Monday, June 13, 2011

Dust Ruffle...

This is a dust ruffle for a baby crib.  You could easily modify and complete a dust ruffle for any size of bed if needed.  I purchased two patterns (found here and here) for my babies' nursery and didn't end up actually using either of them.
Materials needed:
-Muslin fabric or other cheap fabric (this will be under the mattress and unseen so color isn't necessarily a concern)
-decorative fabric (I chose black and white fabric in various patterns with a splash of color for my nursery decor)
-notions (I used a 1 1/2" ribbon;  one different color to accent each crib)
-sewing machine
-thread, scissors, measuring tool and other materials for sewing.

*I am a very novice seamstress so I typically do not use high-tech or high priced sewing tools*

1.  Measure your box spring size or crib size (mine was .  Also measure the distance from edge of box spring to the floor length (if you desire a longer dust ruffle then measure accordingly).  I added on about 1" to each measure to allow for seam allowance of the dust ruffle and seam of muslin to dust ruffle.

2.  Cut out your muslin fabric according to the box spring or crib measurement 

3.  Cut out your decorative fabric according to measurements.  I cheated and cut out 4 separate pieces (as the brackets to hold the mattress up didn't allow for one solid ruffle piece).

the whole picture at completion...white goes under the mattress and then 4 panels that hang off the edges for the dust ruffle

the bracket support on my cribs that caused a need for 4 panels

4.  Sew a 1/2" seam to the 2 shorter sides and 1 long side of your decorative fabric (the side left not sewn will be attached to your muslin/cheap fabric).
seams coming together at the bottom corner
5.  Once all of your dust ruffle panels are complete, sew your right sides together with the muslin (so that the seam will fall underneath once your dust ruffle is laid out).

6.  I added on my ribbon last but it could be done before step 5.  I layed out each panel and carefully pinned the top edge of the ribbon down (frequent pinning to prevent bunching or curling).  I sewed the very edge of the ribbon with matching thread.  I did not sew the bottom edge of my ribbon as I was worried it would cause it to be uneven or bunch.
I wrapped the ribbon around to the wrong side and sewed it along the previous seam
ribbon added as my color accent
**This is my first time trying to instruct a sewing project;  I hope that there is enough detail and instruction to make it simple and easy**