You may remember a long time ago when I first started decorating the nursery, I mentioned that Lucie and I would be sleeping together on a queen sized mattress on the floor, and that my goal was to make the bed look more thought out than a mattress thrown in the corner. My first plan was to sew two pillows from a pattern I saw in the JoAnn's circular (it was a "That's So Raven" pattern-- buying that was sort of humiliating). They were wedge-shaped like a reading pillow, and I thought two of them together would look headboard-ish. The task seemed a little daunting because you have to make the pillow forms as well as the pillow covers, and I kept putting it off. Then I ran across the Cuddledown body pillow I used during my first pregnancy, sitting unused in the closet. It was the exact width of the queen mattress, so I decided to use it as my headboard.
I found some nubby indigo linen at Haberman's-- actually a remnant pinned as a skirt on a mannequin. It was the exact size I needed (thank you decorating gods), but I noticed as I sewed it up that is a little threadbare in areas. Oops. Just look at it kids, don't touch it. I left it in one big piece, and just sewed up the sides and did an envelope back with some ties out of trim from Kitty-Craft. I was going for a slouchy look and I think I got it.
The shams are made from my favorite folksy Liberty print and some white linen Ikea curtain cut-offs (again, the perfect size). I got fancy with these teaching myself how to make French seams. Again with the envelope back. After the first couple of washings, I decided these would be shams only (that way I don't have to iron them every time I wash the sheets), so I throw them in this basket at night, and use plain white pillowcases for sleeping.
Above the bed on two walls, I've added a clothesline as seen in Martha Stewart Kids (see it down there?). I drew a line with the laser level and hung 1/2" twill tape with a tack every 1'. I'm trying to decide whether to leave the tacks blank or dress them up a bit-- paint them or cover them with a circle of cute paper.
The clothesline is empty now, but I hung a few things from it just to give you the idea. I plan on puttering away all summer making doll clothes to tack to it. I am going to raid my husband's closet for some worn shirts, because I'm dying to make some doll clothes out of some nice shirt fabrics.