Sunday, August 5, 2012

DIY Bed Skirt

Today, I'm going to share the bed skirt I made for the bed in my guest bedroom.  The one that I had been using was pretty old - maybe about 10 years old?  

It's hard to tell, but it's a sage green color and matched the bedding I had bought at the time.  Although I had changed my bedding, I never changed the bed skirt - not sure why, but just never did.  I've had the idea for a long time to make a new bed skirt using painter's dropcloth (I bought mine from Home Depot) - I just needed to figure out exactly how to execute it.  And since I was going to have houseguests, I figured it would be a good time to finally get it done.

The white part of the old bed skirt is made out of fabric.  Originally, I was going to just undo the seams where the green skirt and white fabric meet and then sew on the dropcloth, but there were actually two seams per side sewn in so it was going to take me too long to take them out.

So, I decided to just sew over the green skirt.  The old skirt was a bit short, so I just measured the height again and decided to make the skirt a little bit longer. 

I cut the dropcloth to the size I wanted.  I tried to use as much of the edges that were already hemmed so it would save me a step.  I made sure to hem any edges that still needed it.

Once I cut & hemmed all the pieces, I pinned them right up against the edge where the green skirt meets the white fabric.
I just sewed right on top because I knew that this part wouldn't be seen (the mattress would sit on top and also the sheets would cover it).  Also, you can see in the picture above that I made a pleat.  This is because at the foot of the bed, there is a bar that prevents the entire skirt from hanging down, so I had to make a pleat and then I also cut it so would fall on either side of the bar.

At the corners, I just overlapped the pieces.

Once I sewed all the pieces on, I cut most of the old green skirt off so you wouldn't accidentally see it underneath.

Here is the finished product!

I'm so happy with how it turned out - it looks so much better than the old one, which clashed with the new wall color.  It was actually quite easy also and didn't take a whole lot of time.   Plus, it was very cheap!  The bed skirt was $10 and I still have plenty left to use for other things, so it actually cost me under $10 to make.  Stay tuned for the guest bedroom reveal!

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  1. great job-i could use a cleaner looking bedskirt, but i don't sew. love the 2 rugs pushed together to make one (that's a great idea, especially with that ikea rug) and yay accent wall!

  2. LOVE the skirt!! You did a fabulous job!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  3. I love it! I have two boy's rooms that need bedskirts. You have inspired me! I'd love for you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at It's every Tuesday. Hope you can stop by!


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