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How to Add Ribbon to a Bed Skirt

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Yesterday I shared updates for the ORC and promised a tutorial for adding trim to the bed skirt.

I'm a fan of grosgrain ribbon and use it on lamp shades, duvet covers, curtains, and gift cards.  It is a super easy way to transform an off the shelf item into something fun.  In this case, I wanted contrast to break up the white floor and white bed skirt.

To begin, I used the stitch line on the bed skirt as a guide for the ribbon placement and pinned the 1 1/2" ribbon in place every 4 or so inches.  On one end I didn't have quite enough ribbon to reach the length so I made sure to hide it in the pleat fold as shown above.

I wrapped the ribbon around each end to give it a clean finish.

Not that anyone would be looking at the back of a bed skirt, but I did use white as the bobbin thread and black as the top thread to ensure that the thread matched the fabric accordingly.

This could easily be a no sew project if you do not have a sewing machine.  On items that will be laundered, I prefer sewing over gluing or stitch witchery because it seems to hold up better.


  1. You are so right ... just a little grosgrain ribbon kicks everything up a notch and makes it unique and personal! Loving your room!! xo

  2. What a huge impact for such an easy detail. I have a grosgrain obsession, too.

  3. All these little touches make ALL the difference!
    xo Nancy

  4. Your son's room is looking so great, Rene. I love the black bed! Yesterday I was actually working on using Fabric Tac to glue ribbon to my bedskirt (still not done.) It's rare that I ever take off the bedskirt and wash it - is that gross? Maybe I should have figured out my sewing machine for this one!

  5. Love it! I'm going to try this!

  6. Thank you for sharing this, Rene! I was considering doing this to my son's bed-skirt.

  7. Looking those little details....just what it needed!

  8. Super cute and quick idea to make a big impact. Love it, thanks for sharing!

  9. Such a great detail - it really finishes it and elevates the style. Looks awesome Rene!

  10. Looks great Rene! It's the crowning jewel on the bed skirt! I love your idea of using it on gift cards, too. Happy 2016 to you!


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