Easy No Sew Drop Cloth Bed Skirt

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Hello friends!  This past weekend I shared my girls’ bedroom makeover here on the blog and had quite a few of you inquire about the bed skirts that I made.  So I figured I would give you a little tutorial in case you wanted to try them out for yourself! These are easy no sew drop cloth bed skirts that I know you will love!

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Easy no sew DIY drop cloth bed skirt

Easy No Sew Drop Cloth Bed Skirt

I am all about keeping things simple, cheap and easy.  However, with cheap you have to be careful that it doesn’t cross over to the tacky side.  You know what I mean?  So when I started seeing all of these cool DIY projects using drop cloths I figured I would give it a shot.

The Project

My girls share a room and we recently transitioned them from bunk-beds to individual beds (you can see the makeover here). So I decided to look around for a cute bed skirt that would work with their bedding from Target and their beds from Walmart. Not only were they outrageous in price (no thank you) but they were hard to find! So I was stuck…until I found a blog post from Beginning in the Middle.

So after reading that there was a “no sew” inexpensive option with a beautiful end result, I started brainstorming some ideas with my insanely talented little sister.  She had recently received a nail gun for her birthday (I know, isn’t she so cool?) so we talked about the possibility of using a drop cloth, gathering it to my liking and nailing it to the box spring. Guess what…it worked and I am in LOVE!!!  Read below for all the details and a few fun pictures!

Materials You Will Need

1-2 Bottles of bleach at $4 each

1 drop cloth 12 ft  x 15 ft  at $31 (I used the largest one I could find since I made two bed skirts and here I linked a similar one)

Nail gun (borrowed from my sis)

Tape measure


The Steps

After buying the drop cloth and bleach you will need to measure out the length and width of the bed. I wasn’t very precise (as you can see in the picture below) with how I measured, I just held it up to the length of the twin box spring.  From here I stretched out the cloth to the end of the box spring and then doubled the length (folded it back over) since I knew I would be gathering it to give it a pleat.  It is always better to have extra fabric!  Also, before I cut it I made sure that it would be long enough in length because I wanted the skirt to pool on the floor.  You can always vary the length according to your personal preference.  That’s what I love about a good DIY!

There was plenty of drop cloth to make bed skirts for both beds in this room.

After I cut my pieces for the length and width of the skirt,  I used the bleach shown above to make the canvas drop cloth whiter.  If you ask my four year old she will tell you my favorite color lately is white.  I know weird, right? But seriously it is the truth! I love how clean and fresh white looks on everything, our newly painted walls have inspired me!  Don’t worry I still adore the color blue as well!

Some Help

Anyways, I found a great post about how to bleach a drop cloth over at the Tidbits blog and I followed it.  Except that I ended up bleaching my drop cloth two separate times (hence the two bottles above) because I wanted it whiter.  I also left mine in the bleach almost all day ! I suggest leaving your windows open and leaving the house all together because it can get pretty smelly. Once I was done soaking them in the bleach, I ran the drop cloths through a normal wash cycle 2 times just to be safe.  Next, I put them in the dryer. Once I took them out they were extremely soft yet had frayed edges. This was because  I had cut the cloth apart before bleaching and washing the fabric. You can see the frayed edges in the picture below.

I love how the frayed edge gives the bed skirt a vintage feel.  However,  I know this is my personal preference and possibly not yours. To avoid this look you can always bleach the drop cloth before you cut it or you could use the edges of the cloth that are already hemmed for the bottom of the bed skirt.

Pleating the Skirt

Once I had the pieces laid out on the box spring I was able to start folding over little bits of fabric to form a pleat to my liking. You can see how I started the pleating and folding in the picture above. I did this before using the nail gun which ended up being good for two reasons.  1. I was able to visually see if my pleats were even and if they looked good before I actually nailed them on to the box spring. 2. I discovered that I had to turn the box spring completely over to expose the wood structure so that I would have something to nail the canvas drop cloth to. (See the picture above)

Once I had the pleats the way I liked them I began using the nail gun. It was a lot of fun! I felt so powerful and it was so easy!  So thankful my sister let me borrow it because once I had the pleats done and started nailing the drop cloth down, I was finished very quickly!  (I might be adding a nail gun to my wish list now!)  I made sure that I nailed on top of the folded pleat so as to secure the drop cloth to the wooden frame while holding the pleat in at the same time.  This worked perfectly.

Drop Cloth Fabric

Once the length of the skirt was done I moved on to the skirt portion that would be covering the foot of the bed.  In the picture above you can see how I folded under the ends on the adjoining piece and nailed it to the corner to secure the two pieces. Then I once again completed my pleating first and then finished with nailing the pleats down. I ended up needing two pieces for this bottom part but luckily I had extra fabric.  You would never be able to tell that these are two separate pieces because I just used the pleat and fold to cover the seam and nailed the two pieces together.  I also should mention that because both beds are against the wall I only made the bed skirt for the sides of the bed that show.


It bothered me that you could see the bed rail poking through the bed skirt. I was able to fix this by simply pulling the box spring forward.

Easy DIY Drop Cloth Bed Skirt

And that’s it… seriously once of the easiest DIY projects I have completed in a long time. I was able to make two bed skirts in just one day (if you don’t count the day it took me to bleach the drop cloth. )

Completed Bed Skirts

Here are some pictures of the finished product!  You can see a few frayed edges and long strings but I was able to trim those right off !  I love the overall look and it really was a very simple DIY project. I’m thinking I might need to make one for our bed next!

Cousins testing out the new beds!

Drop cloth bed skirt

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it inspired you!  If I can do it than you can do it too! Please let me know if you have any questions and as always thank you for following along and reading my posts!  I am so very thankful for you!No sew drop cloth bedskirt

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  1. It looks amazing and has the added bonus of sister time! A win-win in my book! 😁

  2. Do you remember the name of the beds? This is just what I’m looking for! Do you like them?

  3. Oh my, Kelly. This is just adorable! I’ve been looking for a vintage French linen style bed skirt idea for our master bedroom. The bed is extra high so I need a DIY option. Absolutely LOVE this! A definite pin for my board. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am so glad I clicked on the for the first friday friends roundup! What a fabulous idea to nail the bed skirt to the boxspring! No more slipping and sliding!

  5. I just love this. It’s adorable. But, how do you clean them?
    Do you think upholstery pins would work? Easier to remove and wash.

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