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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pleated Dust Ruffle Tutorial

Thanks so much for the wonderful and gracious comments about the dust ruffle for the guest room.  A couple of you wanted a tutorial.  It really is super simple, if you can sew a straight line, then you can do this.

Here is a pic of the finished project.

First you just need a couple of measurements.  The distance from the top of my box springs to the floor is 14 inches, so that is how long my finished ruffle will be.  Now I usually line a dust ruffle, however this fabric was quite substantial and I wanted the pleats to be really sharp creased, so I chose to leave it unlined.  I cut my fabric at 16 inches, that is enough for a bottom hem and to sew to the top of the bedskirt.  You also need to know how much fabric you will need. Measure the distance around all three sides of your mattress, and add in how much more your pleats will take up and that is how long your 16 inch strip of fabric needs to be.  Convert that into yards depending on how you are going to cut the fabric.

The red in the plaid that I wanted to hide was actually across the fabric, so I chose to cut my fabric the long way.  You can do this too if the pattern you want will allow it.  Here is a diagram of how I cut my fabric.  Three strips the full length of the 4 yards, that way I only had 2 seams joining the strips together.  Just cut and seam them together and you are ready to start the hemming and pleating process.

All cut and pieced together, so I have just one long strip 16" deep.

I just folded under a double 1/2 inch hem and stitched.  Make sure you choose a thread that will blend with your fabric so you don't have an unslightly seam.  Easy to hem it all before anything else is done.

This is the red stripe that I wanted to hide inside a pleat.

Just fold each side of the fabric into the center of the red and then stitch.  I used a white thread to show you.

Continue the same process all the way around all of your fabric.  ( when you sew all your strips of fabric together, make sure you stitch the strips so the seam falls inside a pleat and doesn't show.)

Iron each pleat down so it is very sharp and crisp.

I use a sheet for the top of the dust ruffle.  Just lay one across your box springs and cut around it so it is the exact size as the top of the springs.

Lay the dust ruffle right side down on the sheet and stitch the ruffle all the way around the sheet on all three sides.  I use a generou 3/4 inch seam.

When the dust ruffle is folded over all the seams are underneath.

Here it is pressed down and laying on my bed.  (oops, looks like I have a thread that needs clipping.)

That's all there is to it.  Really is super simple, just a bunch of straight line sewing.

I hope this helped you to all realize you can make one of these, it really isn't hard at all and custom bed skirts can be really expensive.  This took about 4 yds of fabric that I found on the sale rack for $3 yd.  I used an old sheet I already had for the top, so this actually cost me about $12.

Give it a try, I am sure you will be surprised at how easy it is to make and you will have something perfect for your room.

I am linking to the following parties:
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday


  1. Thank you for sharing, Marty!!

  2. LOVE this Marty!! I have the fabric already to make a bedskirt for my bed, so I am going to do this, as I love the pleats. The only thing I do differently is staple the fabric on a board which I slip between my mattress and box springs.

    I love your comforter too! That fabric is gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial! Perfect timing :)

    Lou Cinda

  3. Great tips thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  4. I would like a new bed skirt for a guest bed, but I do not have a machine so I would have to get someone to sew it up for me. But I'm glad I read your directions so that I will know how much fabric to buy. Thanks so much!

  5. Marty, you have such vision to pair the plaid with the paisley. Both look great together. Your tutorial is so clear. I have a black and tan plaid piece of fabric to make a dust ruffle for my guest room so the timing is great on this post.Now I hope I can score as well as you did on a duvet cover. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nicely done, Marty! I love the way it looks. Great idea to use a sheet.

  7. Marty, it is so beautiful!! I'm sorry I missed the reveal, and I so wish I could even sew just a little. You all who can create things like this are just so talented, and I am slightly jealous. ;)


  8. I love your dust ruffle and a great tutorial too. Don't you just love plaids for pleating? Haven't been here in a while so I will read back aways to see if you show the rest of your guest room redo.

  9. Great tutorial. You've made it seem so easy. I can't wait to try this.

  10. Marty,
    Oh, dear friend, you make this look so easy...but I know this is truly great workmanship! Lovely pleated dust ruffle!!!

  11. Marty, you do such nice work. Loved the tutorial; thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Marty...your tutorial is the best...your directions are clear and easy to follow!!...Thank you!

    Have a great week!

  13. Une très jolie publication... Merci pour l'ensemble de vos photos et de ce partage.
    gros bisous

  14. thank you for such a great tutorial, marty! love that plaid!

  15. Your room looks very nice with the new comforter and bedskirt, Marty. I like the colors very much. You are a good seamstress and teacher, too.-------- Shannon

  16. Thank you so much for sharing! Your tutorial is clear and easy to me courage to try one.


  17. What an excellent tutorial! I've always been scared to even think about trying to make a dust ruffle. You've made me braver today! :)