just no so much that it makes your hands shake ;)

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  3. The room looks stunning Jodi! It looks very similar to my real life bedroom, hence my affinity for your designs. I drilled out a mini headboard recently for upholstery, but I think I will use your pushpin ideas instead of knots or something else that will drive me insane :)

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    1. Oh Kat you are so kind! Thank you! I bet your real life house is amazing!
      I can't wait to see what you do with the headboard! I get so excited when everyone starts new projects!!!

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  4. I love the beds! Great idea on using the pin heads. Everything looks great!

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  5. Wow! Can't decide which I like better, the upholstered headboard or the white one. They're both beautiful.

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