Upcycle a past-its-prime family quilt that's hidden away in a closet or trunk into charming Christmas stockings you'll be proud to display year-after-year. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.
A hand-me-down quilt may be too fragile or old to use as bedding but holds too many sentimental memories to simply throw away. Preserve the best part of the quilt, giving it new life as a charming Christmas tree skirt. Our step-by-step instructions make this repurposing project a snap — even for beginning sewers.
‘Everest Blue’ is a tall ageratum that grows 20 to 26 inches tall. Developed for the cut flower market, it makes a terrific addition to planting beds, cottage gardens and large containers. Japanese beetles tend to avoid the hairy, quilted leaves of ageratum, but may rarely munch on the blooms.
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Ethereal white curtains, deep sea green walls, and simple white bedding accented by the blue quilt and vintage lumbar pillow give this bedroom a calm and stylish look. Vintage Lane side tables as nightstands brings a touch of mid-century style to the design. White cube lamp frames on thin stands fit the light look.
Walls the soft hue of sea mist and a pair of tranquil tropical paintings turn this California bedroom into a soothing retreat. A soft blue quilted coverlet borrows its color from the walls, while a traditional rug grounds the space and pairs nicely with the banded and monogrammed bedding. Beams criss-cross the ceiling and echo the lines of the board and batten walls.
The master bathroom is big on personality, if not on space. The concrete tile floor is meant to evoke the look of a folk art quilt. The vanity and mirror are pretty as a picture in robin's egg blue. And shiplap walls match the paneling used throughout the house.
A set of twin beds in this cottage-style guest bedroom offer visitors more options than a full or queen model. Cornice boards upholstered in blue gingham are mounted above each bed and lined with a sheer drape that lends an ethereal, cloud-like feeling to the space. Quilts on the bed reflect the home's North Carolina heritage.
This blue dresser boasts a rustic, weathered look that blends perfectly with its country surroundings. The bold green mirror above the dresser mimics its country style, proving that country furnishings can be bright, bold and beautiful.
This bedroom looks sleek with white built-in cabinets and a plush quilted bedspread, but an infusion of cool aqua on one wall and in the bed frame takes the space to the next level. Dark hardwood floors and gold mirrored nightstands complete the design.
A daybed is a fun alternative to a regular bed in any bedroom, but especially in this teen bedroom. Robin's-egg blue walls and a white flokati rug brighten the dark hardwood floors, while the lattice-inspired design of the daybed keeps the space feeling open.
A red striped rug defines this casual living space. White sofas are divided by a leather ottoman topped with a multicolor quilted throw. Red and white floral curtains and a bright white mantel pop against the dark blue walls to break up the dark color.
Light blue painted floor to ceiling beadboard adds cottage style warmth to this transitional bedroom. An airy blue motif carries from the natural light illuminated walls to the quilted bedspread where pillows splashed with color interrupt but do not disturb the calm flow of the space. A white tufted headboard, modern floor lamp and plush area rug add extra bits of texture and surprise.
Give new life to a tired quilt that's stored away in a linen closet, attic or trunk by making it into Christmas stockings for your family. These stockings will certainly become heirlooms that will be treasured for many holidays to come.
Light blue painted floor to ceiling beadboard mirroring the planked ceiling adds cottage style warmth to this transitional bedroom. A quilted bedspread and throw blanket carries the airy blue motif throughout the space. Small surprises like bright pillows, a plush shag area rug and traditional upholstered settee creates an inviting sitting area beneath geometric windows.
In this master bedroom, the strong and simple lines of the furniture anchor more contemporary accent pieces for an updated country look. By using using a similar color palette of navy and beige, the designer combined contemporary patterns with a solid-colored patchwork quilt to harmonize the bedding.
Complete your small space by mixing patterns. In this bedroom, Ikat print curtains pair well with a tribal influenced mirror that hangs above the bed. Use throw pillows to your advantage, and add visual interest by mixing similarly colored pillows that have interesting patterns. The chevron pillows here are set off by a nostalgic, knitted throw in the middle. Unify the space by matching a muted blue wall color with quilted bed linens to add texture, but keep the pops of color from overpowering the room.