Quick-and-Easy Bed Skirt

A great project for beginning sewers, a custom bed skirt will boost your bedroom's style.
Bedroom Featuring Bed With Patterned Duvet Cover and Chevron Rug

Blue and White Duvet Cover

The blue duvet on this bed complements the blue-green headboard, and the black and white pillows match the area rug.

Materials Needed:

  • tape measure
  • pins
  • fabric (approximately 3 yards for a queen and 6 yards for a king)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • iron
  • scissors
  • pins

Measure Bed

Measure the space between the floor and the bottom of the mattress — this is referred to as the drop. Add this measurement to 4 inches for the hem plus 3 to 5 inches to tuck under the mattress. To determine the length of each fabric panel (the bed skirt will consist of three panels: two sides plus the foot of the bed), measure the mattress itself. On average, a queen is approximately 60x80 inches and a king is approximately 76x80 inches.

Measure for the Bed Skirt

Measure for the Bed Skirt

Measure the space between the floor and the bottom of the mattress — this is referred to as the drop. Add this measurement to 4 inches for the hem plus 3 to 5 inches to tuck under the mattress. To determine the length of each fabric panel (the bed skirt will consist of three panels: two sides plus the foot of the bed), measure the mattress itself. On average, a queen is approximately 60x80 inches and a king is approximately 76x80 inches.

Cut Fabric

Cut fabric to needed dimensions; add 6 inches to each panel's length for seams.

Three Strips of Striped Fabric

Trim Fabric Panels

Cut fabric to needed dimensions; add 6 inches to each panel's length for seams.

Iron Fabric

Iron fabric so seams are straight when sewing. The bottom hem will be 4 inches and the top hem will be 1/2-inch. Fold over approximately 4 inches on long side of each piece for the hem and iron this fold. Fold over approximately 1/2-inch on short side of each piece for the hem and iron this fold.

Person Ironing Striped Fabric

Iron the Fabric To Set Hemline

Iron fabric so seams are straight when sewing. The bottom hem will be 4 inches and the top hem will be 1/2-inch. Fold over approximately 4 inches on long side of each piece for the hem and iron this fold. Fold over approximately 1/2-inch on short side of each piece for the hem and iron this fold.

Sew Together

Sew hems and seams using a sewing machine.

Woman Sewing Hem of Striped Fabric

Sew the Hem and Seam of Bed Skirt

Sew the bed skirt's hem and seam together using a sewing machine.

Secure Bed Skirt

Using straight pins, secure the bed skirt to top of box springs, making sure the bed skirt hangs evenly on all sides.

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