Today, I have easy ideas for how to make a DIY bed skirt using simple and inexpensive bedsheets.
What’s hiding under your bed?
Whether it’s monsters or just a bunch of storage containers, I have an inexpensive way to hide them and get a custom look while you’re at it.
This step-by-step tutorial is intentionally full of shortcuts, but I think it still delivers elegance.
If you’ve also been putting off a more beautiful bed, I hope you will try it!
Determine the Amount of Fabric you Need
First, let’s do some measuring to figure out how many bedsheets to buy or if you are using traditional fabric, what you need to purchase.
Either way, the method to determine yardage is the same.
Use the drawing and information below as a guide, but customize it to your sizes and preferences.
No matter your bed size, you will need to cut out five pieces of bedsheet/fabric and five pieces of the lining.
If you are using sheets for your bed skirt, the flat sheet size that is made for that particular bed should work perfectly, but please double-check your measurements before you start cutting your fabric.
Sheet sizes and bed heights vary.
Lining your bed skirt is optional, but it does help create a better drape and improve the opacity so you cannot see through to the other side.
Box pleats are also optional, but I would highly recommend them. They add a nice tailored detail.
The width of the pleat is up to you. I kept mine very small to save fabric, but in hindsight, I think I did not need to.
Mine is 2 inches wide, so it required 4 inches of extra fabric in the equations below.
See the drawing and measurements below to assist you in your calculations.
Widths of the Panels
The bedside panels 1 and 2 are the same size
Panel 1 is Bed length + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
Panel 2 is Bed length + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
The panel for the end/bottom of the bed
Panel 3 is Bed width + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
The bed corner panels 4 and 5 are the same size
Panel 4 is square, and the Bed Height + Seam Allowance, Squared
Panel 5 is square, and the Bed Height + Seam Allowance, Squared
Heights of the Panels
First, decide the length you want the bed skirt. Next, use the equation below to determine the size of height for all panels.
Bed Height/Desired Length + Seam Allowance + Hem
Bed Sizes and Sheet Sizes
For reference, below are rough measurements of beds and bedsheets.
Sizes can vary, so be sure to measure your bed, bedsheets, and/or fabric before you begin.
twin bed size 37 in. (94 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
twin sheet size 70 in. (178 cm) x 100 in. (254 cm)
full bed size 54 in. (137 cm) x 75 in. (191 cm)
full sheet size 85 in. (216 cm) x 100 in. (254 cm)
queen bed size 60 in. (152 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
queen sheet size 90 in. (229 cm) x 106 in. (269 cm)
king bed size 76 in. (193 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
king sheet size 108 in. (274 cm) x 106 in. (269 cm)
Decorative Trim for your Bed Skirt
Decorative trim is a beautiful way to personalize your bed skirt and make it special.
There are so many gorgeous and affordable options available today.
Topstitch it onto the bed skirt when your project is finished.
Note: If you are using a bedsheet and want to use the trim that is on the top of the sheet, you may need more than one sheet.
Unfortunately, one sheet is NOT enough trim to run all around the bed. I had to buy two sets, so I had enough trim.
But the bonus is I now have two matching fitted sheets to use and swap out for washing.
The other option would be to buy two flat sheets, sold separately, if available, not the whole set.
It’s time to find your bed sheets or fabric.
I purchased my sheets at Target. The Opalhouse brand is very nice quality and washed well.
There are also great selections at big box, departments, and discount stores, like TJ Maxx or Marshalls.
If you are looking for fabric by the yard, have your drawing and estimate with you at the fabric store or as you shop online.
If you are unsure of how much fabric to buy, ask the employees at your local fabric store.
They are always ready to help with yardage questions.
Here are all the project items that you’ll need…
Material and Sewing Supplies
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Flat Bed Sheet or Fabric
Lining Fabric not pictured
Sewing Scissors or
Safe Cutting Surface
Measuring Tape or Tape Measure
Straight Edge not pictured
Sewing Machine not pictured
Links to Fabric Sources
Preparing to Sew
Prewash your Fabric
First, prewash your sheets or fabric to help prevent shrinkage in future washings that would compromise the fit.
After it is dry, press it with an iron.
I let my sheet fabric hang dry naturally so it did not fade and stays as new-looking as possible.
Cutting your Fabric
Measure and cut out your fabric pieces on a cutting board or a surface that is safe to cut on.
Refer to your original drawing and measurements.
Pay close attention to the grain of the fabric and make sure the pattern pieces are positioned correctly.
If you are using a patterned fabric, be extra careful.
Below are step-by-step directions for how to make a DIY bed skirt.
1. Fold, pin, and press each box pleat on each panel. Stitch securely, a few times at the top, within the seam allowance.
2. With the right sides together, stitch each bed skirt panel and corresponding lining piece together along the top. Include each box pleat as you stitch.
3. After stitching across the top, open up each panel and press open each seam.
4. Also, press the box pleat neatly together and flat.
5. Next, fold the right side of your bed skirt to the outside and press again.
6. Hem the fabric and lining, if necessary. Finish the sides, if necessary. Your panel is complete!
Finally, to install the bed skirt, start with each corner piece.
Wrap the top of the corner piece on the corner of the bed, smoothing it so the fabric hangs straight.
Next, with one panel at a time, hold up the edge of the mattress so that the top of the skirt tucks under it.
Afterward, push it far back so that the weight of the mattress will hold the skirt up.
If necessary, use upholstery screws to secure directly to your box spring. You can also use a staple gun.
Congratulations, you have just elevated the look of your bedroom.
Let me know if you make an easy DIY bed skirt of your own in the comment box below.
Are you inspired to sew? I would love to hear about what you are making!
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