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Easy Daybed Dust Ruffle Decorating Project
a Functional and Fashionable Look
with this Easy Home Decorating Project (with sewing and no-sew options)
We recently bought a
white iron daybed for my three-year-old daughter's new "big girl bed." Daybeds
are both decorative and functional choices in kids' rooms for many reasons.
First, without the trundle unit underneath, daybeds provide ample out-of-the-way
storage for children's toys, etc… Second, as children get older, adding
the trundle unit provides stowable bed space for sleepovers or family guests.
Third, daybed designs grow well with kids - by decorating with bolsters
and pillows, a daybed becomes a settee-style couch perfect for "grown-up"
gatherings in teenagers' rooms.
When decorating our new "big girl bed," rather than using a traditionally
styled dust ruffle, I opted for a more functional design. We used Velcro
to attach one tailored panel to the front bedspring rail, which stretches
the full length of the bed. This easily removable panel makes retrieving
playtime toy baskets a cinch, and makes changing the sheets, washing the
bedskirt -- and later on using the trundle unit -- simple tasks.
This bed skirt is an easy and inexpensive home decorating project, and can
even be made without sewing a stitch! This idea works well for all bed skirt
styles, from flat panel (best for no-sew), to pleated or gathered. For our
skirt, we chose a tailored panel with three pleats (sewing required). We
note no-sew tips in the instructions below.
Materials Fabric (a poly/cotton blend resists wrinkling better than 100% cotton)
About 2-1/2 yards will be long enough for a flat panel bed skirt for a standard
About 4 yards is needed for a gathered or pleated bed skirt, depending on
the number of pleats or amount of gathering. Hint: We used a king-sized sheet, inexpensive and plenty of scrap to
make coordinating pillows, frames and other decorative touches. 2-1/2 yards Velcro
Sticky-back hook tape for the bedrail and sewable loop tape for the skirt
For sewing project: Sewing Thread
For no-sew project: 5/8" Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold fabric adhesive for
edges under and adhering velcro
Measure the length of the daybed front rail and the height from the floor
to the top edge of the rail.
Add 1-1/2 inches to these measurements for a flat panel style, (add more
to the length for a pleated or gathered skirt.) For gathered or pleated
projects, cut an additional 3" strip the length of the bedspring rail, adding
1/2" for turn under at either end.
Measure and cut the fabric to suit your project
Step 3: Build the Bed Skirt
For sewing projects: Hem the bottom edge with a rolled hem (fold
over and press raw edge ¼" and fold again and hem about ¼"). Or you can
double the fabric with cut ends at the top for a bed skirt with extra body
(this is what we did) and then you have no hem stitch showing.
skirt: Run a basting stitch the length of your fabric ½" from the top
edge and gather.
Pleated Skirt: Fold, baste and iron your pleat(s) to set the crease.
Finish the top edge with the 3" strip. Stitch the strip to the skirt, right
sides together, about 1" from the top of the bed skirt. Press the raw edge
to allow a ¼" finished edge. Turn, pin and stitch from the right side in
the gutter -- just under the sewn edge of the strip (or topstitch if this
Finish with the Velcro loop tape. Pin and stitch the loop tape to the back
of the top band. For a topstitch look, run two lines of stitches from the
right side, about 1/8" from the top and bottom of the band (far enough to
catch the velcro) or, for a no-stitch look on the band, stitch Velcro loop
tape by hand to the fabric on the back side of the band.
For a no-sew skirt: Cut workable lengths of 5/8" Ultra Heat-n-Bond
(about 2-3 feet works well), following the iron setting instructions, apply
Heat-n-Bond to all edges of the bed skirt. Peel off the paper backing, fold
edges under and press again to finish all edges.
Along the finished top edge, iron another strip of Ultra Heat-n-Bond the
entire length of the back side of the bed skirt. Peel the paper backing
and attach the Velcro loop tape (OR you can simply use the sticky-back
Velcro loop tape)
Hold up your finished bed skirt to the bed to determine the right placement
for the Velcro hook tape. The skirt should just brush the floor, but not
puddle. Attach the Sticky-Back Velcro hook tape to the bedrail, pressing
firmly for a secure bond.
Attach your bed skirt and enjoy the transformation!
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