In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’m resurrecting an oldie but a goodie. Over two and half years ago I posted my second ever blog post called “PILLOW MATTRESS – MY FIRST BIG SEWING PROJECT”. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my blog or anything I had to talk about. Boy was I wrong! Today, that same post has been pinned over 40,000 times on Pinterest and it didn’t even come with a tutorial or directions on how to make the pillow bed. I think it’s time to remedy that situation now. I’ve redone the photos and am now including a full photo tutorial so you can learn how to make your own cozy pillow bed.
Before we get to the tutorial, I want to take a minute to talk about how great this pillow bed is. It’s been a couple of years since I made the pillow bed and it still gets used on a very regular basis. It’s so incredibly comfortable that it’s the bed of choice anytime my daughter has a sleepover. I’ve even had kids fighting over who gets to use it before. Noelle uses it whenever she goes to sleepover’s where they don’t have an extra bed or mattress – it’s very easy to transport. We’ve even used it to sleep on when we go camping. I’m telling you, it is the most luxurious and comfortable bed ever. And, don’t worry if you’ve never sewed before, neither had I before I made this – it’s super easy to make and you’ll whip it up in no time flat.
Cozy Pillow Bed Sewing Tutorial
Finished size: 33 x 74 inches (83.8 x 185.4 cm) | Seam Allowance: 1/2″ (1.3 cm)
2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 1 (you can also just choose to do the entire bed in one pattern if you prefer)
2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 2
Sewing machine and thread
Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
Pencil or water soluble marker
Using your scissors or rotary cutting tool, cut both pieces of flannel material to measure 34.5″ x 75″. (PHOTO A)
With both flannel pieces facing their right sides together, pin around one short side, one long side, and the other short side (one long side will not be pinned together). (PHOTO B)
Machine sew the three pinned sides together, leaving a 1/2 seam as you sew. Remove pins as you sew. (PHOTO C)
Trim the points off the stitched corners with scissors (don’t get too close to the stitching). (PHOTO D)
On the one long raw side that hasn’t been sewn, fold over and pin the material twice so that there’s approximately a 1/2″ seam. (PHOTO E)
Machine sew the 1/2″ seam along the edge of the material (do not sew the two sides together) and turn right side out. (PHOTO F)
Starting at one short end, mark a parallel line every 18.5 inches down until you reach the other short end. This will divide you pillow bed into four equal sections. Stitch along each line to make four pillow pockets. (PHOTO G)
Stuff each of the four pockets with a pillow. (PHOTO H)
DIY Foaming Hand Soap – Who doesn’t like foaming hand soap. The problem is that you tend to go through it so quickly – especially if you have kids. Not to panic, there’s a really simple way to make your own foaming hand soap. It’s actually the container pump that makes the soap come out all foamy and lately I’m finding it hard to throw away perfectly good containers so why not be both frugal and environmentally conscious by refilling your old container. I worked it out and it cost less than a quarter to refill a container with this DIY foaming soap. This inexpensive soap is also perfect for the cottage, camping, or to keep near the garden.
The recipe for the DIY foaming hand wash is crazy simple. You take your container, you add some dish soap, some water and voila you’re done.
Clean container with foam pump (I used one from Bath and Body Works and removed the labels)
Dish soap of your choice (I’m sure liquid hand soap would work too)
Get an empty and clean foam pump container and fill it up between 1/6 and 1/4 of the way with dish soap.
Fill the rest of the container with water (make sure you don’t fill it too much but leave space at the top for the pump to go in – otherwise it will overflow).
Twist the pump lid on and give the container a gentle shake to make sure the soap and the water mix together.
Go ahead and give it a few pumps and the foam should start coming out.
Simple Wooden Nativity Scene – This past weekend we finally pulled out our Christmas decorations and got our house looking festive. I always seem to forget all the amazing things we have until I see them coming out of the boxes. One of our favorite decorations is a very simple nativity scene that my mom made a few years back. My Mom is very crafty and artistic… I’m sure that’s where I inherited all my creative genes from (no offense Dad). My lovely and talented Mother has given me permission to share the details of this project with my readers – oh, and she wanted to mention that my Dad played a vital roll in the creation of these nativity scenes; he cut out all the wood pieces. This sweet and simple nativity scene is great for your home and makes a thoughtful and unique gift as well. It’s also simple enough that children could make these too.
Acrylic craft paint (use whatever colour you prefer – we used, dark green, brown, dark red, cream, pink – you can mix the red & cream, black and gold)
Paint brushes (mini roller and fine brushes)
Matt finish varnish
Using the template, cut out shapes and then trace all the shapes (excluding the star) onto your cedar/pine and then cut out your pieces of wood using the saw. Do the same with the star using the 1/8″ plywood.
Sand all the edges of your wood until they are pretty smooth
Starting with the people pieces, paint on the faces and shawls – just keep it a simple design (feel free to draw a little outline with a pencil on the wood first if that helps)
Paint the star gold
Paint the edges of the trees, arch and people using the mini roller
When the paint has dried, glue the star onto the arch
Cover and seal everything with a coat of matte finish varnish
Lately I’ve been very inspired by some of the incredible watercolour and mixed media artists out there. I especially love the style of Geninne Zlatkis, Eva Juliet and Alisa Burke. I’ve never had any experience with watercolour before but it’s something that’s on my bucket list of things to learn… maybe this year will be the year (fingers crossed).
This week, in a fit of desperation to try watercolour, I grabbed Noelle’s art kit from her room and just started playing with the colours – turns out it’s not as easy as I envisioned. Oh well, watercolour classes it is. However, I did have a bit of fun mixing the colours and thought that a couple of the pieces made fun backgrounds for printable art.
I chose this “be so happy “quote for my daughter and put it in her room. My absolute favourite thing that I love about Noelle is that she’s happy ALL the time – seriously! She wakes up every day full of life, energy and happiness and always with a huge smile on her face that continues all day long. I have no idea how she does it but if only I could find a way to bottle it and sell it – I’d make a fortune.