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Create an Easily Removable Dust Ruffle for your Bed

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Dust ruffles have become vastly popular in recent years. Interior designers and homeowners alike favor these frilly or formal bedroom accessories.

Why not? A dust ruffle prevents dust from accumulating under a bed, so it may help with allergen reduction in the home. In addition, as home efficiency and storage experts have touted the benefits of under-bed storage units, shoppers have snatched up dust ruffles to hide the evidence.

Buying a dust ruffle

Dust ruffles can be found in bed and bath shops, department stores, linens catalogs and online.

Dust ruffles may be sold with complementary pieces, such as comforters, sheet sets, pillowcases and other bed linens. However, such coordinating sets can be costly.

Handy homeowners and interior decorators may choose to make their own dust ruffles. Creating dust ruffles to match interior colors, fabrics and other items can be fairly simple to do.

In addition, unlike store-bought dust ruffles, a do-it-yourself dust ruffle may be made removable, so it can be easily detached for laundering and pressing.

How can you make your own removable dust ruffle?

Choosing dust ruffle materials

To make a dust ruffle, you will need to obtain a fitted sheet in the appropriate size (twin, double/full, queen or king). Choose a sturdy cotton or polyester fitted sheet, not a knit or flannel.

Choose the fabric you will use, to coordinate with your bedroom decor. For a ruffled or pleated dust ruffle, you will need twice the length of the two long sides, plus the foot side, of your bed. Woven (non-stretchy) fabrics tend to work best for making tidy dust ruffles.

Pick up several packets of hook-and-loop (such as Velcro) buttons or tape, unless you prefer to employ buttons and buttonholes, hook-and-eye closures, or sturdy snaps. These last options require a bit more time and sewing skill.

Making your furst ruffle

Basically, a dust ruffle is a bed skirt. As such, you will be constructing a simple ruffled or pleated skirt for the bed.

Measure the height from the mattress/box spring gap to the floor in your bedroom. This will be the finished length of your bed skirt.

Trim the entire length of your fabric to this length, plus 6 inches, to allow for stitching seam and hem.

On the lower edge, using a hot iron, press under 1/2 inch, along the full length of the fabric. Next, press this edge up again, forming a 3-inch hem.

Finish the upper edge of the fabric by pressing and stitching a narrow seam, all along the edge.

For a gathered dust ruffle, machine-gather the upper edge. To accomplish this, set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch possible. Stitch two parallel rows, starting 3/8" from the edge. Pull the bobbin thread (underneath) gently to create the gathers before pinning the ruffle (finished side up) directly to the fitted sheet.

The dust ruffle will cover three edges of the fitted sheet. Generally, the section going at the head of the bed is left unadorned.

Making a removable dust ruffle

If you opt to construct a removable dust ruffle, you will simply sew the dust ruffle to a band of fabric, or a length of trim, instead of directly to the fitted sheet.

Affix hook-and-loop buttons or tape to both the fabric band and the fitted sheet. Or, make buttonholes on the fabric band, and sew flat buttons to the fitted sheet. As a third option, you can hand-sew hooks and eyes (or sturdy snaps) to the fitted sheet and fabric band.

Place the fitted sheet onto the box spring of the bed. Hook the sheet and dust ruffle together.

Using Your leftover fabric

Because most fabric is 44"45" wide, you will have to trim and hem your dust ruffle, offering you plenty of leftover fabric for making throw pillows, curtain tie-backs or other bedroom accessories to match.

Dust ruffle shortcut

For a shortcut, you might choose ruffled valances instead of flat fabric, provided the valances are long enough to reach from the bed to the floor. Measure carefully before purchasing.

Simply sew the valances to the fitted sheet, and stretch the sheet onto the box spring. Place the mattress on top, and make the bed as usual. That's it!

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