~ Dust Ruffle Tutorial ~

This is a tutorial for a two sided dust ruffle made for a bed with a foot board. The dust ruffle will be attached to the mattress with quilting pins.

First let me tell you about the fabric. Joann Fabrics has their tissue linen on sale online. If you print off the sale page and take it to the store they will honor the online sale. I purchased the tissue linen for $2.99 regularly $8.99. What a bargain!!

To begin the project you will need a ruffle foot and a rolled hem foot.

Measure the dust ruffle height you will need and add 1" for the top ruffle area to this measurement. Now measure the length of the mattress side and 2 1/2 times this measurement for fullness. Divide the total required length by the width of the fabric and that is how many widths of fabric you will sew together for the desired length. If you have a long piece of fabric you can cut each side from the length using the selvage for the top of the ruffle, this is called railroading the fabric.  Now attach the ruffle foot and begin ruffling 1/2" down from the top.

Next attach the hem roll foot...hold your mouth just right...and hem the bottom.

This is what the finished dust ruffle looks like before you attach each side to the mattress with quilting pins.

This is the finished look.

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By the Bluegrass said...

Wow! The dust ruffle is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am bookmarking it.

Karen said...

That looks so pretty. Thanks for the info on Joann's and for the tutorial.

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

So pretty! I've never worked with a ruffle or hem foot. But it sure does look like it makes life a lot easier. Made me laugh on holding your mouth just right....yep that always a must for most projects. ;)

Fishtail Cottage said...

not sure if i'll ever be bold enough to give it a try at sewing. you make it look so easy????? Sure is a pretty ruffled bed skirt you made. xoxo

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is so pretty!
Thanks for the tutorial, thanks for linking up!

Judy said...

Your dust ruffle came out beautiful. I made a dust ruffle for my daughter's room - my problem was that my ruffler (first time I used it) and I fought the whole time. I had to hand feed the fabric through - it never really grabbed. I'm sure I was doing something wrong. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check

Tammy @ Type A said...

that is amazing. i'm not ready, i'm still working on straight lines. i wish you lived closer, i would be taking lessons from you! do an ebook!

thanks for sharing this at my party!

Vintage Home said...

Great job it looks stunning!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely elegant!

Robin said...

Gorgeous...I so love the way the fabric falls...so gentle.
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(I'll be featuring this next Wednesday on All Things Inspired...)

Denise Marie said...

I so need this post and to do what you've done. I just look at my bed and the ruffle needing to be done and sigh. lol

Anonymous said...


This is just beautiful! I love how it's only two sided and how it puddles. Very clever! Thanks for sharing the Joann's sale. Wow, that's a great deal. I'll be checking on that a.s.a.p.

Great tutorial! Nice to see another blogger that uses a ruffle foot attachment. :) Michelle

missshawna said...

Beautiful dust ruffle. I am so jealous...I've been trying to get my husband to move to McKinney but so far he's not budging. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Cheryl said...

beautiful dust ruffle. thanks for sharing how you did it.
I popped over from Uncommon Slice of Suburbias linky party.
I have never heard of tissue linen. You got a great deal on it.

mary beth said...

Delicious! I am so intrigued by tissue linen..I have never heard of it, but I love the way it looks in your dust ruffle! I have used some little curly pins that I found at BB&B, that hold dust ruffles in place really well. Thanks for showing us this project!

Brambly said...

Thanks for the lesson.I must admit that I don't excel at making dust ruffles. Yours is beautifully made-such talent. I'd love for you to pay me a visit at Brambly.Take care.


fiberdoodles said...

So very pretty! Thank you for the tutorial!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How very romantic and ruffle-icious, Karla! I was just at Joann's last weekend and luckily I will be making another trip soon. I will have to make sure to print out that online price and bring it with me. Thanks for the heads up! : )

Sarah said...

I agree, very romantic looking! Gorgeous ruffles :)

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Jay said...

I absolutely love the look of this dust ruffle -- The most beautiful one I've seen yet! And a tutorial? You're a wonderful lady! :) -- I'm one of your new followers from Miss Mustard Seed! (and very excited for it too!)

Narde Banks said...

Thank you that is wonderful. I will try that. Firts I will need to find the two tools you mentioned for my WHITE sewing machine. Are these two pieces universal?