The bed frame in the spare room was naked, and I had a house guest coming. So I needed a skirt. All the choices at Bed, Bath and Beyond, JC Penney and even Pottery Barn were prosaic. And prosaic doesn’t make anyone feel special. Or delighted.
I searched online and found an interesting linen skirt accented just right with buttons. I liked it a lot, but I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a bedskirt.
So I made my own. And, since linen wrinkles too easily, I used burlap.
I don’t have a sewing machine, and who has time to sew by hand when your guest is coming and the house still needs to be cleaned? So I used fusible two-sided fabric tape to attach a strip of burlap to the skirt – just to give it interest – and I used industrial strength velcro (which may have been overkill) to attach the skirt to the frame.
I cinched the pleat with two decorative brads that have been languishing in the linen closet for years just waiting to be called into service. Then I made window coverings with the leftover burlap.
Again, no sew. Why thread a needle when you still have ten more brads? (The lighting in that room is not great, but, if you look closely, you can see them.) I left the bottom rustic and frayed.
It may not be the best idea I’ve ever had, but it’s the best idea I had this week.
$16 for four yards of burlap and $5 for the fabric tape. Total cash outlay: $21 for a bedskirt and “curtains” in a pinch.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Brainwave.”