I’ve been waiting and waiting for the right thing to pop into my head about what to use this fabric for. It’s a super soft cotton poplin, so I finally decided I had to make pillow cases! I’ve always had a thing for bedding, I remember picking out my bedding in 6th grade even (which I still have by the way – it’s just tucked away). I think it’s still cool and that doesn’t happen too often when you think about things you used to like in 6th grade.
So I hunted down some instructions for pillow cases with french seams. I used Bari J.’s measurements for the pieces and then realized her instructions didn’t have pictures. Not good when you’re trying to figure things out at 12 o’clock at night. So I jumped on Little Birdie Secrets’ blog and used their great tutorial here (and just used the french seam instructions from Bari J.’s).
I made 3 last night and they came together really quickly. I can’t wait to give them away at Christmas. That’s one project off my to-do list for Christmas, yay!
I also have some great books on my desk from our library (I think this is either the second or third time I’ve checked out most of these. There are some really great projects in the Impatient Patchworker that I’ve already made a while ago.
I’ve always made my own bedskirts for my beds because I’m so
cheap frugal. I think it’s really inexpensive, modern and not a lot of frill. I don’t like ruffles on bedskirts. On dresses, yes, bedskirts = no. What I do is buy an extra flat sheet that coordinates with my bedding (mine is from Ikea a couple years ago). And since I have two comforter covers, I’m sort of making a double layer bedskirt by adding another layer on top of my bedskirt I made a while ago. When I switch bedding, I’ll just flip up the different colored bedskirt, and tuck it in between the mattress & boxspring. Hopefully my pictures won’t mix you up (I’m adding the dark blue layer over top of the sage green layer).
- 1 flat bed sheet (mine was a queen size because our bed is a queen).
- material to make the decking with (probably white muslin or other inexpensive fabric)
- pinking shears (makes it even speedier so you don’t have to worry about finishing the seams)
First measure the height you’ll need to make the bedskirt. Measure from the floor to the top of the boxspring, plus a little extra. Then measure the three sides of the bed, side, end, side. Making sure you add a half inch or so for hemming.
Cut your pieces from the sheet. This is the quick part because most of the sheet is already hemmed for you!
Sew the unfishished sides of the bedskirt sheet pieces. Just turn under, iron, and sew.
Pin the pieces you just cut from the flat sheet right sides facing to the decking material. Sew together using about a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do this for each side and end of bed. I extended the piece a little longer than the decking so the boxspring won’t show through the corner as much.
Here’s a closeup of the corner.
You’re done! Put it on your bed! If you want, add some ties to the corners to keep your boxspring from peeking out. My bedskirt cost me about $15 and it matches my bedding perfectly! You’ll have a bunch of extra fabric from the middle of the sheet, so make some matching throw pillows!
Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading!
I’m just throwing these out there for fun. The Christmas Stockings of my life…
My stocking my mom made me when I was little, almost 30 years old now, pretty good shape!
The stocking I made in 6th grade. It has all our family pets at the time. Brownie & Heidi our dogs, Tommy and Daisy our cats. This was made from felt that was glued together, needless to say it’s being held together by safety pins, oh yeah, and all the pets have long passed. Kind of sad, but we have such fond memories of each pet.
My stocking I made with glitter (high class here). My husband (then boyfriend at the time) and I, made them together! Those were the days.
And the lump of coal he includes in my stocking each Christmas.
This stocking was made by my husband, all on his own I might add, when Natalie was in utero. We didn’t find out the sex of either girls until they were born, so thus the ‘brand new baby’ title.
These are the stockings from last year, obviously I wasn’t into sewing any at that point. Can you say glitter glue explosion?
If you want to make a keepsake Christmas stocking (sans glitter), check out this