Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

December 3, 2013 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

If you’ve followed any of my posts, you may be able to tell that I am obsessed with ruffles…so, when it came time for a bed skirt for my daughter’s bed…I ruffled it! This tutorial is for a standard twin bed. (For more ruffling tutorials: ComforterSassy Ruffled Tree Skirt, Ruffled/Gathered Table Runner)

Supplies:

  • 7.5 yards if you sew 2 longs sides and 1 short side or 9 yards of fabric if you sew all 4 sides of your bedskirt to ruffle/gather (scroll down to comments on how I got my measurements; thank you so much, Jane, for asking!)
  • Just over 2 yards for the center fabric that is draped over the box spring (I used flannel because it’s what I had enough of at the house, but also it’s not slippery…it was a good choice to help keep the skirt in place when the mattress moves!)
  • Thread to match
  • Your sewing machine
  • ruffling foot is recommended (but, you can always baste and gather)
  • serger is nice and helpful too (but, as always, I give options for those with a sewing machine only)

Directions:

1. Measure from the top of the box spring to the ground (or desired length) and then add  2″ at the top and a 1/2″ if sewing-machine-only-hemming or 1/4″ if serging and folding up as shown in this tutorial (step 2). Then, cut your fabric. I left mine folded as it comes off of the bolt (you may need to iron it back in half if it came off the bolt funny or if its terribly wrinkled in places), layered it and cut through several layers (I had to cut and gently/carefully shift my fabric to continue to cut. Regardless, you should end up (because it’s folded in half) with 2 pieces measuring 9 yards by appx. 19.25″ (for serging and hemming) or 19.5″ (for sewing machine only hemming (rolled hem)) or your desired length. NOTE: The length you choose may vary from my 19.5″.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

2. I sewed my 2 long strips together because I just wanted to gather the really long strip then, cut as needed. I serged the entire lower edge and folded/ironed it up as shown below (about a 1/4″) and then, I stitched it down so that it looks like a narrow rolled hem on the outside. I will say, the ironing on this step takes a little bit of time…and by little, I may mean substantial. If you are only using a sewing machine, you’ll created a rolled hem where you iron it up a 1/4″ and then, again a 1/4″ to hide the raw edge, then stitch that rolled edge down (just a little tip, you could stitch a line 1/4″ up from the raw edge along the entire length (about 18 yds if we want to get technical) for a quick iron guide line).

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

3. Ok, it’s been hemmed, now, it’s time to gather the upper edge (if you are not using the ruffler foot and need to learn how to gather, follow this tutorial). I used the ruffling foot (click link for tutorial)and I drew a line to where I wanted to line my fabric up with as shown by the purple marker mark on the foot where my fabric is lined up below (needle hit about 3/8″ to 1/2″ from upper edge). I wanted my gather line to be about 3/8″ to 1/2″ down from the top edge. Note: you’ll notice I serged my entire top edge to avoid frays; while this isn’t completely necessary, you may want some type of seam finish either before you gather or after you sew your ruffle to the center fabric.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

I wanted a lot of gathers, so, I kept my stitch length at 2.5 and as always, with the Ruffler Foot, needle in the center!!

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

Gather, gather, gather all 18 yards!

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

4. I then, cut my center fabric to 35″ x 73″ (1″ bigger than the length and width of the box spring). I also curved the 2 corners that would be at the bottom of the bed by folding the 2 corners together and using a bowl/cup to create a nice, small curve (as shown below; if you are uncertain of your abilities to do this, draw a line with disappearing ink and judge whether it is good or not, correct or tweak your line after removing the bowl).

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

5. At the top, straight edge of the center piece create a rolled hem. Roll in and iron a 1/4″ and then another 1/4″ to hide the raw edge. Stitch this narrow hem down.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

Lot’s of gathered fabric for one short side (at the bottom of the bed) and 2 long sides.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

6. Ok, so, I started with the right, long side of the bed skirt. I measured the length of the bed, which was 72″. So, measure out 73″ of ruffle and cut a straight line as best you can. Cut 2 for the right and left sides. You’ll want to create a roll hem on both sides to finish off the raw edges.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

7. Then, measure the lower edge of the box spring (mine was 34″) and add an inch. Then, measure and cut your end-of-the-bed ruffle. Roll hem both sides.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

8. Start with the lower edge, find the center of the upper edge of the ruffle and the center of the end-of-the-bed end of your center fabric (white fabric in picture). Place right sides together, match centers and pin outward from the center. Some of the ruffle will extend slightly up the curve (not as much as mine…I had to cut mine down and forgot to take a picture after). Stitch a 1/2″ to 5/8″ seam allowance stitching your ruffle to your center piece.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

9. Then, do the same with one long side overlapping ruffles at the curved corner about 1.5″ to 2″. Repeat on your other long side. You may want to add a seam finish to avoid fraying if you don’t have a serger, but, we’ll be topstitching in the next step which may cut down on fraying a little.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

Lots of fabric at the sewing machine 😀

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

10. Press (if desired) seam allowance up and ruffle out and topstitch your seam allowance up to the center fabric.

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

All done! Looks so great!

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

I also stuck a bunch of long quilting straight pins with large pin heads all over the center fabric to keep it from shifting and it has worked swimmingly!

Totally Stitchin': Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

 

11 responses to Ruffled Bed Skirt Tutorial

  1. You’re so creative! And, talented too 🙂

  2. Thank you so much! 😀

  3. Very nice!!!!

  4. Thank you. I am going to have to make in king size because cannot find ready made in ruffle length.

  5. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest. Thank you so much.

    • Oh awesome! Happy Sewing! I love love love the ruffling foot…so, anything with tons of ruffles, I think, is super fun! 🙂

  6. How did you arrive at 9 yards to ruffle? It appears that you are using 1 width of fabric, so the 9 yards was by measuring around the bed skirt dimensions and multiplying times ??? Thank you!

    • Hi Jane! I am really glad you asked this question. So, when I measure, I round up a lot (for this tutorial specifically, for the overlap and seam allowances), but, after I measured and the short sides were 35″ (about 1 yard) and the long sides were 73″ (about 2 yards), I multiplied each side by 3 (as I love very full gathers)! And, it was almost perfect…the only major extra that I had was what I could have used for the other short side. So, 3 yards for the one short side and 6 yards would account for the 2 long sides, but, if you want less fullness, you could multiply by 2 or 2.5! Hopefully that helps! Happy Sewing!

      • Or, you could even divide the short side in half (since we sew the 2 long strips together in the tutorial anyway…I didn’t think about that)…so, you could get 6 yards for the 2 longs sides (if you do that full of gathering) and 1.5 yds to account for the 1 short side (that is, if you only do the one short side, however, if you do both short sides, you need the full 9 yds. for 3 times the gather). Then, cut the 2 really long strips and sew them together (step 2), gather, and cut the amount you need per side! So, that would just be 7.5 yards!!

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