How to Make a Fitted Bedspread

By Mindy Baca

Fitted bedspreads stay in place on your bed much better than ordinary bedspreads that can slip around or fall off. If you have basic sewing skills, you can make a fitted bedspread that is tailored to your bed. You will also benefit from being able to pick out a fabric that perfectly matches your décor.

Measure the length and width of your mattress with a tape measure. Measure the distance from the edge of the mattress top to floor, or the height of the bed. Add a 1.5-inch seam allowance to all of the measurements and record the dimensions.

Cut three pieces of fabric to form the skirt of your fitted bedspread. There should be two identical pieces that will cover the sides of the bed and one piece that will cover the foot of the bed. The dimensions of the side pieces should be the length of the mattress by the height of the bed, plus 1.5 inches. The end piece should be the width of the mattress by the height of the bed plus 1.5 inches.

Sew the three pieces of fabric together, end to end using a half-inch seam allowance. Turn the bottom edge of the skirt up a half inch and press it with a hot iron. Turn it up an additional half inch, press it and pin it into place. Hem all three sides.

Sew the panels that you will be using for the top of the bedspread together to form one piece that matches the dimensions of the top of the mattress plus 1.5 inches all around. Press the seams flat.

Pin the top edge of the bed skirt to the three matching edges of the top section of the fitted bedspread with proper sides together. Stitch the edges together with a half-inch seam allowance.

Tip

If you desire a gathered skirt, cut the fabric for the skirts a little long and gather them before you sew them in place.

About the Author

Mindy Baca has been writing about education and public health since 2009, with work appearing on various websites. Baca's interests include maternal, infant and child health, health disparities and public-health ethics. She holds a Master of Science in public health from Walden University.