If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A dust ruffle for the full size bed in our toy room

We have just a full size bed on a metal frame in this room.  I didn't like how when the bed was made the traditional way with a regular dust ruffle and a quilt on top, it got so messed up when the grands played in there.  The dust ruffle was always crooked and the quilt would slide one way or the other and it just  messy.  

So after a lot of thought,  I came up with an idea to sew a dust ruffle in a way that it shouldn't slide and to just use a colored fitted sheet on the bed when no one sleeping.  

I moved the top mattress and covered the bottom box spring with an old fitted sheet and pulled it so it was tight.  

Then with a yard stick and marker, I marked a line 3 inches inside.  It will be my sewing line.  
This way the dust ruffle is completely under the top mattress with no poking out of the base sheet the dust ruffle is sewn to. 

Then I looked through my fabric stash (I have a big fabric stash, most of it was gifted to me). 
My original idea was to reuse some floral curtains but I can't find them (maybe they were too faded and I got rid of them, who knows?). So I decided to use a fabric that the children would like.  
I had long lengths of some mountain wildlife fabric and some deer fabric.  
I went with the wildlife print.  Then I measured the length - I think it was 18 1/2 inches, allowing for hem and turning under top. 

I cut out lengths and I used either 5 or 6.  I sewed them all together in to one very long length and machine hemmed the bottom and turned under the top edge about a 1/2 inch.  

Then, I got down on my knees and pinned the dust ruffle to the fitted sheet base all around 3 sides.   I pinned it on the line I drew.  
At the corners,  I just folded the extra length into pleats until it looked OK.  
I took the whole pinned together sheet and dust ruffle to the sewing machine and sewed it close to the pinned edge.  This was the trickiest part as it was a rather big piece to steer through a sewing machine.  

I put the freshly sewn dust ruffle back on the bed, put the mattress back on with a sage green fitted sheet and added some patchwork pillows I sewed about 6 years ago.  

 Now the grands can roll their cars all over the bed and not mess up the bedding. 
Also, I know the top sheet will need laundered often and it will be much easier to wash than a bedspread or quilt.  

The bed is ready for anyone to sleep in it, We can just add the top sheet and blankets.  
I like that the dust ruffle hides the ugly metal frame and I think the grands will do some pretend playing with the animals and cabins on this dust ruffle.  


  1. What a creative solution. :) I bet your grandkids love it.

  2. Excellent idea. I've thought of doing something similar but never knew how to pull it together. Now I've got detailed instructions. Thanks.

  3. Such a good idea. I have the same Problem in my guest room. I'll have to try this. Great tutorial

  4. What a great solution! You must have had and aching back and knees after pinning the ruffle to the sheet. Or have younger knees than mine. Ha! Have a wonderful week!


    1. No, I don't have young knees. In fact I have a very cranky right knee and right hip. Kneeling on the floor all the way around that box springs was the pits. But it had to be done, and I know you know about doing what has to be done, Jane, Right?

  5. We just raised the bed for storage and I need to redo the dust ruffle so this is really interesting! Its on my list for thos week! Have a good week! xxx

  6. I'm going to bookmark this too....I'm collecting bedding for a queen sized bed, the skirts are too ruffly for my taste always bland....and pricey of course.

    However, I will mentioned I gave in....you've been tempting me with that blue pyrex baking pan in your header. Found one on ebay. It will be here Thursday. :)

  7. Great idea! I have the same problem in our toy room-thanks for posting this!

  8. That is a great solution. I love dust ruffles but they never stay in place. You have such good ideals.

  9. Great idea and very creative on the bed skirt. Love it. That would be great for a box springs on frame that you want to hide stuff under.

  10. My knees would have required sitting on a stool. That is a huge load to carry to the machine, sew, and not lose pins. I love the fabric! Good job.

  11. Great idea, it looks fun and practical!
    Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog (littlepond).

    We are really enjoying our new place, and I plan to share more in the
    coming days. Stay tuned!


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