Thursday, February 02, 2012

Removable Bedskirt Tutorial

So I was right, I oversold it… but that’s ok because I’m still super excited about my bedskirt and how it turned out. It’s so much better than seeing our junk under the bed.

This is a surprisingly simple sewing project. I’m going to attempt to give directions for two different types.

(1) Bed Frame Attached - Just like mine to be attached to the inside of your bedframe.
(2) Box Springs Attached – For those without a lip on their bedframe that would work, you can attach it to the box springs instead.

If you can sew a straight line, you can make this bedskirt. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Sew-on Velcro strips, cut into 2” pieces
  • Super Glue

Yep, that’s it.

1. To determine how much fabric you need, measure the length of one side of your bed plus the length of the foot of your bed.
DSCF2356 dimensions

For the amount of gathering that I have, add 1.5 ft to each side, so 7+5+3= 15 ft. I bought 3 yards.

2. For a normal bedskirt, to determine the “drop,” you’d measure from the top of the box springs or the bed to the floor. Here, it’s a little different.

(1) Bed Frame Attached: Measure from bottom of the bed frame to the ground and add about 2”. I wanted my total drop to be about 16”
(2) Box Springs Attached: Measure from the top of your box springs to the ground.

Add about 2-3 inches to that total for hemming. My total drop should be about 16”, so I cut my fabric to 19”.

3. Cut your fabric into 3 pieces: 2 for the sides and 1 for the foot of the bed.
Side pieces: (length of the bed + 1.5 ft) x (drop + 3 in) = 8.5 ft x 19”
Foot piece: (foot of the bed + 1.5 ft) x (drop + 3in) = 6.5 ft.x 19”

4. Hem all three pieces by .75” on the two shorter sides and 2.5” on the long side:
I did not hem the 4th side. I used the edge of the fabric, which is normally made not to fray. That will be the top.

5. Now it’s time to gather the skirt. There are two ways to do this. You can purchase gathering tape from most sewing stores and follow the instructions. That’s probably way easier, but slightly more expensive. If you purchase gathering tape, skip to step 8.

Or you can do it by hand:
Set your sewing machine to the longest possible stitch. On the fourth side, sew two single lines across all the way across the top of the fabric:

The two blue lines are hard to see, but that’s what you’re going for. If you have it, use heavy duty thread for this step.

6. Find the two threads that are the stitch that runs across the top:

7. Very gently start to pull those two stitches while pushing the fabric to gather it:

You need to be gentle because if you pull to hard, the thread will pop and you’ll have to start over.

8. Continue gathering until the skirt is the correct length for your bed and the gathers are evenly distributed:

Then tie off the extra thread.

10. Take the soft side of your velcro pieces and sew it directly onto the gathered portion of the bedskirt.

I used 5 pieces for the foot of the bed and 7 for each side.

(1) Bed Frame Attached: Sew onto the FRONT of the bedskirt!!! This will be the side that attaches to the bed.
(2) Box Springs Attached: Sew onto the BACK of the bedskirt.

Finished product should look like this:

11. Attach the rough side of the velcro to the bed.

(1) Bed Frame Attached: Use super glue to attach directly to the inside of the bedframe about 2 in” up. If it’s a super smooth finish on the frame, you may have to roughen the finish with some sand paper.
(2) Box Springs Attached: If possible, use super glue. Otherwise, you may have to hand stitch the velcro on to the box springs.

HINT: If using super glue, let dry completely before attaching the bedskirt. The weight of the fabric will pull off the velcro if the glue is not dry.

12. Attach the velcro pieces and you’re done!

If you read this whole post, you get a gold star. Seriously. Longest post I’ve ever written.

Hopefully this helps. If you get stuck, email me (button on my sidebar).


  1. Great tutorial! You make it look so easy!

  2. You made it look so easy! I will definitely have to keep this tutorial on file. I saw a beautiful bed skirt not too long ago and would love to make it.

  3. This is an awesome idea and it just so happens I'm currently in the market for a detachable bed skirt for a couch I'm going to recover, so I'll be filing this one away as well!

  4. That actually looks pretty do-able. I still think it's a brilliant idea.

  5. My bed skirt gets all bunched up and drives me crazy, I LOVE this idea. Thanks!!!

  6. Bedskirts can be SO expensive. I love the idea to make it yourself. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
    Have a great weekend :)

  7. Wow. Very cool idea!
    Stopping by from the Friday Hops to say hello. Have a great weekend!

  8. Been wanting to do this for awhile. Even have my fabric washed and ready to go. You've inspired me! Thank you!!!

  9. I also think this helps with all the wiggling that bed skirts seem to always do! Thanks!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this great tip at Potpourri Friday!

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  13. How smart is this?? One of those..."why didn't I think of this?" moments just occurred. Would be delighted for you to link this up to Mop It Up Mondays at:

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  14. I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up!

  15. I used an old twin flat sheet & attached Velcro to it instead of gluing Velcro to the box spring. I put the sheet between the box spring & mattress. I don't have to lift that heavy mattress again! I used the leftover flora bed skirt fabric to make throw pillows for the bed.
    I can't wait to make a bed skirt for the other bedroom!

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  17. I have a cheap metal frame that I hate to have showing, I got a bedskirt a few years ago but it never stayed in place. I tried what someone suggested of using a fitted sheet rather than a bedskirt and that failed also. For my project I'm going to stick/glue velcro to the frame in sections along the edge and on the outer edge of the legs. Instead of leaving my bedskirt open at the edges, I'm going to sew at least part of the way down so it doesn't get messed up at the corner. After I sew my velcro into place on my bedskirt I'm going to have my mom and sister help me place it and hopefully I'm set. Also, I'm fourteen and I came up with that plan on my own.. I think I might have just shown up a few crafters here... :)


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