Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Life lessons when your teacher is a duvet

To those of you who need to iron something too large for your dinky ironing board, take heed. Learn from my mistakes:

If you don't know what your carpet is made of (i'm talking to you, renters!) don't iron on it. If it's a synthetic fiber (again, most rental properties are. It's cheap), you run the risk of fusing whatever you're ironing to the carpet. Also, NEVER iron the edges of said something, because you WILL inadvertently run the iron over the carpet and it WILL take ten minutes to scrape off the melty gunk off your iron. This is also a motivation to iron the backs of stuff and not the good sides.

Anyway, I had an adventure in crafting yesterday. In creating the perfect duvet cover, I discovered the above details about ironing, I destroyed the needle on my sewing machine, I sewed the ties onto the outside of my duvet, and I completed the whole project by eyeballing and with only four straight pins (three, after the debacle with the sewing machine needle).

However, when all was said and done, i was pretty proud of my work. I got a beautiful, handmade, and customized duvet cover for twenty bucks and learned a few things in the process. Melted carpet and broken needles aside, I'm pretty happy with that :)

SO much is wrong with this picture (and you can tell where the ironing stopped! haha). But yay! 
I love the contrast color on the reverse side--good choice hubby!
And a peek at it in action with another project we finished yesterday (that we've been talking about here and here):

The master bedroom is coming along nicely!


  1. Did you sew an older comforter up inside the cover??? It's very nice by the way. And I enjoyed hearing the journey along the way.:-))) Aunty L

    1. I sewed ribbons on the inside of it so I could tie in our older comforter. It's open 1/4 of the way on one side so I could stuff it in, but it's tied on all four corners. I wanted to be able to wash it, yick!


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