The boy is seeing stripes {PB knock off boy bedding}

There’s been a hitch in Ben’s crazy post (as mentioned here). Isn’t that always the case? You announce something beforehand and it blows up in your face?

Hopefully I’ll have that post out within a day or two. But for now, I’ll show you the boy’s new bedding.

Pottery Barn and West Elm knock-off bedding.  All the details.  Get this look for a fraction of the price.  Also included - a tutorial for turning a duvet into a mini throw pillow. #westelm #potterybarn #walmart #target #diy #tutorial

I’ve been working on his room a little here and there (between K’s room and the laundry room).

Honestly, I’d love to just start a room and then actually finish it before starting on another project, but I just can’t help myself. It’s like I need 10 different things going on at once. That way I’ll never get bored with just one project.

Let’s start with the orange sheets.

I wanted the ones from PBTeen:

But as you can see, besides being totally out of stock on orange pillowcases, the set was $67.50. And I needed/wanted 3 sets. Ya, never going to happen.

Even if I won the lottery I’d still have a hard time spending $67.50 on one set of sheets for a 10 year old.

I’m wired way too cheap I guess. And I guess you probably are as well if you keep coming back to HoH for more.

So like I mentioned in my last bedding post, I found orange sheets at Wal-Mart of all places, for $15 a set! Much better. I can breathe again.

The sheets are holding up great and I’ve been impressed with them.

Now for my favorite part, the Duvet!

I wanted this one from Serena & Lily:

But at $150 for the duvet only (no sham even! As if!), I’d have to find a cheaper alternative.

Cue West Elm. I found this almost identical duvet & sham over at West Elm for $80. Not as bad as $150, but still steep.

I actually ended up ordering this bedding from West Elm, but fortunately while it was in route I stumbled upon this bedding at Target:

Would you believe me if I told you I found this duvet for only $20? And seriously. It came with a sham too.

So of course I bought the Target one and sent the West Elm one back lickity-split.

I was able to go from $150 down to $20, so I think a savings of $130 is pretty darn good if you ask me. 😉

As you can see, he doesn’t have a striped sham. He has a striped throw pillow.

That’s because I took the sham and turned it into a throw pillow instead. I bought a travel-sized pillow insert from Target for $4, and then just altered the sham to fit around the smaller pillow.

I took the sham and insided-it-out:

I did a pretty hack job getting the sham altered, but it works. Making sure the stripes were centered, I sewed the edges of the sham to create the right height for the pillow. Then I eye-balled where the outer edge needed to be cut, added on an additional inch or so, and trimmed off the excess fabric.

This fabric is some type of polyester blend and is kind of slippery. I was worried about the edges fraying & ripping apart so I did a bunch of crazy stitches along the edge to hold it together. A serger would have been best, but I don’t have one so I make do.

Once everything was sewn and my final edge was cut, I reversed the fabric so it was outside-out, stuffed it with the throw pillow, and used lots of pins to hold the seam in place while I hand stitched the edge up.

It’s so cute now. Why are things cuter when they are smaller?

Here’s how I usually make his bed so he can have it like a couch during the day.

I love it being made like this…

…but when his friends and he are in his room I get grossed out thinking a bunch of stinky boys are sitting on his sheets. Where he sleeps! Gross. So I keep the duvet pulled all the way up. It’s a mental thing. I’m weird.

Here’s a picture of where I bought everything.

I love the way his room is slowly starting to come together.

I’ve got it all planned out in my mind. Maybe I should put together a mood board to give you an idea of where I’m going with the room. Or you can just look at my pinterest board for his room here. Of course, there are tons of pictures and ideas, and not everything will be included.

So anyway, I am a cat lover and I love to run. I’m sorry, I’m thinking about cats again. And again. And again, and again, and again.

Um… ya. Darn it Songify. Why did you ever have to make that catchy song? {Best youtube video and song ever, B.T.Dubbs.}

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  1. Awesome! I can’t believe you got a Target Duvet that looks so similar to the Serena and Lily one. I splurged on the Serena and Lily and it was a splurge even though I bought it during their Annual sale. You can’t even tell the difference! Great job, you got a deal! I can’t wait to see the final reveal! Lesley

  2. Allison, This is Awesome! I can’t believe you got a Target Duvet that looks so similar to the Serena and Lily one. I splurged on the Serena and Lily and it was a splurge even though I bought it during their Annual sale. You can’t even tell the difference! Great job, you got a deal! I can’t wait to see the final reveal! Lesley

    Love this look and am TOTALLY going to knock off your smartie idea!
    Thanks lady!

  4. I really like it in daybed configuration… and I certainly understand why you’d want it that way. Honestly, I wouldn’t want grubby little boys on my sleeping surface, either… even if they ARE completely clean, well mannered little monsters!

    How does he like it? Does he care? Or is he just so happy that Mom is doing something for him, he’ll go with anything?

  5. Yup…. I should of listened to my mom and learned to sew. Your knockoffs are excellent!


  6. Wow, amazed once again. And I get the stinky boy thing and I do the same thing with not stinky 12 year old girls! And. I splurged on PB sheets for my girl. Yesterday when I made her bed, the top sheet ripped. They’re over a year old so…..I guess…..but still. Not really worth it!

  7. Where did you get the bed?

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE the stripes. The only thing I love more than the stripes is the price. LOVE.

  9. Hi! I want to say thanks again. I personally do a lot of shopping at Target and such stores but am always wary about the quality of their linens and such. I really like hearing about other people that have bought their stuff and love it. It gives me confidence to take that plunge.

    And on a side note, when I got my “big girl” linens a few years ago when I got married, I spend hundreds of dollars in a dept store on a set–sheet sets, pillow cases, bed skirt, sham covers, duvet cover, etc. The whole shebang. This was the first time I ever spent so much money on something for myself but I thought it would last me a long time and the supposed “high” quality would be worth my investment. What a joke! The sheets are no different than any others I ever had. They don’t feel any softer and always wrinkle! It’s a big regret I have.

  10. Don’t you just love a good deal from Target!! The bed looks great. Love the combo of orange and blue, especially blue with white stripes. Your photo looks as nice as the staged one from West Elm– well done! I keep thinking it’s time to transform my three year old’s room from nursery/baby walls to a big boy and your idea looks great!

  11. I love this look! I just finished my oldest sons big boy room and now I am trying to work on my toddlers little boy room. I am having a hard time myself finding bedding that wil suit what I have imagined in my head. I will have to check walmart/target.

  12. I bought the exact same duvet in gray for the bed in our guest bedroom yesterday! It’s in the wash now, but I can’t wait to put it on the bed and snap a few pictures.

  13. First, I love the color choices! Second, what a steal to find the duvet at Target. I love that they are offering more reasonably priced alternatives to some of the great designs we see at higher priced stores.

  14. Looks great a you saved a ton. I just bought that same Ikea throw for our playroom last week!

  15. Oh wow! You did an Auburn room for T-guard! I didn’t know you had come over from the darkside. War Eagle! SEC forever! 😉

    Looks good, friend! xoxo

  16. I don’t know how I’m JUST seeing this, but I love it! I’ve been admiring that striped duvet since it came out, and I can’t get over how much you saved! Good girl! It looks awesome!

  17. One of my friends just pinned this to Pinterest and I saw it today… I have been looking for a duvet just like that for quite a while. It’s been Almost a year since your post and I snatched the last one on clearance at my local target for $9! I am going to copy you and make the throw pillow! Too cute! Thanks for sharing!


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