Monday, January 3, 2011

Bedskirt Tutorial

Just before Christmas the fabric I had ordered arrived and right away I went to work making a bedskirt for my daughter's room.  I have never made a bedskirt, but I figured how hard could it be?  As it turns out, it wasn't hard at all.

My daughter's bed is a daybed so I would need one long side and two short sides to my bedskirt.  For the long side the finished length would be 84".  First I decided what part of the pattern I wanted to show the most.  I picked the large damask to be the focal point of the skirt.  The finished length of the skirt would be 18".

I cut two widths of the fabric and then matched up the pattern and sewed them together to form one long 108" piece of fabric.   For the two shorter sides I used a single width of fabric for each side.  I hemmed the bottom of the fabric a quarter of an inch.

I wanted her bedskirt to have a ruffled effect.  I didn't want it super full looking, but just flowing.  I have a ruffler attachment for my sewing machine.  After trying it out on several pieces of scrap fabric, I felt fairly comfortable starting to ruffle the actual bedskirt.  Well I had more than my share of problems with that ruffler.  I couldn't get it to actually catch the fabric without me helping it along.  So it took much longer than I would have liked to ruffle it.  I read the instructions countless times...but they were not really helpful.

After I finished ruffling all of the fabric, I realized I better cut the sheet for the bedskirt to make sure my ruffled fabric actually fits.  I used a full size white sheet I had in the closet and actually laid it on the boxspring and cut it on site.  It was much easier to do it this way rather than take the measurements and then hope to cut straight lines.

Next I attached the ruffled fabric to the sheet, wrong side of the fabric to the top of the sheet.  I got lucky because the ruffled fabric ended up being exactly the length of the sheet.  Since the ruffler really wasn't working well I sort of winged the length of the I got really lucky.

I ended by sewing ribbon on the two back corners so that I could tie it to the bed posts to keep it from moving.

I laid it on the bed...perfect fit.  I tied it to the back rail on both sides.

The actual sewing time was less than an hour.  The fighting with the ruffler...twice that long.  In the end I love how it turned out.  Let me know what you think.  If anyone out there has tips on using a ruffler, I'd love if you would share those tips with me.  Check back tomorrow as I continue with the redesign of my daughter's room.



Shelia said...

Oh, you did good. The bed skirt looks great and that is some beautiful fabric you used too.
Happy New Year and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have never used a ruffler, just always done it by hand. Your bedskirt turned out gorgoeus. I love the look. The fabric is stunning. Hugs, Marty

Brandi said...

Wow you did a beautiful job. I love the fabric you chose for the skirt.

Traci said...

Advice on a ruffler? HA! I didn't/don't know what a ruffler is! I so envy sew people!! I think it looks fab!!!

Marydon said...

G'day Judy ~ So love that gorgeous fabric & the ruffle turned out beautifully.

Pop over for our lovely CSN GIVEAWAY!

Have a beautiful New Year ~
Hugs, Marydon

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Greetings! I'm over from BNOTP -- you did a wonderful job on the dust ruffle, GORGEOUS fabric choice! I can't help you with the ruffle... I don't sew. You did a great job though!
Best regards,

melismama said...

Judy, just gorgeous! You are so talented, think I have said that before!

Vanessa said...

Ok, where were you when I was just winging it on my daughter's bedskirt Judy! LOL! :-) Seriously though, this was a great tutorial and the bedskirt looks absolutely beautiful. That fabric is gorgeous and I can't wait to see the rest of your daughter's room redo!

Mary said...

Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Wow, for someone who is totally intimidated by her sewing machine, this was a great tutorial!

AmieAnn said...

This is sooo amazing.. you make me want to bond with my sewing machine! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party !

Pamela Rosenberg said...

Great job and a really good tutorial. I love the fabric you chose. No clue when it comes to a ruffler. My machine is so simple I think it was only about $100 when I got it twenty years ago. I am always proud of myself when I remember how to thread it. :)
thanks for sharing your post on Motivated Monday at Becolorful.

amy anderson said...

love your ideas! has a free tutorial on the ruffler foot. Its a lifesaver!!!

Sweet Baby K's Bowtique said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I have been putting off making a bedskirt for my son's bedroom. I have the checkered flag material just hadn't figured out the how to part. Thanks for the assistance!

julie said...

I know this is a late comment, but just read your tutorial. Great job on the bedskirt. I, too, struggle with my ruffler. Have found the lighter weight fabric seems to work best. Ruffler attachmen is a good idea, but I think they need to reinvent the wheel!!!!!

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try it out!

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