a new project

I hope to add a few new things to my product line and website this year. Still sourcing materials and figuring out how to make them work financially. More on that later.

This post is sewing-related but it's more of a personal project than a business one. I'm always cold at night (one of my hypothyroid winter symptoms) and I've been piling on the blankets but I hate the weight of them. I found an IKEA comforter in the closet—a leftover from one of my husbands apartments I think—but the cover is bright red. That just doesn't work with my aqua/lavender/lime color scheme. After a fruitless search for a cover that wasn't really expensive, backordered until spring, or just plain ugly, I came across this Design Sponge tutorial. I can sew, right? I even know how to do French seams. I'll make my own cover!

fabric swatch

And I even found the perfect fabric at Fat Quarter Shop. La Dee Da by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit Fabrics has all my colors (the lime is more yellow than I'd like but the aqua is a dead-on match for my wall color) with a splash of white and charcoal gray to tone it down a bit. It was one of last years designs so I was able to get it for half price. And that's great because I needed 10 yards! I bought the Oopsy Daisy (top swatch) and Fiddlesticks (bottom swatch) prints in Aqua — and will make the duvet cover reversible. In case I overload on the flowers and want something a bit more modern.

fabric swatch

I haven't decided yet what I'm going to use to fasten the cover closed—zippers, snaps, or buttons—all have their advantages. That's the last step so I'll see how the rest of it goes first.

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