Sunday, October 23, 2005

Home Economics 101

I told you I have been in one of those weird homey moods, entertaining left and right, baking and cooking up a storm, and just getting things done around the house. Well today I took it to a whole new level. My kids needed new comforters, theirs were quilts and not suitable for the cold that we are expecting this winter, not to mention the new lower thermostat level. SO I went shopping and together with my mother-in-law and three kids, we picked up new comforters. I got them the most affordable, but machine washable, down comforter we could find. Then we went looking for duvet covers (comforter covers). Well, those turned out to be fourty to seventy dollars each. I just can't see paying so much for covers. That is just highway robbery, in my book. So instead I thanked G-d that my mom had taught me to sew and had bought me a sewing machine when I was little. You see I got my first machine when I was ten, and made myself my own outfits, and all kinds of stuff. Over the years, I have made everything from clothes to costumes to curtains to baby bedding (comforter/bumper/dust ruffle). Well, now I can add comforter covers. Yes for $15-20 you too can make your own covers. I bought two twin size flat sheets, 300 count cotton, and sewed them right sides together. Then I added a big stripe of velcro to one end, the one I left open so I could put the comforter in. My daughters cover is one side plum the otherside is pale pink; while my son got tan/burgandy. They turned out really nice and cost well under fourty dollars, took only an hour to make!
I think the next thing I'll tackle is thermal curtains, how bad could that be? I'll let you know.....MAYBE.


Lisa said...

I give you a lot of credit to find the time in your busy life to tackle the curtains! I, too, did the duvet thing and it worked out great. I have two children with disabilities and life can be a juggling game so it is so rewarding when you accomplish something as simple as making a duvet yourself.

Belovedlife said...

Thanks! I haven't done the cutains yet, just thinking about it...we'll see what happens in the next few weeks, if the nesting thing continues or if it peters out (no I'm not pregnant either, just crazy)!

Julana said...

GOod for you! I've had material for curtains on my dining room table for two months. :-)