Refashion a Bedsheet Into a 3 Layer Ruffle Skirt

8 materials
$10
3 Hours
Easy

I picked up an absolutely gorgeous vintage bedsheet at goodwill. In this sewing upcycle, I took the bedsheet and totally transformed it into the most amazing 3 layer ruffle skirt. This is an awesome sewing project and will definitely make you rethink getting rid of old bedsheets.

Tools and materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper
  • Bedsheet
ruffle skirt, Use a pattern
Use a pattern


Before you can begin this project, you are going to need this pattern. To learn how to make the pattern go here.

ruffle skirt, Cut the fabric
Cut the fabric

Cut the fabric 

Once you have a well-drafted pattern, you can go ahead and cut the pieces from your fabric or in my case from a bedsheet. For this project, I decided to use lining fabric as well which I cut out first. The front of the skirt should be cut on the fold and the back pieces should be cut out as two separate pieces so that you can add a zipper later. You should end up with 9 pieces, 3 pieces per tier for the skirt. 

ruffle skirt, Ruffle mini skirt
Ruffle mini skirt


For the outer fabric, place the pattern 4 inches away from the fold so that the skirt can have some gathering. I decided to add 3 inches to the length of the skirt because I wanted overlap to cover up the lining. 

ruffle skirt, Tiered ruffle skirt
Tiered ruffle skirt


Use the front piece as a template for the back piece, Place it about an inch from the fold so that there will be enough seam allowance to add in the zipper. Repeat the same process for the second and third tier, When cutting, make sure to pay attention to the fabric. If it has a pattern, check that all your pieces are facing the same direction. 

ruffle skirt, Assemble the skirt
Assemble the skirt

Assemble the skirt 

Now for the fun part of this DIY, assembling the skirt. Place the front and back sides together, making sure that the side seams are lined up. You can then go ahead and sew the pieces along the sides. Start with the first tier and then repeat the same steps for the second and third tier. 

ruffle skirt, Sew gathering
Sew gathering

Sew a gathering 

Next, sew a gathering stitch along the top of the second and third tiers. The first tier will be a little different because it will have a waistband and elastic. I always think that two rows of a gathering stitch make the fabric a lot easier to gather. 

ruffle skirt, Match the width
Match the width


Then go ahead and gather the panels to match the width of the lining. 

ruffle skirt, Sew on the lining
Sew on the lining

Sew the pieces together

When the pieces are approximately the same width as the lining, you can pin the outer fabric over the lining. Pin on the right side of the lining fabric. 

ruffle skirt, Sew all around
Sew all around


Then go ahead and sew it all around. 

ruffle skirt, DIY ruffle skirt
DIY ruffle skirt

Now it’s time to attach the third tier to the lining of the second tier. Make sure that you are pinning on the right side of the lining. The pieces should be right sides facing. Then go ahead and sew all the way around. 

ruffle skirt, Make a waistband
Make a waistband

Work on the top tier 

With your bottom two tiers pretty much finished, it’s time to make a waistband. Cut a strip of fabric 2 inches on the fold. Mine was about 26 inches long. 

ruffle skirt, Sew a ruffle skirt
Sew a ruffle skirt


Next, place your zipper on the back seam and mark where the zipper ends. This way, you will know where you need to sew the back seam. Repeat the same step on the lining.

ruffle skirt, Backstitch
Backstitch


When sewing the back seam, make sure that you backstitch. 

ruffle skirt, Sew two rows of gathering
Sew two rows of gathering


Next, sew two rows of gathering stitches just like you did for the second and third tiers. 

ruffle skirt, Pin the two layers
Pin the two layers


Gather the fabric to match the width of the lining and then pin the two layers together on the right side of the lining. In this step, the right side of the main fabric should be facing outward. 

ruffle skirt, Easy ruffle skirt
Easy ruffle skirt


Then sew all the way around. 

ruffle skirt, Sew along the zipper seam
Sew along the zipper seam


While you are sewing, sew the lining and outer fabric together along the zipper seam. This makes it a whole lot easier to work with when attaching the zipper. 

ruffle skirt, Attach the zipper
Attach the zipper

Attach the zipper 

To attach the zipper, fold over one edge of the fabric and pin it on one side of the zipper. Then repeat the same for the other side. I recommend pressing the fabric before you sew on the zipper. 

ruffle skirt, Add the waistband
Add the waistband

Attach the waistband 

To attach the waistband, start off by pressing the fabric and then pressing some fusible fleece on the inside. Then, fold the fabric so that it is right sides facing together and sew along the edge.  

ruffle skirt, Trim the corners
Trim the corners


Then trim the corners of the fabric ever so slightly and turn the waistband right side out.

ruffle skirt, Fold the seam allowance
Fold the seam allowance


Next, fold the seam allowance inward by an inch and a half.

ruffle skirt, Sandwich the raw edges
Sandwich the raw edges


Open up the zipper, and place the waistband so that it is sandwiching the raw edges of the top tier. Then go ahead and sew on the waistband. 

ruffle skirt, Sew on the top tier
Sew on the top tier

Finish off the skirt 

Next, it’s time to attach the top tier of the skirt. Place the right side of the fabric on the right side of the lining of the second tier and pin in place matching the side and back seams. 

ruffle skirt, Sew around
Sew around


Finally, you can go back to your sewing machine and sew all the way around. 

ruffle skirt, Hem the skirt
Hem the skirt


All that’s left to do is hem the skirt. You can either double fold all the edges or serge them and fold once before stitching. 

ruffle skirt, DIY tiered ruffle skirt
DIY tiered ruffle skirt


I absolutely love how this skirt turned out! Let me know if you have any other bedsheet upcycle ideas in the comments! 

Suggested materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
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