The bedroom I’m redecorating is turning into something rather unexpected. The four-poster bed from my MIL set the mood for some dressed up decor.
While I work on the finishing touches, I wanted to share a tutorial for making a gathered bed skirt.
For the base, I use an old bed sheet. The flat sheet went through the dryer with Fun Son’s ink pen in the pocket of his shorts. That was five or so years ago. I saved it for an occasion just like this bed skirt!
The border around the bottom is a wide stripe. It was a good way to use another print in the collection for the room.
For this queen-sized bed, I used three widths of fabric for each side and two widths for the end. My fabric is heavy and full-bodied, so for regular fabrics, I’d cut four widths for the sides and three for the end. Cut the base fabric widths to your drop measurement minus 2 inches (for the contrast band) and add one inch back for ease. You got that?
Drop measurement minus 2 inches for band plus 1 inch for ease
Cut the band strips at 5 inches. Stitch the widths together – for main fabric and band.
Then stitch the border strip to the main strip. Cut lining widths exactly to the measurement of the main fabric and sew widths together. Stitch to the opposite edge of the banding fabric.
After sewing each seam, press everything nice and smooth.
Fold the skirt in half to align the lining behind the main fabric. Press and measure to be sure you have the drop measurement plus 1/2 inch for your seam to sew it to the base. Trim any excess if needed (due to the ease we added).
Fold each end under twice for a double one-inch fold. Press well.
Top stitch or whip stitch by hand for a nice, custom finish.
Cut the sheet to the width and length of the bed plus 1/2-inch for each seam allowance. The top edge of the sheet has a nice finished edge for the header of the bed skirt. That’s why I love to use sheets for this project!
Serge or zig-zag stitch along all edges of the bed skirt base (the sheet).
For the skirt, zig-zag stitch over dental floss 1/4 inch from the raw edge of each section. Leave 4 inches of floss exposed at each end for drawing while gathering.
Fold each skirt section in half and half again. Place a pin at each fold point.
Place pins at these points on your prepared base.
Pin the skirt of each section at the points on the diagram.
Draw the floss to gather evenly between the pins. Add pins every two inches or so – to hold skirt secure while stitching.
Stitch each side and end piece.
At the corners where the sides meet the end piece, stop at 1/2 inch from the end as shown. What a thready mess, eh? A little trimming’s all it needs.
Gathered skirts are a little more work than a pleated bed skirt since you have more widths of fabric to manage. But, they’re worth it when they fit a certain look your going for in your room.
Don’t miss this update about the Romantic Room with Rod Pocket Panels.
Do you enjoy sewing new bedding? Are you re-decorating any rooms?