A BEDSKIRT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE OVERLOOK OR FIND UNNECESSARY, BUT I THINK A BED LOOKS COMPLETELY NAKED WITHOUT ONE. AND WE CAN’T HAVE THAT.
If you’ve been following along with me for any length of time, you know by now that I love a bargain. One might say it’s what I live for… Rarely do I pay full price for anything.
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Over the last year and a half or so, we went from a Double bed (Full) to a Queen. All of a sudden, our pretty eyelet bedskirt just looked too tight. I loved that it was long and flow-y on the old bed. Therefore, I decided to whip out the old sewing machine (no, really, it’s actually old).
One of my absolute favorite fabrics to use for projects like this, is a canvas painting dropcloth. They’re just so reasonably priced for the amount of fabric that you get and they sometimes even have a linen look already. Who doesn’t want that??
I bought one 9×12 dropcloth, like this one, from Home Depot and got to work.
One thing you must know about dropcloths, if you don’t know already, is that they rip in a straight line (WHAT?!). It’s true! I usually measure and make a tiny cut and then rip it the rest of the way. That way there’s no crazy cutting, trying to get a straight line. It’s so easy!
Measure your bed
You’ll want to measure your bed first. For my queen bed, I measured from the top of the boxspring to the floor and then added a few inches, for any potential seams (and just to be safe).
Mark and rip your fabric
Next, I measured the dropcloth and tore it to the desired size. Since the dropcloth already has seams all around the edges, I ripped it in such a way that those seams would be the bottom of the bedskirt (otherwise you’ll have to sew a seam along the entire base of the skirt……. no thanks).
So basically, you’ll have the skirt to measure and rip, and then you’ll need a big piece to go in between your mattress and boxspring.
The length of the skirt will differ based on your bed, specifically, but for the piece that holds it all together, my queen mattress measured 80″ x 60″.
Pin and sew!
So once you have all of your pieces cut (ripped), you’ll want to pin them before you sew (unless you’re a master seamstress, of course).
Another little sewing tip for ya… You’ll want to put the front of each piece of fabric together to sew, so that once you sew it, you can open it up and you only see the pretty part of the seam.
Ok back to it. So you pinned all of your fabric, now it’s time to sew it!
Sew until your heart is content.
As you can probably tell, I didn’t iron or steam mine… I maybe will someday. But to be honest, it’s not exactly on my priority list. With an (almost) 9 month old. I feel accomplished just knowing that I got it done. So, that’s enough for me for now. But if you’re type A, you can iron yours. Or better yet, you can come iron mine for me! Just keeping it real over here.
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