Thursday, February 17, 2011

Makeshift Bolster

Part of our spontaneous “vacation day” included separating the four girls into two rooms.  Which meant bunking two of the beds to accommodate a smaller space. 

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Since we could no longer drape their colorful quilts at the foot of their beds due to the pesky ladder, I decided to repurpose them as bolster pillows instead. 

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I didn’t want to spend any money on bolster inserts, so here’s what I did…

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I used an old king size pillow and grabbed some string.

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Then summoned two available children to hold down the ends after I folded it in half.

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I tied the string around one end pretty tight and made a knot.

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Then I wound the string over and over around the folded pillow.

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Until it resembled a giant grub. 

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I then laid out a twin quilt (mine is cut in half, but you don’t have to do this). 

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At the bottom edge, I started rolling the quilt tightly around the pillow.

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Once rolled up, I safety-pinned the seam in the middle to hold it secure.

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Using string, I tied each end as tight as I could.

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At which point, the pillow took on the form of a snazzed-up Tootsie Roll.  Much better than a grub.

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Then came the most expensive part of this project.

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$6 for a roll of satin ribbon from Michaels. 

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A pretty bow for each side finishes the look.

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