Custom Tailored Bedskirt From A Flat Sheet? Yes'um.
This post should really be titled "I SEWED! I SEWED!!!!" because, phew, getting out the old machine is quite the accomplishment lately.
My new sewing companion.
Moving gives ya a real appreciation for the number of tools one uses in the trade. As is...
Where'd that darn white bobbin go? I could have sworn my pins were in this drawer? Why did I pack the iron in the bottom of that box?
Heaven forbid you need a safety pin, my friends.
Anywho, after the move my husband and I got the silly notion into our heads that since we have been married for a while and have a bunch of kids and all of that jazz, it's about time we spent a dime or two on our bedroom to make it look like adults live here instead of a couple of twenty-year-old newlyweds.
In the course of my hunting for new bedding -- decorating on a budget is not for the faint of heart -- I was a little put off at the cost of bedskirts. The inexpensive ones I saw online and in the stores were cheaply made, nearly see-through, got horrible customer reviews, and were still over-priced.
I could totally make my own poorly-constructed bedskirt for less :).
See? You can hardly even see it! Why do we pay money for this stuff? But just in case you want to see it...
Oh my. I have a whole new appreciation for bed stylists. They must Photoshop the wrinkles out of those pictures. At least that's what I tell myself to make me feel better about sharing these shamefully wrinkly pictures.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photographs of the process, but I decided to post anyway and give you a run down of what I did. If you'd like more details or pics, drop me a line.
Target sells sheets that aren't in sets. We have a queen bed and I bought a queen flat sheet which enabled me to make a bedskirt with a 13" drop. The cost of the sheet was about $14.
** Update -- I should have pre-shrunk the sheet by washing it before sewing. When I washed it after the fact, the bedskirt did shrink and shorten slightly. **
I started by measuring thirteen inches and sewing the corners. No hemming required! (At the head of the bed, I didn't sew a full corner. I only turned over the wide band that makes up the top of a flat sheet. I'll update with a pic as soon as I get the chance.)
Then, I took a seam down the middle of each side to take in the extra fabric, leaving the 13" drop on each side open. I pressed the seams flat to make inverted pleats on the sides and end of the bed.
And do I have a picture of an inverted pleat? Of course not.
*Quick! Insert distracting baby picture!*
Did it work?
Anyway, that's that.
When I chose to make the bedskirt instead of buy it, I thought for sure I would regret it. Pleasant surprise! It was finished in one night and I'm pretty sure 75% of my time was spent pressing the fold marks out of the new sheet. Plus, I was able to get a custom length instead of the standard 14" drop.
Time to finish up the rest of the bedroom makeover. What shall we sew next?