Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Making a Tutu Bed skirt for a full-size bed

This bed skirt is currently for sale, we have moved and she has changed her little mind about what colors she wanted in the new home :)

Contact me or comment if you are interested in purchasing it.


Back in 2012 you might remember I made a bed skirt tutorial for Mia's crib/toddler bed.  Today I bring you the tutorial for a Tutu bed skirt for a full/double sized bed.

So I must admit, it's not as easy as making the crib/toddler bed tutu but I was determined to make one myself.  Once again I couldn't find any decent looking bed skirt tutorials on line for a full sized bed so I created my own.  Not so much a cost savings as the toddler bed was BUT this sucker isn't going to fall apart AND I made it :)


1 full size flat sheet
20 spools of Lilac (Main color) Tulle 6" wide/25 yards  (purchased from Hobby Lobby)  ************The online store had tulle discounted from 4.99 to 2.99**********************
5 spools of  2nd color tulle 6" wide/25 yards
5 spools of 3rd color tulle 6" wide/25 yards
3 rolls of Non-roll Elastic 1" x 2.5 yards 

Click on the pics for a larger view

Lay your flat sheet on the box spring of your bed.
 **********  No multitasking while doing this next step :)*************

Pin your flat sheet to be slightly smaller than the box spring. **Make sure you write the final measurements down and check them twice.
The flat sheet should be SLIGHTLY smaller than the box spring, you don't want to see the edges of the flat sheet where the tulle will be attached.

Cut and hem your flat sheet.  I used a double fold 2" hem around the 2 sides. (this makes is very durable to hold the weight of all that tulle)

Now, put that flat sheet aside because you will be spending the next few days making the tutu portion of this bed skirt.

Measure from the box spring to the floor and decide just how long you want your tutu to be.  (Mine was 23" from the box spring to the floor after I added in an 1-1.5 inches to account for the mattress frame)

Cut a piece of cardboard the size of your desired length. (my cardboard was 23")

Now take your spool of Tulle and pin the starting piece to your cardboard at the bottom.

Next take your spool and place it on a pencil. (makes this process faster and easier)
wrap your tulle around the cardboard until all the roll is gone.

At the bottom end of the cardboard take a safety pin and pin through the tulle on one side of the cardboard only.

Cut the tulle free from one end of your cardboard, this ensures every piece of tulle will be the same size.

Remove and set aside.

Now do this as many times as you have rolls of tulle.

Next take 1 of your bundles of elastic banding and slightly stretch it between 2 chairs, pin at the ends around the chair to keep it in place.

Time to start wrapping your tulle.  If you look at the pictures in part 1 you will see how to wrap it.  Notice I make sure every finished piece will have the knot facing me. Make sure you do this also, you will need those knots as a reference point when you are sewing that flat sheet to this.

If you want more than one color now is the time to add it in.  My pattern was:  3 lilac, 1 aqua, 3 lilac 1 green apple and repeat.
When you are all done with your tulle you should have 2 very long sections of elastic (slightly shorter than 75") and 1 shorter section (around 52")  Cut off excess elastic.

Here is where it's gets hard to handle......Take your re-sized flat sheet and pin the sections of elastic with Tulle onto it (3 sides)  See pictures in Part 2.

Make sure you attach the elastic quite securely to the flat sheet so the next step will be easier.

I would recommend at this step taking the entire "Tutu" and placing it on the box spring to make certain you have the correct dimensions, this would be a terrible waste of time if you happened to have made a mistake when you measured earlier.

OK everything looks good?  Off to the sewing machine.

Trust me you will be able to shove that ballgown- I mean bed skirt into your machine, have patience-maybe now is a good time to take a break and have some chocolate :)

Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around the 3 sides.  I used a 3.0 stitch just in case I had to rip anything out.  **When you are sewing be careful to not sew the strand ends of the tulle back into your seam, keep feeling the underside as it feeds into your machine.

Done!  Go place this bad boy on the bed and have yourself a drink!

Side note:  I used 3 safety pins to secure the top (non-tutu) end of the flat sheet to the box spring to prevent slipping.

I made matching valances too, same process as I used on the crib/toddler bed-super easy.  I had a plain yellow tutu valance up so I just added in some of the other colors.  I will be adding in more purple.  iphone shot in the evening not so great, will post another pic of the valance soon.
Used this type of curtain rod for the valance

Use the same wrapping process as the toddler bed.  

*Mia's bedding is:  Circo® Buds N Blossoms Collection by Target.

Comment below or E-mail me if you have any questions.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Amazing once again Mama! You made a valance too! Amazing! Nice work!