If you haven’t played Portal 2 (in which case, please go and do so) there’s a Core in it that’s obsessed with space, and the title is a quote from that…however, it’s also very apt for a crafty project that my housemate Sam and I have been doing recently, and I’ve just finished the last details on. We made SPACE!Space-themed bedding
We found the fabric during our visit to Clevedon, at a wonderful shop called The Spinning Weal. I was after a simple-ish project to teach Sam to sew, and the fabric was so awesome that we had to get it – and hey, duvet cover plus science equals awesome!

Sam sewingI didn’t take many pics during the making process (and let’s be fair, the duvet cover is twice the size of me anyway, so pics don’t work well). We started on the pillowcases as they were simpler; I showed Sam how to measure and pin and then he did a seam…and then did the rest of the seams and the next pillowcase…he picked it up so quickly that I was really impressed, and I don’t think I did more than one seam just to finish the duvet! We did both struggle with laying out the cover, mostly because of the sheer amount of fabric, and then I had to remember how to do buttonholes. But we got there!

We got two types of fabric; one that was the Solar System, and one of light-to-dark space. I have to admit I messed up – I didn’t get enough of either. We ended up using a black cotton to do ends on the pillowcases, and also on the duvet cover; it was partly leftovers that I had already and partly a few meters of standard black from Hobbycraft.Solar System pillows

We did two sets of pillows, both of which are also reversible, so you can use either side and have the pattern going right across the bed. There’s the solar system (right) and the light-to-dark stars (below).Space 3 The duvet cover is light-to-dark stars with a strip of black at the top – entirely my bad for not checking how much fabric we needed, but it was sort of an impulse purchase. Luckily it did work out this time, but I definitely prefer buying more fabric to less, and this is a reminder to me to do that next time – I can always use spare but making up shortfalls is a pain.

It looks pretty amazing on the bed, and I’m grinning madly, while also debating what I can make next. What other fabrics are out there?! But there you go – crafty, geeky and absolutely awesome!

Sam hasn’t seen it on the bed yet either, so I’m looking forward to the grin in about half an hour’s time when he goes upstairs…it’s the little things in life, isn’t it?*


* I got a grin and a hug. I think he approves of it! 🙂

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.