Hey everyone! How’s your week gone? Mine has been busy, as usual, but I did manage to get a project in this past weekend! This box pleated bed skirt was even easier than I expected… I KNOW that anyone can make this “sew or no sew” bed linen! Why don’t we take a look?!
The bottom of my bed has been naked for far too long! I would say just about 5 years! Can you believe it?! I was given my beautiful matelesse (aka a coverlet) by my “favorite first niece”, Bekka. I had fallen in love with it when I first saw it in the store, and put it on my Amazon Wishlist, not expecting to get it (it was a bit pricey). That year, when I opened my Christmas present from Bekka, (doh, that makes it 5.5 years!!!), I cried! My sweet niece had blessed me with my sweet coverlet! (BTW, you can ‘meet’ Bekka, along with more of my fam, by visiting her Youtube channel, TimeWithBekka 🙂 )
(Keeping it real here, friends… my bedroom, just like the rest of My Wee Abode, is a work in progress! Do you feel the same about your home? Oh good! We can be besties!)
See that night stand? It’s begging to be painted… white. And those shelves? Yep, totally still brain-storming about storage on those!
Can you believe I had these boxes showing for so long? Any other procrastinators want to start a club?… Hmmm, maybe tomorrow. But, I must say, using storage boxes under the bed is a small-living-space 101 tip! (And just sayin’…Oh how I love my gold carpet… NOT!)
Shortly after receiving my lovely gift, I realized I wanted a bed skirt that was simple, and would let my coverlet ‘shine’. I started cruising Pinterest, and found LOTS of different DIY tutorials on how to make one, but the skirt that impressed me the most, and was the style I was looking for, was from the Biscuits and Burlap blog. Their tutorial made it look super easy, and it was, because they showed you how to make the bed skirt without having to create the insert that goes across the box spring! You simply make the panels and pin them directly to the box spring! BUT, I was able to make it just a wee bit easier!
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WHAT YOU NEED
- Fabric of your choice. I used a heavy white muslin, which was quite affordable on sale (maybe a total of $10). (The yardage will depend on the size of your bed, and if you want pleats or not… more on this below)
- Ironing Board and Iron
- Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set (or Scissors)
- Sewing Machine, (optional)…or…
- Fusing Tape, something like this (optional)…or…
- Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue (well, you need to use something to finish the hem, people!) 😉
THE HARD PART: MEASUREMENTS AND YARDAGE
Not all box springs are created equal… in size, that is! BEFORE you go shopping for fabric, be sure to measure your box spring. Measure the sides and the end, as well as from the top edge of the box spring down to where you want your bed skirt to hit the floor. Measure twice, and buy fabric once… or something like that. After you have the measurements, this is what you will do:
- Add three inches to the height of the panels (measurement from edge of box spring to the bottom of the floor) One inch will be for the hem, and two inches will allow the fabric to lie nicely on top of the box spring to pin. For example, my box spring height was 18” + 3” = 21”. And, because you will need two side panels, you will multiply it by 2… 21” x 2 = 42”. In my case, the fabric needed to be at least 42” in width because the whole piece of fabric will be cut down the middle in order to create panels that were each 21″ high (the width of the fabric is listed on the end of the fabric bolt… fyi. 🙂 ) BTW, my fabric was 56” wide, so I had plenty of wiggle room!
Now that you know the width of your fabric, you need to know how many yards to purchase. You will need: two side panels, one end panel, and two corner panels.
- Side Panel: Add two inches to the length (for a finished hem on each end). For mine, (a full bed) it was 75” + 2” = 77” (remember, the material will be cut down the middle, so you only have to count the length one time, even though you will need two side panels).
- End panel: Add two inches to the length (for a finished hem on each end). 53” + 2” = 55”
- Corner panels: The corner panels (you will need two) need to be 18″ with 2 inches added for the finished hems, so 20″… However, you don’t need to include this measurement in the overall length of yardage. Why? Remember, we are cutting the material straight down the middle… you will have the second side to the end panel to cut out the corner panels. Trust me… it will work.
Total needed: 132” divided by 36” (one yard) = 3.66 yards… make it easy, just get 4 yards.
- You are going to add 6” for each side and end panel, so that’s a total of 18”.
Total needed: 150” divided by 36” (one yard) = 4.16 yards… again… make it easy, just buy 4.5 yards.
LET’S SEW… OR NOT!
Now that we have the measuring out of the way, and you have your fabric, let’s get down to business!
- Your fabric should have a nice crease pressed straight through the middle. All you need to do is cut straight down that crease, from one end of the fabric to the other. I recently purchased the Fiskars Rotary Cutting Kit, and I LOVE IT! I have used it on several projects already, and I can’t believe I did not purchase this sooner. It is so worth the money! I simply put the mat on my ironing board, laid the fabric on the mat, placed my straight edge along the crease and cut. Then, I slid the fabric through and repeated the steps until the whole length of fabric was cut. It took all of *maybe* 5 minutes! I was left with two long strips of fabric with a selvaged edge one side of each piece.
- Now I cut each panel length. Two panels I cut at 83” (remember, mine are pleated), then I cut the end panel at 61” (again, I added a pleat…or should have!), and the I cut the two corner panels at 20” each.
- If you are going to use fusing tape (aka Stitch Witchery) read the directions because you will want to use it during this ironing time. At this point, I ironed in the hems on each panel. I’m pretty good at eyeing measurements, so I first ironed ½ inch all the way down the bottom edge, folding it down as I ironed, and then went back and folded it over another ½ inch and ironed it again. I repeated this step on the ends of each panel, as well.
- Here’s the ‘easier’ part. The selvage edge is left alone. There is no reason to iron or hem this edge as it will get pinned directly onto the top of the box spring, and won’t fray during laundering. 😀
- At this point, if you prefer to use fabric glue instead of a sewing machine, you can take the glue and apply to the fabric, as directed on the bottle.
- If you would like to use a sewing machine, simply use a straight stitch and sew along all the hems. I also chose to fold in the corners (see pic below), in order to make them look a bit more finished.
- If you want to add pleats, find the middle of the panel by folding the two end together. Then place a straight pin at the middle. Measure 1.5 inches on either side of the pin and fold the material on either side to meet the pin in the middle. Pin the folds and sew/glue/fuse across at the top (I sewed mine at the very top, and then again where the pleat would meet the top edge of the box spring).
- Iron all your panels.
Congrats…You are ready to attach the panels to your bed!
- First attach the corner panels and adjust so that the bottom hem hits the floor evenly. Pin the fabric to the box spring with T-pins.
- Next, evenly attach the side and end panels. I started from the corners and then pinned back up toward the head board, and then attached the foot panel. You will need to adjust and readjust until they are even. Again, use T-pins to attach to the box spring.
Oh… and I’m okay with the wrinkles. It kind of gives it a linen look. 🙂
Oh… how did this pic get here?…
Stand back and let out a very happy sigh!
Oh, and just between you and me… remember, if you plan on putting a pleat in each of the panels, make sure you do it in each of the panels before putting all your equipment away… or the end panel will end up being six inches too long. Yep… wonder how long I will procrastinate before I fix THAT! #fakeamistake
Stand back and let out another very happy sigh!
And, just for fun…
I made this pitcher and bowl when I was a teen-ager!
And one more time looking all finished and purdy..
What about you? You think it’s time to do a quick project (like, we’re talkin’ less than 3 hours, here), and add some beauty to a bedroom? Maybe cover up some mess under the bed? 😉 Let me know what you think in the comments!