Bed Skirt Alteration

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It seems our summers are pretty busy this year. I just realized that I haven’t posted anything since March. Ack!  (It’s for good reason, though! I promise!)

When my husband and I decided that we were ready to upgrade to a king size bed, we decided to go with a California King. He’s pretty tall, and was tired of his feet always hanging off bed.  For those of you that don’t know (’cause I certainly didn’t at the time), a California king is four inches narrower and four inches longer than a regular king.  While four inches doesn’t sound like a big deal, trust me, it makes a difference in finding linens.  As much as I love his feet staying on the bed, I have a hard time finding CA sized linens.  (One of our few sets of sheets are lime green. When I brought them home, Husband looked at them with wonder. I told him, “Just deal with the color. They’re the right size and they were a lot cheaper than the others.” When we were going to bed that night, he says to me, “Wow. The light’s off and I can still see perfectly.” Hmrp.)

The quilt and sham set we currently have was a clearance find and is actually a regular king size.  It’s not perfect, but it works. I’ve been on the hunt for a bed skirt for quite a while now.  Last weekend, I went to Goodwill and happened to find a king sized bed skirt that was a close color match for our quilt set.  Although it wasn’t a CA king, it was only $4 and was in almost new condition so I decided I could work with it. I brought it home and put on my thinking hat. Today I finished it. With a few minor alterations, it’s now a CA king size bed skirt.  Granted, I know this doesn’t pertain to everyone out there, but I still wanted to share how you can easily trim something down to make it work.

First, decide how much you need to trim down on each side. For me, I needed two inches off of each side.  The bed skirt had a pleat in the middle so I took off two inches from each side in order to keep it symmetrical.  Had it been pleat-free, I’d have just taken four inches off of one side.

Second, take a ruler and mark your new seam line all the way on your ‘platform’ piece (the part  you don’t see that lays flat on the box spring).

Once marked, fold over the excess and pin it down. I started out with not pinning it and because the skirt and platform fabrics were so different, they didn’t want to feed into the sewing machine at the same rate so I started over.  I heard my Granny in the back of my mind saying, “Just take the extra time and pin it. The difference will be worth  it.”  Take apart your corner (mine wasn’t a continuous piece but rather two pieces that were sewn overlapped.

Start sewing your new seam with the taken up portion creating a ‘flap’. You can trim it off later or you can leave it. I left mine because I figured I was the only one who would know it was there and why not save some time???

When you get to your corner, you can either trim off the extra two inches or fold it back and sew it down. I sewed mine down and it looked just fine.

Should you need one, take a coloring break. My son woke up from his nap in the middle of the project and needed some coloring time.

Once you finish one side, get going on the other one (if needed).

And that’s it!  All in all, the project took me about an hour (coloring break included).  For those of you wondering, yes, the skirt is a couple inches too short going from the head of the bed to the foot, however, because I have night stands at the top of the bed, you really can’t tell.  It looks worlds better with a skirt, yes?



Of course, making the bed always helps, too.





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  1. Debbie
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    Kelley, it looks fabulous!

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