September 30, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 2

Here is another bed skirt I suddenly had to make (comes from the fact that I’m pregnant and “nesting!” when I wrote this post).  This twin bed used to have a bed skirt, but I’d donated it to the local second-hand store when I couldn’t get it to stay straight on the box spring once I laid the mattress on top.  I’d seen a few (very few!) posts about people making Velcro or pin-able bed skirts that should stay put better when the mattress is placed on top.  I decided I would do something along these lines for this twin bed.

Bed Skirt Madness - AnnaVirginia Fashion

I have some shiny, satin-type fabric that I bought a while ago for a different project that never happened.  I had no idea what to do with this fabric.  It was about three yards by 60 inches wide, so I had a lot!  I cut it into thirds lengthwise (the drop for the bed is about 17 inches, so it was perfect to allow for a seam allowance when cut).  Then I attached those long pieces together and started hemming.  I used another fabric for the part that sits on the box spring.  It was just scraps that I had and worked out perfectly.

Bed Skirt Madness - AnnaVirginia Fashion

I gathered all that gold fabric (that took a while!  It was so much fabric!) and then attached it all together to the “hidden” fabric.  Then I rounded up a bunch of safety pins and attached it to the box spring.  I found that the more safety pins I used, the better.  That helps the skirt to hang as evenly as possible around the bed.  I think it turned out nice!  And stays put much better!

Bed Skirt Madness - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Here are some sites with tutorials to make something similar, in case you’re interested:

House on Hill Road – Bed Skirt using Twist Pins

Trends and Traditions – Bed Skirt Tutorial

Southern Hospitality – Lauren’s Easy Bedskirt Tutorial

September 15, 2014

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia FashionI’ve decided to turn my pregnancy nesting instincts to de-stashing some of my fabrics!  I thought I’d use some of the fabrics that I have no idea what to do with to work on bed skirts for various beds in my house.

First off, I added some length to the baby crib skirt.  The skirt I used for my first daughter is a great length for the dropped crib height.  But while this baby is at newborn-crib-height, I wanted something longer that would hide the “under-the-bed drawers” that we’ll be using for her clothes when she’s born.  By the way, the bedroom is a cozy 10 x 11 feet with a bunk bed and crib.  We’ll be fitting three kids in there so we won’t have room for a dresser!

I have some pink fabric that I don’t love.  I’m not sure how I acquired it, but I haven’t figured out a use for it until now.  It matches the pink that was already in the crib bedding so I decided I would add fabric to the existing bed skirt!  I divided the 3 yards in half lengthwise.  Then I divided what I had into four sections for surrounding the crib.  I gathered it up and then used my serger to attach it to the serged hem on the existing skirt.  It turned out a little short (you could still see the drawers under the crib), so I added some eyelet trim that I had acquired from my grandmother.  Now it’s perfect!

Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia Fashion

When I lower the crib height after she’s gotten bigger, I will just tuck the newer pink portion under the mattress area and leave the original plaid part out.  I think it turned out great!Bedskirt Madness: Number 1 - AnnaVirginia Fashion

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