Easy DIY Ruffled Bed Skirt

Slowly, project by project, our master bedroom is making small strides. Getting this room in shape is on my project goal list for the year and it’s one room that really needs it.

I have no idea why it seems to “collect” the miscellaneous decor items, but it does. And every time it collects a bit more, I make it my mission to fix it. Today, I’m sharing an easy DIY ruffled bed skirt. It’s made me so excited to keep moving  forward with the our bedroom. I have so many ideas and plans for the room and I can’t wait to tell you more about them.

In the mean time, I am positively thrilled with this easy project!

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how I made it:

I started with 5 yards of fabric. I used the same muslin fabric that I used on our breakfast nook bench cushions. I basically completely love this fabric and I turn to it time and time again. Plus, it’s cheap!

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I stretched it out…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

And used my fabric scissors to cut down the middle…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then for the “ruffle” part, I bought elastic at our fabric store! This was such an easy way to achieve the ruffle. More on that later.

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Based on our bed, I measured 16″ from the bottom of the fabric, then started pinning the elastic in place…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

I kept pinning the elastic in place about every 12″…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I used my sewing machine to run a stitch down the middle of the elastic. While I was pushing the material through my machine, I pulled the elastic very tight….

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I was done sewing the elastic in place, I instantly had the ruffle. Because the fabric was light enough, the elastic sucked together leaving me with a very lovely and EASY ruffle. If you’ve ever made a ruffle with the “sew a seam at the top, then pull the top thread and push the fabric down the thread” method, then you know ruffles can be very frustrating. Especially if your thread breaks in the middle of your ruffle… I’ve been there!

The elastic was such a time and sanity saver! I will definitely be using this method to create ruffles again!

Once I had enough fabric “ruffled”, I started pushing the extra fabric at the top of the bed skirt underneath our mattress…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Because I left a good 6″ or 7″ of fabric above the ruffle, the bed skirt is secured down by the weight of our mattress…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Plus, having the extra fabric at the top allows me to alter the length of the bed skirt in some areas…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, for the corners at the end of the bed, I pulled the skirt straight out…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then made a small cut at the bottom…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

I placed the fabric over the metal bed frame…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then quickly pulled down on the fabric…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

It left me with a lovely frayed edge and I trimmed off the extra strings.

And because I really liked the frayed edge on the fabric, and the fact that I didn’t want to finish the bottom edge, I left it. I really like how it looks!

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out! I’ve had my eye on a similar bed skirt, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay the steep price.

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now, I have one that was easy to make and will be easy to remove if I ever change my mind, which we all know could happen since I have decorating ADD.

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Those soft ruffles completely changed our bed…

Easy DIY Ruffled Bedskirt by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now I’m feeling really inspired to complete a few other projects in our bedroom. They might just make it to the top of my list.

Have a great weekend!

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P.S.- For all of you non sewers out there, I bet you could make this with hot glue. Instead of sewing the elastic in place, run a bead of hot glue, pull the elastic really tight and push it into the hot glue. It should work. Just don’t burn yourself!

Lovely comments so far...

  1. I really wish I had a sewing machine! This is the prettiest dust ruffle I’ve seen in a long time. I like the “rawness” of it, and it’s not so girlyish either. I really really like it!! saving this on Pinterest for future use! :D Keep those great DIY projects coming Shayna!! Love them all so far!

    • THANK YOU so much, Amy! I love the organic feel of it too, and it doesn’t look too girlie! It’s just prefect! :-D
      -Shayna

  2. Great idea and looks easy to do. Like that you can just tuck it under the mattress, but how well does it stay tucked in?

    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ T
    Timeless Treasures

    • THANK YOU so much, Audrey! I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’ve changed my bedding twice since I’ve used the new bed skirt. So far, it’s stayed in place really well. The long part of the fabric above the ruffle is stuffed pretty far underneath our mattress, so I would have to pull on it pretty hard to get it out of place. For extra security, you could pin it in a few places too.
      I hope that helps! :-D
      -Shayna

  3. Well I will definitely be trying this, having been a victim many times of the “broken gathering thread” disaster. Also loved the fact, this bedskirt had no “platform.” There’s no way I can ever lift up my mattress and wrangle that stupid platform into place. Would be interested to know how simply tucking the skirt into place is working– does it come untucked quite often? Or is it OK? And approx. how many inches of fabric above the elastic did you leave for tucking?

