How To Make a California King Size Bed Spread

Finding the perfect bed spread can be exhausting and can also be expensive. One can be very picky with the print of the bed spread and sometimes you cannot seem to find that perfect textile to match your bedroom décor. Making your own sheet can be easier, especially if you have the right tools. You can also make matching pillow cases and even curtains, while you are at it. The key is finding fabric that you like and that is at least 72 by 84 inches so that your sheet can be as seamless as possible.

  • Materials that you will need:
      • Thread
      • Sharp pair of scissors
      • Sewing machine
      • Iron
      • Cording
      • Pins
      • Tape measure
      • Quilted fabric that is at least 42 inches in width
      • Non quilted fabric of the same width

  • Measuring your fabric. The first thing you need to do is to measure the fabric that you need to use to make your spread. For this project you will be covering a California king sized sheet so make sure that your mattress is of this size. If so, it should be exactly 72 inches in width and 84 inches in length. This should also be the size of your fitted sheet when placed over it but since you will be having pillows to cover on top of your bed, you should add another 30 inches in length. If you are unsure of this length, just add more since it is easier to tuck extra fabric than to have a sheet that is too short. You should also need to measure from the very top of your mattress until the floor since you will need to have allowance for the bed skirting.
  • Cutting your fabric. Then when you are done measuring your fabric, draw a line where you need to cut it and with the use of sharp fabric scissors, cut your fabric. It is best to leave half an inch of allowance on the lines since you will need to seam the edges so that they are all straight and smooth. Cut the first panel which should be exactly 115 inches in length. Then you must cut the side panels which should measure 115 x 16 inches. You can attach these side panels by plain seam or you can have it by fabric cording.
  • Hemming your sheet. Once all panels are attached, you should hem the edges of your fabric by folding them a quarter of an inch and pinning them together. Once folded, sew the folds in place so that the edges of your fabric will look neat and polished. Do this on all sides of your fabric.
  • Doing the same with your quilted fabric. For your duvet, do the same series of steps so that you have a duvet covering for your bed sheet.

If you want to have a fitted sheet, sew elastic garters at the corner of the fabric and cut the length to the exact length of your mattress – there will be no need to measure for the floor skirting.


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