Monday, September 19, 2016

A Bed Fit for a Monkey

I never did a proper nursery tour when Chief was a little baby, but the decor theme was space- I made sheets with a galaxy pattern, Mr Geek's old Star Wars action figures were artfully posed on the walls, and I found some great prints of the TARDIS and the Enterprise.  Now that we're in a new house, she's got a new room, and therefore a new theme.

This time it's a zoo!

My mom bought her a growth chart when she was first standing on her own, which I unfortunately don't have a picture of.  It's pink and has various jungle animals on it, so it didn't match the space decor in the nursery and we hung it in the hallway.  But her massive collection of stuffed animals inspired the idea for a zoo theme, and the growth chart inspired the color scheme.

Project number one: sheets!

I took her to Joann Fabrics and pretty much as soon as we walked in the door, she pointed at a shelf and said, "I want the monkeys!"  Luckily, this green monkey-print cotton is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for.  I found a coordinating brown polka dot fabric that I can't seem to find online, and I already had this ribbon in pink in my stash to tie it all together.

Here's the results!

I used this tutorial from Film in the Fridge to make the pillowcase, using both fabrics and the ribbon as an accent (though you can't quite see it in this photo).  I must have done something wrong when cutting, though, because somehow the pillowcase ended up just a hair short for the pillow.  I keep saying I'll go back and fix it or make another buuuuuuuuut I probably won't, let's be honest.

This tutorial from Offbeat Home is pretty old now, but it's what I used for her crib sheet, and since this mattress is the same one we used in her crib, it worked for a bottom sheet here, too.  Since the bed is cleanly made in this photo, you can't even see the bottom sheet, but it's the brown polka dot fabric used on the pillow.

I was just going to do a fitted bottom sheet, but on Pinterest one day I found something I'd never heard of- a fitted top sheet!  It's made essentially like the bottom sheet, only you leave off the elastic on the top corners and simply fold down the top several inches.  This way the top sheet won't come un-tucked- it's got elastic sewn right in!  So that's what we used the monkey fabric for.

The blanket is one we've had since she was a tiny baby.  I'll probably look for a proper quilt when it gets cold out, or even make a simple comforter, but for now, this fuzzy blanket will do (and it ends up on the floor most mornings anyway).

She loves it!

It's super comfy :)

I'm still gathering artwork to decorate this room with, so I'll save the rest of the decor for another post.  But I do want to share a little peek at a simple print I put together myself using PicMonkey- my favorite quote from Where the Wild Things Are on a green background, framed with this simple unfinished laser-cut frame I picked up at Michaels.

What sort of decor does your little one have in her room?

Much love,
The Geeks

1 comment:

  1. This bedding set is so cute!!! I have never heard of a fitted top sheet, but I like the sound of it! I'm sure it would make the process of "making the bed" so much easier, and keep things a lot tidier-looking. Our little guy is only 3 months and we cosleep, so he doesn't have any special decor yet. Someday, when we move into a house and he gets his own room, I think it'd be lots of fun to decorate-I would be all about that space theme :)