Bed Skirt Tutorial

July 23, 2012

I was getting bored of Chelsea's bed set so I decided to make a new one!
It used to look like this:

Now it looks like this:

I found a tutorial for the bumper pads and sheet, then figured out the bedskirt myself. Here's how I did it!
1. It's easiest if you just buy a bed skirt that you don't care about, and cut off the skirt part.

2. Once you cut off the skirt part, measure it length and width. Mine was 40"x12" and 80"x12"
3. Cut out your material to equal the length and width of the skirt, adding 1 inch to each side for a half inch seam allowance (41"x13" and 81"x13"). If you want a band around the bottom of the skirt like I did, just make sure the band plus the skirt is equal to the length and width of the original skirt with seam allowance (now two extra inches because you've added the band). For instance my original skirt was about 12 inches wide. So I needed to cut material that would equal about 14 inches in width. I cut the skirt 10 inches and the band 4 inches. That way when I attached the skirt to the band I lost 1/2" from the skirt, 1/2" from the band (with 1/2" seam allowance), 1/2" from attaching the skirt to the bed part and 1/2" from the hem of the band (with 1/2" seam allowance).
4. Sew the pieces together for each side (skirt piece to skirt piece, band to band, and skirt to band). You should have two long pieces now (for the long sides of the bed) and two shorter pieces (for the shorter ends of the bed) unless you're only doing three sides like I did (one long, two short). I don't have a serger, but if I did I would serge the edges where I sewed the skirt pieces together so it wouldn't fray. Since I don't have a serger I just zigzag stitched them.*

5. Hem the bands/ends of each skirt piece.
6. Sew a gathering stitch along the top edges of the skirt pieces.

7. Gather the skirt pieces to fit the remainder of the bed skirt (what's left over after cutting the original skirt part off) and pin in place.

8. Stitch the skirt pieces to the bedskirt.*
9. USE CAUTION WHEN IRONING! Depending on the type of material they used on the bed skirt, you might melt it!

*At this point there is an exposed edge. Serge or zigzag stitch.

There you have it! Your very own bed skirt, custom made to your desire. It's really not too difficult. Although it may sound daunting, you can do it! Just sew!

If you want a tutorial for the bumper pad and/or mattress sheet, just comment and let me know!

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