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Date: 8/20/13 3:53 PM

Home dec sewing is not my forte, so I could use some help. My daughter is moving out of her crib! Before she was even born, I invested in about 8 yards of Heather Ross's now OOP Rapunzel fabric. I've been saving it ever since but I still don't know what I want to do with it exactly.

I do know that I don't want to cut it up to make a patchwork quilt. The repeat is pretty large scale and it would be difficult to cut without destroying the lovely artwork. I do plan to mix in some gingham or dots or at least solids. Should I use this for a whole cloth quilt? Or a duvet cover? Or maybe a kind of coverlet that layers at the foot of the bed? A matching valance or pillows? It's a small room, so I don't want to overwhelm it with this print, but I do want the fabric to shine.

I would be grateful for some ideas.

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Date: 8/20/13 4:30 PM

Dust ruffle and pillows with a solid color comforter?
Maybe enough left over for some window valances.

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Date: 8/20/13 5:41 PM

Eight yards.. okay..

Large print you want the focus on.. gotcha

So... did you have in mind a wall color already. ?
You could always do stripes on at least one wall using all the colors in the fabric..

Then you are going to want to do a duvet cover OR preferably really a spread if you can pull it off .. WITHOUT chopping up the fabric.. which is why I do not recommend using any of your fabric for a dust ruffle or even pillows.. sorry Alice.. A dust ruffle would require the use of a lot of fabric and when it ruffled at all you would lose the design in the ruffle..
Now .. you did not state what size bed you have.. or how many windows and at what width..

I suggest two or more coordinate fabrics.. For pillow shams etc.. Then you would have after you made the spread enough for valances.. again.. make those flat without ruffles so to see the print.. then use one of the coordinates for the drapes to the floor.. as I dont think eight yards will be enough for complete window treatments and the spread..
Use a solid dust ruffle if you don't care to make one out of a coordinate.. it might be cheaper anyhow and easy enough to find..

I do think even with the spread and valances you will be able to pull off two pillow shams at least .. buy extra pillows so to not have to wash those shame regularly.. just place them on the bed after making it..
Then get a solid or a coordinate comforter as Alice suggested for her to lay at the end of the bed .. to actually use when sleeping to stay warm.. folding back your gorgeous just made bedspread.. so you don't have to wash it regularly either. that way the spread and pillow shams will retain color for a long time..
The sheets would be so cute in gingham or polka dots or checks or even mixed or matched.. just pull all the colors out of your fabric..
If you have any more fabric left after the basics are completed then do a quilt mixing your fabric with the coordinate .. She could stack that on a chair or also at the foot of the bed..

Between shopping and sewing there is a good week or more work that goes into a room.. so I would not make a duvet and wash it weekly or in no time it will fade out and you will have to redo the room all over again..

And btw.. have your hubby make your DD a puppet theater out of plywood and put a fabric awning for the curtains.. How cute .. and you can hide toys behind it too.. grins..

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Date: 8/20/13 8:30 PM

Wow, that's a lot of ideas, thanks! The walls are ballet slipper pink already and I don't plan to re paint. There is also a pink area rug, which was expensive and a keeper. Floors are original, honey colored oak with walnut inlay. I don't have the bed yet, but am hoping to get a queen sonthe grandparents can sleep there when visitng. but i might get a full since it is a small room. There is just one window in the very corner of the room, so drapes are out anyway. I have a decorative ballon shade now with a black out shade underneath. It's south facing and a tall window, though, so the room does get nice light.

Otherwise, I scored an antique tigers eye maple dresses that came from John Wanamakers, once the premier department store here in Philadelphia. I'm thinking of an airy iron bed frame so it doesn't have too much visual weight in the room. I also want to hang a canopy above it on the wall. I saw something stunning in a magazine done with gingham so it wasn't at all gag-worthy girls, but rather elegant. Hubby can build anything so that isn't an issue:)

I hope to pick the orange and the hot pink/bright red in coordinating fabrics. Maybe the gold. Hmm, maybe I should get the whole thing out and open it up to have a sense of what it looks like full scale.

The fabric is unfortunately only 44" wide, so whatever I do for a bedspread, there will be seams. But most duvet covers have seams anyway, don't they?

