My Valentine bedroom is almost on fire. I usually save the red sheets for Christmas, but this year I went with lavender bedding for the winter holidays. So there they were, my red cotton sheets, perfect for a more passionate display. The pillow assortment was a little sad, so I said good bye to an old T-shirt and made the cutest throw pillow. In order to ease the red impact on the eye, I went for the complementary color - green. I just moved around the potted coconut and installed a green Russian doll from my generous collection.
This old T-shirt had got everything and more: a red background (just the rich, not too bright shade of red that I love the most), tiny white hearts all over the place, a high-heeled purple flamingo (and oh I love flamingos indeed, if you read one of my previous posts) and a daisy heart. Plus the "love" inscription - too much, but I'll live with that! The red and purple combo is number one on my list right now and I'm already planning a little decoration with these colors.
People compliment me on my love for color, so maybe this time you've got a question: Is red good for the bedroom? Color theory teaches us that red is too energizing for the rooms where we rest and sleep and that we should use red in the living areas and more soothing colors for the bedroom, like blue. If you want my advice, just go with the flow. See what happens. I had a red wall in my room for a year and I slept fine, probably because I couldn't see the color while I was asleep ;))
And just to show you that this pillow didn't take more than 15 minutes to make, here is the tutorial for a T-shirt pillow:
1. Lay the T-shirt on the floor in a straight position. Depending on the T-shirt size, decide how big you want your pillow to be. I just went with the biggest size possible, because there was not much fabric to begin with.
2. Cut the fabric, allowing 1 inch of extra material on each side (for the hem). You can see that I cut a little bit of the sleeve, as well. It helped me to sew the fabric properly and it didn't show when the pillow was finished.
3. Turn the fabric inside out, mark your final measurements and sew three sides. For the forth side (usually the lower side, which doesn't show) sew only three quarters and leave a gap to insert the filling.
4. Overcast the hem, turn the fabric outside in, fill and finish the lower side sewing it by hand. Enjoy!