Are you tired of finding clean bedding and blankets heaped on the floor? Especially when you just washed them? What if I told you that I found a solution that will not only eliminate that problem but will also simplify busy mornings and the daily argument of bed-making with your kids? I’m so excited to introduce you to my new favorite mama hack; zippered bedding!
Zippered bedding is one of those items that you never know you needed; until you try it! You will quickly realize just how much this single product will help to simplify your life as a busy mama. I don’t know about you, but I’ll try just about anything if it reduces arguments with my kiddos, gives me a few extra moments to myself, or helps to simplify our busy household mornings. Zippered bedding does just that!
What is zippered bedding?
Has anyone else seen the ads from Beddy’s on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest recently? I didn’t even know that zippered bedding was a thing until I saw one of their ads. Then the middle of quarantine in March, I bit the bate and clicked on their link. Thus opened the rabbit hole of Beddy’s advertisements everywhere 🙂
If you aren’t familiar, Beddy’s is one of the names behind a new type of bedding geared towards… well, everyone really. It consists of a fitted bottom sheet, a blanket, and a comforter. This one-piece bedding goes on easily like a fitted sheet making it perfect for kids or RV beds. Two zippers that attach the comforter to the bottom sheet, make bed making a breeze. All it takes is a simple zip and the bed is made!
Why zippered bedding?
Not only is zippered bedding great for day-to-day use at home, but it is perfect for use in a pop-up trailer, camper, or RV. These types of beds tend to be awkward to make because of the compact size and configurations of trailer design. The functionality that results from eliminating the many parts of bedding that can easily end up on the floor, and simplifying bed making, make this extremely useful. Imagine being able to make your bed in less than 30 seconds and it stays that way all day?!?!
Simple and easy to use
What makes zippered bedding unique is that it is a single unit. Whereas most bedding consists of a fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, and comforter; zippered bedding is a single piece. The fitted sheet is sewn in which helps to keep it in place. Then a zipper on either side of the bedding allows a variety of blanket configurations for any type of sleeper.
Can I just say how comfortable these bedding sets are? First, by making your own zippered bedding, you can completely customize any part of this project to fit your preferences! The minky lining I used makes these so cozy and soft. Then comfort panels extend over both zippers to provide extra comfort. Finally, the combination of the minky fabric and the outer quilt leaves you with a warm and comfortable comforter.
As you can imagine, I was instantly drawn to the concept of zippered bedding when I first came across Beddy’s. However, I couldn’t justify the price to purchase for all four of my kids.
A school bus conversion changed my mind:)
Then my husband pulled one of his moves and bought a school bus. Yes you read that right, he bought an old school bus and you can read all about that here 🙂
As soon as we dived into our school bus conversion and began planning, I quickly realized that with 4 kid’s bunk beds, regular bedding wasn’t going to work for us. All I could imagine were blankets, sheets, stuffed animals, and pillows overflowing from the bunks into an already tiny space. I realized that we needed bedding that was functional, warm, kid-friendly, and small-space friendly 🙂 That’s when I decided that I needed zippered bedding.
However, even after realizing that zippered bedding was the perfect option for our school bus conversion, I still wasn’t able to justify the high price tag. So I set out to try and sew my own. I found all the perfect fabric, knew all the colors, as well as the look I was going for. But I had absolutely no idea where to begin. By pure luck, I came across a pin on Pinterest on how to make your own zippered bedding. I had seen a few others, but they weren’t the look I was after. This pin looked exactly like the Beddy’s sets; only I could sew my own for a fraction of a price= mama win!
Making your own zippered bedding
My goal with this blog is to share things that I think help to make mama life simple. Well, this mama behind Twirlybird patterns nailed that! Her tutorial on how to sew the perfect zippered bedding is spot on! Her step-by-step instructions include photographs that are simple enough to follow that even an inexperienced sewer such as me can follow and create something amazing! Using her pattern, I made 4 zippered bedding sets for our RV-sized bunk mattress as well as for a full-size bed for our school bus conversion. Not only did all 5 zippered bedding sets turn out like I wanted, but everyone in the family, from the toddler to the animals absolutely love these bedding sets!
