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Thread: awesome use of a bedskirt!

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    Tonight I discovered that I can get 8 yards x 2.5" strips for binding cut from the right bedskirt!! No need to piece this baby! It is going to go all the way around with a lot left over for the throw size quilt I'll be binding tomorrow. Hmmm, checking the time, make that later today. LOL, better get myself to bed.
    Nite all!

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    Great Tip.... and they end up on clearance, wonder what the center pieces could be used for ?? light weight sheers, or piece backing? Hummm

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    What a great idea! I love the look of bedskirts but can't use them since I have a pillowtop mattress and unless the bed sits on the floor, I can't get into it very easily. That is what happens when you are short! LOL

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    Cool idea...second hand they are very cheap or sometimes free. Last time I was Op-shopping the ladies at the Church said they were happy to give them away. They don't get too much wear either. You clever quilter!

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    I love bed skirts, too, but had two beds that they wouldn't work with. So I removed the center part that usually covers the mattress and applied 3/4 inch elastic all the way around the top, making sure the elastic was a couple of inches shorter than the girth of the bed where I wanted the bed skirt to hang. Works just great! I'll have to post a pic in the mext day or so.

    Great idea to use for binding, too!

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    I have used baby bed ruffles to make quil tops but I just cut them up. They get no wear so they are in great shape.

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    Neat idea, i just picked up a brand new still in the pkg one at thrift store for 99 cents.

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    Great idea!

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    Thanks for sharing. I always skip over the bedskirts when I'm at Goodwill or Savers.....now I can't wait to get back to those stores and take another look!

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    I never would have thought to use a bed skirt in that way! thanks for the tip!

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    What a great idea Linda. I can't imagine how many bedskirts I have passed up at yard sales. LOL

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    Thanks for a great tip!

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    thanks for sharing that great source of fabric.

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    Great! Thanks for sharing....I have a few of those that need to go hmmmmm.

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    Neat idea.

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    Thats a great idea!!! I have used tablecloths to make my kitchen valances and table runners etc. Got a table cloth on clearance for 3.24 at target and used it to make 2 valances, a window shade, a small tabletopper and two seat cushions. On the seat cusions I just had enough fabric for the tops so I used a coordinating fabric and then attached the rubber shelf lining for non slip cushions!!!
    I can be very frugal lol cheryl

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingcreek
    What a great idea! I love the look of bedskirts but can't use them since I have a pillowtop mattress and unless the bed sits on the floor, I can't get into it very easily. That is what happens when you are short! LOL
    I have a pillow top amd high, so I get a bed skirt the closet length from box spring to floor, put it between box and mattress. I also have a step to get up with and am always wacking it with my little toe. Any ideas?

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    You guys are clever! Great idea - just one of the many reasons I love this board. Have a good day everyone!

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    I use the center of the bed skirts for foundation piecing. It is strong but lightweight and a lot of fabric for your small change at a thrift store.

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    I used the center to make 2 body pillows, depending on the skirt it's good sturdy fabric :). Great idea for the binding ! :thumbup:

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    Awesome idea. I am a thrift store junkie and I see many almost new bed skirts. I will check them out when I go on Wed. Thanks!!

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    At the thrift store, the high quality bedskirts often come with high quality tops also, and it is usually white fabric that can be used in your quilts.
    The other types of tops are great for foundation piecing.
    I love to use the poly tops that have the little holes in them as backing for the squares I cut from t-shirts when I do t-shirt quilts. I really don't like using fusible web stuff. The knit sews great to the poly and it is light and so easy to work with. It stabilizes the knit very well in my experience.

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    Thank you for the great tip!

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    Thats a great idea!! And places like Gabriel Brothers and Big lots always have items like that on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingcreek
    What a great idea! I love the look of bedskirts but can't use them since I have a pillowtop mattress and unless the bed sits on the floor, I can't get into it very easily. That is what happens when you are short! LOL
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    Nonsense! I'm 5'3 and have a high bed that I love. At the age of 77 I go to bed easily. All I have to do is take a few running steps and hurl myself onto the bed, making sure to roll like they taught me years ago in a Judo class. Since I sleep alone, this isn't a bad thing, except that my cats sit on top of the book case and watch till I'm safe in the bed before joining me.

    Just joking, but I'll admit that it IS a kind of struggle to get all of me on the bed at the same time, but I love it so much that I'll even make myself one of those critter ladders before I'll give this one up.

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