Maud Humphrey

Maud Humphrey

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good-bye, Ratty Blue Comfortor

My sweet little Jackson did a lot of this today. He woke up with a fever, and spent most of the day curled up in his quilt in front of the woodstove.
After much "persuasion", Sophie decided to take her nap on the living room couch. Yes, I know she's almost three and still has a pacifier. We're working on that.
So while both my little ones were dreaming sweet dreams, I was able to finish the "great comfortor rehabilitation" that I started a couple of nights ago. I wish I had a "before" picture of my daughter's old comfortor. Let's just say that after eight years of heavy use, it was ready for the rag box. But my daughter didn't want to let it go. She LOVED that comfortor. It was flannel and oh, so cozy. But it had definitely seen better days. Kids had puked on it and the puppy had chewed holes in it. I finally decided she needed something new. After thinking about it (and pricing the cost of batting) I decided to just use the old comfortor as the filling and get new fabrics to cover it. So off we went to our favorite fabric store (Fabric Depot, of course!) and I let her pick out new fabrics. She is a teenager, and very into the popular color combination of teal and brown, so that's what we ended up with. The back side is a cozy, brown flannel with teal dots.
The front is made up of two, coordinating prints. I sandwiched the three layers together (front, old comfortor, and flannel back), and machine quilted them with simple, diagonal lines. I added a binding around the outside edge, just like I do when I make quilts. However, instead of sewing the binding to the front side, turning it to the back and then handstitching it in place, I opted to sew it to the backside first, then turn it to the front and machine stitch it with a zig-zag stitch. This was much faster, and I was really ready to be done with this project!
And here it is on my daughter's bed, with the coordinating throw pillows she made a while back to go along with the comfortor. A note about the pillows: After pricing pillow forms at JoAnn's (and getting sticker shock) I got the bright idea to buy regular, old, throw pillows from our neighborhood thriftstore for just fifty cents a piece! Can't beat that. They go straight into a hot water wash, and then the drier, just in case there are any bugs or germs. Once they get new covers, no one is any wiser where the pillow forms once came from. I love the way the comfortor turned out. So does my daughter. So do all the kids, unfortunately. Because now they're ALL asking for me to recover THEIR comfortors. Oh no, what have I started?!?


  1. I love how it turned out! Wow, you are cranking out the projects, huh?? I guess I better get something done too. ;)
    PS. I hope Jackson is feeling better.
    PPS. I think babies are darling with "noo-noos" in their mouth. :)

  2. Thanks, Marlina! I am determined to make a dent in my fabric stash this year. I figure if I can complete at least one project a week, then that'll be 52 projects in a year. That should HOPEFULLY clear out a little fabric, right? Of course, that's not taking into consideration any new fabrics that might make their way in...!