February 24, 2010

Easy Tailored Bed Skirt

easy tailored bedskirt
I just whipped up this super easy, super cheap tailored bed skirt. 

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I was tired of looking at all of this stuff peeking out from under the bed.

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Here’s a close up just in case you didn’t notice all of the crap important stuff shoved under the bed.  This is hubby’s side of the bed, and in his defense, we have really small closets, so lots of things get stored under the bed. 

target bargains
I found these window panels at Target on clearance.  They rang up at $1.98 each so I bought three.  They are the perfect, neutral woven fabric.
Here’s how I did it:
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I cut the panels lengthwise into two 20” by 63” pieces.  I zig zag stitched along the raw edge since they seemed to be unraveling like crazy.  Then I joined them together along the short edge so I had a piece about 20” wide by 124” long.   
 
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Since the long edge was already hemmed, I didn’t have to hem the edge.  
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I trimmed off both edges so the ends would be nice and straight.   Then I measured the side of my bed, added 1” for each side hem, and 8” for each pleat, and cut my long fabric piece to this length.  I sewed a 1” hem on each side edge.

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This is a really badly drawn diagram of the pleat.  Because the pleat folds back on itself, each 2” pleat adds 8” to the required measurement.  I pressed my pleat and then stitched across the top raw edges to hold it in place.

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I pinned it directly to my box spring using safety pins.  Couldn’t have been easier.
 easy tailored bed skirt
Now everything is hidden away.  So much better!

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out  Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design, We did it Wednesday at Sew Much Ado, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage, Get Your Craft on at Life as Lori, Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville, Show and Tell at My Romantic Home, Victory of the Week at Design-Aholic, Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous, Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special, Weekend Wrap-up at Tatertots and Jello, and Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom.

32 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore those. And the price! Oh, now that's what I'm talkin' about.

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  2. Wonderful skirt, and makes the job of hiding all the 'important' stuff beneath the bed oh-so-easy!

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  3. Wow! You make it look so easy. This turned out great!

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  4. I like using underbed areas for storage {might as well, it's just wasted space} and I have bed skirts on all our beds to hide it, too. You can't beat the price on this, Carolyn!

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  5. I would never have thought of pinning it to the box spring - very clever - and I'm adding this to my list of things to try!!

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  6. What a great idea! And yes, it was very clever to pin it in place. I love how the texture of the fabric looks. Very nice!
    ~Jen

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  7. What a lovely job you did. And $1.98! I need to head to Target!

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  8. Very clever! You did a beautiful job! Great price too! The tailored skirt looks great! Your bedding is beautiful! Love the look!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  9. Looks great and sounds fairly easy for this non-sewer!

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  10. You sure got a deal on those panels. It came out great and the pins were a good idea.

    I posted something similar last fall. I used faux silk panels for a skirt. It matches the windows. Then I used a coordinating panel to make a poufy roman shade for the bathroom.

    Makes for a total look for the two rooms. I'll be posting on the bathroom soon.

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

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  11. Great idea. That was so easy. Thanks for showing how to do it.

    Yoli :)

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  12. It looks great and pinning it to the box spring is genious! Seriously!

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  13. That is one amazing piece of work you've done.

    I captured a bit of the Irish Lore today in my SHOW N TELL. Do stop by for a wee bit o' the Irish Luck if you can!

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  14. LOVE IT...especially the pin idea - I always thought I'd add the large piece of fabric - but WHY??? thanks!!!

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  15. Oh my gosh, I'm in awe! I would never have thought of something like this, it looks great!

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  16. lovely! I gotta do the same thing soon.

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  17. Your new bedskirt looks great! You do the same thing I do - pin it to the boxspring. Sure saves me a lot of aggravation! Thanks for showing us how you created it.

    ~ Tracy

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  18. I've been thinking of doing this too but was too afraid to tackle it. thanks for sharing.

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  19. This is totally cute, and you did a great job.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me again next week for another great party.
    Lori

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  20. That looks just beautiful! Nice job using window treatments.

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  21. This looks great and what a great and easy way to attach it. This is going into my growing list of projects to try!

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  22. wow, what a difference! BTW I love your blog after stopping by and see you at the weekend Wrap up Party

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  23. This is perfect timing. I need a Cal. King bedskirt cuz I cant find one I like and they are so expensive. I never thought to use drapes. Ok next project!

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  24. you make this so easy that even a non sewer like me will be bookmarking it and maybe giving it a try. Thanks for sharing.
    Pam

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  25. That turned out fabulously! I am going to have to try this.
    Shauna

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  26. Love the new look! I need some like this too! Thanks for linking up at Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again next week! all the best, Sara

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  27. What a great idea! Good job!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  28. What a perfect idea. Want to do all three sides but not sure how to do the corners? Any ideas??

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  29. Safety pins? Brilliant! I am so stealing this idea!

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  30. I'd love to try your idea of making a tailored bedskirt from drapery panels, but how would you do split corners (my bed has a headboard and footboard.

    Thanks!

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