My 3 Monsters: {31 Days to a Brand New Room}Day 24: Anthro-Knock Off Rivulets Bedding {Part 1}

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10.24.2012

{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 24: Anthro-Knock Off Rivulets Bedding {Part 1}

If you're joining us for the first time today, welcome!  This is day 24 of a 31-day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY.  


We're finally moving on from the accent pillows!!!  I decided to make today's project a two-parter because once I got going and realized how time- and labor-intensive it was, I knew that doing it all in one post would be ridiculous.  The post would take you all day to read!  It's not very hard to make, but there is kind-of a lot going on.  This is the original quilt from Anthropologie that inspired today's project:


It's beautiful, isn't it?  Worth every penny of its $288-plus-shams price tag.  I actually bought a pair of the shams in a coral/orange color when they were on clearance for super cheap to use in my living room.  My ulterior motive was to see how they were made so I would know if I could even come close to replicating this look at home.  Here's a close up of the detail:


After studying the shams I ordered in real life, I came to the conclusion that I absolutely COULD NOT replicate this quilt on my budget.  There is all kinds of smocking going on in there and the shams are thick -- like, many layers of nice, quality jersey fabric thick.  They're beautiful AND beautifully made.   

But I also decided I COULD replicate the FEELING of this bedding -- the jersey knit fabric, the ruffles, the prettiness.  That's all I really need on my budget, right? 

This is how I puzzled it all out in my notebook.  {NOTE:  This is not really intended to be intelligible to you.  Just a glimpse into the way my mind works.}



So, the plan is, basically, to sew gathered arches of jersey knit fabric onto a twin flat sheet in a fish scale pattern, then add another twin flat sheet to the back to form a duvet cover.  You with me?

Here's what you need for a twin size duvet cover {finished size: 64" x 86"}:
7-2/3 yards white knit fabric
2 twin white flat sheets

The link above for the jersey knit fabric is from the same website where I found my fabric, but the one I got is no longer available.  The one I linked to looks very similar and the price is awesome!!

Ready to get to work?

Step 1:  Cut your fabric.  This is super easy with a rotary cutter and cutting mat.  You just need to cut 44 strips of your knit fabric 4" wide by the width of your fabric {from selvage to selvage}.  Then cut 44 strips of knit fabric 1" wide by the width of your fabric.  {In my plan above it says 1/2", but I decided it looked better a little wider so go with 1".} Save the rest of the fabric for the ruffle around the outside edge.

Step 2:  Cut 9" off the top edge of one of your fitted sheets.  The sheets are longer than your finished duvet cover needs to be.  Save the cut piece because we'll use that tomorrow, too.

Step 3:  Mark your base fabric.  I figured I would need a way to lay out my arch pattern, but I didn't want to have any marks show through when I was all finished.  There are probably a million ways to do that, but I decided to press creases in my base fabric, forming a grid I could follow. Start by folding your twin sheet in half the long way and press a crease right down the middle.  Fold it in half again and press that fold really well, too.  You should have your twin sheet folded up into a really long, narrow strip now.  Beginning at the top end, fold over and press the fabric every 7-3/4 inches.  When you unfold your fabric you will have a nice grid of pressed lines.  {I emphasized with dotted lines in the photo below.}


Step 4:  Lay out your arches, one at a time.  Beginning in the top left corner, take one of your 4" strips of fabric and lay it out like a rainbow on your base fabric, bunching it up into gathers.  Make sure the ends of your arch hang about 1-1/2" below the base line of your grid and the side edges hang over into the next square by about 1/2'.  Does that make sense?  You want each arch to overlap the next one a little bit.


Once that is laid out to your liking, take one of your 1" fabric strips and cut it in half.  Lay each piece flat on top of your ruffled arch and pin it all down to the base fabric.


Sew around the arch, right down the middle of each narrow strip to secure it to the base fabric.  The narrow strips will not lay completely flat when you sew them -- they will gather and pucker a little bit, but that adds to the ruffly look.  Don't worry about it.

Step 5:  Repeat step 4 in the next section of your grid, until you complete the top row.


Step 6:  Repeat step 4 on the next row of your base fabric grid.  The only difference is that the grid lines will now mark the center of your arch, not the edges.  {Refer to my drawing above.}  That's what will give it the fish scale look.  Just eyeball where the edges of your arches need to be.


On these rows, I started with my center arch and worked out to the edges.  You will end up with a half-arch on each end of the row.  Make these by cutting your 4" strip in half and your 1" strip into fourths.  Pin it on and sew it just like you would the full arches.

Keep repeating the process until you reach the bottom of your base fabric.  Here's a peek at mine in progress, draped over my kitchen table:


And a side-by side with the Anthro original:


Not too shabby, I think.  Come back tomorrow and I'll show you how I put the whole thing together!

3 comments:

  1. How much did this cost you to make? Are you making and selling? I am in love with the Anthropologie version and yours so far looks awesome!

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  2. Did you hand sew the arches, or use a sewing machine?

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  3. oh to have your talent..it is every bit as nice as Anthropologies...you should be very proud of that!!! All the best, Chrissy

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