    • THANK YOU so much, Judy! I know exactly how you feel with the “broken thread”. There’s nothing more frustrating… Been there! The elastic has changed my life forever! :-D
      I’ve changed my bedding twice since I’ve used the new bed skirt. So far, it’s stayed in place really well. The long part of the fabric above the ruffle is stuffed pretty far underneath our mattress, so I would have to pull on it pretty hard to get it out of place. For extra security, you could pin it in a few places too. I’d say there is about 7 inches of fabric above the fabric that is laying underneath our mattress.
      I hope that helps! :-D
      -Shayna

  4. This is sooooo good! Totally pinning for later…I still don’t have a bed skirt on our master bedroom bed…I’m so ashamed! :)

    • THANK YOU so much, April! I love how it turned out… it’s easy to make too! :-D
      Thanks for pinning… and I won’t tell anyone you don’t have a bed skirt! :-D
      -Shayna

  5. I’m pinning too and I’ll be using the hot glue for mine, I love the unfinished edges!

  6. OMGness, there we go again… I’m working in my bedroom as well! Love the bed skirt! I wish I could sew, I wish I could sew… lol;) You can do everything beautiful… blessings & <3
    M

  7. Love it – I also like your bedding – where did you get the top coverlet??
    I am addicted to your blog !!

  8. Shayna,
    This is a great tutorial. I do have one question though. What kind of elastic is that? I have never seen it before. Did you purchase at Joann Fabrics?
    Thanks in advance.

    • THANK YOU so much, Cheryl! I’m not positive on the brand of elastic that I used, but I bought it by the yard at our local sewing store. It was about .39 a yard.
      I hope that helps… :-D
      -Shayna

  9. I love this! I found it on Pinterest. You say you started with 5 yards. How did you determine how long the yardage is for the size of bed and the length of the gathers? I’m assuming a queen bed would need more yardage/length than a twin and less than a king-size bed. What size is the bed you show here? Was there leftover fabric length when you put it on the bed? Thanks for answering these questions! I’m hoping to add this to my bedroom remodel plans in the future!

    • THANK YOU so much, Julie! I knew that with the “ruffle” it would take extra fabric, so I bought 5 yards, knowing that I would cut it in half and end up with 10 yards, which would be enough. Yes, different bed sizes would need more/ less fabric. 5 yards was just about perfect for our queen bed. I had a bit of left over fabric, but not too much. I just cut off the excess and wrapped the end around the top of our mattress. To measure the fabric yardage, I measured our bed, then converted it to yards. When I cut the fabric in half, it instantly doubled.
      I hope that helps! :-D
      -Shayna

  10. arnie fe says:

    hi shayna! am planning to buy a portable sewing machine anytime soon. but i don’t know what brand of machine i will buy. brother or singer? since those two are the only ones available in our market. thanks

    • Hi Arnie! I think either the Brother or Singer sewing machine will be wonderful! They are both great brands! :-D

  11. Hi Shayna, I’m going to make this beautiful dust ruffle and one of my questions was already answered in the comment section, so my other question is, how much of the elastic did you have to buy for the queen size bed? I hope I can find that elastic, I really like it and see how it would work so well in “sticking” to the fabric. Thank you for making this available to us. Blessings to you!

    • Hi there! :-D For the elastic, I bought about 5 yards. Once I pulled it tight, I was left with extra! I hope that helps! :-D

      • Thank you Shayna, I must have been having a “brain fog,” I knew the answer after thinking about it. I was going to write and tell you, but you already answered it for me. Many thanks and Big Hugs! I can’t wait to start my project and have a lovely bed skirt like yours!!!!!!!!!!!!

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