Bright Spot

Is your "tween"-ager growing up and tiring of her little-girl bedroom? Give her a thrill when you update her space with a comforter, canopy and pocketed bed skirt in bright fabrics and kicky trims using the complete instructions in our September/October '07 issue (see "Bright Spot" on pages 44 to 49; click here to order this issue).

Then complete her bedroom make-over with shams, pillows, window valance, message board and personalized wall art using the instructions below—yours only online!

Message Board


  • 17" x 23" corkboard
  • 3/4 yard of stripe fabric or another coordinating fabric from room
  • Scraps of two more coordinating fabrics from room
  • Fusible mesh cut-away stabilizer
  • 3/4 yard of lightweight batting
  • Embroidery, bobbin, sewing and monofilament thread
  • 2 1/2 yards of 3/8"-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Two upholstery tacks
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Flower appliqué design of your choice
  • Optional: Beads and hand beading needle


  • Cut a 9" x 11" rectangle of fabric from tone-on-tone scrap fabric.
  • Cut two more 7" x 11" rectangles from coordinating scrap fabric.
  • Cut a 22" x 27" rectangle of stripe fabric.


  • Fuse stabilizer to the back of the tone-on-tone fabric rectangle and hoop.
  • Embroider a flower appliqué at the center.
  • Un-hoop, leaving the stabilizer intact.
  • Use the hand beading needle to add beading, if desired.


  • Sew the 11" sides of the rectangles together using a 1/2" seam, with the appliqué rectangle centered. This will become the pocket.
  • Turn under the upper edge 1/2" and sew to secure.
  • Align the raw edges of the pocket and the 22" end of the rectangle.
  • Sew the sides and lower edge in place.
  • Thread the needle with monofilament thread. Sew along the pocket seams to create three pockets.
  • Cover the corkboard with the batting and staple in place along the back.
  • Place the pocketed rectangle right side up on the corkboard and fold the edges to the back; staple in place.
  • Cut the 3/8"-wide grosgrain ribbon into four lengths. Refer to the photo for placement. Staple in place on the back.
  • Insert the upholstery tacks where the ribbons intersect at the center.
  • Tuck photos under the ribbons or tack notes to the cork.

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