How To Make a Bed Skirt Using Dental Floss

The 2 Seasons
by The 2 Seasons
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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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  • Julie pickell Julie pickell on Jan 16, 2022

    I have a sleigh bed with wooden sides. Should I try to make skirt to fit under the wooden sides or cover the wood and make long sides for the bed skirt? I can’t find one in a store but would like to have one.

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Jan 18, 2022

    how to cover my closet without using the doors

  • MALINDA MALINDA on Jun 29, 2022

    Why not just use heavy thread. A lot cheaper.

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  • Micki Micki on Jun 30, 2022

    So beautiful and so smart! You did a great job. I just may try this as I recently bought a new quilt. I have been looking at bed skirts and it’s hard to find the right color for this dark plum shade in my quilt and I was really surprised how expensive a bedskirt is if you want a nice one.

  • Gbe69776730 Gbe69776730 on Sep 09, 2022

    Do make this but sew the ruffle onto a fitted sheet that pops onto the bottom mattress /or box spring. !!

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    • Dmotan Dmotan on Oct 03, 2022

      So every time you want to wash the bedskirt , you would need to take the sheet off under the mattress. Just velcro on and it would be faster in the long run. Pull off, wash and then velco back on.