How To Make a Bed Skirt Using Dental Floss

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I love to have pretty bed skirts on our beds, and I bet you do, too. If you have shopped for bed skirts, then you probably know they come in all different colors, sizes, qualities, and prices. Just so I can have the colors and quality that I want, I have started making the bed skirts for the beds in our home. I prefer the gathered look rather than the pleated look because that fits my decorating style better. I learned an easy tip to make the gathers easier to sew, and it involves dental floss. Let me show you how.
Select a beautiful decorator fabric at your favorite fabric store. Then buy a plain inexpensive white cotton sheet that is the size of your bed. Wash the sheet to eliminate any shrinkage. Then lay the sheet on top of the mattress and just cut the sheet to be the same size as the mattress. Then set that sheet aside. Later attach a gathered piece to both long sides of the sheet and to the shorter width at the end.
Next up, determine how long the bed skirt will be from top to bottom. (This can be longer if your bed is taller.) Then cut out the fabric long enough to allow for a two inch hem and one inch at the top for the gathers. Also, the thickness of the gathers will be one and one-half times the length and width of the mattress. That means that for an 80 inch length on a queen mattress, you would need two long pieces (one for each side) that measure 120 inches. For the end of the bed, which is 60 inches wide, you need a piece that is 90 inches.
To make the gathers, guide a piece of dental floss along the top of the bed skirt, and zig zag stitch over it. This step is the magic that will make the gathers easy to form. Do this for all of the lengths of fabric.
When that is finished, gently pull the dental floss, and gathers will form.  Put the right sides of the skirt to the right side of the sheet and attached them with pins. Then slowly sew the ruffle to the sheet using a regular stitch. Keep that up, and you will have a bed skirt that you made with dental floss.
If you like layers the way I do, then layer the bed skirt you made over another one that you love. I have a link for that bed skirt on my blog,
If you like this sewing project, then you might enjoy learning how I make DIY designer throw pillows using painters' drop cloths:

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  • Deloris Deloris on Feb 12, 2020

    Yes I was inspired by your idea. I wanted to make a skirt for my Hospial bed and I thought of using a bed sheet but not dental floss. Interesting but what’s your thought behind dental floss.

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Oct 16, 2020

    Everyone saying dental floss doesn’t break....I have a crown that rips my floss to shreds every time 🤣😂! Yes I know fabric is softer .... just saying floss WILL break under certain circumstances.

  • Nancy Costa Nancy Costa on Oct 23, 2020

    Dental floss is expensive. Unless you domt

    use you free samples. Why not use embroidery floss?


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  • Betty Gregar Betty Gregar on Sep 21, 2021

    My issue is getting it on bed once finished. Mattress so heavy !

  • Sue55323829 Sue55323829 2 hours ago

    Maybe remember to attache the end of the dental floss, or you'll pull it straight out after the zig zag stitch !!! Could also attache ruffle to bed with velcro, this works and is easier to take off and wash. Well done, great idea though.