No, that's not a typo. In the early hours of the morning before I'm forced to get up, I tend to be the most creative. In our current house my nightstand doesn't fit next to the bed. I needed storage at arms length. Our bedding set came with a bunch of pillow cases, including a European sham (one of those big square ones). The sham was currently being stored in a trunk. So here was my innovative idea.
A bedside organizer.
I seam ripped the back "flaps" of the sham off. I used one of the "flaps" to create pockets. I just sewed the perimeter and then sewed lines up and down to create the pockets. Because the "flap" is larger than the area I was attaching it to, I created pleats (I just folded and sewed) in two spots. The second "flap" I used to line the back of the exposed half of the sham. And whala! I tucked the unfinished half of the sham under the mattress. It works like a charm and blends in perfectly with the bedskirt.