Posted by: christinelaennec | June 13, 2014

A fairy dust ruffle

Earlier in the spring, I made a useful accessory for the Dafter’s bed:  a dust ruffle.  I’d been thinking it would be good to have something to hide all the boxes and puzzles under the bed, and then I found the perfect fabric.

Dust ruffle on the Dafter's bed.  Summer 2014.

Dust ruffle on the Dafter’s bed, with some good friends included in the photo. Summer 2014.

I found the Michael Miller fabric online.   The company is licensed to use Cecily Mary Barker’s Flower Fairy images, and the Dafter fell in love with the Night Fairy fabric.

Close up of the fairy fabric.

Close up of the fairy fabric.

She liked it even better when the fabric arrived in the post, as it’s also sparkly!  I used a different fabric for the bit of the dust ruffle that fits under the mattress, and I didn’t gather the dust ruffle itself, in order to save fabric but also so that you can see the design clearly.  So perhaps we should call it a dust panel rather than a dust ruffle?  In any case, it goes really well with her green carpet.

When I finished the dust ruffle, the Dafter was spending most of her time in bed, and I felt it was important to make her bed as welcoming and attractive a place for her as possible.  At the beginning of May, she had worked up to being out of bed about two hours total a day, and had at that point only just become able to leave the house three times a week.  She then began a private therapy for her ME/CFS, and the past six weeks have seen a huge breakthrough for her, which I will tell you more about soon.

So the bed is no longer where you will find the Dafter most of the time, but she still enjoys having fairies attend her when she is there.  Perhaps they have been instrumental in her recent progress?

I wish you all a very good weekend!



  1. That is just beautiful! You’ve done a lovely job there. And I’m just delighted to hear about the Dafter’s progress. Wonderful news.

  2. Oh how pretty! I would have ADORED that as a girl. (Still think it’s fab now.)

    It is so great to hear that your daughter’s recovery continues. I have recently been diagnosed with ME/CFS myself – relatively mild at present, thank goodness – and in reading and asking around I am struck by the number of girls who develop it during puberty. There is some scientific evidence (as I’m sure you are aware) that it is caused by the Epstein Barr virus, which also causes glandular fever. Many threads to weave together in making sense of the whole thing. Meanwhile, hurray for the beautiful flower fairies!

    • Kate, you’re so right about ME affecting teenage girls. That’s what the paediatrician who first made the diagnosis said. It’s a very mysterious condition, and some researchers believe that it is a cluster of different illnesses/disorders. I was convinced that the Dafter had glandular fever, partly from her symptoms when she first fell ill, and partly because I myself have had it twice (last diagnosed two years before she fell ill). But two tests for Epstein-Barr came out negative. Other people have said to me that the Epstein-Barr virus is adept at “hiding” and isn’t always detected by tests. In any case, we are vastly relieved to have found something (Mickel Therapy) that seems to be making a major difference in her health, after almost three years of her being almost completely housebound and mostly in bed.

  3. What lovely fabric. I’m sure some fairy dust helped the amazing transformation in Dafter, well, maybe a bit of tlc from mum and dad and some therapy and summer coming too!! lol. I’m glad your daughters condition is continuing to improve. x

  4. Oh my, that is too cute. The stuff you can get in the UK that you can’t get in the US just slays me. I love all that kind of thing! It looks great.

  5. Very cheery and what a thoughtful mother you are working hard to make her room as pleasant as possible.

  6. I’ve never heard the expression ‘dust ruffle’ before, is it an American thing? I think we call them valances. In any case, what delightful fabric. I love those Cecily Mary Barker drawings and I imagine they’d be the perfect comfort for the Dafter. I like the way they’re depicted against a night sky, it’s quite magical.

  7. Absolutely beautiful…. and so glad that you didn’t gather the “dust ruffle”. Yep, we Americans call it a dust ruffle don’t we? Not sure why. So glad that the Dafter is doing much better and that she has a lovely bed awaiting her when needed. I also love the work of Cecily Mary Barker. Had no idea that one could by fabric like this.

    Wendy in NH

  8. Hi, Christine! So glad to finally have the opportunity to sit down and catch up on your wonderful blog. I love the fabric and the dust ruffle! I looked online to see that they have this sweet fabric at a quilt shop near me. Maybe I can come up with an idea for it. Will keep reading later after a trip over to my daughter’s house this afternoon. I’m so very glad that the dafter is doing better!!!


  9. I am very impressed that your daughter hasn’t forsworn the faeries as she aged. They probably love the dust ruffle and are flitting around every night when the lights go out.

  10. The bed skirt is magical, Christine, so suitable for Dafter. I am delighted she is doing better and hope this is finally the road to permanent recovery.

  11. As for terminology, I would call it a bed skirt, whether that is Canadian or regional US I do not know.

  12. I am thrilled to hear about the Dafter’s breakthrough – that’s tremendous news, Christine! (Love the dust ruffle, too, by the way. Reminds me of Midsummer Night’s Dream.) xo

  13. Dear all,

    Thanks so much for your comments! I was very happy to finally have some good news to share with you about the Dafter’s health. It has only been six weeks, so we are still keeping our fingers tightly crossed.

    I hadn’t realised that dust ruffles were also bed skirts and valances. I like the pun with fairy dust/ruffle so will stick with that for this project!

    Kathy, I agree that it’s nice the Dafter can still enjoy such things. I’ve always been cheered by how true to herself the Dafter has remained, especially in these growing-up years, despite outer pressures. We’ve often talked about the difference between being childish and child-like, with all the good things that the latter includes. She has the example of a mother whose bookshelves are filled with children’s books, and who still enjoys dolls, rhymes, wishes and magic.

  14. A very pretty addition to your daughter’s sweet room! You are a dear Mom, I’m sure she loves it. I have some of the flower fairy books, myself. You are never too old to believe in magic and fairies! It is such blessed news to hear that the Dafter is not spending as much time admiring your work, though. I’m sure you are not offended in the least. Have a beautiful week. xo Karen

  15. Love the dust ruffle and even more so this exciting news that the Dafter is improving so much!!! Praise be to God!!! This has been a long time in coming. Also very excited for you to receive those tickets in the mail!!!!!

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