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. Alysha says

    I actually googled “how to make a twin bedskirt” and you popped up! I was planning on chopping up some of my sons old sage twin sheets that haven’t been used in a few years. I thought I could make a skirt to match my daughters hello kitty bedding (that has sage colored gumballs.) I figured if I messed up too bad it wasn’t a big deal. But holy cow! You are the absolute best! I’m already making a trip to Joann’s today so I’ll be grabbing some pins as well! Thank you sooo incredibly much for sharing this cheat with the world! It’s saving me so much time and money!

  2. Reanna says

    Aren’t the corners just hospital corners which haven’t been tucked under the mattress? Correct me if I am wrong :)

  3. Daphne says

    Hi Tasha,
    I just stumbled upon your post and LOVE it! Designer looks on a suburban budget for an anti-sewing sahm… TRIPLE SCORE! You’ve made my week. So excited to get started!! Yahooooo!!!! Enjoy your holidays… :)

  4. Ami says

    I found this tutorial through pinterest and I did it for a full size bed and it worked great, I didnt even have to worry about the over hang part. I love the way you do the corners, I’ve been trying to figure put how to do the corners all day till I found this! Now I just need the pins, or something similar. I’ve been wanted a bed skirt for the longest time because I store a lot of ugly stuff under our bed and I hate seeing the box spring. Thanks for this great tutorial!

    • says

      Hi Ami! So glad my tutorial helped you figure out the corners–it was kind of hard to explain :) And so happy to hear it works for full size beds, too!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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!

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