No-sew bed skirt tutorial {prepare to have your mind blown!}

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This is AMAZING!  DIY bed skirt from a flat sheet with NO SEWING and NO CUTTING.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

I mean it when I say PREPARE FOR YOUR MIND TO BE BLOWN. I am about to teach you how to make a no-sew bed skirt without cutting or sewing. Take a moment to process that.  No need to thank me….I AM A GIVER :)

Now, let me put this in context for you. Joe and I had been working on our twin girls’ room for about 8 weekends {during naps and in the evenings}, and countless week nights. I was tired people. And, in all candor, I get sick of room makeovers after working on them for that long. Long story short, I was over it. Really, really over it.

The LAST thing I had to do before we revealed the room to our girls on their 3rd birthday was to make the bed skirts. The thought of it made me want to BURST into tears because I hate sewing {as you have probably gathered by now}. I had planned to make their bed skirts by using twin bed sheets that I used on the reverse side of their duvet covers as the fabric. In an effort to sew as little as possible, I planned to preserve the hemmed edges and I thought I would just have to cut the edges out and sew those raw edges to a rectangle of fabric that would be hidden under the mattress.  It wouldn’t even have to be pretty. BUT even that amount of sewing filled me with dread, especially since I had already sewed duvet covers and some pillows for their room.

After putting the girls to bed one night, I decided to “put my big girl panties on and deal with it.” I entered their room with purpose and put the box springs on their metal bed frames so that I could measure the drop from the top of the box springs to the floor. To do that, I draped the twin sheet I would be using over the box spring. IT WAS THEN THAT I HAD A STROKE OF GENIUS {if I do say so myself}.  People, it occurred to me that I did not NEED to cut or sew anything. After my wedding day and the birth of my girls, it may have actually been the happiest moment of my life. Yes, I hate sewing THAT much.  I could make a no-sew bed skirt.  Rejoice!!!!

So, now let me share with you the secret to making a no-sew bed skirt in a twin size without cutting or sewing a thing. This might work for other size beds, but since I have only done it with a twin size bed and sheet, I make no representations about the outcome for other sizes.

Materials Needed for 1 no-sew bed skirt {twin size}:

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Steps to make a no-sew bed skirt:

1) In retrospect, I SHOULD have ironed the sheets first. For you, that should be step 1. Steaming them after the fact was not ideal.

2) Next, drape the twin sheet over your box spring. If you can put a table cloth on a table, you can do this. Every twin sheet and bed height will vary some, but my twin sheet was an inch or two too long on each side and a couple of inches too long at the foot of the bed. Note that I chose not to drape any over the head of the bed because I did not feel it was necessary, but if you have enough length, you certainly could do that. I just figured since most store bought bed skirts do not overhang the head of the bed, mine shouldn’t either. When you drape it, make it as even as possible on both sides.

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

3) The third step is to fold the excess bed sheet up to the correct height and use your upholstery pins and use them to secure the sheet to your box springs. Do not fold the bottom of the sheet, as you would for a hem. Instead, create your fold in the portion of sheet that is on top of the box spring. I created my fold about 1 inch in from the edge so that the pins would not show under the mattress. I placed one pin every 10 to 12 inches or so.

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}4) The fourth and final step {yep, only 4 steps–mind blowing!} is to “tailor” the corners of your bed skirt. This is a little difficult to explain through photos, but I have done my best.  First, pull the fabric out so that it is taut.  It will kind of look like a triangle.

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Next, pull the fabric to the opposite side, so that it looks like this.

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Then, use your hand to hold it in place while you fold the top portion back down.

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

After you the corner is folded nicely, use your upholstery pins to pin it in place underneath the fold so that the pins are hidden.

No-sew bed skirt by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Make a bed skirt with NO SEWING and NOT CUTTING!  No-sew bedskirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

There you have it!  A perfectly tailored, no-sew bed skirt in no time at all.  And because you will have been smarter than me by ironing your sheet ahead of time, you will not have to steam it afterwards!

No-sew bed skirt by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Can you believe it? I made a tailored, no-sew bed skirt without picking up a pair of scissors or setting up/cursing my sewing machine. SUCCESS!!!!

Time and cost:

Each no-sew bed skirt took me about 15 minutes to “make,” including the time I spent steaming the after the fact. The sheets cost me $9.00 each and the upholstery pins were $7.00 for a box. I used 1 box. A tailored bed skirt from Pottery Barn Kids costs $59 to $79 for a single bed skirt. Ha! I spent $12.50 per no-sew bed skirt.

What do you think? Are you going to make a no-sew bed skirt yourself? Had the thought ever occurred to you to try it this way? It certainly hadn’t occurred to me until I started working on the project! So glad it did!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my post about how to make fabulous throw pillows from dish towels or my post about how to make a custom monogram pillow without sewing anything {do you see a theme to my sewing avoidance?!}.

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DIY no-sew bed skirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.desgnertrapped.com}

DIY no-sew bed skirt tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

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  1. Lisa says

    So I don’t need bed skirts (as I’ve already spent HUNDREDS on buying them, urgh!), but could you try a no-sew upholstered chair do-over with fabric and upholstery pins and blog about it?

  2. Connie K. says

    great idea to use the pins up under the mattress. My concern would be the girls pulling up the skirt to get things from under bed etc. and dislodging pins in the fold. There are so many great no sew fabric adhesives out there that would work wonderfully. I’d sure hate for a little one to step on a pin or swallow one.

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