UPDATE!!! Please check out the FAQ section at the end of the post!
First, I’d like to say THANK YOU!!! all so much for voting in the One Crafty Contest!! I am excited to say that I have advanced on to Round Two, and it is only because of YOUR votes. Thank you thank you thank you!
There were so many cool projects…everyone worked so hard! If you’d like to see tutorials for any of the projects, they are linked to their pictures HERE. Today I wanted to share my submission with you so you can make one, too!!
I created a No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt for my cutie pie sweet cheeks niece, Gracie.
Last year her bedroom got a little Free Stylin’ treatment. Using only items her family already owned, we were able to create a precious room that she loves. (Check out her room HERE.)
A couple of years ago BP (before Pinterest), I came across a picture of a tulle bed skirt, and the fabric reminded me of a tutu. Because I don’t have a daughter, I knew I wanted to create one for Gracie. She loves to dance, and pink is one of her favorite colors, so the bed skirt would be perfect for her room.
This project began with 20 yards of bubble gum pink tulle. @ 99 cents a yard, the price was pretty nice. The fabric was cut into 5-6 inch strips.
Now, if you read Free Stylin’ at all you know that my sewing machine and I have a relationship like The Notebook’s Allie and Noah. We fight all the time and make up long enough to get one thing accomplished. (Except, in Allie and Noah’s case it’s kissing, and no, I don’t kiss my machine. I’d rather punch it in the face.) Sooo, it was pretty clear that sewing wouldn’t be involved.
I placed a white fitted sheet we already owned on the box spring of the bed. Then I marked two slits (two finger’s width apart or about an inch and a half apart), one above the other, on the sheet. (**I literally placed two fingers (middle finger and pointer finger) side by side on the sheet and drew a dash next to it. Next to the dash, I placed the fingers my fingers down again and then drew another dash. The fingers were for the spacing. I eyeballed the dash to be about as long as the empty space my fingers made.)
The slits were then cut, and the tulle strips were slipped through the holes and tied in a lark’s head knot. I tied two strips of fabric per slit to make the bed skirt more full. (**Some people have asked if I worked with the sheet on the box spring…YES, I did. It was SO much easier that way.)
To ensure that maximum girly-ness was infused into the bed skirt (cuz pink ballerina tulle isn’t enough?), all of my boys were sent on a camping trip, and I made sure to watch BBC’s 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice while I worked.
For extra sparkle, and to incorporate Round One’s material, beads, vintage beads from costume jewelry belonging to my great-grandmothers were hot glued to the bed skirt. I used pink, pearl, and silver beads.
And the completed skirt:
So sweet, huh? I am so excited that Round One featured beads because this is a project I’ve wanted to make for Gracie for awhile. I’m itching to give it to her and to see it in her room.
Round Two begins tomorrow, and we’ll know late tonight what our new “ingredient” is. Kinda makes me feel like Iron Chef. Thanks for going on this fun ride with me!
THANK YOU so much for your interest in the bedskirt! I am thrilled with how many people love it. I’ve received so many cute pictures of the skirts y’all are creating. Keep sending them in! (Maybe I’ll do a post showing off YOUR bedskirts!)
Lots of you have had questions, so here are some FAQs about the bedskirt to get you started!
1. Where did you buy your tulle?
Hobby Lobby (but you can find it at fabric stores)
2. Did you use tulle from a bolt or roll?
I used tulle from a bolt.
3. How wide is the tulle?
K, first a disclaimer: I HATE to sew. HATE it. One of the reasons is because things seem to have to be exact, and I am not a perfectionist when it comes to things like this. It drives me crazy because I know I won’t be able to have things totally perfect. (Wait, so does that actually make me a perfectionist? Hm. Maybe.) SO, with that said, I did NOT measure out the tulle. I cut my strips eyeballing the width, and I used notches on my friend’s dining room table!! (Each strip was 4 notches long. See? Not helpful, I know.) Nothing is exact – just approximate. I’m pretty sure that will drive those who actually sew crazy – those are terrible measurements! – but it’s really how I made this because I can’t sew!
BUT, I did measure a few of the strips for you. Most strips are about 7 – 7 1/2 inches wide. Hope this helps. And I’m sorry I am NOT exact!
4. How long are the tulle strips?
I folded the material in half, but now that I measure, the strips are about 32 inches long. So, math wise it doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? The strips were too long not to cut, but too short if I cut them in thirds. Cutting them in half seemed to give me the most material without wasting any.
Put the bedskirt in the bathtub with some mild detergent and water. Let it soak for a little while and scrub only the parts that may need spot treatment. Rinse and hang dry.
6. Did you put the tulle strips completely around the bed, or just one side and the foot?
That is entirely up to you. You can put the tulle strips on all three sides of your bed. But, if your bed is along one wall, just do the foot of the bed and the side that is showing if you want.
7. I’m trying to figure out how to make this work with my daughter’s new furniture. She got new bedding for Christmas and she just got a new trundle bed, so no boxspring. The bedskirt doesn’t lay well at the corners or foot of the bed, so this would be great! I was thinking maybe doing the fitted sheet upside down on the mattress, what do you guys think?
8. My girls have a bunk bed, so no box springs to use this with.
So, you could use a flat sheet in this instance. Lay the sheet across the bed (while the mattress is removed). Cut off any excess sheet. Adhere the sheet to the inside of the actual bed (staple gun or Velcro strips). Your slits will begin a few inches in from the bed, and the tulle strips will then hang down below the sheet.
9. I want to make one for my baby’s crib. What can I do?
My suggestion is to get a fitted crib sheet and put it over the board your crib mattress goes on, and then place the mattress over it. You may want to make the strips of tulle longer so they’ll reach the ground. And skipping the bead step is probably best with a sweet baby.
10. I want to make one, and I am a grown adult! What do you think?
Go for it!! If you love it, then I say DO IT!
11. Did you really just use 20 yards?
YES! At first I tried tying more strips to each slit to make the skirt more full, but I only had the 20 yards, so I made sure to space things out.
12. How much tulle would I need to buy to make a queen sized skirt?
I don’t know exactly, but I would begin with 40 to 45 yards to be safe.
13. How do you keep the ends of the tulle from fraying?
So far we haven’t had that problem, but you could use Fray Check if you needed to.
I will continue to update the FAQs as they come in. If you don’t see the answer to your question, leave a comment or e-mail and I WILL answer you!
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