Bed of Clouds Tutorial {Our Wonderfilled Life}

I am thrilled to introduce you to Michelle, the fabulous author of Our Wonderfilled Life.  What an incredible lady... and what a fun tutorial!
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Hello to all of Alison's lovely readers!! I am beyond happy to be here today at Oopsey Daisy!!  Alison's ideas are always so clever, and she is so kind to open her door to me!!

I'm Michelle, "mother wonder" over at Our Wonderfilled Life.  

I have FIVE very sweet little guys, including a set of two-year-old quadruplets, that I refer to as my boy wonders. While I am {just a bit} outnumbered, I spend my slivers of free time creating, designing, gathering inspiration, for our little corner of the world.  

The project I am sharing with you today has great gift potential!  It has been appropriately titled, by my 6-year-old, BED OF CLOUDS, sounds dreamy right?!  I was thrilled to have the chance to make something girly for my niece's upcoming seventh birthday!!

This sweet little bed is made up of 5 pillows all enclosed in separate cases.  The cover is removable, and washable.  It is perfect for a slumber party, at home movie night, lounging.  The best part is that you can use your own spare pillows to cut down on some of the cost.  As this was a gift, I bought new pillows at Target for a very reasonable $4 a piece.

{supplies}
printed washable fabric (3 yards)
A great pattern makes all the difference
plain washable fabric (3 yards)
I used a lightweight soft flannel
sew-on velcro
grosgrain ribbon
coordinating thread
pillows (5)
Note if you use spare pillows, that's fine, just make sure they are all the same standard size.
The measurements below are based off  20w x 28l" pillows.
Essentially we will be making one big pillow case and then dividing into 5 different sections.
Let's see if we can do this in as few steps possible!
{1}
Cut fabric to 28" width by  97" length.
{2} 
Fold each piece of fabric over 1" along the length and pin.
This will be the side the pillows are placed in/removed from.
{3}
Sew along the length of both pieces of fabric.
Give yourself a large work area, the floor always works best for me
when working with this much fabric.
{4}
Lay right sides of fabric together and pin together.
Folded over sewn edges should match up
{5}
Measure along fabric starting at top and pin at 19" {4 times down the length}
This is to mark off the five pillowcase openings.
Next we will work on pinning and sewing on the ribbon and velcro as all
ends will be sewn together except for the finished end which will be use to place and remove pillows.
{6}
Cut four pieces of ribbon a foot long.
The head {top} pillow will be tied with ribbon
Put velcro together and cut  into eight 2" pieces.
Two will be used per remaining 4 pillow openings.
{7}

Placing fasteners
Pin ribbon onto top pillow case opposite fabric side, about 4" down from top of pillowcase
and then again 4" up from bottom of pillowcase.  Match up as shown, so ribbons can be tied.
Pin velcro in the same manner.  About 4" down from top of pillow case
and then again 4" up from bottom of pillowcase.
It doesn't have to be perfect, just make sure the velcro pieces line up
and they are somewhat evenly spaced to hold the pillow once place inside.


{8}
Unpin the large pieces of fabric from one another.
Sew fasteners on making sure they stay aligned while sewing.
Sew onto patterned piece of fabric, then onto solid.  

{9}
Repin all sides of fabric together except for finished {folded edge} length.
Sew all sides twice to reinforce seam
Trim any excess.  Pull inside out and trim any hanging threads, push out corners.
Essentially you are making a super-large pillow case leaving the finished side (from Step 3)open.
{10}

Repin or if still pinned, check measurements of 19" markers down length of fabric.
These markers will be used to create the 5 pillowcase pockets.


{11}

Creating separate pillow pockets.
Sew a straight line along the width at each pin.  Keep fabric taut so there are no bulges.
Sew twice at each line to reinforce seam.
Check 19" distance between seams before sewing each pocket.
{12}

Place pillows inside each pocket, fasten, and Voila! you have your very own bed of clouds!
In only 12 steps, pretty impressive my friends!!
Camouflage p-jams and all, he loved it!  Enough to forget all the pink and hearts in the test run.
Mom, can you make one for me?  That's a great review in my book!!
 Many thanks Alison for being such a gracious host!!  I loved visiting with you all today!!

{michelle}

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{thank you kindly!!}
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I admire Michelle for so many reasons!  The fact that she can run a blog with quadruplet 2-year-olds is pretty impressive!  Here are a few more reasons to go check out Our Wonderfilled Life:
I am in love with this fun playroom!  A girl can dream, right?!
This vintage wheels party is adorable!
I can't get enough boy projects... so I'm lovin' this vintage race car art with pallet frame.  Caaaute!
Have a happy day!
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Comments

  1. Alison, so enjoyed being here today, thank you! {michelle}

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE Michelle! This project is fantastic…I think I’ll make these for all of the cousins for Christmas! It’s perfect!

  3. Kerry says:

    This looks like such a great project!! I have no idea where you find to craft, but way to go!

  4. Deebi27 says:

    I love this idea…now to figure who to make this for!

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