I’ve been MIA for over a month! I’ll blog more details in another post, but we spent three weeks on the Texas Gulf (forgot my camera cord for uploading pictures), a couple of fabulous days at the Houston quilt show with friends, then a few days at a retreat in Wisconsin with no Internet. It’s surprising how quickly you get out of the habit of blogging. (And I knew I was very delinquent when my new-found cousin Judy calls, my Winter Texan friend Eileen calls, and my Aunt Bertha e-mails and calls! It’s nice to be missed…)
I have lots to share, but I will focus on one project today. We bought a new bedroom set a few years back. I just love it, but it has a problem. I couldn’t figure out how to attach a bed skirt without covering up the wood side panels. And even if I didn’t mind covering up the wood, the skirt would be way too short due to the height of the bed.
I store the dining-room table leaves under the bed, which you could see if you were seated at the dining-room table. (We’re in a townhouse and the bedroom is off the living room.)
So with a little on-line inspiration from Heather Mulder Peterson’s tutorial, I made one.
Heather (Anka’s Treasures) makes a nice little faux pleat in her bed skirt. I used a drapery panel so the bed skirt would match the drapes. I was also able to take advantage of the finished edges for my side panels (I cut one bed skirt from each long side of the purchased (and lined) drapery panel. I wasn’t able to make the center “pleat” that she shows using the drapery panel though, so mine are a straight, flat panel.
I then folded the top over twice and stitched non-adhesive, sew-on type Velcro (the soft half) to the RIGHT side of the panels. Out of the center portion of the drapery panel, I made the bed skirt for the end of the bed.
Instead of using a hot glue gun to attach the stiff part of the Velcro to the inside of the bed frame, I used a tacky glue and let it dry for 24 hours before attaching the bed skirt.
And the best part is, it will be a snap to switch to a different color. I know my bed (queen size) will work up fine using a single full-length drapery panel.