Saturday, August 15, 2009

Have I gone too far?

Very soon, I am going to show you the completed pool house! FINALLY, right? I had a great time finishing it and love it!

While completing the details, I ran into an expense that I wasn't amused with. I custom made a bed skirt for the queen size bed in this space. Instead of sewing it onto a big square of white fabric which is the norm, I decided to just attach it around the edge with velco! Easy and simple right? Well, that velco was going to cost like $40! I needed many yards for this, of course. I have no problem spending money on something that I love or that adds value to a space or is needed. But $40 on velcro? That you will never see or ever use? What a waste!

I am all about finding a shortcut if it's available. I am just fine with my solution and it worked great. But some of you may think I have gone too far. The Nester, I am pretty sure, would be proud as this is certainly a spin on her 'mistreatment' mentality! But a few may think that this combination of frugality and craft skills is a bit much. Here's what I did.
I HOT GLUED the bed skirt on. Yup, I did. Rough edges and all. Will this ever be seen by human eyes ever again? Nope. When you sleep in a guest room, do your lift the mattress? If you do, don't visit me!!! I think it's pretty brilliant and it was FREE! Yes, I have some glue sticks lying around . . . that was no issue! Here is a shot of me hot gluing!

If you wonder how I will wash this, well how often does one wash a bed skirt anyway? But I have already prewashed all the fabric (yes, it said dryclean only but I am wild and risky and dangerous like that) and can easily just pull it off, and wash and dry on low settings and then glue again! If I do this once a year I will be impressed. Tell me if you wash your bed skirts more often (this is the only skirt I own so I'm not up on this perhaps?) and if I'm crazy but I think it will be just fine!
If you wonder how I did this, it was pretty simple. I used pins to space the fabric where it was needed and then stuck pins straight through the fabric into the box spring to get the edge hitting the floor correctly. Once it was all in place, I just started at one end with the glue gun and moved around the bed, taking out the pins as I went. I went through perhaps 6-8 glue sticks? I just sat in the middle of the box spring--easy!
Here is a peek at the pillow shams that I made. I think you have to get your main fabrics as perfect as you can and that can't often be done with store bought items. I am a firm believer in spending money on the inspiration fabrics and then blending it with affordable and simple complimenting items. I'll show you the entire bed the next time but you will see these pillows mixed with simple items from Ikea! I think it's all about balance when you want to create something that looks fabulous but don't want to spend a fortune. So yes, this complete room will show you pillow shams custom made from $40/yard fabric and a huge queen size comforter from Ikea for far less than that! It's all about balance! The adorable Sea Horse pillow is from Stein Mart!

I will show you the rest soon!

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Craft Tea Lady said...

Frugal! That is never a bad idea.

But, I would like to say, you don't need to use velcro all the way around, just in bits, so you wouldn't have needed nearly as much as you would think. :)

Stephanie said...

gluing your bedskirt on was genius.

mine is sewn to a huge white fabric square and i hate the way it always shifts.

next time i'm gluing for sure.

thanks for the inspiration.

Sandy said...

I used a fitted sheet (cheap from Target) and pinned the skirt to it and then sewed it on. No shifting then.

The Smith Family said...

good idea. But I'm all worried about the box spring! Should you have hot glued it to a fitted sheet instead??? LOL. What if later on down the road you decide to do something different... Do you just... eeekk... RIP it off??? I guess you could... and no harm done, right? Like you said... nobody would see it anyway.
Whew.. I just talked myself through that comment... ha.
(can you tell I have decorating commitment issues) LOL.

SoBella Creations said...

I have a sleigh bed so no bed skirt for me. And I'm not sure if I would have one if I could. One more thing to wash.

But, I do think your idea was genius.

Can't wait to see the completed pool room.

The Nester said...

WEll done! I used safety pins and big sewing machine stitches!