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What you need:
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I’ve created a shopping list on Amazon of everything I used for this project. Many items on this list I have from previous projects. While you can tackle this project without all of these items, you will thank me later if you invest in them before you begin 🙂
- sewing instructions from Twirlybird patterns ( you can check out her Etsy page below)
- fabric- you will need 4 different fabrics. Make sure to read the directions thoroughly to determine the correct yardage you will need
- top quilt and sides
- minky lining
- flannel lining
- thread to blend in with your quilt
- seam ripper
- extra needles
- basting needle
- extra bobbins
- 1/4 inch braided elastic *
- rotary cutter
- metal yardstick
- cutting mat
- #5 zippers **
- plastic clips
- chalk marker
- bobbin winder
- safety pin
* Make sure to use braided elastic. I tried the other kind and it couldn’t hold up to the stretch needed for this project and kept breaking*
** For zippers you can either purchase them to size, or you can buy in bulk and do your own. I had never made my own zippers before this project, but it was so simple to do and allowed me to get the exact look I wanted at a fraction of the price!**
Twirlybird Patterns did a great job of clearly laying out the instructions. But after sewing 5 of these zippered bedding sets, I discovered several tips that made it easier for me and figured I’d share in case they can help anyone else 🙂
Use this sewing pattern!– The best advice I could possibly pass on, is to purchase this sewing pattern from Twirlybird Patterns on Etsy. It is very reasonably priced, affordable, and worth every penny!
Read the instructions first!– Specifically, read the cut list before you buy any fabric. Even though I always tend to overbuy fabric, I made the mistake of purchasing fabric before reading the instructions. I was off by quite a bit from what I needed. She does a great job of giving specific cut sizes which makes it easy. However, that also means that you need to take the time to measure and plan your cuts in order to purchase enough of each fabric.
Don’t skip steps- Sounds fairly straightforward and simple. However, there were a few steps that I skipped on one bedding set. I hoped to save time by skipping ahead. Instead, that backfired. Those steps that you are tempted to skip, I can guarantee you that they are probably the most crucial ones 🙂 So stick to the directions.
Reread every step- With my level of sewing, it was important to read and re-read many steps before actually doing. I would often double-check the photo to make sure I was on the right track. There is a decent amount of switching between which side of the fabric you are working with, the type of stitch, and which foot. I found it to be quicker to double-check than to tear out the stitching.
Measure twice, cut once- If you have done any sewing, then you most likely have heard this. This saying is always true when it comes to sewing. However, I found that when sewing larger projects like these bedding sets, you don’t have a ton of excess fabric. So avoid expensive mistakes with miscuts and measure everything twice.
Use the righ tools- Have you ever paid attention to how the level of enjoyment and the experience itself improves when you utilize the proper tools for anything? Or how much better of a result you end up with? Yes, you can get away with not having all of these supplies I listed. However, if you can, invest in them now. They will help you achieve a professional-looking product each time and save you a lot of frustration.
Buy extra bobbins and needles- I can’t tell you how many needles I broke sewing these bedding sets. It’s so frustrating to be in the midst of sewing, have a sewing needle break, and you don’t have more. Same with bobbins. You will go through a lot of thread while making this bedding. Have extra bobbins filled and ready. That way you will be able to switch them out quickly and maintain your sewing rhythm.
Have a bobbin winder- This is more of personal preference. I like having a small bobbin winding machine separate from my actual sewing machine. This allows me to quickly wind bobbins and avoid re-threading my machine and needle.
Choose your fabric- My absolute favorite part of making my own zippered bedding is being able to customize it. There are endless possibilities; from the quilt to the sheets, all the way to the color of the zipper. Keep in mind that you don’t have to just buy your fabric from Joann’s. Look around your house for extra sheet sets, or blankets that you could use. Or look online for bulk fabric or pre-made quilts that you can cut.
Wash your fabric first- Again, if it’s something you are tempted to skip, all the more reason not to. Wash and dry all your fabric before you sew! Otherwise, it will look great once you finish. However, the same may not be said after the first wash.
Buy these clips!- I struggled through my first zippered bedding set before I hopped on Amazon and just bought them. These sewing clips will not replace regular pins which you will still need. However, these are perfect for quickly holding multiple layers of fabric together like this bedding. I tried regular pins first, and they just kept bending. These clips are inexpensive and so easy to use! So far, they have held up great and seem to be of good quality. I’ve stepped on them and they have held up even to my toddler “helping” me clip 🙂
I hope you have as much fun choosing out your zippered bedding look as I did! So many fun colors, patters and styles to choose from; for a one of a kind look:)
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