The Ruffled Bedskirt

June 5, 2012

I didn’t think I was a “ruffle” kind of girl.  But, images have been popping up all over that have changed my mind…

Source: etsy.com via Rita on Pinterest


Ruffled tableclothes,


Ruffled curtains,


Ruffled bedspreads,

Source: laylagrayce.com via Rita on Pinterest


and, delightfully soft and dreamy ruffled bed skirts.  (You can purchase that one above for $160.00)

When I was completing the bedroom makeover, the wood frame of the bed showing just wasn’t working for me.  I really wanted a ruffled bed skirt, but just couldn’t bear the thought of ruffling miles and miles of fabric.  However, if you are so inclined to do that (and by all means, go for it!), I found this delightful list of ruffle tutorials for you:


My method is oh, so not the “right” way.  In fact, I’m slightly embarrassed to tell you what it is…{But, not really!}


ruffled bedskirt slide


During one of my foray’s in Ikea’s “as is” department, I picked up 4 of these for $2.00 each.

twin sheet

I didn’t know at the time what they really were.  The fabric is quite sheer, yet “twin” is written on it.  I’m assuming it is a twin sheet, but I picked them up thinking they could possibly be sewn into curtains.

Instead, they became my no sew ruffled bed skirt – in about 2 minutes flat.

I laid the fabric on my bed and folded it down so that the top hem was about 6 inches above the bottom hem:

fold 1

Then I folded it over again so that the folded edge was now about 6 inches above the second hemmed area.

fold 2

It simulated the look of three “ruffle” areas.

Then, I carefully lifted it up, and stuffed it under the mattress, adjusting it so it was both the right length and evenly ruffled.

place under mattress

I used three of the “sheets” ~one on each side and one on the foot end.

finished bedskirt

Not perfect, but a little “shabby beachy chic” ~ just what I love.  Because I had to shove it under the mattress a fair bit, it seems to stay in place quite nicely.  Every now and then I need to tuck it in a bit, but so far it hasn’t been too fussy. {Definitely a must in my book!  I don’t deal well with “fussy”!}

{For the whole Beach Cottage Makeover, click here}

beach cottage bedroom labeled

Linking to:  At Home with K


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Lizzy Ford June 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

Now THAT is brilliant!!!!
It looks so beautiful.


Patty Page June 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Your bedroom is gorgeous! I’ve pinned it for inspiration for my future bedroom. By the way, I bought a beautiful ruffled bedskirt on Overstock.com for about $30.


Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can June 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Genius Rita!! It’s gorgeous!!


Megan June 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

You should get a 5th sheet and sew that and the 4th sheet together. Then, sew the three sides to that and you won’t have to worry about tucking it in anymore!


Katharine from Kat's Almost Purrfect World June 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

If you hadn’t told me I never would have guessed how you did that. Amazing! Your MB came out so lovely and comfy.


Inspire Me Heather August 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

Your bed skirt turned out so pretty! I wasn’t so sure about ruffles before either but now I’m slowly changing my mind! I have this linked to my bed skirts post as well today, nice job!


Lisa December 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

You have just saved me about $50! Seriously, I have been scouring the internet for a white ruffled bedskirt for days now to find the least expensive one and once again tonight I was on my mission and I was fortunate to find you!!!
Love what you did! So easy and so gorgeous. Thank you so much.


Darlene August 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

Ingenious and so pretty. thanks for sharing. I am repinning it and I am a new follower.
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