How to Make a Quick and Easy No-Sew Bed Skirt From Drop Cloth

Lisa Woelk
by Lisa Woelk
2 Materials
2 Hours

While bed skirts are pretty cheap and easy to come by, I’ve been having trouble finding one that would properly fit my bed. Being crafty, I decided to make one myself! I had previously made a tutorial showing how to bleach painter’s drop cloth to make it soft and easy to work with, and figured that this project would be a perfect fit for my fabric.

Drop cloth

Tools and Materials

  • Bleached drop cloth (I demonstrated how to bleach drop cloth in a previous video, which I’ve linked down below). You should get a drop cloth that is meant for the stairwell, meaning that it’s long and narrow. Mine was about 1.2 meters wide and 6 meters long.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Strong velcro
  • Staple gun
  • Pins
Cut the Drop Cloth
Cut the Drop Cloth

Fold the drop cloth in half lengthwise and cut down the middle, so that you have two pieces that are 60 centimeters wide (about two feet) and 6 meters long (just under 20 feet). To help me cut evenly, I folded the fabric on itself quite a few times and then cut along the crease slowly, unfolding as I went. 

Attach Velcro to the Bed Frame
Attach Velcro to the Bed Frame

Using a staple gun, I stapled velcro along the bed frame. I used a staple gun because I figured it would be stronger and easier to use than using a glue gun, and allow me to be a bit more mobile and not limited to where my outlet was located. Make sure that the velcro is at an even height along the entire frame.

Attach the Bed Skirt
Attach the Bed Skirt

I pinned a velcro strip along the long edge of the bed skirt to help hold it in place. The mattress is going to be on top of it and hold it in place, and I wanted to be able to remove the velcro when I wash the bed skirt, so I chose not to sew the velcro in place. Then, I bunched it up along the side of the bed. Due to the shape of my bed frame, I needed to have the skirt at the foot of the bed come out from behind the frame, rather than draping it over the front. Because of this, I needed to cut the skirt once I got to the end of the frame. Depending on your bed frame, you may not need to do this.

Pin the Velcro
Pin Along the Drop Cloth


DIY No Sew Bed Skirt

It’s that easy! This DIY project was quick, easy, and, best of all, didn’t involve a needle and thread! You can customize this to your bed in any way you please. Let me know if you try it out yourself!


Easy No Sew Bed Skirt

Here’s a link to my tutorial on how to bleach painter’s drop cloth

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  • Nellie Nellie on Apr 07, 2020

    Can you dye the drop cloth a different color?

  • M Jane Olbricht M Jane Olbricht on Apr 08, 2022

    I have a metal bed frame, any idea how I could do this. I have lots of under bed storage and would love to have a bed skirt.

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  • Imp Imp on Apr 08, 2022

    Oh darn I have a metal bed frame to. Perhaps the Velcro could be glued on with a good quality glue. You have an excellent idea here. I have to redo two bed skirts so I think I will use your method and just try using glue. I also will go probably with box pleats. I sew so that's not an issue for me. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  • Jac30718404 Jac30718404 on Apr 08, 2022

    They have peel and stick velcro. I use on everything!