Easy DIY Ruffled Bed Skirt

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  1. Amy says:

    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! πŸ˜€ Keep those great DIY projects coming Shayna!! Love them all so far!

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so much, Amy! I love the organic feel of it too, and it doesn’t look too girlie! It’s just prefect! πŸ˜€

    • Kath says:

      You can make ruffles with a needle and thread. Just do staight stitches down the length of the fabric and pull them up to make the ruffle. Much less likely to break than by machine which makes smaller stitches. Then hot glue in place. That way they won’t break and fall out.

  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

    • Shayna says:

      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! πŸ˜€

  3. Judy says:

    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?

    • Shayna says:

      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! πŸ˜€
      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! πŸ˜€

  4. April Hoff says:

    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! πŸ™‚

    • Shayna says:

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

  5. Rondell says:

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

    • Shayna says:

      I’m so happy you’re going to make your own! I love those unfinished edges too! πŸ˜€

  6. M says:

    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

  7. Alisa B says:

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

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so much, Alisa! πŸ˜€
      I found the top coverlet at Ikea. We love it! Reasonable price too!

  8. Cheryl says:

    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.

    • Shayna says:

      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… πŸ˜€

  9. Julie says:

    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!

    • Shayna says:

      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! πŸ˜€

  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

    • Shayna says:

      Hi Arnie! I think either the Brother or Singer sewing machine will be wonderful! They are both great brands! πŸ˜€

  11. Mary Lou says:

    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!

    • Shayna says:

      Hi there! πŸ˜€ For the elastic, I bought about 5 yards. Once I pulled it tight, I was left with extra! I hope that helps! πŸ˜€

      • Mary Lou says:

        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!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Kathleen R says:

    Hi. I love how the bedskirt turned out. I’ve been looking for someone who tried making it this way. What kind of muslin did you use or where did you get it? I love how the edge is fringed slightly so no hemming needed. It has just the look that I want in my bedroom. And lets me get a 16″ drop which is almost impossible to find in ready made bedskirts.

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much! I love our bedskirt too! For the fabric, I bought it at our local craft store, Clubbs. I have seen similar muslin fabric at JoAnn’s. It’s not a super heavy fabric, but it’s one of my very favorites for home sewing and craft projects! And the fringed edge was very helpful indeed! πŸ˜€

  13. Selina says:

    Hi! I love this tutorial! But I do have a question.. How big is the bed you did this for?


  14. Kristy says:

    This is the exact thing I was looking for! I already had a vague idea in my head of how to do an elastic bed skirt, but your tutorial has cemented it. I hadn’t thought of using muslin, but seeing yours, I now realize it will go perfectly with my grandmother’s old iron bed frame and my quilted coverlet. I think I’ll pick up the materials after work and whip this up tomorrow evening! Thank you for posting this (even if I am commenting on it almost two years later…)

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  17. Millie says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful bed ruffle. I went straight into my sewing room and made one for my room.

  18. Becky says:

    I love your easy way to do the ruffling on this project as well as the idea to stuff the top into the mattress. The last bed skirt I made I ruffled it and sewed it onto a fitted sheet. The skirt stayed looking lovely but it sure was a pain to wash.

    In looking at the link of the muslin that you bought the specifications the muslin is 58 inches wide. Is that the width you used or did you use 45 inch fabric

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! I believe I did use the 45″ wide fabric, but that type of material/ color is what I used. Depending on your bed height and the drape of the skirt, the 58″ wide fabric may work better since it would give you plenty of room to tuck the skirt under the mattress. It shouldn’t budge. πŸ™‚

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  20. Eileen says:

    What length of elastic did you use for the long sides. In the picture it looks like the elastic was cut to the length measurement. Than when you pulled the elastic tight when sewin did’nt you have elastic left over at the end.

    • Shayna says:

      I did have elastic leftover at the end. Because I pulled the elastic tight as I sewed it to the fabric, there was plenty of it leftover once it was sewn! I’m not exactly how much I bought, but a few yards shy of your total fabric length should work!

  21. Lori says:

    I have a question please:
    How do I know how much extra fabric to go around the bed? Did you double the amount? I am thinking once I pull the elastic tight like you said when I sew isn’t my end product going to be much shorter than I started with? Trying to figure how to make one for a full size bed. Thank you in advance

  22. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the elastic tip! I wouldn’t have thought of it myself… so easy for a long gather… ☺️

  23. Laetitia Nh says:

    Love your post! I was just wandering are there slats underneath your bed? and if yes, does it just stays? Like I dont have a flat base underneath my mattress, I have slats and the exact metal structure frame as yours.

    • Shayna says:

      Sorry for my delay in getting back to you! If you leave enough material at the top of the bed skirt to tuck under the bed, I would think it would stay in place regardless of the style of your boxsprings. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  24. Jacque Williams says:

    loved your post . I just sewed elastic on an old premade bed skirt that kept sagging and slipping using the same technique. I can’t wait to make a new doing the same thing. great idea. I have been searching for a bedskirt for my granddaughters room. I have a limited budget and want something different to go with the Iron headboard that i just painted white. You have just inspired me. YEAH>

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