Saturday, April 2, 2011

Canvas Dust Ruffle

For a long time now I have been wanting REAL dust ruffle, not just the one that comes in a bed-in-a-bag to match the quilt or the 14" drop plain jane from Target or Wal-Mart. I want frilly, girly, shabby and chic! But HOLY CANOLI! Have you seen the prices of such?!?!? YIPES! No way was I going to spend so much on a bed skirt! Good thing I can sew a straight line!
 I have been looking trying to decide on a fabric.
I was thinking burlap (like Ballard)...or sheer...or linen and so on....

After spending the day in Round Top and seeing all the upholstery done in drop cloth canvas, my mind was made up! On my way home from the antique mecca, I stopped by Lowes and picked up 2 4X15 drop clothes and an assortment of perennials to plant.

I measured the drop for my bed skirt, added a few inches and then cut long strips out of the canvas. I found an old queen size sheet to use as the base of the king size ruffle and layed it out on the bed.

I then started the ruffling process. I used a 15 ft strip of each side of the bed. The only raw edge being the one I cut. 

To ruffle using your machine:
Lengthen the stitch to its longest setting.Slightly loosen the tension on the top thread (the one going through the needle).Sew two parallel lines close to the edge of your fabric. Now pull the bobbin thread by hand carefully by sections. You need both lines in case one breaks... I tried cheating and I was stuck like Chuck...
All my pretty ruffles came unraveled.

Once the ruffles were full and frilly. I started pinning it to
the sheet along the edge of the bed. I worked from both ends the make sure it fit the length of the bed.

Once everything is pinned and you like how the skirt falls, start sewing. (Don't forget to reset your machine to the correct settings) Next I had to figure out how to get the skirt under the mattress. Mr. Whimsy and Master Whimsy were out of town camping. But with the help of my daughter, we strong willed Texas girls got it done!

Isn't the bed just dreamy? Of course, the boys didn't notice, but I know it's lovely!

Have a great weekend!
Love, Whyt

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  1. looks terrific~! thanks for the step by step.

  2. that is one awesome bedskirt!!

  3. Well done, your instructions make it easy to follow, thanks for sharing the creative inspiration.

  4. I think this is a wonderful idea. Drop clothes are great for drapes too!


  5. Now you've made me want to ruffle up my own plain-Jane bed skirt! [Gee, it really would look good puddled to the floor, don't ya think?] Went to Round Top with a friend on Friday- first time- and it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea & it looks fabulous!

  7. Oh I am so jaelous of your bedskirt. I have been wanting to make one just like it. Except my bed isn't really built for bedskirts so I'll have to get creative. But seeing how yours looks, make me all the more determinant. You did a great job!
    Thanks for linking up to GD!

  8. Love your bedskirt, and LOVE your headboard?

  9. Oh this is lovely!

    I am a drop cloth fan and I've been wanting to replace our bed skirt but its a king, and it has a 18" drop (yes we use a step stool to get in)which makes them $$ and difficult to find.
    This would be perfect and the color and fabric, right up my alley.

  10. Y'all are too sweet!

    Marianne- Have you ever thought of using velcro or carpet tape to attach the bedskirt?

    Cath-notice the footstool next to my bed? I have the hardest time finding fitted sheets and toppers that cover adequately. Ugh!

  11. neat-o! hmmm...wonder if i'd like one on my bed?! i like LOTS of flounce!


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