Many years ago I considered sewing a headboard cover and bedskirt in an offbeat small leapord-print fabric and bought several yards. Lesson learned: buy a small swatch to take home and check first. But I didn't and had this bolt of fabric standing in the corner until last Summer when I decided to use it as a slip cover for my wingback chair so I cut it up in smaller pieces and threw it in the washing machine hoping to soften the color. Wrong again. I happened to have a box of fabric dye remover...yes, I threw that into the washer next, hoping for a soft pink result. Not even close.