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Date: 8/24/13 10:30 AM

That fabric is fantastic! What ever you do will look great. Post some pictures after you get finished.

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Date: 5/17/14 9:26 PM

Bumping, as this project has drug on because of budget/ time issues. But today, we picked up a really old brass bed frame I found on craigstlist. It's very shabby indeed and I love it! It seems to be solid brass and we will try to polish it up, but I really don't mind character in my furniture. I think the brass and wood dresser will break up the pink nicely without being as saccharine as pink + white would be. It's a full bed, so not as comfy for visiting grandparents, but that is really just once or twice a year. We will buy a mattress next week in the Memorial Day sales.

So I would like the room to be on the simple side. I want her to be able to make the bed herself soon and she is 3. I'm thinking a duvet cover that we use with sheets so it doesn't need washing often. In the summer, we can use it without the feather insides. I definitely want a skirt so we can use under the bed storage.

I thinking it might be good to have a natural color, like a flax linen or brown or ivory to foil the pink. Not that I don't love pink,I just want a hint of sophistication.

Oh, the fabric is only 44", so I will have to seam a duvet cover. I might be able to match the pattern repeat, or I might not worry about it. I would happily take suggestions.

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Date: 5/17/14 9:53 PM

Why don't you use the neutral to picture frame the pink fabric to make it wide enough? That would add sophistication. Or perhaps a 2 tone border with a narrow green before the neutral. Great shopping for the bed. Solid brass would help it stand up to more use/abuse than a lighter weight frame.

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Date: 5/17/14 9:59 PM

The fabric is very lovely!
I would make two seams, with panel in the middle rather than a seam down the middle. Another option would to be to do a really large patchwork or wide stripes with coordinating fabrics. . I like the idea of using a solid non pink color too--are you thinking for the sheets and dust ruffle? It will transition well as she grows older (which happens in a blink). We just transformed my daughter's little girl room to a middle school room last summer and reprinted the pink walls to a lovely light green and replaced curtains with some more "grown up" ones. Everything else in the room was able to make the transition (she still likes her polar bear sheets). We lucked out that the quilt I bought her at age 4 had green in it too.

That is the nice thing about a duvet cover... you can change it out and keep the duvet with relatively little expense! Another idea is to put a different but coordinating fabric on the other side. Both my sons' bed covers are like this and my youngest in particular likes to switch which side is on top each week. For him, his little kid thing is his Star Wars sheets and his quilt is plainer and can stay with him as he grows up. It has worked nicely to have mostly things that will grow up with the kids and just one or two "little kid" things that can easily be changed out as the kids grow and change what they like!
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Date: 5/17/14 11:39 PM

Popping in nearly a year late and zero decorating experience for little girls.....

Wall behind brass bed upholstered with Rapunzel fabric. Duvet cover from colors in the Rapunzel fabric and a neutral. In middle of duvet cover appliqué a simple off centered castle tower, perhaps on top of some appliqued rolling green hills. A path or a lake would be lovely too. If there is a Rapunzel Barbie (or something) scale the appliqué castle to the doll and include a pocket in the balcony for Ms. Rapunzel. And, to the base of the appliqued castle tower, add a few embroidered spritzes of the little bush/tree that is at the base of the castle on the fabric. If a print could be found with the light hearted feel of the little bush/tree it would be lovely for a border or a backer for the duvet cover. Do you suppose anyone makes castle buttons?

If there are any mishaps, the appliqued cover could be easily repaired and the theme would not be in jeopardy.

You may want to consider having a cover for your daughter that is not filled all the way to the edges. Perhaps it could be stitched with a long stitch at the bottom and both sides to hold a smaller comforter. The extra stitching could be pulled out later when she needs a bigger comforter and can handle the extra weight and bulk. Or, her 'now' cover could be smaller and added on to with another border later so she can wrestle her way through making her bed.

She needs a reading throne with the backside looking like the tall castle tower. The base of the castle would be the seat and the inside of the back of the tower wall would be the seat back. And, all padded wth royal cushions.

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Date: 5/18/14 10:56 AM


They're doing a reprint of the HR farwaway line that's supposed to be available in July, you might be able to pick up some a coordinate or fabric to make a quilt.
-- Edited on 5/18/14 10:57 AM --

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