“There is beauty in simplicity.”
Can I get an AMEN?
Seriously, there is a time for really doing things right and perfect, like building or painting a house, but most of the time… I error on the simplicity.. aka EASY. This momma ain’t got no time for complicated.
But, I also love things to look nice.
Awhile ago, I was walking around our bed and noticed how much you could see the under the bed storage items…awkward! That is a no bueno for this girl. As much as I stuffed and stuffed, it still seemed to spill out like a muffin top on a tight pair of jeans. Okay, really there isn’t that much stuff under the bed; it’s just showing, and I don’t like it. 🙂
Side Note – We purchased our first new mattress around 4 years ago. This is after we have been married for almost 24 years now.
I’m not gonna lie, I had one in my shopping cart several times. I wanted to just buy it and be done. But, we’ve made excellent progress on our budget, stay tuned for that, and so it was a no go! It must be done cheaper or stick with the awkward bed skirt.
Then, ding, the idea struck. I had some drop cloth and thought maybe … except this girl’s sewing skills are B-A-S-I-C! If it was going to work, it would be no sew all the way, baby!
Here’s what I came up with….
DIY No Sew Drop Cloth Bed Skirt
- Canvas Drop Cloth (measure before you purchase)
- Tape Measure
- Safety Pins
THE HOW TO
- With a tape measure, measure the box springs, platform, or whatever the bed skirt will be resting on.
- Now measure the top of box spring to the floor (also known as the drop). You will want to make sure to incorporate any pooling you want (material to overflow onto the ground or if it will just touch the floor.) Here is a guide for additional info.
- You will now add your measurements together. The two sides and the width of the bed will be one amount. The two ends and length will be another. Again, take into account any extra material needed to pool.
- With these measurements, this is what you will need to purchase your drop cloth. For our Queen bed, we needed at least 8 X 9. I used a 9 X 12 drop cloth without sewing.
- Waiting for another person to help move the mattress off the bed, or one really determined person that can’t wait for help (Disclaimer – I am not responsible if you move it and get hurt- ask for help if you need it!)
- Find the long side to the drop cloth and place the on top of the mattress length wise.
- Get the bed skirt the way you like on the floor. If you want the skirt straight, make it that way. If you want ruffles, shape it how you desire.
- Once the design is in place, pin around the edges with safety pins. Yes, there is a high chance you will have material slightly bunched up. No, you won’t feel it.
- Now, carefully place your mattress over the skirt and viola ….
..a DIY no sew drop cloth bed skirt for $26 at our local hardware store.
TIP – Our bed has a footer, and there is a bench at the end, so I did not worry about the skirt showing on the end. If you have no footer, this tutorial will work just fine. If you have a footer, but want it to be seen, you could cut the fabric around the two ends or you could use another piece of drop cloth for just the end piece.