diy: anthropologie bedding

anthropologie cirrus diy
After graduating college I decided my room needed a bit of a makeover and I figured bedding would make the biggest impact in my room, and thus this ruffled duvet is born! I didn't post any instructions since there are so many other Anthropologie cirrus diys out there, although I did make a couple of modifications.
  • I tried the basting method but I found it pretty difficult to do, especially on such a long piece of fabric. The thread was difficult to pull and would sometimes break.
  • An easier method was measuring a piece of elastic to the same length as the width of the comforter and then stretching it across and when you sew ruffles automatically appear!
  • I also made 6 panels instead of 8 since I have a twin-sized bed and I felt 8 might look a little overwhelming.
When I was browsing the Anthropologie website I saw this really gorgeous mint colored one that I wanted to recreate but when shopping around I couldn't find green sheets that I loved, and after a previous terrible dying experience (I tried to dye a dress black but it turned out a grayish-purply color) I decided to settle on a lilac, lavender color. I do love the color, but it is a little young looking, as in it makes my room look a little like a girl's room. Nonetheless I still really love it, but now I know why purple isn't on their website.

I hope these tips were helpful for you and good luck on making your ruffled duvet cover!

scalloped lace shorts

I was cleaning out my closet and was about to donate a pair of old jeans when I realized that I could repurpose it into something I would actually wear and thus this DIY was born! These shorts have both a lace print and scalloped edging which I think makes it pretty unique. Here's how I did it...
You will need:
  • a pair of jeans
  • lace
  • newspaper (for protecting your work space)
  • spray paint in your choice of color- I chose black because my denim is a bit on the darker side but I think white would look amazing on lighter shades, or you could do something fun like neon or metallic! 
  • some rocks (for holding the lace in place)
  • pencil 
  • scissors
  • round object (not pictured)

Step 1
Lay out newspapers so you don't get spray paint everywhere, and place your jeans (buttoned and zipped) on top. Working outside is probably best, or somewhere ventilated because inhaling pounds of spray paint fumes is not very fun.
**Another note: definitely try and make the jeans as flat as possible. Iron them if necessary, especially if they are an older pair. I did not do this and where there were a lot of folds the design did not come out very cleanly.
Step 2
Pull the lace pretty taut across your jeans and secure in place with some rocks. I'm just making shorts so I didn't cover the whole pair but if you're not making shorts cover the jeans completely. 
Step 3
Spray paint away! Get a nice even coat and then wait a couple of minutes for it to dry.
Step 4
Remove the rocks and lace, and you should have a nice lace pattern.
Step 5
Flip over and repeat steps 1-4 on the back
Step 6
If you want scalloped shorts proceed with these steps but if you just wanted to make jeans you're finished! I laid a pair of shorts that are the perfect length for me on top as a reference for cutting my new shorts.
Step 7
Using a round object (I used the lid of a spice jar) trace scallops across the leg.
Step 8
Once you have finished tracing, carefully cut through both layers of denim.
And your'e done! I'm really pleased with the way they turned out although I do wish I ironed the jeans before spray painting. I think it's a fun twist on the typical lace or scalloped short. I'll do a post soon on how I style these. Enjoy!