|How to Sew a Ruffled Bedskirt|
A bed skirt can be ruffled or tailored, depending on the style of the bedroom. Also referred to as duster, dust ruffle or bed valance, bed skirts serve to finish off the bed so that the springs and underside are not visible. Of course Matt says they exist to hide everything that you kick under the bed!
2. To determine the length of the bed skirt, measure the distance from the top of the box springs to the floor and add 21/2 for the seam allowance and hem.
3. To determine the circumference of the bed skirt, multiply the length of the box spring times two, add the width of the box spring and multiply this number times 2.5 to allow for gathering.
4. To determine the number of widths of fabric you will need, divide the number obtained in step 3 by the width of the fabric (54 inches, for example) and round up to the nearest whole number.
5. For a professional look, patterns in printed fabric should be matched. To determine the pattern match, lay the fabric right side up on the work surface. Mark the top of the first complete pattern repeat in the fabric with a pin. Measure from the top of the pattern to the end of the repeat. If this measurement is longer than the length of the cuts of fabric needed for the ruffle, (this is the measurement achieved in step 2), make your cuts the length of the repeat. If your repeat is shorter than the measurement from step 2, you will need to use two full repeats for each cut so the pattern will match.
6. Stitch the pieces together. If the bed does not have a footboard, the ruffle should be stitched together in one continuous piece. If the bed does have a footboard, create two sides and a bottom piece.
7. When ruffle piece(s) are complete, fold the short side ends 1/2 inch twice and sew to create side hems. Fold up the bottom edge 1/2 inch twice for bottom hem and sew.
8. Gather the ruffle piece(s) to fit the flat top piece. The easiest way to gather such large pieces of fabric is to zigzag stitch a piece of strong string or thin cord along the raw top edge of the piece (being careful to not catch the string or cord in the stitching). Anchor the string at one end with a pin and gently pull on the other end, adjusting the gathers as you go.
OR, you can stitch two lines of basting stitches, one at 3/8 inch from the top edge and one at 6/8 inch from the top edge. Then, grab the bobbin threads and gently gather up the fabric to the correct lengths needed.
9. Attach one side of the bed skirt, or the entire skirt to the top with right sides facing. Pin in place, making sure the gathers are evenly spaced. Machine stitch the side of the skirt to the top using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. To strengthen the seam and give a neater appearance, zigzag a second seam next to the first straight seam and trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the second side and the bottom piece if needed.
10. Place the bed skirt on the box spring and smooth the sides and bottom into position. Place the mattress over the box spring and make the bed.
For one of my bed skirt projects, I used an old bed skirt as the base for my new one and just sewed the new skirting over the top of the old one. This gave the new skirt more weight and a richer appearance. At the same time, I didn’t waste the old dust ruffle!