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Thread: How did you make a bed skirt?

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    How did you make a bed skirt?

    I'm looking for ideas on making bedskirts. I have several yards of a striped fabric that is the wide sashing in my queen quilt. I want to make a bedskirt that doesn't need that dreaded muslin platform that you have to insert between the mattress and boxspring. I want to attach it w/sticky Velcro or something directly to the box springs. I think. I'm open to any and all suggestions. Concerned that the loopy side will have all kinds of things stuck to it over time; and that it won't stay stuck.
    I have a dog, Bear (shepard/husky cross), that sheds so much that I have dust elephants. She also crawls under the bed. Do you have any idea what a white dust ruffle looks like when she's crawled under the bed a few dozen times.
    I'm planning on serging the top edge and then using my ruffler/pleater to gather the fabric. Haven't used it yet, so will have to figure that out, too. Planning on doing 3 separate pieces.
    Thanks for your suggestions.
    DollyO

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    I think your idea will work just fine Dolly. The only concern I would have is whether the sticky velcro would stick to the box spring.
    As long as the dust ruffle is attached, I don't think the velcro would catch too awful much dust bunnies.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    I was commissioned to do one and also made one for my own bed. Took an idea from a catalog I saw this in. You make your ruffle then add about a 4-6" leader on top. to this leader edge you can either add velcro and or use those spiral pins with the clear plastic heads, I think they are called 'Tidy Pins', Grandma used them to keep her dollies on the arms of the chairs. By using this method you have just enough under the mattress, so you don't kill your fingers when you change the sheets and it is super easy to take off and put on.....an easy way way for your gathering would be to divide and divide. Divide your top piece in half and then quarters and then your ruffle material, that way you get the same amount of fullness all the way across. Doing the skirt in third parts is an excellent idea, you just might want to overlap your corners an inch or two, which would be easy to do. I would make the foot piece longer so it wraps around the corner and apply it first, then the sides just to the corner, should look sharp and professional.
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    I've seen them done with elastic in a casing. The velco will lose its strength over time and the dog hair will get in it. Good luck with your project
    Sewflower

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    I had an older store bought bed skirt that I loved. Now that I have a regular double bed I can use it again. I took it apart from the muslin that went under the mattress. I serged the top edge then used T pins - upholstery pins - and pinned it on. It's been on for not quite a year without any problems at all. [Believe me I was worried I would have to go the velcro route.]

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    When I made my bed skirt to match my quilt on the bed, I purchased a mattress cover the size of the box spring. I made the ruffled bed skirt, and then I sewed it right to the mattress cover right on the seam. It doesn't shift and so easy to do. Hope this helps ya, as this is the only way I would do it.

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    The 3 piece method is what I've used for yrs now. Sew a 1 to 1 1/2" band across the top edge (like a narrow skirt waistband)..and I pin all around with large safety pins. The 2 inch or the ones made for pinning quilt layers together. Works beautifully--my 'band' lies on top of the box springs--the mattress sits on top of the pins--never had any probs at all with changing sheets! Easy to remove & launder!

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    I use a glue gun. Have never had a bed skirt yet that stayed put. When you need to remove the skirt, it will come apart, and if need be you can warm the glue with an iron and it seperates. No muss no fuss.

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    I use a fitted sheet and sew the bed skirt to that. First I put the fitted sheet on the box springs and mark it with a pencil where I want to sew the skirt part on. I remove the fitted sheet. Then cut my material I want to use for the skirt and gather it and hem it. Then I sew that on to the line that I marked on the fitted sheet. This makes a nice bed skirt. If you go on the web and put in how to make a bed skirt out of a fitted sheet if will give you a more detailed directions on it. But i have done this for years and this make a bed skirt that does not slip around and it is well worth the work.

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    I have made dust ruffles similar to mermaids idea and attached it with large safety pins. It is easy to detach and repin.

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