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

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DIY bed skirt from a flat sheet.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

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. Maureen Donahue says

    Genius. Also, when you place the mattress on the box spring, or have to flip the mattress in the future, the bed skirt will not move around. I know EXACTLY how you feel about sewing. I start to dread it long before I have to do it.

  2. says

    Such a great idea! I got to the same I-can’t-face-making-a-bedskirt place with my son’s room…..I wound up just putting a fitted sheet over his boxsprings and calling a “streamlined look” ;)

  3. says

    My mind is blown! Bed skirts are the Bain of my existence. I can’t stand how they move around when I make my boys’ beds, but I didn’t want to permanently attach one to their box springs either. This is the perfect solution! Plus, now I can customize them!

  4. says

    Oh Tasha, you are so clever! Thank you so much for sharing this! My daughter’s bed seems to sit much higher than most twin bed so her bed skirt never reaches the floor like it should. Your tutorial is perfect!

  5. says

    Very glad to have found this today. I have a new box & mattress but the box is a low profile one and I chose to just use and hem a store bought bed skirt. I’m not thrilled with the plain white one I hemmed and would love to have a patterned one like you’ve made. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  6. says

    What a great idea. I think every bed needs a skirt. I never thought of using a flat sheet. This will certainly be a money saver when you want to change your bedding.

  7. says

    What a brilliant idea! Great money-saver! Just wanted to let you know that I will be linking to this post from my website today if you don’t mind.

  8. Kathy says

    Pure genius!!! I’m having such difficulty finding a queen bedskirt to match the guest room bedding so I’m going to measure & see if I can get a queen flat sheet to work! A huge thank-you!!! Blessings!

  9. says

    Genius! I have sew-phobia and will avoid it at all costs, I actually just did a no sew crib skirt that was a little more involved than this. My older daughter’s bed does not have a skirt and I just can’t find one I like, this is the perfect solution, thank you so much!

  10. says

    This is genius. Seriously! I will have to try this in my daughter’s bedroom. Right now she doesn’t have a bed skirt so I just drape her comforter down to the floor and it looks kinda strange. Thanks for the solution!

  11. says

    This is genius. Seriously! I will have to try this in my daughter’s bedroom. Right now she doesn’t have a bed skirt so I just drape her comforter down to the floor and it looks kinda strange. Thanks for the solution!

  12. says

    Thank you for linking up at Thursday STYLE! This is so smart! I absolutely hate sewing too…and I’m so, so terrible at it. I’ll have to let you know about sizes other than twins b/c I’m going to try this shortcut on all of our beds once we move. Have a great weekend :)

  13. says

    The second I read that you put the sheet on the box springs, I knew what you were going to do. Great idea. I love to sew, but not bedskirts. They alway end up to long or to short. Never fit right. I am redecorating my two guest room and will be using this method. Thanks

  14. Carla Peterson says

    I guess I wasn’t as smart as you. I also wanted a bed skirt so I used fitted sheets and put on the box springs and just let it be. I am going to tighten it with the upholstery pins like you used. I am happy with it just the way it is but it will look neater with the pins.

  15. Julie says

    This is wonderful. We just got a king-sized bed set that we horse-traded to get. The box it sits in a handmade and awesome, but seriously ugly. No matter how I try I can’t hide it, this is it! Now I just have to talk my husband into moving the mattress…one.more.time.

  16. Lori says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been looking for a ‘turquoise” bed skirt for weeks with no success (unless I wanted to spend $80 and up). I am definitely going to try this!!

    thanks again!

  17. Dawn says

    AWESOMENESS. I have been looking for well over a year for a king size low profile bed skirt without success. Can’t thank you enough for posting this. Now off to find that bed skirt flat sheet for the skirt!!! Brahhhhhaaaa

  18. Carol Eccard says

    Terrific idea, thought about going to TJMAXX and buying designer flat sheets :) There is a wonderful new web site designed for the whole family, I think you’ll especially appreciate the downloads for the kiddies. They will gain tools to help them clean their rooms; treat each other lovingly and other very beneficial things….take a look!

  19. Tori says

    Aaaaaahhhh! Thank you for this! I have been searching everywhere for a king bed skirt with an 18 in drop that isn’t a gazillion dollars and have had no luck. I am so excited to try this tomorrow!

  20. Laurie says

    Just what I was looking for when I googled how to use a sheet for a bedskirt! I got that part of the idea myself, but using the upholstery pins is genius! Thank you! I am so excited to have this knowledge and be able to make any bedskirt I want from now on. I have sewed them in the past and it isn’t fun. This is an example to me of how we can get back to using our brains like our forefathers did out of necessity. Instead of buying every specific thing, we can make things out of other things. And don’t you feel great when you find an easy way, too? Wonderful!

    • says

      Hi Laurie! So glad this will work for you. Yes, when I had this thought, I honestly couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before–it was so simple! Good luck!

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