As promised here is my latest DIY project. Since my Blue Eyed family has moved to Florida I have loved finding local stores and decorating with a Florida flair. I have been on a budget (of course 🙂 ) and I have tried to hold true to it every time I head out to the stores! There is one item however that I think really makes a bedroom complete and I have not been able to bring myself to purchase…the bedskirt. Every time I go shopping I look at them and I can not believe how expensive they are. There is not one bone in my body that would allow me to spend $30-170 dollars (Yes, I am serious and not making this up) on a bedskirt and that is what I was finding. Then when I realized I wanted a burlap bedskirt (I am a bit obsessed with burlap) those were over $130 for a king size….Unreal. That is so not in our Blue Eyed budget.
One day as I was searching Pinterest I saw my sweet sister (A big shout out!) pin a homemade, no sew (I am so not a sewer) burlap bedskirt. That is when I knew I had to make that my next project. The bedskirt that my sister pinned was adorable but it was a bit too frilly and full of ruffles for Mr. Blue Eyes and I. So I went on the hunt for a no-frills version and I found it here.
This website gave me the ideas and of course I executed it my own way!
Here are the materials:
-9 yds of burlap (that is what I purchase and I had a ton extra (more projects 🙂 ) because I cut it in half)
*You will only need about 8 yards for a King*
-Velcro Fasteners ( 2 packs for a king)
-Hot Glue and Glue Gun
How-To Create a Burlap Bedskirt
I laid out the extremely large piece of burlap that I purchased at Hobby Lobby (40% off 🙂 ). Then I cut it in half to get the most bang for my buck.
After I cut the fabric in half I measured to see how long I would need the base of the skirt to be in order for it to touch the ground.
Once I figured out how long I needed the skirt to be I was able to cut a portion of the burlap off. The part that I cut off was glued on later in the process as a decorative accent.
The next step was to iron and hot glue the edge of the burlap which would become the bottom of the bed skirt.
I did have to shorten the piece that I cut off the original burlap because I did not want my burlap accent to be huge and overpowering. I used a piece of paper, folded into thirds, to help me measure, thanks to styleberry for the tip.
When the edge was completed I was able to flip over the bedskirt and begin to glue the decorative accent to the front. Again I used a piece of paper (thank you styleberry) to help me measure where the decorative piece of burlap would be glued. This time the paper was folded into sixths. Burlap is amazing because you can add that fringe edge so easily. I ripped out three strings on each edge to create the fringe look.
When the decorative accent was glued on I ironed the bedskirt just to make sure that it looked somewhat decent! 😉
Here is a little backstory…this was all taking place on a Saturday afternoon/evening. Mr. Blue Eyes was working on his computer and I was trying to finish this DIY project. So when I began researching burlap bedskirts I kept reading that you just need upholstery tacks and duck tape. In my mind that meant upholstery tacks and “maybe” some tape. We didn’t have any duck tape but that wasn’t running through my mind when I was shopping at Hobby Lobby. I figured that I would make it work as I went. As of about 7:30 0n Saturday evening I realized that the mailing tape we did have was not going to hold the burlap on the bed frame. I also realized how little the upholstery tacks did hold. They were not about to hold all this burlap up.
Throwin’ In the Towel
That is when I had to call it a night and wait until the next day to run to Target and get some velcro.
Really why would I think this would hold?
After getting the velcro the next day I was able to finish the project. It was so much better! I laid out the velcro strips along the bed frame and then it was super easy to lay the bedskirt around it.
Here is the bedskirt with the velcro and bedskirt around the frame.
I kept the corners of the bed very simple. I didn’t want any ruffles or breaks. I chose to keep it simple and clean. As a finishing touch I decided to add the upholstery tacks (which would not hold the fabric alone) along the edge of the frame and I love how it turned out!
Here is the final product!
I am in love! Mr. Blue Eyes is in love as well. He did tell me and I quote, “Those are going to fall off and I am going to feel those tacks in my foot.” Yes, I was laughing hysterically because, no, they will not fall off and yes, he was exaggerating as normal.
I love the way that the bedskirt turned out and I really love the way that my wallet feels after making it myself! I received a lot of inspiration on this project and I am ready to tackle the next bed in our apartment…I am thinking lime green burlap?
Enjoy the beginning of your week!