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Sweet Retreat Accessories

Patterns for a decorative pillow, coordinating shams, bed skirt, and nightstand slipcover can add cottage chic style to any bedroom.

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Finish Gathered Bed Skirt


1. Turn one long edge of the skirt under 1/2"; press. Turn the same edge under 2"; press. Topstitch folded edge in place to hem the skirt. Repeat with each short edge. (For a bed with a footboard, make the skirt in three sections—two for the sides and one for the foot—to accommodate the legs.)

2. Position the cording 1/4" from the raw edge of the skirt. Firmly stitch across one end of the cord to secure it, then zigzag-stitch over the length of the cord, being careful not to sew through it (Diagram 10).

3. Working along the skirt’s raw edge, divide the length into fourths; mark.

4. Place the skirt on the center panel, matching marks and raw edges (Diagram 11); pin. Pull the cord to gather the skirt into an even fit; pin in place. Join the pieces, using a 1/2" seam allowance, to complete the bedskirt.

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