How to Make Your Own Bedspreads

Few people today realise how uncomplicated making your own bedspreads can be. The most important aspect of this project is to take careful measurements. Three primary measurements will be needed to be sure that your finished bedspread will be adequate enough to cover the bed in length and width, plus extend comfortably over the pillows. For fabrics, you are only limited by the season and your individual tastes. A sewing machine makes the task move more quickly, allowing you to be finished in a relatively short time. Adding decorative edging material is entirely optional and takes only a few minutes more. Depending on your sewing skill, making your own bedspread can be completed within 1 to 3 hours.

Measure the overall width of the bed, starting from the floor on one lateral side, up over the surface of the bed, and down to the floor at the opposite side.

Measure the overall length of the bed, starting from the floor at the foot of the bed, up and over the mattress (lengthwise), then up and over the stacked pillows at the top (or head) of the bed.

Measure the "pillow width" separately by extending the tape measure from the floor of one side (at the head of the bed), up and over the stacked pillows on the bed, and down to the floor on the opposite side.

Add an additional 1 inch to all three of these measurements to provide enough room for seams.

Subtract the width of the fringe or trim from these measurements at both sides and from the bottom edge if you have decided to attach those to your finished bedspread.

Cut the outer fabric and the lining material according to the measurements taken in the first section.

Arrange the outer fabric and the lining so that the "right" sides touch each other, and the edges are aligned. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hand.

Pin the fabrics together at the edges, and begin to sew a stitch around the perimeter of the cloths, leaving 18 inches open in a discreet area for reversing. Fold in a 1 inch seam all around, stopping at the opened section.

Reach inside the opening and turn the entire bedspread inside out (making the "right side" visible). Take the raw edges of the opening and fold them inward 1 inch, stitching the opening closed.

Back stitch any trim material to each side and the bottom edge of the bedspread before placing it on your bed.


Write your measurements down on a notepad to avoid forgetting the information as you work.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Fabric (your choice, quilted or smooth)
  • Thread (matching colour)
  • Fabric for lining material
  • Scissors
  • Decorative edging or trim (optional)
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Genae Valecia Hinesman, former banking executive, entrepreneur and fashion model, began writing professionally in 2002. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied business, finance and exercise physiology. Her articles featured in Living Healthy: 360, Life 123, the American Chronicle and Yahoo Voices.