Tuesday, May 25, 2010

No-Sew Burlap Bedskirt

We have our bed on risers, which I definitely recommend.  It provides a lot of extra storage underneath and gives your bed a grander look.  However, putting your bed on risers poses a problem for your bedskirt.  In order to get a bedskirt that's long enough, you usually have to buy from a more expensive store or have one made.  When I saw how to make a burlap bedskirt on Nest Egg, I knew it would be perfect for our bedroom and guest bedroom.  It was cheap (about $2.99 per yard) and it didn't involve me getting out my sewing machine, which for some reason I avoid like the plague (Probably because I was an apparel design major and I associate sewing with late night last minute overdue school projects).  

I measured the length around 3 sides of our bed and multiplied by 2.  That's how much burlap fabric I bought.  

I laid the burlap along the edge of the box springs, and draped it to the length I wanted it and cut off any excess fabric.  With burlap you can easily see the weave with your eyes, so focus and cut along the weave.  Don't try to cut what you think is straight, follow the weave.  
I gathered and pinned, gathered and pinned all the way around the box springs.  It was very tedious.  I used spiral beskirt pins ($2.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond, click picture to buy).  Don't try to use straight pins,  I tried that and it won't work!
Here's the progress...
So after all that work, here's how it turned out...
Dangit!  You can barely even see it.  It's because we have a king size duvet instead of a queen.  (The explanation for that is here.)  
But, when when you're in the room, it really does make a big difference.  It's all about the details, folks.
Here's a sneak peak of how it looks in our guest room with a different color of burlap...
You can get burlap at JoAnn's and most other fabric stores in lots of different colors.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I love that--so easy! Thanks for telling Kate Clinton about the bamboo poles--I'm getting married in August and trying to get the new house decorated!

    Love your style,

    Lacey Shaffer

  2. hey, did you hem the bedskirt? i am a friend of liz and i have been talking to her about your blog.. i love it! but find i spend too much time looking at all your stuff and not enough time working at mine.

  3. I LOVE this! I'm probably going to steal this idea when we move. But question...did you not have to do anything to the edge touching the floor? did you just cut it and that was it? it doesn't fray or anything?

  4. No, I didn't hem it. I just cut it to the length I wanted (along the line of the weave). I didn't think about it at the time, but one edge of the burlap will be a tighter weave..."the selvage". You could make the selvage edge your hem. Mine doesn't really fray much, but every once in a while I'll find a loose string. It's not built for a lifetime, but it holds up pretty well. A little fraying just adds to the character.

  5. this is a great idea! i think i am going to do it for our room. i have been on the hunt for the perfect bedskirt for about 3 years and since our bed is on risers as well, i can never find one and i have been avoiding making one as well. thanks for the great idea!!!

  6. I love this! How does it hold up with the pins? Would you suggest velcro or sewing it to elastic? Let me know your thoughts!





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