Make a Bed Skirt Using an Old Bed Skirt

Ta-dah!  I think the guest room is officially almost finished now that we are moving out in less than a year :) I say almost because the metal headboard I got off of someone's garbage (keeping it classy) is still just leaning against the wall behind the bed, not painted like I'm planning. I have a vision of a bright yellow metal headboard against a charcoal colored wall but since we are renting the charcoal wall is going to have to wait. And let's face it, the yellow headboard just isn't going to look the same against slightly dirty primer walls. But I'm getting off track. I finished the bed skirt!

This is one of those projects that actually turned out just like I was envisioning. Don't you love when that happens? I used the old mustardy bedskirt that we inherited with the bed, and sewed my new fabric right to it. Really, a pretty simple project. Not sure why it took me so long to get my butt in gear.

Basically, I made 3 panels of my new fabric. I hemmed them on 3 sides. You will be sewing one of the long sides to the old bed skirt so no need to hem that side. Measure the panels on the old bed skirt to see what size to make them. I ignored the pleats the old skirt had and just made straight panels. Remember to account for seam allowance on all sides. (The side you don't hem will still need a seem allowance since you need some room to attach it to the old bed skirt) 

Then, to attach my new panels to the old bed skirt I laid the bed skirt on top of the bed. (See my garbage headboard poking out there?)

Then I placed my new panels, wrong sides up on top of that and pinned along the seams on the edge. This way when you flip the panel down over the side of the bed, it covers the old skirt and you see the right side of the new fabric. I drew a little picture to help illustrate that...

Once it's all pinned, sew 3 straight lines along your pins and you're done. It's a lot of fabric to shove under your machine but not impossible.

And now it's done and less mustardy!
I just love the modern feel it gives the bed now and the extra layer of pattern and texture it provides.
Now I just need some guests. Who wants to come over?! I make some mean pancakes on the weekends.


  1. Well done and beautiful...thanks for the tutorial!

  2. How clever of you! This is simple, efficient and brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  3. My mom did the same thing with old gathered curtains. Your bedroom looks great.
    I see that you are in Central Florida. Here are some tips for great cheap products locally. For thrift store shopping the best and least expensive place is in Deland...Our Father's Closet on 44. It is worth the drive and makes Goodwill and Salvation Army look like RETAIL. I go every weekend with about 10 bucks and leave with my arms full.
    The second place is Wonder Products in Orlando on South Street. They sell nothing but paint. I have gotten 5 gallon buckets for around $60 and pints for $2 (great for crafts and less expensive than craft paint)
    The last place is Hospice retail stores. They are very inexpensive and usually have one day per week when they are 20% off. Their clothing items are usually $1 per item.
    I thought that I would share since you are building the new house. Happy shopping.

    1. Thanks! Yes, and THANK YOU! I feel like good thrift store intel is like learning where pirate's treasure is. LOL The "good places", (places like Our Father;s Closet it seems) would never have a website so it's really hard, unless you happen to drive by, to research these places. Awesome. I am putting them on my list. Have you been to Community Thrift? I left with a box full last time I was there. Great spot, always busy. 5456 South Orange Ave