You know how bed skirts can be a real pain? They get tucked up under the mattress, ride up and become crooked, and you constantly have to arrange them and straighten them to look good. I finally "had it" with our bed skirt arrangement and used the opportunity as an excuse to design a brand new one! I'm excited to share with you my solution for having the perfect looking bed skirt all the time, every day, no arranging required. My bed skirt has been on my bed for several months now, and I haven't touched it once since putting it into place!
To make this amazing bed skirt, you first need to know how to sew a straight line on a sewing machine. I measured my bed and purchased a length (I think 9 yards?) of gorgeous shimmery fabric. I found it on the clearance rack, score! My bed skirt fabric looks gold or silver, depending on which angle you are looking at it. Love!
1. Cut your length of fabric into a long strip the width of the "drop" of your box spring. The drop is the top of your bed's box spring to the floor; mine is 16 inches. I added to the width on either side for the hem, I had a 1" hem on the top and a 3" hem on the bottom. That's 2.5 + 16 + 6.5, for a total of 25" of fabric wide by 9 yards long. (The +.5 is for my hem fold under edge). You can make your bed skirt as wide as you want, with whatever measurement you'd like for the hem. Just measure your bed before you start cutting!
2. Pin and sew the hem along the top and bottom of your fabric bed skirt. As mentioned, I did a 1" top hem and 3" bottom hem to weigh the bed skirt down. Once you have both edges hemmed, give it a good iron to flatten out the bed skirt fabric.
3. Next, I added tucks along the top edge of my bed skirt so it wouldn't hang completely straight and flat. This gave my DIY bed skirt body without making it too ruffly. If you do tucks, make sure to compensate by adding extra length to the total length required around your bed. I believe my bed skirt fabric was an extra foot or so longer than the perimeter of my bed.
4. The final step is the magic one! Sew on strips of Velcro (I sewed on the hook side of the Velcro) all along the inside top edge of the homemade bed skirt. I added strips of Velcro every 24" or so along the length of my shimmery gold bed skirt.
5. Hot glue matching strips of Velcro onto your box spring (I glued on the soft side of the Velcro), and stick the bed skirt on! I found a hot glue gun to be most effective for attaching my homemade bed skirt because it dries immediately and it isn't going to get a lot of "wear" because it's a bed skirt. Hot glue effectively holds the Velcro on the box spring so you can attach the receiving hook pieces of Velcro that are sewn onto your bed skirt, keeping the bed skirt in place.
Make sure you match up hook and loop (soft side) pieces of Velcro all along the perimeter of your bed. Start at the top of one side of the bed and work your way all the way around to the top of the other side of the bed.
Fix your bed skirt issues by hot gluing your bed skirt onto your bed with Velcro!
This trick can be used with any store bought bed skirt too! You just have to cut off the middle of the bed skirt that goes under the top mattress (and is a super big pain to get into place). Cut out the middle so you are left with the skirt only (you can use pinking shears if you are worried about raveling, or cut enough of a edge to tuck under and sew it into a top hem, and add the Velcro.
1. Once attached with Velcro, the bed skirt won't shift, move, or get fumbled up when you change the sheets.
2. Your bed skirt won't sag on the floor, or look lopsided on one side.
3. The bed skirt is easy to remove for washing with a gentle pull, and easy to reattach when clean, without having to move the entire top mattress.
4. If you make your own bed skirt, your design options are endless! And all you have to know is how to sew a straight hem.
I hope my DIY bed skirt tips are helpful and you successfully get your bedroom looking fabulous! You can find my full master bedroom redesign reveal here (coming soon)!
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