Do you or your child want a bedroom that looks as if it were custom-made for the person who uses it, without breaking the bank or the conditions of your lease?
Traditional handcrafts make bedroom decor unique. The time and planning they require can be part of the fun.
Basic Steps for Custom Bedroom Decor
1. Draw and color the design you want on paper for a visual shopping list.
2. Draw and cut out templates to make the full-sized shape of your design. Cut a separate piece for each area of color in your design. For knitting or embroidery, use graph paper (or craft design software) to calculate the number of stitches in each area of color.
3. Collect fabrics, yarns, or paints in the colors you want. Mixing textures can be part of the effect, but all materials used in one piece need to have the same care requirements.
4. Assemble your design.
* Fabric painting or embroidery: Paint or embroider your design onto background fabric.
* Patchwork or applique: Cut, pin, and sew fabrics to fit together, following your templates.
* Knitting, crocheting, or tapestry: Knit, crochet, or weave your design.
4. Sew your creation onto plain backing fabric if necessary. (Bedspreads are often unlined, but children are likely to pick at threads, stretch fabric, and enlarge any holes stretching makes in a bedspread.)
5. Wash and reshape your creation if necessary, and finish it as appropriate.
With the right bedspread, you or your child will soon be sleeping in any place you’d like to visit in your dreams–a flower garden or a primitive hunting camp, a castle or a sports event. Easy-care fabrics printed with flower, animal, sports, cartoon, and other popular motifs may be all you need to create your dream bedspread, or they may furnish inspiration.
Either way, the first step is to measure your mattress. (A table of standard mattress sizes in eight countries is online at en.wikipedia.org.) Measure the thickness of the mattress and height of the bed to calculate how much fabric or lining material you will need.
The flexibility of fabric needs to be considered when planning a bedspread. A bedspread knitted or even crocheted from popular cotton or acrylic yarn will stretch when it is washed. Sewing the fabric to a woven lining helps keep handmade bedspreads in proportion to the mattresses they cover.
A plain bedspread in a color that harmonizes with fancy pillow covers is a quicker, cheaper way to achieve the bed look of your dreams.
Curtains color the whole room. They can cast a golden or rosy glow on chilly winter mornings, or block excessive sun with a cool blue tone on hot afternoons. Curtains are the quickest way to customize a rented room that comes with white walls and beige carpeting.
Lampshades, firescreens, cushions or chair covers, and other accessories can complete the look of your dream bedroom. You can even “travel” between different looks by making different sets of bedroom decor items with traditional handcrafts.