Making the Little Bedskirt

This project was a super rush from materials I had on hand.  I keep our folding table and the chair shade umbrellas under the bed, as well as the Corgi’s bed, and they all needed hiding for the newspaper photo shoot –in a few hours time.   It occurred to me that there should be a more permanent way to make it tidier that still allowed the Corgi access.   You know what they say;  “Necessity is the mother of invention!”

Using some leftover white cotton drapery lining fabric from a house project (and some interfacing to give it body and make it hang straight), I think that problem is now solved.

I measured the gap between the fridge wall and sink wall, added 2.5″ to the sides and bottom dimension and 8″ to the top dimension.  I pressed under a 1/2″ seam on all sides.  Then I pressed under a 2.5″ seam on the two sides and bottom and stitched it all down.

I was lucky enough to have a piece of fusible interfacing on hand the size of the inside panel between the stitching.  I ironed that in per manufacturer instructions.

I made the pocket and sewed it on the center–making sure to reverse and super stitch the two top edges of the pocket for strength.  By putting it on last, I was able to sew through all layers–further bonding on the interfacing.

The last step was to sew a piece of Velcro to the underside of top edge (the edge that just has the 1/2″ seam).

Next I cut a 4′ X 14″ piece of 1/4″ plywood from a scrap piece I had.  I used E6000 to glue on the receiving end of the Velcro.  Lift up the foam mattress, slide the board in and the thing hangs like a charm.  I might have been able to use a tension rod but I didn’t want it to pull away for the dog or fall off in transit.

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5 thoughts on “Making the Little Bedskirt

    1. My machine is 30+ years old. My parents had an Antique business and five kids. So many pieces needed upholstry work or sewing renovations and since I was the only kid with a drive to help and I enjoyed solving problems, I got the job–and a trusty old Singer. It isn’t fancy but it always gets the job done.

      I’ve never learned to love sewing but I love being able to make things myself.

      if you don’t think sewing will ever become a passion, my advice is to find an old sewing machine repair guy and tell him (or her) what you are doing and get a sturdy basic used machine from them. The parts are metal in the old machines and they just are workhorses.


      1. Wow! Now that’s a wonderful story …you learned on the job, for sure.That’s great advice too. I once had (in another life…) an old Singer featherweight machine!! Now that was a GREAT lil machine…I’d love to have exactly that one again. I completely agree~they were the best!

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