Tailoring a Bed Skirt

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Since the dawn of time, bed skirts have conspired to crush my soul. Oh, the lifting of the mattress, the positioning of the skirt, the replacing of the mattress. The intense physical combat. The sweating and the swearing. Well, I actually enjoy the swearing part. We have an all-foam mattress which rests its weary flesh on a wooden frame that doesn't play well with bed skirts. Here's an older picture of our room, and you can see the disaster that is the bed skirt. Frumpy and dumpy and grumpy.

The frame is very short, so the skirt sags depressingly on the rug.

Here, take a scandalous peek under my skirt. I dare you.

See my quilting mat under the bed? Technically, it's my daughter's quilting mat, but possession is nine tenths, as they say.

This always happens as well:

Despite the fact I hate making the bed, I make it almost every day.

I'd always planned on doing something about the skirt, but this happened.


That's but a sampling of the damage he's done to this comforter. But Eddie has a history of claiming this land for Spain. If there are beds and pillows involved, you can bet your furry bum he's there.

Getting himself trapped, with no escape in sight.

But Eddie just had his 14th birthday and our little old man has finally given up on jumping up on the bed. As sad as it makes me knowing he's winding down, it also means I can buy a comforter for the bed and have it stay super-duper nice.

So I did.

I threw the new, offensive bed skirt on the floor. The floor was probably dirty, but I most likely didn't care. Perhaps grease spots will haunt my future.

I proceeded to defile the skirt by cutting off all the white part that normally resides beneath the mattress. Then I got out my seam ripper and continued the desecration.

Soon I had three pieces of fabric that perfectly matched the new comforter set. I'd better not screw this up because I'll never have the recipe again.

Oh no.

Philly took me on a date to Home Depot where we bought a piece of luan and cut it to fit the sides and foot of the bed frame. I wrapped it with bug-infested (they were dead) quilt batting.

Then we wrapped with skirt fabric thus.

Halfway through, the pneumatic stapler died. Philly disassembled the demon, found the broken part, swore a bunch, then traveled to Menards to purchase a new one.

We've ordered the replacement part for the original. Now we have serious back-up.

We stapled on some velcro and added velcro to the bed frame so they could have relations...

The end result? Thank goodness you asked, because I've had enough wine to fell a horse, and I need to close down for the night.

Oh, happiness abounds.

So clean and streamlined.

My new comforter set is very similar to the previous set, minus the doggie rips and tears. You can find it here.


Did you spy my DIY Headboard? Go check out that post as well!

Several of you asked how the corners came out, so Eddie was kind enough to demonstrate!

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  • Mst33105276 Mst33105276 on Apr 03, 2023

    You made me lol multiple times ty! Great project too

  • Mary Jo Mary Jo on Apr 04, 2023

    Any chance you make house calls? Absolutely GORGEOUS! Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing idea that ‘I’ in a month of Sundays could not do or even think of. I was also wondering if you actually sleep at night or is your brain constantly thinking of ideas that will cause most of us sleepless nights and serious moments of deep depression because those ‘some of us’ have zero ideas? Keep up the brain power, and continue to amaze us!

  • DEN33502730 DEN33502730 on Apr 04, 2023

    What is a luan?

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  • Lisadoll Lisadoll on Apr 04, 2023

    Atta girl! File this under : “why the f didn’t I think of that?”

    ❤️to your pup. I wish they lived forever and ever .

  • Bob82642027 Bob82642027 on May 24, 2023

    This just made my day! I have never been able to use a bedskirt because I did not want to have to totally remove the mattress. You just gave an old lady a great and beautiful idea for making a gorgeous use of all my bedskirts. I think I will experiment with making the bed skirts interchangeable on the wood form.